The Maestro - Robert KempGerald Duckworth & Co, 1956, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, lower panel grubby. Literary agent's sticker to the first blank. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “The Maidencastle Festival of All the Arts is internationally famous and draws to that old-fashioned Scottish city a diverse throng of visitors, some of whom present a considerable enigma to the residents — and none more so than the distinguished Panslavonian, Vassili Gort-chakovitch, whom the committee has designated virtuoso of honour. He composes enormously long and discordant symphonies which enjoy the official protection of his government, and it becomes important that his works should receive an enthusiastic welcome in Maidencastle. The young British official charged with the discreet surveillance of Gortchakovitch is Edward de Trouville-Delaney, who, owing to the shortage of accommodation in Maidencastle, finds himself a boarder in the house of two elderly and impoverished Scottish Nationalist spinsters. One feature of Maidencastle Festivals has always been the shameless competition between hostesses in capturing guests with some publicity value. How Mrs. Urquhart-Innes, sister of a famous Scottish Rugger International, succeeds in capturing Gortchakovitch, but lives to regret it, is recounted in this most diverting book. As for Mr. de Trouville-Delaney, he leaves his reputation, but also his heart, in Maidencastle.
Size: 7½" x 5"
Number of Pages: 272
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