DOWN THE STYX - THE BINDER'S COPY, SIGNED
Santa Barbara: Capricorn Press, 1971. First Edition. One of Durrell's most deeply moving works, written as a long, candid letter to his beloved Aunt Prudence in the wake of her death, in which he offers reassurance and guidance as she enters the underworld. Provenance: From the library of Earle and Larry Gray (of the Earle Gray Bookbinding Company), who bound most of the Black Sparrow Press titles produced between 1967-2001, as well as works by Capricon and various other small presses. Item #6601
Deluxe Issue, one of probably a handful of copies specially bound and designated for the author, publisher, and a few key individuals involved with the production of the book, this one marked "Binder's Copy" and signed by Durrell on the colophon. Small quarto (25cm); pictorial paper-covered boards by Earle Gray, with titles printed in black on spine, and front cover reproducing an original watercolor by Durrell; the text is letterpress printed in compartments within color-lithographed illustrations taken from Gustave Doré's engravings; ,9-23,pp. Hint of sunning to spine, else very Near Fine, without dustjacket, as issued.