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Vatican; A Novel

Vatican; A Novel

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Vatican; A Novel

by Martin, Malachi

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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Near fine/near fine. Signed first edition of Vatican: A Novel by Malachi Martin.. Octavo, 657pp. Title in gilt on red cloth spine, gray boards. Stated "First Edition" on copyright page with full number line. Solid text block, a touch of foxing to top edge, a near fine example. In the publisher's dust jacket, $18.95 retail price listed on front flap, some shelf wear, a near fine example. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This copy is signed by the author for The First Edition Circle at Kroch's & Brentano's of Chicago, with laid-in bookmark.


Malachi Martin's fictional account of the Vatican - specifically, it's bureaucratic and financial network which is maintained by a mysterious figure known as the Keeper. It follows Richard Lansing, a young priest from Chicago, who joins the Vatican in 1945, and rises into the confidance of several popes, sees the fall of Mussolini, the murder of a pope, and more intrigues smoothed over by the history of the Vatican.


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Vatican; A Novel
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Signed first edition of Vatican: A Novel by Malachi Martin.
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