"And wherever they are, those Borgias, may they rest in peace": First edition of Gregory Maguire's Mirror Mirror; inscribed by him
Item Number: 126382
New York: ReganBooks, 2003.
First edition of the author of Wicked’s lyrical revision of the tale of Snow White. Octavo, original pictorial boards, frontispiece. Designed by Judith Stagnitto Abbate. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “‘And wherever they are, those Borgias, may they rest in peace.’ Gregory Maguire April 2007.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Douglas Smith. Author photograph by Jill Walsh.
A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, Mirror Mirror gives fresh life to the classic story of Snow White, and has a truth and beauty all its own. The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm - and the world comes to Montefiore. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia, decadent children of a wicked pope, no one can claim innocence for very long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a years-long quest, he leaves Bianca under the care, so to speak, of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but in the dark forest salvation can be found as well. “A brilliant achievement" (Boston Herald). “Wildly inventive... Maguire refreshes his source material capably...Every bit as good as Wicked: wicked good, in fact" (Kirkus Reviews).