ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES SIGNED BY LAWRENCE DURRELL
DURRELL, Lawrence. Beccadico. (Montpellier): La Licorne, 1963. Very slim octavo, staple-bound as issued, original pink paper wrappers; pp. 11. $250.
Signed limited first edition of Durrell's prose tribute to a tiny fig-eating bird, number 103 of only 150 copies signed by Lawrence Durrell, in original wrappers.
This essay concerns the Beccafico, a tiny fig-eating bird from the Mediterranean. Here, Durrell laments the bird's fate as a popular pickled delicacy. He expresses his hope that the Cypriot government will see the Beccafico's magnificent beauty and give the birds a chance to live unharmed.