Title: Mason & Dixon
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Henry Holt & Company, 1997, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed. so stated, 1st Printing, numbered row beginning with 1, HB/DJ, F/NF, 773 pp. Demco mylar cover put on DJ; 3/8" tear at front top edge near spine corner colored-in with black marker on black letter so as to hardly show. Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that has come to be known as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here the National Book Award-winning author imagines their story in an updated 18th-century novel featuring Native Americans, frontier folk, naval warfare, conspiracies, erotic and political, and major caffeine abuse. Bookseller Inventory # 4528
Charles Mason (1728 -1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British Surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, in an updated eighteenth-century novel featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political and major caffeine abuse.
We follow the mismatch'd pair - one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic - from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revoluntionary America and back, through the stange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.
Product Description: Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were 18th-century British surveyors who ran the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland - the Mason-Dixon Line. This is their story, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, erotic and political conspiracies, naval warfare and caffeine abuse.
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