Black Angels - C. T. RitchieLondon & New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine. Top corner of the first blank clipped. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Contains: Maps ;
From the cover: “The year is 1685. Jeffries, Lord Chief Justice of England, is busy condemning the last of Monmouth’s defeated rebels. The men of Roebury in Wiltshire have been hanged by his lieutenant, Captain Vetch of Kirke’s Lambs, and the only surviving member of the family is a young girl, Wilhelmina.
Gilbert of Axford, her betrothed, arrives just as Vetch is about to rape and then hang her, for he has designs not merely on her body but on her rich estates. The young lovers flee to Bristol, hoping to escape to Holland and the protection of the Prince of Orange. But they are betrayed by a sea-captain, and sail not as passengers to the Continent but as prisoners to the New World. Wilhelmina is sold to a brutal frontiersman in a New Hampshire village; Gilbert to a cruel planter in Jamaica.
How will they ever meet again? At breathtaking speed Mr. Ritchie relates the adventures that befall Gilbert and Wilhel-mina — Gilbert stranded on a Bahama island while escaping from Jamaica to Boston; Wilhelmina abducted by an Indian warrior when the frontier village is captured. Incident follows hair-raising incident in this most dramatic of historical novels.”