THE BIRTH OF VENUS.
Edition: First US printing.
New York: Random House, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly praised historical novel set in Renaisance Florence - in the early 16th century, when the Medici state was for a while under the spell of the monk Savonarola - "A beautiful serpent of a novel, seductive and dangerous . . full of wise guile, the most brilliant novel yet from a writer of powerful historical imagination and wicked literary gifts. Dunant's snaky tale of art, sex and Florentine hysteria consumes utterly---but the experience is all pleasure." (Simon Schama.) Historical notes. 397 pp. ISBN: 1400060737.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (creasing to the margin of 1 page, a publishing flaw.)