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; ownership inscription to fly-leaf; apart from light fading to spine, 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.