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Words of Mercury - Signed

 
Words of Mercury - Signed by FERMOR, Patrick Leigh (2003)
Author: FERMOR, Patrick Leigh
Title: Words of Mercury
 
Year: 2003
Publisher: John Murray
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £100
 
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pp 274. A signed copy to the title page of this late collection of Patrick Leigh Fermor's writings, including his great war report: 'Abducting a General'. The author has written 'Patrick Leigh Fermor 12/ 05/ 03' below his printed name which he has lightly crossed out. This fifth impression of 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 sublime 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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