The Prisoner of Zenda. Being the History of Three Months in the Life of an English Gentleman.

Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, [1894]. [Adventure novel] FIRST EDITION, usual later issue with other works listed on verso of title page, and with 30 titles advertised on first page of ads (some have 18 or 24 listed). Octavo, pp. 310, + 2 of adverts. Publisher's burgundy cloth, titled in gilt to spine and upper, gilt device to backstrip with gilt imprint 'Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series Vol. XVIII' to foot of same. A used copy with some sunning and soiling to cloth, inside paper joints started, bookplate to pasedown. 'The Prisoner of Zenda' is author Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins most famous novel, a swashbuckling romance which transports gentleman hero, Rudolf Rassendyll, from a comfortable London life to fast-paced adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land steeped in political intrigue. Rassendyll must impersonate the rightful king in order to rescue him from the castle Zenda, all the while facing tests of honour with the beautiful Princess Flavia, and enduring tests of strength in his encounters with the villainous Black Michael and his handsome, debonair bodyguard, Rupert of Hentzau. Basis for David O. Selznick's Oscar-nominated movie (1937), starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and David Niven. This adventure story was enjoyed by Ian Fleming as a child, and Hope's chivalrous hero is a 'literary ancestor' of the debonair British agent 007 -The Rough Guide to James Bond (2002), p.47. Item #47038

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