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The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box 1) - Mark Gatiss

The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box 1) - Mark Gatiss

Title: The Vesuvius Club

Author:  Mark Gatiss

ISBN:  9780743257053

Weight:  701g

Lined signed first edition, first printing



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The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

Edwardian London.  It is a world that seems familiar to us: Hansom cabs rattling through fog-choked streets, gin-swilling aesthetes rubbing shoulders with movers and shakers of British Imperial grandeur.  And beneath the confident facade, naturally, an underworld of sinister Tongs, crazed anarchists, murder, and seething vice.  So much for the familiar picture of comforting Victoriana.  But this is the world of Lucifer Box and nothing is quite as it first appears.

Lucifer Box is the most fashionable portrait painter of his day: trading bon mots with the best of them and ruthlessly exploiting his talent and dandified beauty to enter every level of this intriguing society.  From his elegant townhouse at Number 9 Downing Street (well, someone has to live there…) to his vast studio in Chelsea, from the snow-choked streets of Tsarist St Petersburg to the sun-bleached hotels of Mentone, life is one long, dazzling party.

Of course, leading a double life is terribly fashionable and Lucifer Box is not to be outdone.  For what Box’s fashionable circle would never believe is that their witty, cheerfully bisexual friend is also a secret agent…

Peer & Press Reviews

If you’re going to have humorous pastiche, give me this any day, with its evocations of Edwardian melodrama and derring-do.


The most delicious, depraved, inventive, macabre and hilarious literary debut I can think of.  More, I want more!

Stephen Fry

A perniciously addictive piece of escapism.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Vesuvius Club
Sub title: A Bit of Fluff
Illustrations: Ian Bass
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Lucifer Box – book 1
Jacket feature: Please note: the jacket is designed and printed to look like it has age-related wear!
Overall condition:

Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

One signature of the text block is made from a grade of paper that’s not the same as the paper used for the other signatures.  This gives the edges of its leaves a distinctive tan colour.  Note this is common to all printings of this edition.

Printed on unbleached paper, all pages show the slight yellowing that’s normal in a book of this age.

Signed: On the half title page
Lined: I have always been an appalling judge of character. It is my most beguiling virtue.
Book Stats
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Awards and prizes: British Book Awards 2006 – nomination (best newcomer)
Publication date:
Printed by: Mackays of Chatham
ISBN 13: 9780743257053
ISBN 10: 0743257057
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 240
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 27mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Fatimah Namdar
Jacket design: S&S Art Dept / David Mann
Jacket illus. concept: Clayton Hickman
Jacket illustration: Ian Bass

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