Published by Peter Davies, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.
Condition: Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Slight shelf cock. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: The Crime of Giovanni Venturi is a droll and piquant tale of a Roman restaurateurs ingenious plot to outwit a competitor on the Street of the Scriveners.
involves a motley set of accomplices, including an ageing bookseller with an archaeological bent, an adventurous signora with a feeling for outer space, a mute giant, a scheming lover, a beautiful maiden, and the spirit of an ancient Etruscan king.
Spoofs contemporary manners and mores in a sprightly romp ending with a sudden surprise twist.
The Crime of Giovanni Venturi marks the debut of an exciting and original new talent on the literary scene.