Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea; Being the Alexandria Quartet. - Lawrence Durrell 1957 - Faber and Faber, London - First Editions A fine set in first issue dust jackets in superior condition.

'One of the most important works of our time.' -
New York Times Book Review.

The Alexandria Quartet is Durrell’s most succesfull and admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant evocation of wartime Egypt.

In this world of corrupt glamour, L. G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the end of his affair with the dark, passionate Justine Hosnani - setting alight a beguiling exploration of sexual and political intrigue that Durrell himself described as 'an investigation of modern love'.

'A formidable, glittering achievement.' -
Times Literary Supplement.
  ‘Justine’ in first issue dust jacket without hand print to the spine.

Lawrence Durrell won the 1974 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, founded in memory of a partner in the publishing house of A. and C. Black Ltd., and one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain.

Provenance: ‘
Balthazar’ with ‘Eric Suneston 1959’ to front free endpaper. ‘Justine’ with small ‘Hatchards’ label to rear endpaper.

Four octavo volumes (book size 21x14.1cm), pp. pp. 253 [3]; 250 [6]; 320; 287 [1]. In publisher’s brick red cloth pale blue spine label, blue cloth burgundy spine label, yellow cloth purple spine label, and orange cloth green spine label respectively, spines lettered in gilt. Dust jackets priced ‘15s net’, ‘15s net’, ‘16s net’, and ‘16s net’, respectively to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine, hint of soiling to top edges, in near fine dust jackets, Justine and Balthazar with faint toning and light edge wear to spines.   Ref: 111501   Price: HK$ 30,000