The Cloister and the Hearth by Reade (Romance) ca. 1900
The Cloister and the Hearth OR MAID, WIFE, AND WIDOW. Charles Reade, Grosset & Dunlap, New York.
In his day, Charles Reade was considered to be the natural successor of Charles Dickens. Today he is known primarily for "The Cloister and the Hearth" and "Griffith Gaunt". The Cloister and the Hearth is an historical novel with the action taking place on the Continent in the late 15th century. Reade introduces various historical characters into the narrative--Froissart, Gringoire, Deschamps, Luther, Villon, and, as a child, Erasmus. The story centers around the tragically thwarted love of Erasmus' parents.
Decorative green over tan cover with orange accents. Secure binding with mild gutter wear at front endpaper, and clean pages with some foxing at spine. About 7-1/2 x 5 with 724 pp. plus book ads. Circa 1900.