LEWIS, Norman. Spanish Adventure. New York, Henry Holt, 1935.
8vo. Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in cream, with the rarely seen illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. [viii], 289, plates after photographs by the author; margunal flaws and tears to wrappers, 3 cm pice wissing at tail of spine, otherwise a very good copy with gift inscription, dated 1940 on front fly-leaf.
First US edition of the author's first book. In this travelogue of Spain Lewis as already the critical observer of social inequality and struggle of the lower classes. He witnessed the insurrections and strikes of October, 1934, a glimpse of what was to come in Spanish history. Lewis established himself as one of the leading travel writers of Britain for the next eight dedcades. Anthony Burgess famously wrote about the quality of his writieng 'His prose is almost edible. In old age he is writing better than ever’ (quoted in an Eland publication of Empire of the East).