Count Belisarius

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Author: Graves, Robert von Ranke (1895-1985)

Year: 1938

Publisher: Random House

Place: New York

Description:

vii+364 pages with 5 maps. Octavo. (8 1/2" x 6") bound in original publishers blue green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations to spine in original pictorial jacket.. First American edition.

Count Belisarius will introduce its readers to an unfamiliar and astonishing world, extending from the Euphrates to the Straits of Gibraltar-the centre of which is medieval Constantinople, the richest, most populous, most powerful city in existence; and to two extraordinary women, friends, who manage to escape from the criminal class into which they were born, and profoundly influence, through their husbands, the course of world events. There is also a varied crowd of picturesque subsidiary chaacters-kings, generals, bishops, courtiers, dancing masters, bear keepers, eunuchs of the Civil Service, sailors, bath-attendants, slaves mons, merchants, peasant women, gang leaders, a murderous whale, prostitutes, Church widos, priests, barbarians of many nations, soldiers of all arms and varying degrees of discipline and courage. Belisarius himself is not only a hero, but a general whose campaigns, as recounted here, summarize the soundest and most humane principles of warefare. It was his rule never to terrorize a civil population, resolutely to avoid pitched battles wherever the same advantages could be achieved by forced marches, the cutting of communications or digging-in, and never to puch a defeated enemy to desperation.

Condition:

Jacket spine lightly sunned, light edge wear with some closed tears, 1/2" closed tear with light crease at front heal. A very good copy in a like jacket.


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