Book Condition: Fine
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 preceding the trade edition. SIGNED by author Jan de Hartog. In unread Fine condition.
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. " Martinus, a skeptical realist, cannot resist the challenge of the paranormal. He dowzes not for water or oil but for 4th-century Rome where he tries to comprehend the life a centurion whose views and experiences disconcertingly resemble his own.
This outstanding book is bound in genuine leather with raised bands. Features gilded, sewn-in pages with a satin marker. Simply superb quality; Franklin Library at its best.