97. Durrell (Lawrence) [The Alexandria Quartet], 4 vol., first editions, comprising, Justine, signed presentation inscription from the author to endpaper, with the scarce wrap-around, 1957; Balthazar, 1958; Mountolive, 1958; Clea, 1960, original cloth, dust-jackets, all but Mountolive with spines a little faded, spine ends a little creased, but overall a near-fine set, 8vo.
est. £1500 – £2000
A critical and commercial success, Durrell explains in his Preface to Balthazar, the four novels are an exploration of relativity and the notions of continuum and subject–object relation, with modern love as the theme.