The Road to Oxiana
Robert Byron, 1937
BYRON, Robert (1905-1941). The Road to Oxiana. London: Macmillan & Co., 1937.

First edition, presentation copy to Christopher Sykes, in dust jacket. Inscribed by Byron to his travelling companion, Christopher Sykes (1907-1986): "To my hero & victim Christopher in the hope that he will be reminded of the fresh air again (we are both living in London) from Robert." Christopher Sykes and Robert Byron spent two years traveling Central Asia in the early 1930s and the travelogue which Byron authored was his most influential and well-known works. It is illustrated with plates after photographs taken by Byron of Iranian architecture.

"Robert Byron is, with justification, the most celebrated of English travel writers between the World Wars. A classic combination of Eton and Oxford bundled with a sharp critical eye, a forceful and at times abrasive personality with a thirst for adventure, he produced a string of narratives of travel to exotic places in the 1930s. In [The Road to Oxiana], his masterpiece ... he was accompanied by his close friend (and later biographer) Christopher Sykes, whose essay on his (by then late—Byron was killed in World War II) companion is a classic in its own right." Narratives of Personal Experience 18.

Octavo. Illustrated with plates and a map (a little foxing). Original cloth (slight lean, spine and edges a bit discolored); printed dust jacket (spine panel and folds browned, some splitting at flap folds). Provenance: Christopher Sykes, 1907-1986 (presentation inscription).

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