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The Historian [Signed, Limited] by  ELIZABETH KOSTOVA - Signed First Edition - 2005 - from Captain's Bookshelf, Inc., ABAA (SKU: 9113)

The Historian [Signed, Limited]

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The Historian [Signed, Limited]

by KOSTOVA, ELIZABETH

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Asheville, NC: The Captain's Bookshelf, 2005. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. As new in slipcase, as issued.. Octavo. x; 642 pp. Limited edition, one of 150 numbered, signed and specially-bound copies housed in a slipcase covered in a reproduction of a sixteenth-century map of the Balkans by Sebastian Munster. The first twenty-five copies are reserved for the author, Little, Brown and Company and The Captain's Bookshelf. Folded and gathered unbound sheets from the first edition, first printing of The Historian were used in the production of this limited edition. The title has been translated into medieval Latin, Historiographus. With a dragon illustration on the upper cover by Luis Campos. Signed by Kostova.

Synopsis

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.

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On Jan 17 2007, fict said:
Riding a bit on the coat tails of the Da Vinci Code and awfully similar in theme, but at least much better written with something approaching real-life dialogue.
On Dec 16 2005, Raabe said:
Excellent fictional account of the mystery of Vlad Tepes.

Details

Bookseller
Captain's Bookshelf, Inc., ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
9113
Title
The Historian [Signed, Limited]
Author
KOSTOVA, ELIZABETH
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
New As new in slipcase, as issued.
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition, First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Captain's Bookshelf
Place of Publication
Asheville, NC
Date published
2005
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