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This is an auction for THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII by Lord Lytton.

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"THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. It culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The novel uses its characters to contrast the decadent culture of first-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt . . . "

More on Wikipedia. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! I bought this battered old book at an antique shoppe because I was intrigued by the title, and the obvious age of the novel. I was delighted to have found such a gem! The writing is intelligent and for an intelligent reader; something that we almost never get to experience any more. The story is rich in historic details and mythic references. But, the saga is truely nail-biting excitement and suspense! What a wonderful surprise! If you want to experience something noble and enriching, to read with pleasure, this is the book!"

"FIVE STARS!!!! If all you know about Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton is the notorious opening sentence of another of his novels, "It was a dark and stormy night . . . ," and that this is supposed to imply that he wrote overblown purple prose - I urge you to try THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (first published in 1834). You may be surprised to find yourself in the hands of an expert storyteller and, yes, an often splendid stylist."

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A morocco-bound hardback volume published in 1968, from the same edition as the books in the photograph.

409 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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