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Imperium (Cicero 1) - Robert Harris

Imperium (Cicero 1) - Robert Harris
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Title: Imperium

Author:  Robert Harris

ISBN:  9780091795498

Weight:  990g

Limited leather-bound signed first edition, first printing with slipcase

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Imperium by Robert Harris

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.

The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres.  The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium – supreme power in the state.

This is the starting-point of Robert Harris’s most accomplished novel to date.  Compellingly written in Tiro’s voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man – clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable – fought to reach the top.

Peer & Press Reviews

Harris deploys the devices of the thriller writer to trace the perils and triumphs of Cicero’s ascent…  A finely accomplished recreation of the power struggles of more than two millenniums ago.

The Observer

Harris’s best so far, rapid and compelling in narrative, copious in detail, thoroughly researched but also, which is more important, thoroughly imagined…  Irresistible.

Allan Massie, Sunday Telegraph

Fascinating…  Imperium masterfully dramatises issues not only pertinent to a vanished world but to our own.

Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Imperium
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features: Housed in a black slipcase, this edition has a burgundy leather cover with gold foil lettering, burgundy and silver head and tail bands and a burgundy ribbon marker.  The endpapers are printed with a close-up of one of the long sides of the Ara Pacis Augustae, Rome.
Limitation details:

This limited edition comes from a small print run of just 200 copies.

Each book has an authentication page, immediately before the title page, which is signed by the author and confirms the book’s handwritten number.

Book numbers: Choice of 137 or 138 [of 200, subject to availability]
Series: Cicero trilogy – book 1
Overall condition: Very fine / na / Very fine
Signed: On the number authentication page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime programme serialised Imperium as ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri from 4 September 2006.
Book Stats
Publisher: Cornerstone Publishing
Imprint: Hutchinson
Publication date:
Printed by: Mackays of Chatham
ISBN 13: 9780091795498
ISBN 10: 0091795494
Format: Leather-bound Hardcover with slipcase, no dust jacket
Pages: 403
Size (h x w x d): 251 x 169 x 45mm
Design Credits
Map (Repub. Rome): Reginald Piggott
Endpaper image: Courtesy of Fratelli Alinari / Alinari Archive, Florence

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