The Soul of Malaya - Henri FauconnierLondon: Elkin Mathews & Marrot, 1931, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-toned.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Frontispiece portrait;
From the cover: “This quite exceptional book was awarded the Goncourt prize in France and has made a very deep and well-deserved impression in French literary and popular circles.
It is half-memoir, half-fiction. It describes the experiences of two French planters in Malaya and besides many fascinating psychological subtleties, it contains a series of sharply-etched vignettes of various types of Englishmen running plantations in Malaya, not to mention many impregnable pictures of the beauty and living appeal of the country itself.
The book is written with extraordinary economy and charm, and it is precisely because of the author’s innate good taste as a writer that he has produced a book which will rank high among the literary bestsellers of recent years.”