Memoirs of Hadrian. ** SOLD **
Memoirs of Hadrian
New York: Farrar Straus & Co., 1963.
First illustrated printing.
A near-perfect first illustrated printing of Yourcenar's most famous and scholarly novel, which was originally published in 1954.
She imaginatively receates the Roman Empire of the first century AD in a series of letters from Hadrian to the future Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.
Hadrian emerges as a clear-eyed humanist, who bases Man's chances of happiness and security on the ideals of Greece and the organizational genius of Rome.
Hardcover, in near fine dust-jacket. ** SOLD **