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Quicksilver by  Neal Stephenson - Signed First Edition - 2003 - from Evening Star Books (SKU: 00005947)

Quicksilver

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Quicksilver

by Stephenson, Neal

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  • near fine
  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
Condition
Near Fine/very near Fine
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About This Item

New York: William Morrow [2003], 2003. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very near Fine. Large 8vo. [9], x, [7], 4-927, [3] pp. Quarter grey cloth over blue paper boards with silver lettering and decorations on the front board and spine. Price of $27.95 on front flap of jacket. Maps on the endpapers and pastedowns. Signed by the author on the title page. An attractive copy of the first volume in Stephenson's "Baroque Cycle" Near Fine with a small concavity to the spine from reading in a very near Fine dust jacket.

Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Quicksilver tells the intertwining tales of 3 unforgettable main characters (descendants of characters from Cryptonomicon) as they traverse a landscape populated by mad alchemists, Barbary pirates, and bawdy courtiers, as well as historical figures including Ben Franklin, William of Orange, Louis XIV, and many others. This breathtaking story ranges from the American colonies to the Tower of London to the glittering palace at Versailles, and all manner of places in between — and plays out during a singular nexus point in history, when rationality triumphed over mysticism, monarchy was overthrown, markets become free, and religious tolerance gained ground over harsh oppression. It is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight. It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox ... and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance. A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life -- a historical epic populated by the likes of Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, William of Orange, Benjamin Franklin, and King Louis XIV -- Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time. And it's just the beginning ... (From Overdrive)

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Details

book dealer
Evening Star Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
00005947
Title
Quicksilver
Author
Stephenson, Neal
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Jacket condition
very near Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
William Morrow [2003]
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2003

Terms of Sale

Evening Star Books

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About Evening Star Books

We buy and sell rare and fine books in many fields. Our interests include philosophy, modern first editions, and works of historical or intellectual interest. In addition to bookselling, we regularly do valuations and appraisals for non-IRS purposes. Evening Star Books is a Limited Liability Company.

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