Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1915.
Illustrated by Illustrated. First US Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good- with no dust jacket. Item #15170
Random foxing, corner bump, light cock, owner's bookplate, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; First US Edition, First Printing, from English sheets. Considered by many to be dissolute expatriate Scottish travel writer Norman Douglas' finest work. "An inexhaustible mine of good sense and good prose, his books have affected all who read them, as the man affected those he met. For he was an inspired if impious pedagogue. It has been well said that what makes his “travel books" unlike anyone else’s is that he takes as his subject the total nature of the area he is writing about, its history, geological and social, its fauna and flora, its religious beliefs past and present, and its present and past pleasures. He spins his astonishing erudition about his personal experiences in Calabria or Tunis without obtruding his own personality. These books are written out of his belief that the first object of life is living." - John Davenport, "Norman Douglas", The Atlantic, September 1954. ; (vii), 352 pages.