The Earthly Paradise.London: Michael Joseph Ltd, 1940 Stock Code: 61739
First edition, first impression. Forester's "first attempt at biographical fiction... tells the story of Christopher Columbus's third voyage to America, which began on May 30, 1498, and which was personally his most disastrous, the voyage from which he returned in chains... Forester tells this tale of Columbus through the eyes of a strange character, Don Narciso Rich, an attorney representing the interests of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He is fat, celibate, base born, not overly brave, and forty; quite out of place with the young, frustrated grandees embarked with Columbus and him on board the Holy Name" (Sanford Sternlight, C. S. Forester and the Hornblower Saga, 1999, pp. 116-7).
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in silver, yellow endpapers. With the dust jacket and the original wraparound band.
An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with a short closed tear repaired to the verso.
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