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Hilaire Belloc THE PATH TO ROME First Penguin Edition

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First edition, first print Penguin paperback of THE PATH TO ROME: A description of his walk from the valley of the Moselle to the Eternal City by Hilaire Belloc, published by Penguin Books Ltd., London, in 1958. Penguin No 1326. First published in the UK in 1902. Illustrated by the author.

The book is in very good condition with only slight wear (very light rubbing to a couple of the corners, more to the spine edges, a tiny nick to the front top edge and some tanning to the covers and pages). Internally, the pages are clean and tight with no tears and no inscriptions.

Hilaire Belloc, 1870 - 1953 Hilaire Belloc was born in France in 1870, educated at Oxford. In 1906 he became a naturalized British subject and entered Parliament as the Liberal member for South Salford, but in 1910 he abandoned public life and devoted himself mainly to writing. Although he began as a writer of humorous verse for children, his works include satire, poetry, history, biography, fiction, and many volumes of essays. With his close friend and fellow Catholic, G. K. Chesterton, Belloc founded the New Witness, a weekly newspaper opposing capitalism and free thought and supporting a philosophy known as distributism.

The pair was so close in thought and association that George Bernard Shaw nicknamed them Chesterbelloc. During his life, Belloc published over 150 books. His best-known works include most notably his light verse, such as Cautionary Tales (1907) and A Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896), The Path to Rome, The Fair Men, The Servile State, and many biographies, collections of essays, verse (both comic and serious), travel books, historical studies, and novels. In 1934 he was awarded the Papal decoration of Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory. A serious illness in 1941 closed his career as a writer. He died on 16 July 1953.

His best travel writing The Path to Rome (1902) is an account of a walking pilgrimage he made from central France across the Alps and down to Rome, has remained continuously in print. More than a mere travelogue,The Path to Rome contains descriptions of the people and places he encountered, his drawings in pencil and in ink of the route, humour, poesy, and the reflections of a large mind turned to the events of his time as he marches along his solitary way. At every turn, Belloc shows himself to be profoundly in love with Europe and with the Faith that he claims has produced it.

"This, the best-known of Belloc's books cannot be placed in any literary category. It has no ancestry, and left no progeny. It is a pilgrimage during which the pilgrim sings and sketches as he goes along; a travel-book in which the traveller talks of anything that comes into his head. The talk never becomes tedious, because when Belloc himself is bored by a stretch of road, he makes fun of his own boredom, and because the tone of voice changes continually. A passing thought, or a landscape which comes like a vision at the turn of a path, evokes that tenderness and melancholy which are so surprising in such a vigorous and combative companion. Belloc once said 'The Path to Rome is the only book I ever wrote for love.'"

243 pages. Illustrated with a frontispiece and black & white line drawings by the author within the text.

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