The Name of the Rose by Umberto Ecois a 502-page hardcover published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., first published in 1980, this copy is the English translation, published in 1983. The dust jacket has a chip along the top edge and general shelf wear along the edges. Inside, the book has a crease down the center of the spine and there is foxing present to the top and side edges. Otherwise, the pages are tightly bound, clean, and crisp. The condition is good.
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. His delicate missions is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. The body of one monk is found in a cask of pigs' blood, another is floating in a bathhouse, still another is crushed at the foot of a cliff. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tool are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon--all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.ISBN: 0-15-144647-4