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BRYHER (ELLERMAN, Winifred). The Coin of Carthage. London : Collins, (1963). First UK Edition. Pp (8), 9-. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Bryher, so often praised for her extraordinary skill in recapturing past periods of crisis, has taken the Second Punic War as the background for her new novel. Through the fate of two Greek traders (and a donkey) she evokes the great struggle between Hannibal and ancient Rome. " It was a familiar story. The armies plundered, the farmers died, merchants starved, nobodysowed the field." Zonas and Dasius belong to the Greek settlements on the Italian coast and their allegiance to Rome is tenuous. When Hannibal's brilliant campaign carries the Carthaginian troops into Southern Italy the traders have no compunction in seeking out the enemy who, far from their nativebases, pay well for leather and oil. But both men are compelled by more th an gain. Adventure, the call of the road, the lure of the golden sands of Africa are temptations towards unknown territory among alien, unryustworthy people and shadowy dangers; they are also invitations to life—and death. Delicately and with unusual insight, Bryher records the dying of the cities of the vanquished and the subtle, corroding change that accompanies he fall from power. The Coin of Carthage is history and allegory, the resent in thepast." (from the dj). Bryher (b. September 2, 1894, Margate, England – d. January 28, 1983, Vevey, Switzerland) was the pen name of the English novelist, poet, memoirist, and magazine editor Annie Winifred Ellerman, of the Ellerman ship-owning family. She was a major figure of the international setin Paris in the 1920s, using her fortune to help many struggling writers. With her lesbian lover Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and Scottish writer Kenneth Macpherson, she launched the film magazine Close Up, which introduced SergeiEisenstein’s work to British viewers. From her home in Switzerland, she he lped to evacuate Jews from Hitler’s Germany, and then became a popular historical novelist. Very good in lightly nicked and close torn (lower edge of rear panel) unclipped dustjacket. 25.00
Title: Coin of Carthage. First British Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Collins, London, 1964,:
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