The Alleys of Marrakesh

Dustwrapper design by Edward Wolfe


Peter Mayne


John Murray, London, 1953
The Alleys of MarrakeshThe Alleys of MarrakeshThe Alleys of Marrakesh

Printing Details

First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 172pp.

This now classic book captures the very essence of the people and place of Marrakesh. Having already learned to appreciate Muslim life when he was in Pakistan, Mayne bought a house in the labyrinthine back streets of Marrakesh. He wanted to settle there, not as a privileged visitor in a hotel or grand villa, but as one of the inhabitants. He learned their language, made friends, took part in their festivals, and wrote their letters. This is not a travel book in the accepted sense of the word-it is a record of personal experience in a region of foreign life well beyond the tourist's eye.

The dustwrapper is by Edward Wolfe (1897–1982). He joined the Omega workshop in 1917, and he was one of the first to champion Henri Matisse who remained a lasting influence on his work in portraiture, landscape, still life and abstract in oils and watercolours. He was a member of the Seven and Five Society from 1926 to 1931


A good reading copy. The book is has a lean to the spine, some tanning and foxing to the page edges but the main body of text is in good order. The dustwrapper is chipped to the edges, particularly the rear hinge and faded to the spine but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.

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