Ionia, A Quest
This copy signed by H A N Barlow who filmed Freya Stark in India in 1945
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 263pp.
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.
When Freya Stark travelled along the western coast of Turkey in 1952 she met only one other tourist. Today, this region is the most popular and well-travelled in the country, but to travel with Stark—whose aim was to 'create a guide-book in time'—is to experience Turkey in a richer and more inspiring way than any modern guide or history can provide. In the ruins and vanished cities of Ionia lay the record of human history—of what, Stark believed, made us what we are today. Her longing to know more, to unearth the living from the wreckage of the past and to discover the ingredients that shaped the ancient world drove her forward. With Herodotus as her travelling companion, she began her quest in Smyrna and traced a route through the ancient cities of Asia Minor, which were haunted by echoes of Odysseus and Alexander the Great and by the poets and philosophers, musicians and mathematicians who flourished in this world. Wandering beyond the boundaries of travel, Stark entered into the soul of ancient Ionia, examining the ever-present tension between East and West and the elements of religion, society and commerce that forged the culture of a civilisation.
A fair copy. The book is in good readable condition with age-toning to the page edges. The dustwrapper is heavily faded to the spine and chipped to the edges but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.