Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Serpent of Satan

A Serpent of Satan is #101 in the Bantam series and was published in April 1979. It is the story of Ophelia, who lives with a horrid stepmother. She meets the Earl of Rochester and he finds out from her that his agent has been cheating his dependents. Soon he finds out that evil has been happening around Ophelia and he is determined to save her!

Francis Marshall illustrates the moment in the story where our couple meet. She is cutting flowers and wears a simple muslin dress and sash. He is handsome in a typical regency coat. Note the small dog at the bottom left! The dark background emphasizes her white dress! It's a simple, but pretty cover and one of Marshall's finest!

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