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Ben Hur by Lew Wallace Late Victorian Antique Book The Great Novel of Rome, Israel, Jesus and Faith

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A Late Nineteenth Century Edition of Lew Wallace's Exciting Novel About Ancient Israel, Rome and the Life of Jesus Christ.

Many consider "Ben Hur" to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Does it not follow that such a great movie could only come from an equally great book?

"Ben Hur", the novel, was an instant hit, just like the movie starring Charleton Heston was an instant hit a little over a half century later. And why should it be a surprise? Its themes were universal; its plot line known by millions in their hearts. It is a novel of grandeur, of passions, with exciting, never to be forgotten scenes - the fateful sea battle, the amazing and heart-pounding chariot race, the pitiful scenes in the leper colony, the effect that one man - Jesus - could have on others. Lew Wallace recreated a complete world. Jerusalem and Rome come to life in his pages, as much as the vibrant human characters do. It remains a great novel.

This is a very early printing of the book, clothed in a binding made familiar to the readership of the late Victorian era. It's dedication page is, of course the revised version as dictated by General Wallace: "To the Wife of My Youth Who Still Abides With Me."

TITLE : Ben Hur
AUTHOR : Lew Wallace ( 1827 - 1905 )
PLACE : New York
IMPRINT : Harper & Brothers
YEAR : No date (© 1880)
EDITION : Unstated early printing [This copy printed circa 1881 - 1885]


560 pages + 16 pages of publisher's list;
approximately 4 5/8" x 6 5/8" (12mo); decorated dark blue textured cloth - spine has title, etc. lettered in gold - front board has title in dark red and gilt in block letters - a "Star of Bethlehem" is pictured in gilt at the upper right corner



The book has been gently read .

BOARDS : Light wear - a small damp stain is discernible along the rear board's fore-edge (not egregious), else clean and displays brightly

SPINE : Mild compression and abrasion to extremities - light abrasion along joints - title is bright

BINDING : Solid ... the leaves open widely, the hinges are not cracked, but binding thread is exposed here and there

PAGE EDGES : A bit toned, but clean

END-PAPERS : Clean - original owner's signature neatly signed in pencil ( Florence Eckor )

INTERIOR : Clean and presentable throughout with but near-negligible sings of use.


Read this great book in the original edition, rather than a cheap modern paperback!




Ben Hur by Lew Wallace Late Victorian Antique Book The Great Novel of Rome, Israel, Jesus and Faith


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