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John Mortimer THE OXFORD BOOK OF VILLIANS Signed First Edition

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First edition, first print hardback of THE OXFORD BOOK OF VILLIANS by John Mortimer and published by Oxford University Press in 1992. Signed by John Mortimer on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean dark blue boards with gold lettering and gold frame on the spine, gold lettering on front) with only minor wear to the dust jacket which is not price clipped (minor creasing to the edges, slight tanning along the edges inside, which is not noticable from outside). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is some foxing on the top page ends.

"Villains have been celebrated in song and drama, poem and fiction since the Bible first recorded the exploits of Adam's descendants. John Mortimer is ideally placed, as an author and QC, to compile an anthology of the most infamous representatives, real and imagined, of the criminal world.

Whether or not the Devil has all the best tunes, Milton's Satan has some very good lines, good enough, according to Marlowe and Goethe, to persuade a man to sell his soul. Not all villains are as anguished as Faust, however; Sherlock Holmes's arch-enemy Moriarty suffers no qualms of conscience in his determination to destroy the sleuth, and Iago, to name but one of Shakespeare's villains, shows no remorse against Othello. The reputation of some real-life villains is so great that they too have acquired legendary status: Dr Crippen, Lizzie Borden, and Al Capone are among the murderers remembered here.

Criminality takes many forms, from pickpocket and highwayman to pirate and con man. Here Jonathan Wild rubs shoulders with Mac the Knife, Captain Kidd with Captain Hook.Casanova, Don Juan, and Richardson's Lovelace have all mastered the pitiless art of seduction, while other villains betray their countries. Tyranny shows itself a brutal regime in the hands of Caligula and Nero, and more subtly oppressive within the family and schoolroom.

Attractive scoundrels and incompetent rogues, calculating murderers and unscrupulous swinders pack these pages. with a richness and variety that will by turns delight, surprise, and chill the reader. John Mortimer shapes this villainous crew into a unique and absorbing collection."

431 pages.

ISBN: 0 19 214195 3

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