Costain, Thomas B. The Tontine, Vol. II
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Company 1955 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket
Illustrated by Ryman, Herbert
Spine somewhat slanted, corners slightly bumped. DJ has edgewear with a 1 1/2" chip/tear approx. mid-spine, a few small chips along edge , with a 1/2" chip at top of spine. A clean, attractive copy.
"The story of a tontine ( a strange and enticing form of gamble, part lottery, part insurance) begins with th4e day when the battle of Waterloo was fought and ends when the nineteenth century was drawing to a close. It is above everything else, therefore, a story of great variety: for although it marches briskly ahead with the interweaving narrative of the lives of its main characters, it takes time also to linger in the back wash of change, in the dingy squares, the inns, the coaching yards and railway stations, in the greenrooms and courts and jails of a colorful century." It carries along the suspense of the tontine as the years go by until finally there are but three survivors in this fascinating human lottery. Then there are two. And at last-one."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall