Book Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Publisher: Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1989.
Illustrator: Illustrated by John Rush
A special Limited first edition/first printing copy preceding the trade edition, SIGNED by author Jan de Hartog in As New condition, never taken out of its original shrink-wrap.
Martinus Harixma refuses to dedicate his retirement from a captain's life at sea to "boozing and snoozing. " Dowzing, however, is something else. "Old men, " he quotes from T. S. Eliot, "ought to be explorers, " and Martinus, a conservative, skeptical realist, cannot resist the challenge of the paranormal. He dowzes not for water or oil but for 4th-century Rome. There he discovers and tries to comprehend the life a centurion whose views and experiences disconcertingly resemble his own.
This outstanding book is bound in genuine leather and features gilded, sewn in pages and ribbon marker, simply superb quality, Franklin Library at its best.