"ALAS, FOR JERUSALEM! ALAS, FOR CONSTANTINOPLE!"
WALLACE, Edward Lewis. The Prince of India or Why Constantinople Fell. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, green and purple morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. $600.
First edition of this popular historical romance by the author of Ben Hur, handsomely bound by Root & Son.
The ambassador to Constantinople between 1881 and 1885, Wallace followed Ben Hur with this novel about a Jew living in Constantinople during the late Byzantine Empire. First issue, without dedication page in Volume I. BAL 20819. Wright 5722. Contemporary owner signatures.
A lovely copy in fine condition.