KING ZOG'S ALBANIA by J. SWIRE/BALKANS/ RARE 1937 1ST

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  • Sold Date: May 08, 2011
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KING ZOG'S ALBANIA by J. SWIRE/BALKANS/ RARE 1937 1ST

KING ZOG'S ALBANIA. BY J. SWIRE. New York: Liveright Publishing Company, 1927. First Edition. Rare.

A nice First Edition of this rare and fascinating book about Albania and its King. This thick book has many vintage photographs. Published 84 years ago, this book is now long out-of-print and rare, selling for between $86 and $145. This book should be at least as valuable. Such a nice First Edition book is not likely to come up for sale again soon on ebay.

From Chapter I: "Twelve years ago Albania was almost untravelled ground, to most people an empty name, to our daily newspapers, a strange land which was advertising for a king. My curiosity drove me there in March, 1924...It was from Corfu that I first sighted Albania-the rugged Acroceraunian mountains beyond the straits, their snowy summits pink in the last sun...The cliffs and scarps of the Himara coast were black under a pall of clouds which wrapped the heights from sight as the little Italian boat that bore me best up the coast in a gale. Early next morning we anchored off Durres, a sad place between grey sky and grey sea. I went ashore in a bobbing cockleshell rowed by two ruffians who would have drawn a crowd in the chamber of horrors at Madame Tussaud's; and the peasants in their shaggy black sheepskin
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