Title: Devil Water
Author: Anya Seton
Illustrator: Lynd Ward
Year: 1962 (First Edition)
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Book Condition: Excellent
Jacket Condition: Near Excellent
Description: Devil Water is the old name for a small stream which still flows by the ruins of Dilston Castle in Northumberland.
This is the novel of James, the young Earl of Derwentwater, who lost his life for his role in the Jacobite uprising of 1715; of Charles, his brother, beheaded after the '45, and the last Englishman to die for the cause; and Jenny, daughter of Charles, whose strange story and eventful story is Anya Seton's special discovery in her research for this book.
This is a story of conflict, courage, and loyalty, recreated in the lives of these people who chose their course and kept to it. A stubborn, perhaps misguided loyalty, but afforded to a cause as poignant as any of the lost causes with which history is studded.
Illustrated pastedowns and endpapers: family tree at the front and a hand-drawn, green monochrome map of Northumberland at the back.
The unclipped (21s net) jacket would be in excellent condition were it not for some light discolouration at the rear. Similarly, the book would be as new but for a small, faint rubber stamped date (Mar 62) on the fep.
An excellent copy.
Measures 21 cm × 14 cm (8.4″ × 5.6″). 8vo. 574 pp.