FERMOR, Patrick Leigh The Violins of Saint-Jacques. A Tale of the Antilles. John Murray/Derek Verschoyle, 1953.
8vo. Original green cloth, dust-jacket; pp. 139; illustrations in the text by Robin Ironside; a very good copy in chipped dust-jacket, ownership inscription on initial blank.
First edition, first impression of the author's second book and his only work of fiction, a story located in a French Caribbean archipelago. The romantic tale of an enigmatic young French woman growing up amongst the descendants of slaves and a fading French aristocracy was to become the basis for Malcolm Williamson's opera.