The Maias. José Maria de Eça de Queiroz, Patricia McGowan Pinheiro, Ann Stevens, Arthur Barbosa, designer.

The Maias

London: The Bodley Head, 1965. Single volume, measuring 7.75 x 5 inches: 633, [1]. Original dark blue textured cloth lettered in gilt, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket designed by Arthur Barbosa. Lightest edgewear to jacket.

First English edition of Eça de Queiroz’s Os Maias, first published in Portuguese in 1888. The novel tells the story of the fall of the aristocratic Maia family in Lisbon, a narrative that parallels the decline of the Portuguese monarchy. “Can you imagine, my lads, another family like these Maias, with their souls of lions, generous and valiant! Everything seems to be dying out in this miserable country! Splendour has gone.” The striking dust jacket was designed by Arthur Barbosa, best known for his designs for George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series. A near-fine copy.

Price: $40.00