THE BARBARIANS. London: Robert Hale Limited, . Octavo, boards. First British (and first hardcover) edition. Historical novel set during the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome and a rebellion of slaves led by Cealwyn, an enslaved Celtic king, first published in ARGOSY in 1934. Francis Van Wyck Mason (1901-1978), American historian and novelist, was a prolific writer of popular fiction whose work included 78 published novels, many of which were best sellers. He is probably best known for his Hugh North novels featuring a U.S. Army Intelligence officer who was a prototype for James Bond. Text paper tanned, several tape ghosts on the paste-downs, a sound, good copy in good trimmed dust jacket with three tape ghosts on the fore-edge of the rear flap and dust soiling to rear panel. (#163451).
"First published in Great Britain 1956" on copyright page.