One of Fifty Copies Signed by the Author and Printed by the Author's Friend, Ian Fleming

    Patrick Leigh Fermor. A Time to Keep Silence. London: The Queen Anne Press, 1953. First edition, one of 50 numbered copies signed by the author, out of a total edition of 550 (this being number "45"). Octavo. [xviii], 92, [2, blank], [1, colophon], [5, blank] pages. With inserted frontispiece, and with vignettes at chapter headings, all in color. Publisher's deluxe binding of full indigo levant morocco, spine lettered in gilt and with the Queen Anne Press medallion in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, top edge gilt, others uncut. A bright, fine copy of this very rare, desirable item.

    Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011, best known as "Paddy Fermor"), was a soldier, journalist, and writer, widely regarded as "Britain's greatest living travel writer" (Smith, The Guardian, March 2, 2007). This, his most scarce and desirable title (about Monks in Europe) was printed at the Queen Anne Press, which was owned by Fermor's friend, Ian Fleming (who would write the James Bond novels, the first of which, Casino Royale, would be published the same year as this book by Fermor; additionally, Fermor's first book, The Traveller's Tree (1950) was quoted extensively by Fleming in Live and Let Die (1954)).

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