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Robert Hale Ltd, publishers, London - first edition, 1958. hardcover, 5¾" x 8¾" (lacks jacket). Original bookseller's label inside front cover. Weird, small black pen drawing to front & rear endpapers. Book in GOOD condition. Maroon cloth-bound boards with gold type to spine, photographic frontispiece ('Presumed Portrait of Cesare Borgia, Duke of Valentino'), and nine other b&w illustrations, and index. Jean Plaidy's first poisoner here lived in fifteenth century Rome, Cesare Borgia (a Pope's son); next she moves to seventeenth century Paris and La Marquise de Brinvilliers (later beheaded for love, lust and loot); and finally to nineteenth century Glasgow and Edward Pritchard, a handsome Royal Navy surgeon.