For five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories of violence and lust which have surrounded this stone virgin. Simon's investigations ...Read MoreFor five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories of violence and lust which have surrounded this stone virgin. Simon's investigations lead him to Chiara Litsov, the wife of a renowned sculptor. A dangerous attraction develops between them and it appears inevitable that once again the stone virgin will bear witness to passion, betrayal and murder.Read Less
Good in None jacket. 0395354129 309 pages. No markings in book. Cover dirty. Corners bumped from use. All books shipped within 24 hours with U. S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satification is guaranteed.
Good in Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Minor edge and corner wear to the dj, lightly scuffed and scratched, corners are gently bumped and rubbed, lightly shelf worn, missing the rear free endpaper, ex-library with the usual library markings, overall a clean used first edition! Dj is nicely preserved in a brand new protective mylar plastic cover! 309 historical pages! "A stone Madonna, masterpiece of Venetian Gothic Sculpture, five centuries old, blackened and disfigured by time and weather and chemical pollution, stands high up on the facade of a church. An English conservation expert, Simon Raikes, is sent to Venice to restore her. There are mysteries about her. Why this church, which she was never designed for? Why was she not installed there until the eighteenth century and where was she before that? Who was the sculptor and why did his career end so abruptly with her creation? "
Very good in very good dust jacket. book: boards a little loose; slight bumping along top edge of rear board; slight fading along top & bottom edges of cloth binding; tiny bump to bottom corner of front board. dj: VG-approx 3/16" closed tear to bottom edge of rear panel; mild intermittent scuffing along bottom edge; mild to moderate intermittent scuffing near & to top edge of spine; mild to moderate scuffing to top & bottom edges of flap folds; mild scuffing along flap folds; small area of scuffing on spine; mild shelfwear to panels. nice unread reading copy with bright dj in mylar protection.
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