11 October 2002
GREENE, Graham (1904-1991). Journey Without Maps. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1936.
8o. Original yellow printed wrappers (front cover detached, rear cover lacking). Provenance: GRAHAM GREENE (annotations throughout); Clinton Ives Smullyan, Jr. (sold Sotheby's London, 16 December 1996, lot 45).
GREENE'S OWN COPIOUSLY ANNOTATED PROOF COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Nearly 154 pages (of 296) bear Greene's autograph corrections, revisions and additions. Most of the revisions are incorporated into the published text; as when Greene deletes the description of Laminah "he was so terrified" in line 8 on p.160. There are frequent improvements in the use of verbs and adjectives and the dedication is altered: instead of "To Vivien, " Greene writes "To My Wife." The list of illustrations is substantially altered, with pencil corrections in another hand.
Throughout, "Lampton," the name of the commercial traveller, is changed to "Younger." Greene did not know at this stage that a year and a half after publication a libel suit would be brought against the book by a Dr. P.D. Oakley, who thought that "Pa Oakley," the drunken head of the Sierra Leone Medical Service in the book, was based on him. The book was immediately withdrawn and did not appear again until after the war, when Heinemann surrendered the rights back to Greene. Wobbe A11a.
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