London: The Folio Society, 2008-2009.
Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". Each volume presents nicely with accompanying publisher-issued slipcase in brown, showing only light shelfwear. Faint wrinkle to slipcase of Mountolive. Each volume uniformly three quarter-bound in orange cloth, with spine lettered in gilt and upper board printed with a photomontage. Bindings are firm, sound, and square. Small mark to top edge of Balthazar. Previous owner's stamp in blind to half-title page. Pages are clean and unmarked. A highly presentable and complete Folio Society edition of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, here beautifully presented in cloth with accompanying slipcases, introduced by Peter Porter, and with each of the four volumes illustrated in its own frontispiece and 9 full-page photomontage illustrations in sepia each.
ABOUT THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET:
Lawrence Durrell's series of four novels set in Alexandria, Egypt during the 1940s. The lush and sensuous series consists of Justine (1957) Balthazar (1958) Mountolive (1958) Clea (1960). Justine, Balthazar and Mountolive use varied viewpoints to relate a series of events in Alexandria before World War II. In Clea, the story continues into the years during the war. One L.G. Darley is the primary observer of the events, which include events in the lives of those he loves and those he knows. In Justine, Darley attempts to recover from and put into perspective his recently ended affair with a woman. Balthazar reinterprets the romantic perspective he placed on the affair and its aftermath in Justine, in more philosophical and intellectual terms. Mountolive tells a story minus interpretation, and Clea reveals Darley's healing, and coming to love another woman. (publisher of earlier edition). Very good +. Item #7903