London: Hodder and Stoughton, no date . [Historical fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.x; 374. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine and upper, blind stamped 'revolutionary mob motif' and laid on illustration to same. Folding plate as a frontispiece. Textblock slightly shaken, neat ownership to flyleaf, booksellers ticket to pastedown, some spotting throughout, a little dustiness to top edge. Binding slightly rubbed and worn, a little frayed to foot of spine. Very good. The elusive Pimpernel returns for another swashbuckling adventure in El Dorado; the still-raging French Revolution continues to claim lives, and the shadow of the guillotine draws ever nearer to the the young Dauphin, son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The mysterious Sir Percy Blakeney, (the Scarlet Pimpernel) is the only one daring enough to attempt to liberate the little prince, and Sir Percy must take on Robespierre's agents, the scheming Citizen Chauvelin, in a suspenseful blend of action and political intrigue, recounted with captivating period detail. Item #54051
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