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The Closed Book

(1904)
Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
A novel by

 
 
Which Mainly Concerns a Hunchback. These strange facts would never have been placed on record, nor would this exciting chapter of an eventful life have been written, except for two reasons: first, because the discovery I made has been declared to be of considerable importance to scientists, bibliophiles, and the world at large; and, secondly, because it is my dear wife's wish that in order to clear her in the eyes of both friends and foes nothing should be concealed, misrepresented, or withheld. It was, indeed, a memorable day when I halted before the white, almost windowless house of the prior of San Sisto and knocked twice at its plain, green-painted door. The sun-blanched, time-mellowed city of Florence lay silent, glaring, and deserted in the blazing noon of a July day. The Florentines had fled to the mountains for air. The persiennes, or sun-shutters, were everywhere closed, the shops shut, the people slumbering, and the silence only broken by the heat-song of the chirping cicale in the scorched trees at the end of the Lung Arno. Like many another Tuscan town, it stood with long rows of high, frescoed, and sculptured palaces facing the brown river, its magnificent Duomo and campanile, its quaint fourteenth-century streets, and its medieval Ponte Vecchio all forming a grim, imposing relic of long-past glory. In many places its aspect was little changed since the old quattrocento days, when it was the centre of all the arts and the powerful rival of Venice and Genoa, although its trade has decayed and its power departed. The Lion and Lily of Florence upon a flag is no longer feared, as it once was, even by the bloodthirsty corsairs, and the rich Florentine brocades, velvets, and finely tempered arms are no longer in requisition in the markets of the world. Save for the influx of scrambling tourists, it is one of the dead towns of Europe. Modern trade passes it by unnoticed; its very name would be forgotten were it not for those marvellous works of art in its galleries and in its very streets


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February 2018 : Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning The Secret Of The Borgias
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-377-23889-X / 978-1-377-23889-0
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning the Secret of the Borgias (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): William le Queux
ISBN: 1-330-24683-7 / 978-1-330-24683-2 (UK edition)
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May 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-5334-3775-0 / 978-1-5334-3775-4
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December 2015 : Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-5229-4451-6 / 978-1-5229-4451-5
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October 2015 : Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
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ISBN: 1-5186-1284-9 / 978-1-5186-1284-8
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December 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-5029-3416-7 / 978-1-5029-3416-1 (USA edition)
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July 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-5005-9134-3 / 978-1-5005-9134-2 (USA edition)
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December 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-4068-0271-9 / 978-1-4068-0271-9 (UK edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The closed book; concerning the secret of the Borgias
Author(s): William le Queux
ISBN: 1-236-38773-2 / 978-1-236-38773-8 (USA edition)
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning The Secret Of The Borgias.
Author(s): William Le Queux
ISBN: 1-276-38567-6 / 978-1-276-38567-1 (USA edition)
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November 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Closed Book, Concerning the Secret of the Borgias (Illustrated)
Author(s): William Le Queux
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July 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Closed Book: Concerning the Secret of the Borgias
Author(s): William le Queux
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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