Title: Crown Without Sceptre
Author: Vaughan Williams
Illustrator: Unknown
Year: 1952 (First Edition)
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Book Condition: Like New
Jacket Condition: Like New


Description: Fact and fiction are interwoven in a story of conspiracy, violence, pageantry, and the tempestuous siege of hearts. Its setting, for the most part, is the sad and shadowy palace in Florence where Prince Charles Edward passed his later life amidst ghosts and faded pomp. The three protagonists of this palace drama are Charles himself, weary and disillusioned, seeking too often the tragic consolation of the bottle; Louise, the violet-eyed and lovely princess whom Rome knew as the 'Queen of Hearts'; and the volcanic Count Vittorio Alfieri, who was not merely to be the master of a queen but one of the greatest tragedians of Italy.

Both book and jacket are in superb, as new condition: no damage or foxing whatsoever; the jacket is unclipped (12s. 6d. net).

Rare to find a copy as good as this.

Measures 19.5 cm × 13 cm (7.8" × 5.2"). 8vo. 349 pp.


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