The Bull Leapers - James WatsonVictor Gollancz, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine and spotting to the reverse. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “While the sun blazed down from a cloudless sky, Piros danced with his team of bull leapers into the arena. This was the sport the courtiers at the Palace of Knossos loved to watch — and they were not content unless the leaping ended in death.
Prince Tauros, the hunchback, especially revelled in this aspect of the games. His father, King Minos, had been in seclusion for several years, mourning the death of his second-born son. In his absence his queen was scheming to seize power for Tauros.
Then fourteen young men and girls arrive from Athens, destined to become bull leapers. One of these is blue-eyed Theseus, son of the King of Athens. Queen Pasiphae has been warned against ‘the blue-eyed warrior from the sea’ and schemes to have Theseus assassinated, but he escapes. In his plan to free the other bull leapers he becomes involved with Ariadne, Minos’ beautiful daughter, who helps him. In a thrilling climax, Queen Pasiphae’s plot is foiled, not by Theseus, but by the Earth Goddess herself…
In this realistic interpretation of the old legend of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur, James Watson brilliantly brings to life the fascinating Cretan civilisation.”
Jacket designed by Gywneth Cole. Size: 8" x 5¼". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 159 pages.