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I Claudius - Robert Graves - 1934. 
London - Arthur Barker 1934 - The first edition of Graves' most famous, and popular novel I Claudius. With a folding plate of a the Romanimperialfamily tree to the rear. This is the first edition of this text with 'first published in 1934' to the verso of the title page. Bound in the 1980s after Asprey's acquisition of Zaehnsdorf bindery, who merged it with their previous acquisition of Sangorski and Sutcliff. This binding is a Zaehnsdorf binding, as noted to the gilt stamp to the front pastedown. Claudius The God is a novel, written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. It includes the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and the Roman Empire from Julius Caesar's assassination in 44BC to Caligula's assassination in 41AD. Graves also wrote a sequel to this titled Claudius The God which follows Caligula's death and Claudius' accession to his own death. It also includes a section written as a biography of Herod Agrippa. Both texts were first published in 1934. Graves was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial prize forboth I Claudius and ClaudiusThe God in 1934. I Claudius is Graves most commercially successful work. He used classical sources to construct a complex and compelling tale of Claudius' life. Condition: In a full crushed morocco Zaehnsdorf binding. Zaehnsdorf gilt stamp to front pastedown. Externally, lovely condition. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned due to paper used and clean throughout. Overall: FINE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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