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This Vintage book is the original story of Ben Hur, on which the famous film was based. It is by Lew Wallace and is in good condition for its age. Although this story was first published in 1880, this is the Collins edition from 1954 - so its approaching 60 years old.

This book has a deep red leather effect cover and around 480 close typed pages, which are not at all yellowed as you might have expected for a vintage book. A former owner, PJ Mernock, has added a small label and a library stamp.

The book includes a short account of the life of Lew Wallace, from which we learn that he was born, lived, and became a Governor in Indiana. He served in the Civil War and had risen to the rank of Major-General when he left the army in 1865. He finished Ben Hur in 1879, and died in 1905 at the age of 78.. a great age for those days!

Although we may all recognise the story of Ben Hur from the film adaptation, including that famous chariot race, it is well worth reading as a great story in its own right.

As it is in good condition it might make a gift for someone who likes rarer books. However, it is not perfect, so please take a look at the pictures which show the scuffing to top and bottom of the spine, and to the cover's corners.

Delivery is free in the UK, and I subsidise the overseas shipping price for my heavier books. Sometimes, the actual cost of postage will be slightly less than stated below. Where this happens, I will refund the difference by Paypal.

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Vintage book Ben Hur red leather effect by Lew Wallace The book the film was based on


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
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