"A VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE"
SCHAMA, Simon. Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Small octavo (5 by 7-3/4 inches), original black cloth, original dust jacket. $175.
First edition of the famed historian's fascinating work on two riveting tales of greed and murder, signed by Simon Schama, with folding color plate of Benjamin West's painting, "The Death of General Wolfe," and numerous full-page and in-text illustrations.
In this "infinitely beguiling book," renowned historian Simon Schama explores two fascinating historical narratives about money and murder. "Never before has Schama mingled fiction with history, or, for that matter, focused largely on American history" (New York Times). It is "a virtuoso performance" (New Republic). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Published the same year as the first English edition, no priority established.
A fine signed copy.