First Edition. D. P. Lathrop dustjacket art. Listed in Reginald and Bleiler as a Fantasy novel. "The central figure is Cleomenes, the great sculptor, who is commissioned by the emperor to make a statue symbolizing maidenhood. This piece of art is known in the present as the famous Medici Venus. In his search for a beautiful virtuous maiden to serve as model Cleomenes chooses a young Greek slave girl and sets to work in the atmosphere of danger and intrigue of Nero's court. The story which involves the sculptor, the model, and the emperor as its principal actors unfolds during the progress of the work on the statue." Very uncommon title by this obscure author. Almost Near Fine, reading crease to spine, in Very Good dustjacket, modest shelf wear and soiling, chipped at top spine end.
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