Hardcover is firm and hinges are not cracked or damaged. Pages are tight and clean. Boards have light shelfwear and rubbing to edges. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Retired library edition with usual distinctions. Pocket removed. 415 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1973. ISBN: 0689105703. Sir Walter Ralegh was the most colorful and exciting of all the Elizabethans. Explorer, poet, pirate, and scientist, he was Queen Elizabeth's most famous courtier and the archetypal Renaissance gentleman.