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Doubleday, NY, 1960. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. Blue cloth, gilt letters, pictorial endpprs. Minor spine bumping, hd & ft. Crisp white pages. DJ has slight wear, edge creasing top of spine. 1/4" tear (closed) top back cover. In a Brodart sleeve. 406 pages. Near Fine/Near Fine.
Very, very nice copy of this hard to find book.
De Camp wrote only five historical novels during his prolific writing career.
This novel is about one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the building
of the Colossus of Rhodes.
Written in first person, the story purports to be the memoirs of Chares of Lindos, the sculptor of the Colossus of Rhodes. It tells of his return to Rhodes, his early attempts to set up as a sculptor, struggles against his family's wishes that he enter their bronze foundry, his experience as a catapult artilleryman during the Siege of Rhodes (305 BC), and his complicated adventures in Ptolemaic Egypt. The Rhodian portions of the story are enlivened by the presence of Celtic foreigner Kavaros, who rises from Chares' slave to fellow soldier, friend, and sculpting assistant, and who ultimately saves his former master's life.
The planning and building of the Colossus in commemoration of the city's successful defense occupies the closing portion of the book.