Hardcover, 424 pages.
Condition: Very good condition, clean and bright copy. Pen and pencil inscribed by former owners. Dust jacket is very firm, with some sunning and a rip on spine; other signs of shelf wear are noticeable.
Here is a story from the pen of one of literature’s immortals. Laid in London and Paris, during the turbulent days of the French Revolution, it tells of five honorable persons caught in the terrible machinations of that bloody and crucial social crisis. It is no wonder that A Tale of Two Cities is considered one of the finest historical adventure stories ever written.
Dr. Manette, long a prisoner in the Bastille, has been restored at last to his daughter Lucie. Her husband, Charles Darnay, has been tried and acquitted of a charge of treason. These three have good reason to quit the soil of France gladly. But when Charles receives a desperate plea for help from within terror-ridden Paris the three return unhesitatingly to the heart of danger.
Trapped in Paris, their good friend Mr. Lorry and Sydney Carton, the gentleman wastrel who has always loved Lucie, try vainly to stem the tide of hatred that ultimately condemns Charles to death on the guillotine. Then Sydney Carton’s supreme sacrifice climaxes a magnificent story that has held three generations of readers spellbound with its dramatic action.
Beautifully illustrated in color and black and white by Rafaello Busoni exclusively for The Illustrated Junior Library.