Title: The Silver Chalice
Author: Costain, Thomas
Publisher: Doubleday and Company, New York
Publication Date: 1952
Edition: First Book Club Edition
Book Condition: VG
D-j Condition: VG
Comments: D-j has a couple of small wrinkles at top. Top and bottom edges soiled and stamped, “30.” Bottom of front board has very small scratch.
Synopsis: The Silver Chalice is an English language historical novel by Thomas B. Costain. It’s the fictional story of the making of a silver chalice to hold the Holy Grail (itself here conflated with the Holy Chalice) & includes 1st century biblical & historical figures: Luke, Peter, Joseph of Arimathea, Simon Magus & his companion Helena. The story was inspired by the archeological discovery of a 1st-century silver chalice in Antioch. It’s in effect a prequel to the Arthurian Legend, where the search for the Holy Grail plays a conspicuous part. Two years after publication, Warner Bros. released a feature adaptation of the book. The film starred Paul Newman, in his first studio role, as Basil the craftsman. First published in 1952, this classic recounts the story of Basil, a young silversmith, who’s commissioned by the apostle Luke to fashion a holder for the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper.