Gerald Durrell – Beasts in my Belfry – First UK Edition 1973 – SIGNED to Theo Stephanides – Collins
A first edition, first printing published by Collins in 1973. A fine book in like unclipped wrapper. Signed to Theodore Stephanides (with very much love) from Gerald Durrell. A polymath, Stephanides was respected as a scientist and doctor, and acclaimed as a poet in both Greek and English, and translated a sizeable body of Greek poetry to English — notably a significant body of work by Greek poet Kostis Palamas and the Greek near-epic work Erotocritos. He was also a noted biologist and scientist who has three species named after him (Cytherois stephanidesi, Thermocyclops stephanidesi, and Schizopera stephanidesi are microscopic water organisms discovered by Stephanides in 1938). He also wrote a definitive biological treatise on the freshwater life in Corfu, which is still cited in the 2000s (decade). His autobiographical account of the Battle of Crete - Climax in Crete, and his fictional account of Corfu and the Ionian Islands - Island Trails were widely read, but are now out of print.