[Lawrence, George Alfred]. ANTEROS. A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman & Hall, 1871. First Edition. A PRESENTATION COPY from the publisher with the Chapman & Hall small blind-stamp on the title page of Volume One. A FINE copy in beautifully designed original publisher's brown cloth, gilt, showing only the most minor of blemishes; we doubt many first editions of this title still exist much less an example in this condition. OCLC only finds one copy worldwide (Indiana).George Alfred Lawrence (1827-1876) was a sensation novelist of a different ilk than Wilkie Collins or M. E. Braddon. His protagonists were often, if not always, men who were equally skilled at fighting, riding, hunting, killing, truth-seeking, and wooing. Not one to shirk a challenge himself, Lawrence sailed to America to fight for the Confederate Army (he was captured and shipped back to England). Lawrence is little read today but he created the original inspiration for the "Beau Geste" character, that self-sacrificing, dashing, honorable crusader who often fought for lost causes usually on behalf of some wronged maiden. In short, Lawrence may be credited with creating today's iconic "action hero." ANTEROS is one of Lawrence's most mature tales, set entirely in England, a romantic mystery involving a deceitful woman in the vein of Lady Audley. Our action hero has to uproot the "secret" which, alas, thwarts romance but keeps honor alive now and forever. Wolff (3967) had a copy of this rare novel but it was ex-library. Sadleir didn't have a copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: ANTEROS: A Novel in Three Volumes. (...
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
Publication Date: 1871
Binding: Decorative Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
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