New York: Random House, 2003. Item #1111
8vo. 230 x 155 mm., [9 1/4 x 6 inches]. [xii], 278 [iv] pp. Publisher's black boards, gilt title on spine, dust jacket. Near fine copy.
First edition. Interesting historical novel which integrates vast information on the system of aqueducts which were vital to the life of Naples and the nine towns surrounding Pompeii with the an description of the lives of ordinary citizens and tourists visiting Pompeii before the eruption. It also include a narrative with such stars as Pliny the Elder and the Younger and a cast of hundreds.