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  • A THREAD OF GRACE. by Russell, Mary Doria.
    Russell, Mary Doria.
    A THREAD OF GRACE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, (2005.). First edition - Long-awaited new book by the author of the thought-provoking science fiction novel 'The Sparrow.' Set in Italy during World War II, and based on actual stories told Russell by the survivors, this is the almost unknown story of how the Italian people hid and sheltered almost all of the Jews in Italy - those who had lived there for generations and those who came seeking sanctuary - from the forced 'removals,' prison camps and death of the Holocaust. Includes an author's note and an interview with Russell. 448 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 30996
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  • A THREAD OF GRACE. by Russell, Mary Doria.
    Russell, Mary Doria.
    A THREAD OF GRACE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, (2005.). SIGNED first edition - Long-awaited new book by the author of the thought-provoking science fiction novel 'The Sparrow.' Set in Italy during World War II, and based on actual stories told Russell by the survivors, this is the almost unknown story of how the Italian people hid and sheltered almost all of the Jews in Italy - those who had lived there for generations and those who came seeking sanctuary - from the forced 'removals,' prison camps and death of the Holocaust. SIGNED by author on title page. Includes an author's note and an interview with Russell. 448 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 31234
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  • A THREAD OF GRACE. by Russell, Mary Doria.
    Russell, Mary Doria.
    A THREAD OF GRACE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Long-awaited new book by the author of the thought-provoking science fiction novel 'The Sparrow.' Set in Italy during World War II, and based on actual stories told Russell by the survivors, this is the almost unknown story of how the Italian people hid and sheltered almost all of the Jews in Italy - those who had lived there for generations and those who came seeking sanctuary - from the forced 'removals,' prison camps and death of the Holocaust. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 430 pp. ISBN: 0-375-501843.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (abrasion to the bottom edge of one board.)

    Book ID: 33314
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  • A THREAD OF GRACE. by Russell, Mary Doria.
    Russell, Mary Doria.
    A THREAD OF GRACE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, (2005.). SIGNED first edition - Long-awaited new book by the author of the thought-provoking science fiction novel 'The Sparrow.' Set in Italy during World War II, and based on actual stories told Russell by the survivors, this is the almost unknown story of how the Italian people hid and sheltered almost all of the Jews in Italy - those who had lived there for generations and those who came seeking sanctuary - from the forced 'removals,' prison camps and death of the Holocaust. SIGNED on the title page. Includes an author's note and an interview with Russell. 448 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 37308
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  • THIS IS ROME. by Sasek, M. (1916-1980)
    Sasek, M. (1916-1980)
    THIS IS ROME.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: W. H. Allen, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of a series of colorful and amusing books about cities around the world by this Czech author/illustrator. Large, tall format, printed in Italy. 60 pp. Rear flap of dust jacket lists his first two books on London and Paris.

    Condition: Fair condition only in illustrated boards in a fair dust jacket (wear to ends of spine and corners of both the book and the dj, rubbing to folds of dj, several short tears, lower corner of front flap partially price-clipped) - despite the flaws in the binding, the contents are clean and attractive.

    Book ID: 87068
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  • THIS IS WASHINGTON, D.C. by Sasek, M. (1916-1980)
    Sasek, M. (1916-1980)
    THIS IS WASHINGTON, D.C.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1969. dj. Hardcover first edition - One of a series of colorful and amusing books about cities around the world by this Czech author/illustrator. Large, tall format, printed in Italy. 60 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated boards in a very good minus dust jacket (some rubbing and wear to dj, small chips on back cover, wear at ends of spine, dj flap clipped but publisher price of 3.95 still present)

    Book ID: 87069
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  • GRAN'MA GOES BY FREIGHT. (Looking Back on Things as They Once Were.) by Simon, Caroline R.
    Simon, Caroline R.
    GRAN'MA GOES BY FREIGHT. (Looking Back on Things as They Once Were.)

    Edition: First edition.

    Placerville, California: Placerville Times, 1940. dj. Hardcover first edition - Travels around the world by freighter in the years between the wars From the Philippines to Japan, through China, India, the Near East, and Europe, to the British Isles - recounts visits to Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, hearing Mussolini speak in Italy - and much more. Illustrated with photographs. 104 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library, in sturdy library binding, no dj, overall good condition.

    Book ID: 64763
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  • THE GIRL FROM VENICE. by Smith, Martin Cruz.
    Smith, Martin Cruz.
    THE GIRL FROM VENICE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2016) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A new stand alone suspense novel by this award-winning writer - set in 1945. this is a "World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young womanÕs body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2016) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A new stand alone suspense novel by this award-winning writer - set in 1945. this is a "World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young womanÕs body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, MussoliniÕs broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon." SIGNED on the title page. 305 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 978-1439140239.

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    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (a new copym but with some rubbing to the dj at the ends of the spine.)

    Book ID: 68457
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  • THE GIRL FROM VENICE. by Smith, Martin Cruz.
    Smith, Martin Cruz.
    THE GIRL FROM VENICE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2016). First edition - A new stand alone suspense novel by this award-winning writer - set in 1945. this is a "World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young womanÕs body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2016). First edition - A new stand alone suspense novel by this award-winning writer - set in 1945. this is a "World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young womanÕs body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, MussoliniÕs broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon." 305 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68665
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  • GALILEO'S DAUGHTER: A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SCIENCE, FAITH AND LOVE. by Sobel, Dava.
    Sobel, Dava.
    GALILEO'S DAUGHTER: A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SCIENCE, FAITH AND LOVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1999.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A look at Galileo's life, his discoveries, and his clash with Catholic doctrine, based on the letters of Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun and the daughter and confidant of Galileo, which the author translated them from the original Italian. SIGNED on the title page. Illustrated. Chronology, bibliography, notes and index. 420 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-13432.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket. (some spine slant.)

    Book ID: 45207
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  • GALILEO'S DAUGHTER: A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SCIENCE, FAITH AND LOVE. by Sobel, Dava.
    Sobel, Dava.
    GALILEO'S DAUGHTER: A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SCIENCE, FAITH AND LOVE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Walker, (1999.). SIGNED first edition - A look at Galileo's life, his discoveries, and his clash with Catholic doctrine, based on the letters of Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun and the daughter and confidant of Galileo, which the author translated them from the original Italian. SIGNED on the title page. Illustrated. Chronology, bibliography, notes and index. 420 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (corners slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 51674
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  • THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. by Spencer, Elizabeth.
    Spencer, Elizabeth.
    THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's fourth novel, finalist for the National Book Award. 110 pages. 5 x 8" tall. A wealthy American woman is traveling throughout Europe with her beautiful daughter, Clara who falls in love a young Italian in Florence, but things are not as simple as they seem. Basis for the film of the same name. 110 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, in a very good unmarked dj (tape ghosts)

    Book ID: 88184
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  • HER HUSBAND'S HOUSE. by Stewart, Catherine Pomeroy.
    Stewart, Catherine Pomeroy.
    HER HUSBAND'S HOUSE.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946. dj. Hardcover - Author's second novel, the story of an American woman who marries Italian aristocrat and winds up managing his estate. Dust jacket art by Walker O. Cain. Map endpapers. 314 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (bookplate.)

    Book ID: 45181
    Keywords: italy, Women Authors
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  • ITALO SVEVO. by [Svevo, Italo, pseudonym of Ettore Schmitz 1861-1928] Lebowitz, Naomi.
    [Svevo, Italo, pseudonym of Ettore Schmitz 1861-1928] Lebowitz, Naomi.
    ITALO SVEVO.

    Edition: First printing.

    New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, (1978.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A critical evaluation of Svevo, one of the funding fathers of modern Italian Literature, and among many other things, a friend of James Joyce and one of his sources for the Jewish lore of "Ulysses." Bibliography, index. xii, 230 pp. ISBN: 0-813508487.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 40042
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  • THE STONE VIRGIN. by Unsworth, Barry.
    Unsworth, Barry.
    THE STONE VIRGIN.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. dj. Hardcover first edition - A virgin carved in the 15th century holds the key to the secrets of an Italian family - an historical and romantic tour-de-force by this Booker Prize winning author. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-395-354129.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (corners slightly bumped, edgewear and short closed tear to upper edge of back cover of dj,)

    Book ID: 55650
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  • L'ARTE DELLA PELLE: NAZARENO GABRIELLI / THE ART OF LEATHER: NAZARENO GABRIELLI. by Vecchia, Marco, editor
    Vecchia, Marco, editor
    L'ARTE DELLA PELLE: NAZARENO GABRIELLI / THE ART OF LEATHER: NAZARENO GABRIELLI.

    Edition: First edition.

    Tolentino, Italy Nazareno Gabrielli, 1977. Hardcover first edition - A lovely book, issued on the 70th anniversary of the firm of Nazareno Gabrielli, privately printed and not for sale to the public. History of the firm and of the handicraft tradition in leather in Italy illustrated with sepia toned photographs and a section of full color plates showing the stamped leather work executed by the firm. Bilingual edition, in Italian and English. Folio. 37 pp.

    Condition: Fine in decorative terra cotta cloth with gilt lettering, lacking the slipcase.

    Book ID: 56952
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  • THE HUMMINGBIRD. by Veronesi, Sandro.
    Veronesi, Sandro.
    THE HUMMINGBIRD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: HarperVia / Harper Collins, (2021). First edition - A very highly praised novel by this Italian author, winner of the Strega Prize (the second time Veronesi won this award) and named to many best books of the year lists. Ian McEwan said "The Hummingbird is a masterly novel, a brilliantly conceived mosaic of love and tragedy. . . a thought-rich and ultimately comic meditation on human error and lost chances.Its a cabinet of curiosities and delights, packed with small wonders, strange and sudden turns, insights of great poise. ." and Roddy Doyle calls it "a spellbinding experience - clever, funny and deeply moving." Translated from the Italian by Elena Pala. Basis for the 2022 film "Il Colibri." Translator's note. 293 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 88110
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  • THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA. by Vreeland, Susan.
    Vreeland, Susan.
    THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's second novel - the story of Artemisia Gentileschi(1593-1653), a painter in post-Renaissance Italy and the first women elected to the Accadamia dell'Arte. SIGNED by author on title page. 288 pp. ISBN: 0-670-894494.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58776
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  • THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA. by Vreeland, Susan.
    Vreeland, Susan.
    THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2002) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's second novel - the story of Artemisia Gentileschi(1593-1653), a painter in post-Renaissance Italy and the first women elected to the Accadamia dell'Arte. . 288 pp. ISBN: 0-670-894494.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 59087
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  • MOTHER TONGUE: An American Life in Italy. by Wilde-Menozzi, Wallis
    Wilde-Menozzi, Wallis
    MOTHER TONGUE: An American Life in Italy.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - An American woman tells of her changed life after moving to Parma, Italy with her husband and daughter. Illustrations and photographs in black and white. Bibliography. x, 374 pp. ISBN: 0-865475016.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good+ dustjacket (gift inscription on front end page, creasing to back of dustjacket).

    Book ID: 54503
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  • THE NATURE OF RARE THINGS, by Wilson, Derek.
    Wilson, Derek.
    THE NATURE OF RARE THINGS,

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel featuring Nathaniel Gye, university lecturer and paranormal investigator. When he is asked by a dead man through a medium to investigate his death, he is skeptical - but when his wife disappears on a trip to Italy - a trip the medium also warned against - he finds himself involved. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-786715642.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 82351
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  • Yerby, Frank.
    THE SARACEN BLADE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1952. dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical novel set in the worlds of heretic and fanatic, Christian and Sarecen, Jew and Catholic, Sicilian and German, in early 13th century Europe - a time of the excitement of the Crusades and of the poverty of the serfs. Map endpapers. Historical notes, 405 pp. Dust jacket by Julian Paul.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some crinkling from dampness to the rear cover of the dj, tear along rear fold, now protected by an archival cover.)

    Book ID: 38329
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  • MEDIAEVAL TOWNS: THE STORY OF ASSISI.
    MEDIAEVAL TOWNS: THE STORY OF ASSISI.

    Edition: 7th printing.

    New York & London: Dutton / J. M. Dent & Sons, 1925 (c 1909). Hardcover - An appealing small volume in the Medieval Towns series, illustrated with a frontispiece photograph of a statue of St. Francis and many line illustrations by Nelly Erichsen and Helen James; fold-out town map bound in just before the index. 372 pp.

    Condition: Very good in grey-blue cloth boards lettered and decorated in gilt (previous owners' names, some toning to the pages and offsetting to the endpapers, minor wear to covers)

    Book ID: 83674
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