The Lost Steps.



Publisher: Victor Gollancz
Place Published: London,
Description: Hardcover. Edges, endpapers and prelims slightly foxed, ownership signature and date (1959) on fly-leaf, otherwise very good in like dustjacket with a few closed tears, spine and top of rear panel browned, with a few small repairs at the head of the spine.
Date Published: 1956.

Translated by Harriet de Onis. Cuban author’s major work, and his first book translated into English. Carpentier was a musicologist and radio scriptwriter. “The Lost Steps” concerns a musician’s search for primitive wisdom and his eventual decision to return to civilization. The UK edition precedes the much more common US edition. This copy has the scarce wrap-around band, with reviews by Edith Sitwell and J.P. Priestley. The portion of the spine covered by the band has remained bright yellow; the portion above has browned slightly.

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