Serenissima. A Novel of Venice
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1987. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's rust cloth over dark teal paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in fuschia, wintergreen endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of American novelist Erica Jong’s time travel romance. Later reissued as Shylock's Daughter, the novel tells the story of aging actress Jessica Pruitt as she prepares to star in a production of "The Merchant of Venice." After falling ill with a fever, Jessica is transported to the 16th century, where she is transformed into a "Venetian Jewess" engaging in a series of love affairs. Jong is best known for her explosive novel Fear of Flying (1973), credited for revolutionizing the perception of female desire, and an influential document of second wave feminism. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Light rubbing to spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #5286