Anchor Books, New York, 1st thus. 419 pp., frontis + chapter heads, etc. Pict. c.c., 23 x 15cm. FINE. A powerful novel first published in 1992 based on the factual lives of Sir William Hamilton, his beautiful wife Emma, and the Hero of the Nile ' Admiral Nelson. Susan Sontag cleverly entwines the great figures of the day with the turbulent events that surrounded the Court and people of Naples from their pursuits of pleasure and intrigue during the 1770s, to an age of war, revolution and butchery in the 1790s. An exciting and passionate novel which opens in the days when William was free to pursue his love of art, antiques and volcanoes in company with his first wife, Catherine. FINE copy.