Putnam, London, 1959
Octavo. Original red boards lettered in gilt to spine. Frontispiece portrait of Miller. Slight creasing to preliminary pages, possibly where the authors have hurriedly looked for the front free endpaper to place their signatures. Otherwise a stunning copy, in a bright and clean dust jacket with tiny chips to corners and several short closed tears.
With a neat former ownership inscription to front free endpaper, "Ray Mills, Edinburgh, 1961", and below the contemporary holograph signatures of Durrell and Miller whose signature is dated "8/25/62 Edinburgh" in the American style (25th August 1962). It is very unusual to have their signatures together side by side.
Dr Raymond Mills was in charge of the medical service on Rhodes when Durrell lived on the island. The two struck up a friendship which lasted until the author's death in 1990. Mills is a central figure in Durrell's book on Rhodes, Reflections on a Marine Venus (1953) and is also mentioned in the author's Acknowledgements to that book.
In August 1962, Durrell and Miller attended the Writers Conference at Edinburgh where Mills lived, and recorded a "conversation" about their writing. This is presumably when the present volume was signed.
"Art and Outrage" is a three-way correspondence about Henry Miller. The three authors met in Paris in the 1930s and enjoyed a long friendship. Miller's direct and unabashed style had a decisive influence on Durrell's early work in particular.
Alan G Thomas A32