Jean Cocteau. Translated from the French by W. J. Strachan. Jacket design by Eric Patton.
Peter Owen. London. 1958. English-language edition. Hardback, 8vo; black cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 175 pages. 6 b&w illustrations. English. 220 x 145mm. 0.35kg. . Near fine, in near fine dust jacket; light shelf wear, light wear to forecorners and spine ends, not price-clipped.
Jean Cocteau's account of his recreation of Phileas Fogg's journey around the globe. Cocteau made the trip accompanied by his friend Marcel Khill. A comprehensive account of the feat was published in 1936, and this second work brings together the snapshots and pen notes that Cocteau jotted down quickly as he travelled in haste. 'He records his impressions of sleeping porters in a Calcutta station, a street dentist in Kuala Lumpur, an unwilling geisha in Japan, opium dens in Hong Kong and the Harlem dance halls in New York.' The effect on reader is one of spinning around the globe with Cocteau.