Books: Aristocracy

CORONET—Manuel Komroff—Coward McCann ($3).

In Venice in the year 1600 a goldsmith gets two commissions: to make a coronet for the French Count de Senlis and to repair a silver whip for a Russian nobleman. The coronet is made, the whip repaired; they are carried off to France and Russia respectively. Around these two symbols of aristocracy an epic tale unfolds.

The scene shifts to France in 1812. The old Senlis tomb in the monastery is excavated by Gravedigger Jobey. He discovers the battered coronet, sells it to the...

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