Alroy or The Prince of the Captivity: A Wondrous Tale by Benjamin Disraeli, 1904 Deluxe Edition, M. Walter Dunne.


Written by Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield. Illustrations, various artists. First edition thus, 1904. Published for subscribers by M. Walter Dunne. New York and London.

Illuminated flyleaf:

The Works of Benjamin Disraeli
Earl of Beaconsfield

Novels, Romances, Plays, Poems,
Biography, Short Stories
and Great Speeches
A Critical Introduction by
Edmund Gosse, LL. D.,
Librarian to the House of Lords
A Biographical Preface by
Robert Arnot, M.A.

Alroy, the most bewildering of Disraeli's romance novels, caused critics to see the author seeking a Jewish identity - his father converted the family to Church of England when he was a child - where there probably wasn't one.

Chapter I
A Great Day for Israel

"The cornets sounded a final flourish as the Prince of the Captivity dismounted from his white mule; his train shouted as if they were once more a people; and, had it not been for the contemptuous leer which played upon the countenances of the Moslem bystanders, it might have been taken for a day of triumph rather than tribute."

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Victorian era, and a founder of the modern Conservative Party. He began writing fiction in his youth and continued to write novels throughout his life, even as Prime Minister.
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Condition*: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Morocco leather cover boards with gilt, green, and ivory design: Small area is rubbed in center right of front cover; bumped at corners; three small puncture holes and tiny tear at head of the spine with rubbing along the edges. Saint Dunstan Binding with "Primrose" Art Nouveau endpapers. Text block: Gilt-stained top edge; cut top edge, three deckled edges. Pages: Small area of foxing top of the gutter page 117, numerous unopened pages, else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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