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Words of Mercury [signed]

Words of Mercury [signed] by FERMOR, Patrick Leigh; Artemis Cooper (2003)
Author: FERMOR, Patrick Leigh; Artemis Cooper
Title: Words of Mercury [signed]
Year: 2003
Publisher: John Murray
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: No
Price: £90
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pp 274. A signed first edition of this collection of Patrick Leigh Fermor's writings, including his great war report: 'Abducting a General'. Using black ink Paddy has signed his printed book label which is tipped onto the title page. The book is bound in black cloth with a blue jacket, both near fine. In addition to excerpts from A Time of Gifts and Leigh Fermor's other words, his account of the kidnap of General Kreipe includes one of the most memorable pieces of all wartime writing, as the fleeing group wake 'among the rocks, just as a brilliant dawn was breaking over the crest of Mount Ida... We were all three lying smoking in silence, when the General, half to himself, slowly said: 'Vides ut alta stet nive candidum/ Soracte...' I was in luck. It is the opening line of one of the few odes of Horace I know by heart... I went on reciting where he had broken off... The General's blue eyes swivelled away from the mountain-top to mine... "Ach so Herr Mayor!" It was very strange. "Ja, Herr General." As though for a long moment, the war had ceased to exist. We had both drunk at the same fountains long before; and things were different between us for the rest of our time together.'
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