The Last Captain of Horse: A Portrait of Chivalry by Werner Bergengruen newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!Thames & Hudson, 1953, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: This is a genial novel, urbane and witty. It is the delightful recollections of a retired Captain of Horse, who in our own times stands as the last representative of the age of chivalry. In this book are courtliness and magnanimity, buffoonery and nobility, Don Quixote and Tartarin, horses and heroes, and the great deeds of cavaliers.
The Captain of Horse, now almost a legendary figure, after a long career in the service of the Czar, has settled down in the picturesque countryside of the north Italian Lakes to meander among his memories. He gives full rein to his imagination, evokes another continent, another century, in a host of stories. There is a memorable portrait of an old hussar, an almost Saki-like story on the meaning of presenting arms, a very sly extension on the duties of a sentry, and the glorious memories of a lifetime.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 304 pages. 7½” x 5″.
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