Brazilian Adventure

FLEMING, Peter. Brazilian Adventure.

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FLEMING, Peter. Brazilian Adventure. New York, Scribner's, [1933].

8vo. Original grey cloth, ornamented and lettered in green and black, map endpapers, printed in green; pp. 415, title-page with vignette in red; plates after photographs; cloth a trifle spotted, wrappers with a few marginal flaws and fading to spine; very clean and fresh internally, traces of gift inscription in pencil on initial blank.
First US edition in the stunning and very rare illustrated dust-wrapper. Peter Fleming's first book. 'In April 1932 Fleming answered an advertisement in the agony column of The Times, which led him to take part in a crack-brained and amateurish expedition to the hinterland of Brazil, ostensibly to look for Colonel P.H. Fawcett, a missing explorer. Fleming persuaded The Times to appoint him their unpaid special correspondent. This mixture of farce, excitement, discomfort, and danger achieved nothing except to provide him with the subject matter for his first book, Brazilian Adventure, published in August 1933. In it he blew sky-high the excessive reverence and solemnity with which travel books had hitherto been treated, mocking the dangers and himself with infectious humour. People could not believe that a story of true adventure could be so funny, and the book had immense success at home and in America' (ODNB).