The Madonna of the Astrolabe by J. I. M. [John Innes Mackintosh] Stewart soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Victor Gollancz, 1977, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Number 4 in the series.
From the cover: This fourth book in J. I. M. Stewarts splendid quintet of Oxford novels introduces new themes, new characters, a new impetus. Theres the alarming discovery that the fabric of the colleges great tower is in a dangerous condition; and the problem of how to raise the money for its restoration involves the Provost and some of his colleagues in very devious intrigues. And theres the wonderful discovery, in a college attic, of a hitherto unrecorded and, of course, priceless Piero della Francesca; and its disappearance in the middle of a riotous performance of Marlowes Tamburlaine.
On a more personal level, theres also the totally unexpected arrival of Duncan Pattullos ex-wife, a lady of roving sexual proclivities and a great embarrassment to many. And theres the familiar and engaging chorus of ancient dons; though old Timbermills death, in a very moving episode, depletes their number.
Another fine novel in a most memorable series.
In the Staircase in Surrey series.
Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 304 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my Fiction Author: S catalogue?