FERMOR, Sir Patrick Leigh. Three Letters from the Andes. London, John Murray, 1991.
8vo. Original blue boards, spine lettered in gilt, original dustwrapper after John Craxton, retaining price; pp. [x], 118, title-vignette after Craxton, full-page map, each letter preceded by a part-title with vignette after Craxton; very light toning to endpapers; near fine.
First edition. Three Letters from the Andes is composed of three letters which were written to his wife by Patrick Leigh Fermor, whilst on a climbing expedition in the Andes in 1971. The group was 'led by Robin Fedden, the writer and poet, and his wife; there was a Swiss international skier and jeweller; a social anthropologist from Provence who had fought in the Resistance; and a Nottinghamshire farming squire' (blurb); these accomplished mountaineers were accompanied by the author and Andrew Cavendish, the Duke of Devonshire on their journey through Peru, and the work records their progress through the country.