Hardcover binding is firm and hinges are not cracked or damaged. DJ is not clipped. Pages are tight and clean. Outside edge is rough cut. Boards have light shelfwear and rubbing. First American Edition translated from the Italian by William Weaver. 522 pages. Hardcover binding. Year: 2000 ISBN: 0151006903 It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own magical story.