Contanini Fleming: A Psychological Romance, Volume II, by Benjamin Disraeli, 1904 Deluxe Edition, M. Walter Dunne.


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

Illuminated flyleaf:

The Works of Benjamin Disraeli
Earl of Beaconsfield

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

Contanini Fleming, the author's autobiographical character study, struggles with an identity crises - party Saxon noble, part descendent of an old and dwindling Venetian family - launches a physical and metaphorical journey of self-discovery.

Part The Fifth (Continued)
Chapter IV

"There is not a more beautiful and solemn temple in the world than the great Cathedral of Seville. When you enter from the glare of a Spanish sky, so deep is the staining of the glass, and so msall and few the windows, that, for a moment, you feel in darkness. Gradually, the vast design of the Gothic artist unfolds itself to your vision: gradually rises up before you the profuse sumptuousness of the high altar, with its tall images, and velvet and gold hangings, its gigantic railings of brass and massy candlesticks of silver, all revealed by the dim and perpetual light of the sacred and costly lamps."

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, blue, and red embossed design: Light fading along edges of back cover; light rubbing along edges of the spine; lightly bumped at corners. Saint Dunstan Binding. "Primrose" Art Nouveau endpapers. Text block: Gilt-stained top edge; cut top edge, three deckled edges, numerous unopened pages. Shadow in gutter of pages 90 - 91 caused by blue ribbon bookmark, else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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