Quo Vadis; A Narrative of the Time of Nero

By: Sienkiewicz, Henryk (1846 - 1916) ; Translated from the Polish by Jeremiah Curtin

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The Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz wrote the novel Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero (1895-96), which in turn has been made into motion pictures several times, including a 1951 version that was nominated for eight Academy Awards. For this and other novels, Sienkiewicz received the 1905 Nobel Prize for Literature.


New Edition with Maps of Ancient Rome and Photogravures from Pictures by Howard Pyle, Edmund H. Garrett and Evert Van Muyden and from Ancient Scriptures.

Two volumes complete; Bright and clean; Top edge gilt. Gift Inscription. In original cloth dust jackets. Text evenly toned as expected. A collectible set. Near Fine in Near Fine Jackets. 8vo; 8.25 inches tall. x.355 ; vi.352. The stunning plates are captioned with tissue-guards and also have a second loose tissue-guard.

The novel Quo Vadis tells of a love that develops between a young Christian woman, Lygia (Ligia in Polish) and Marcus Vinicius, a Roman patrician. It takes place in the city of Rome under the rule of emperor Nero, c. AD 64.


Sienkiewicz studied the Roman Empire extensively before writing the novel, with the aim of getting historical details correct. Consequently, several historical figures appear in the book. As a whole, the novel carries a pro-Christian message.


The theme was the struggle between the decaying Roman Empire and the revolutionary spirit of Christianity. A familiar theme but in no other work was the struggle presented with such vividness.


It was first published in installments in the Gazeta Polska between 26 March 1895 and 29 February 1896, as well as in two other journals, Czas and Dziennik Pozna?ski, starting two and three days later. It came out in book form in 1896 and has been translated into more than 50 languages. The novel contributed to Sienkiewicz's Nobel Prize for literature in 1905.


Several movies have been based on Quo Vadis, including two Italian silent films in 1913 and in 1924, a Hollywood production in 1951, a 1985 miniseries directed by Franco Rossi, and a 2001 adaptation by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.

Ref: GIERGIELEWICZ, 91; wiki; Kunitz & Colby 863/4

Title: Quo Vadis; A Narrative of the Time of Nero

Author Name: Sienkiewicz, Henryk (1846 - 1916) ; Translated from the Polish by Jeremiah Curtin

Illustrator: Howard Pyle, Edmund H. Garrett and Evert Van Muyden

Categories: 19th CENTURY LITERATURE and WORKS,

Publisher: Boston: , 1897, Little Brown and Company: 1897

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Book

Seller ID: 012341

Keywords: Historical Fiction; Rome History; Nero, 54-68; Fiction.Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 -- Fiction; Book to Film; Award Wininng Books; Nobel Prize; Golden Age of Illustration,