Robert Graves, 'I, Claudius,' published by Random House, Inc., first published in 1934, this copy published in 1961, Book Club Edition.
I Claudius is a 395 page hardcover measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". The dust jacket has small tears and chips and tanning along the edges. Inside, the bottom edge of the spine is bumped. Otherwise, the book is pristine, with clean pages and tight, straight binding. The condition is very good.
His full name was Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus. He was considered the weakling and fool of the royal family, and yet he managed to survive the murderous intrigues of Augustus, Tiberius, and even his dangerously mad nephew, Caligula. Then in 41 A.D. he was unexpectedly proclaimed Emperor of Rome by the Palace Guard. Written in the form of his autobiography, I, Claudius stands as a genuine classic of 20th-century fiction, and the most convincing modern evocation of Imperial Rome ever written.