Alexander's Path, from Caria to Cilicia
Freya Stark's travels in Turkey, signed by H A N Barlow who filmed her in India in 1945
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 283pp.
This copy has two previous owner's signatures. The first is Henry Arthur Northey Barlow (as H.A.N. Barlow), a Colonial Administrator who filmed Freya Stark when she visited Indore Residency (Madhya Pradesh) for a short film entitled "India—A Residency" (see the BFI library). He later became part of the Secretariat in Lusaka in Zambia. The second is C J Klyberg. He became the Bishop of Fulham but was the Dean of Lusaka before ordination to the episcopate.
This is the story of back-country Turkey, an area that even in the 20th century remains stubbornly tied to antiquity. The author travelled through it by truck and horseback, often alone. She reached places little visited and never written about. The country people welcomed her with generosity unrelated to their meagre resources. She was travelling in time as well, and found significance in recalling the life of Alexander the Great. Twenty-two centuries ago he was the first to dream of a united world. Illustrated with photos.
The book is in good plus condition, with light and occasional foxing to the pages. The dustwrapper is a bit creased to the corners and has some surface marking but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.