1945, 1st edition; Doubleday, Doran & Company publishers, New York; hardbound in black boards with gilt coat of arms on cover and gilt lettering on spine; blue map end papers; inside pages and binding in good condition; deckled-style page binding; some pages appear smaller than others, apparently by design; boards have some blemishes (see pics).
The Black Rose is a 1945 historical novel by Thomas B. Costain. It is a fictional story set in the 13th century about a young Saxon who journeys to the far-away land of Cathay in search of fortune. Included in this narrative are several notable figures: Roger Bacon, Bayan Hundred Eyes, Edward I of England and his consort Eleanor of Castile. Costain also includes a passage depicting the building of a galere da mercato at the Venetian Arsenal in a single day.
Five years after its publication, 20th Century-Fox adapted it into a film of the same name starring Orson Welles, Tyrone Power, and Cécile Aubry.