Udine: Gianfranco Angelico Benvenuto, 1985. Hardcover. First Edition. 502 pp. Color photo ills. Bright blue cover has gilt lettering on spine. White dj with small design on front is slightly creased at upper edge; has a minute "ding" at back of spine. This is a breathtakingly beautiful book on the northeast coast of Italy. Photos of maps both past and present, the countryside, the coast, the culture, the society, architecture, religious life, and more. Text entirely in Italian. A true treasure. Fine / very good.
Padova, Italy: Biblos. Gold Cloth. First Edition. 237 pp. Subtitle, "La Provincia D'Oro." Translation, "Vicenza the Golden Province." Title and publisher are stamped, in blind, on front cover. Illustrated DJ, in protective cover, is very slightly creased along edges. The clear plastic protective cover is actually a color transparency, in red, which highlights the DJ illustration. This transparency is creased in a a few places. Eps are a b/w photo of the countryside and hills, seen through the mist, printed on paper with a gold colored background. Front paste-down has a small glue smudge where a sticker was removed. Rear paste-down has a small, copper colored, strip of paper pasted on near the bottom edge. Other than this and some occasional, very slight yellowing of...
Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, Publisher, 1930. Hardcover. Seventeenth Revised Edition. lxxx, 552 pp. 16mo. Light chipping and wear to dust jacket, small losses at all edges, rear flap beginning to separate at edge, now in mylar cover. Red cloth covered boards with gold embossed titling to cover board and spine, ribbon tie. Edges of text block marbled. Clean within. Very Good / good.
Siena: Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena, 1987. Hard Cover. First Edition. 243 pp. Color & b/w ills. Elegant, handsome book has bright gilt on spine. Red dj has Wright's "Siena Cathedral" on front cover, black lettering front and spine. There are slight touches of wear to front corners of dj. Inside, the book is immaculate. It is marked "Special edition not in circulation commissioned by Monte dei Paschi di Siena." Published in English, the texts of the travellers have been collected and edited by Attilio Brilli and Irene Loffredo. Here are travellers from the 16th thru the 19th Centuries describing the glorious Italian city in words and pictures, including Fynes Moryson, John Evelyn, James Boswell, Hester Lynch Piozzi, William Hazlitt, John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Henry...
Udine: Magnus Edizioni Spa, 1981. Hardcover. Unpag. Color photo ills. Navy cover has small gilt seal of Lignano Sabbiadoro, a resort region of Italy. DJ has color photo ills front and back, both of the sea, with a white spine with black lettering. A small closed tear at upper front dj is the only flaw. Inside, a text in Italian, German, French and English introduces this beautiful area of the Tagliamento River with a history of the creation of the town and its amenities. 88 pp. of full page, full color photos follow. Very good / good.
University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1973. Hard Cover. First Edition. Stunning volume devoted to the Palazzo da Porto Festa, designed by Andrea Palladio, with a history of the building, period drawings, measured drawings, etc. Volume is in pristine conditon with a poor original slipcase. Fine / Fine.
Florence: G. Barbera, Printer, 1890. Hardcover. 90 pp. 20 tipped-in photo ills. White vellum cover is decorated in gilt with rules, fleur de lis, vines, and more, front and back. Spine patterned in gilt with title and bands also gilt. Eps are gilt with fleur de lis pattern. Tipped-in photos are of monasteries, religious paintings, and statues. Several attributed to B. Angelico. Occasional ghosts of the photos on opposite leaf. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Miffiln, 1897. Hard Cover. First Edition. 619 pgs. 8vo. Red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering. Previous owner's name written in ink on front and back pastedowns. Spine soiled and faded. Wear and fraying to head and foot of spine. Both end papers are separating from spine in front and back covers. Clean within. Good.
Geneva: Guglilmo, e Pietro De La Pietra, 1676. Full-Leather. As. 551 pp. 16mo. Title page reads, "Parte Terza. Diuisa in quatro Libri. Ne' quali si da piena notizia del Gouerno, Forze, Ricchezze, Humori de'Popoli, & orni altra particolarita dello stato presente de'Regni di Scilia, Sardegna, Corsica, Isola di Malta, e Repulica di Ragusa. Come ancora di tutti i Letterati viuenti, con le Opere da essi Stampati; Accademie, Bibliotech, & Auttori che hanno scritto l'Historie d'Italia in generale, e quelle di ciascuna Citta in particolare, con altre curiose offeruationi. Dedicata Agli Illustrissimi Signori Accademici della famosissima, e Sapientissima, Accademia Francese. Della Real Citta di Parigi." Beautifully aged leather binding. Spine has four raised bands with blind-stamped, decorative compartments and title. Upper spine end is missing a....
Philadelpha, PA: The American Philosophical Society, 1976. Wraps. First Edition. 76 pp. New Series,Volume 66, Part 6, 1976. Green paper covers wtih 3/4" stain at upper right corner, light crease to upper corner as well. Minor foxing within. Inscribed by author in blue ink on title page in year of publication.
Signed by Author. Very Good.
New York: The Vigo Press, 1952. Hard Cover. First American. 468 pp. Uniformly textured red leather cover lettered front and spine in bright gilt. Slightest touches of wear at lower corners and at spine ends. Ivory eps. A comprehensive account of Italian-American immigrants to this country and their contributions in the fields of music, performing arts, art, religion, education, writing, professions, business and finance, agriculture, and in the military. There are more than 125 pps. of individual and family bios. Generously illustrated with black & white photos.
On the lower front cover is stamped in gilt "Winthrop W. Aldrich" (President, Chase Manhattan Bank, Ambassador to England under President Eisenhower). Very Good.
La Haye: Arnout Leers, 1685. Full Leather. As. 323 pp. 16 mo. Full brown leather with wear and flaking to leather, bumping to corners, title patch missing, titling impressions present. Notes in French in ink on first free endpaper, additional note on title page. Clean within. Text in French. Very Good.