FLEMING, Peter. Brazilian Adventure. London, Jonathan Cape, [October, 1934].
8vo. Original brick-coloured cloth, ornamented and lettered in greenish eggshell colour, original wrappersprinted in mauve and black, retaining price; pp. 414, plates after photographs and sketch map; one slight bump to corner, wrappers with a few marginal flaws and light parrtial fading; rather clean and fresh internally, ownership inscription inside front cover, ornithological bookplate of the period on opposite fly-leaf.
Eleventh printing in the very rare 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). - Despite the run-away success of the book all early printings have become exceedingly rare.