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  • A BORDER OF BLUE: ALONG THE GULF OF MEXICO FROM THE KEYS TO THE YUCATAN. by Turner, Frederick
    Turner, Frederick
    A BORDER OF BLUE: ALONG THE GULF OF MEXICO FROM THE KEYS TO THE YUCATAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An exploration of the three and a half thousand miles of coastland that borders the Gulf of Mexico in the southern US and Mexico and a picture of the peope who inhabit these borderlands -from the Florida Keys in the spring to cities like New Orleans and Brownsville to Merida in Mexico. Bibliography. Index. 302 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-20721.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 53637
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  • BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness by Turner, Frederick
    Turner, Frederick
    BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A brilliant reconstruction of the 'spiritual history' that led up to the European domination and decimation of aboriginal cultures - native American tribes, Caribbean tribes, the Mayans - as rich in mythic life as the Western culture was barren. The author contends that it was the progressive decay of Christianity from a living mythology into a historically oriented state religion that creted a spiritual vacuum in the West, resulting in a terrific restlessness and energy that eventually mainfested itself in exploration conquest and conversion." Notes on sources, index. xviii, 329 pp. ISBN: 0-670-160989.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 55363
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  • [Twain, Mark] Cooper, Robert.
    AROUND THE WORLD WITH MARK TWAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - 100 years after Mark Twain, 59 years old and deeply in debt, set out on a world-wide lecture tour, boarding a night train from Elmira to Cleveland on July 14, 1895, Cooper set out to retrace Twain's footsteps and the result is the first full-length book treatment of this journey since Twain's own. Twain's trip took him across North America and to Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa. Based on journals, letters and newspaper accounts, this is a combinationof travel writing, social history, historiography and biography. Photographs, extensive notes, references, index. 420 pp. ISBN: 1-55970-5221.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (faint embossed stamp of prev owner)

    Book ID: 29106
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  • Urrutia, Virginia.
    TWO WHEELS & A TAXI: A Slightly Daft Adventure in the Andes.

    Edition: First printing.

    Seattle: The Mountaineers, (1987). dj. Hardcover first edition - Proving that adventure is not just something for the young, in this,her first book, a 70 year old grandmother Urrutia recounts her adventures bicycling all over the Andes in Ecuador - on a fat tired, single speed bike, accompanied by a 35 year-old taxi driver-guide-translator, a father of five who had never before ventured so far from Quito. Illustrated with drawings by Betsy James. Map, vii, 246 pp. ISBN: 0-898861411.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 38755
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  • ART TOWNS CALIFORNIA: Communities Celebrating Creativity: Festivals, Galleries, Museums, Dining & Lodging. by Villani, John.
    Villani, John.
    ART TOWNS CALIFORNIA: Communities Celebrating Creativity: Festivals, Galleries, Museums, Dining & Lodging.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, (2008). SIGNED first edition - A guide to places off the beaten path, veering toward places offering vibrant art galleries, exciting art festivals, innovative theatre companies, art-filled coffee bars, and nightclubs showcasing local music talent. SIGNED on the title page. Illustrated with photographs. Index. 272 pp. ISBN: 9780881506969.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58641
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  • NOTES OF A TOUR IN AMERICA. FROM AUGUST 7TH TO NOVEMBER 17TH, 1877. by Vivian, H. Hussey.
    Vivian, H. Hussey.
    NOTES OF A TOUR IN AMERICA. FROM AUGUST 7TH TO NOVEMBER 17TH, 1877.

    Edition: Facsimile Reprint.

    New York: Arno Press, 1974. Hardcover - Originally published in 1878. Folding frontispiece map. The author, a member of Parliament, traveled from Halifax in Nova Scotia, to Boston, New York, Saratoga, etc, and then went across to the Pacific and back on the Union Pacific Railroad, taking in the California sites, including Yosemite. Vivian visited Utah and includes notes on the Mormons and polygamy. As a metallurgist, he devotes a significant amount of attention to the mining districts and the mineral resources of Nevada, Utah and California. Comments on the Chinese questions, frequent statements like loving the "darkies" and preferring "the niggers, etc." A title in the Foreign Travelers in America, 1810-1935 series. iii, 260 pp. ISBN: 0-405-054769.

    Condition: Ex-library with relatively few markings, missing front endpaper, but overall tight and clean in gold cloth with burgundy lettering.

    Book ID: 57391
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  • AN AFGHANISTAN PICTURE SHOW, or How I Saved the World. by Vollmann, William
    Vollmann, William
    AN AFGHANISTAN PICTURE SHOW, or How I Saved the World.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His first non-fiction book, an account not only of events in Afghanistan in 1982, but also of his coming to terms with himself and his limitations. SIGNED on the title page by the author. Illustrated with drawings and maps by the author. While Vollmann, one of the most fascinating and interesting of modern writers, had long been a cult favorite, in 2005 he received the prestigious National Book Award for fiction. 268 pp. ISBN: 0-374-101051.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (appears unread)

    Book ID: 58591
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  • AN AFGHANISTAN PICTURE SHOW, or How I Saved the World. by Vollmann, William
    Vollmann, William
    AN AFGHANISTAN PICTURE SHOW, or How I Saved the World.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His first non-fiction book, an account not only of events in Afghanistan in 1982, but also of his coming to terms with himself and his limitations. INSCRIBED on the title page ("to..."). Illustrated with drawings and maps by the author. While Vollmann, one of the most fascinating and interesting of modern writers, had long been a cult favorite, in 2005 he received the prestigious National Book Award for fiction. 268 pp. ISBN: 0-374-101051.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (appears unread)

    Book ID: 58592
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  • ASSASSINATION VACATION. by Vowell, Sarah.
    Vowell, Sarah.
    ASSASSINATION VACATION.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2005.) dj. Hardcover - "a road map to the locations of American political violence and ruminates on their lessons ....much more than an entertaining and informative travelogue--it is the disturbing and fascinating story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture, and--the author's favorite--historical tourism. Though the themes of loss and violence are explored.... there are lighter diversions into the lives of the three presidents and their assassins, including mummies, show tunes, mean-spirited totem poles, and a nineteenth-century biblical sex cult." 258 pp. ISBN: 9780743260039.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 41968
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  • RANDOM JOURNEYS. by Vyvyan, C. C. (Clara Coltman Rogers, Lady Vyvyan.)
    Vyvyan, C. C. (Clara Coltman Rogers, Lady Vyvyan.)
    RANDOM JOURNEYS.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Peter Owen Limited, (1960.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A rather uncommon late book by his popular and thoughtful travel writer - An account of "high speed" automobile traveling across northern Europe to Sweden, Finland and Norway (8000 miles, eight countries,in nine weeks). She sums up the different perspectives she and her traveling companion Ella brought to this whirlwind and unexpected journey as follows - she was middle-aged and I was old, in my prime I had the energy of two, but she still had the energy of ten, but most importantly, I was English and she was Americanized Canadian, rooted in the new civilization. SIGNED on the title page and INSCRIBED and signed on the front…

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    London: Peter Owen Limited, (1960.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A rather uncommon late book by his popular and thoughtful travel writer - An account of "high speed" automobile traveling across northern Europe to Sweden, Finland and Norway (8000 miles, eight countries,in nine weeks). She sums up the different perspectives she and her traveling companion Ella brought to this whirlwind and unexpected journey as follows - she was middle-aged and I was old, in my prime I had the energy of two, but she still had the energy of ten, but most importantly, I was English and she was Americanized Canadian, rooted in the new civilization. SIGNED on the title page and INSCRIBED and signed on the front endpaper "to --- with love from the author" and dated in 1973. Photographs. 192 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (price-clipped, chipping to top of dj spine.)

    Book ID: 51943
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  • MY IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA. by Wagner, Charles.
    Wagner, Charles.
    MY IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA.

    Edition: Facsimile Reprint.

    New York: Arno Press, 1974. Hardcover - Originally published in 1906. Translated From The French by Mary Louise Hendee. A title in the Foreign Travelers in America, 1810-1935 series. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-405-054777.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings and overall tight and clean in gold cloth with burgundy lettering.

    Book ID: 57386
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  • Warner, Charles D. (1829-1900)
    SAUNTERINGS.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. Hardcover first edition - An account of travels through Europe by this American essayist and writer. He begins with looking at the differences between Paris and London, and blames the English Channel for them ("Almost everything is laid to the Channel: it has no friends. The sailors call it the nastiest bit of water in the world. All travelers anathematize it. I have now crossed it three times in different places, by long routes and short ones, and have always found it as comfortable as any sailing anywhere, sailing being one of the most tedious and disagreeable inventions of a fallen race." Also includes chapters on the Low Countries and Rhineland, the…

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    Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. Hardcover first edition - An account of travels through Europe by this American essayist and writer. He begins with looking at the differences between Paris and London, and blames the English Channel for them ("Almost everything is laid to the Channel: it has no friends. The sailors call it the nastiest bit of water in the world. All travelers anathematize it. I have now crossed it three times in different places, by long routes and short ones, and have always found it as comfortable as any sailing anywhere, sailing being one of the most tedious and disagreeable inventions of a fallen race." Also includes chapters on the Low Countries and Rhineland, the Alps, Bavaria, Ravenna, Rome, Vesuvius and more. 289 pp plus 4 pp of publisher's ads.

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    Condition: Very good overall in purple cloth (spine extremely sunned, prev owner's name and date of 1872 on front endpaper in pencil.)

    Book ID: 48002
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  • POLAR BRIDGE: An Arctic Odyssey. by Weber, Richard; Laurie Dexter, Christopher Holloway and Max Buxton.
    Weber, Richard; Laurie Dexter, Christopher Holloway and Max Buxton.
    POLAR BRIDGE: An Arctic Odyssey.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Key Porter Books, (1990). SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of a three month long odyssey in 1988 by a Canadian-Soviet team of adventurers, with the goal of linking polar regions in the west and east - starting in Siberia and ending on Canada's Ellesmere Island. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by author, Laurie Dexter - "to - best wishes for good health and many safe adventures" and dated in 1997. Illustrated with full color photographs. Map, nine appendices. 213 pp. ISBN: 1-550131990.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73548
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  • THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. by Weiner, Eric.
    Weiner, Eric.
    THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Twelve, (2008). First edition - Using as his guide the emerging field of positive psychology, the author traveled the world trying to find the happiest places and to figure out what made them happy - from Iceland to Bhutan to India, and more. 329 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59631
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  • TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City. by Wertz, Julia.
    Wertz, Julia.
    TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, (2017). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Not just unconventional, this is a unique and very enjoyable book, Named a Notable Book of 2017 by the New York Times, which described it as "A passionate anatomy of the city, a book of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories - mostly of infamous women, like the 19th-century celebrity abortionist Madame Restell, who catered to socialites and built her Fifth Avenue mansion a block away from a Catholic church, supposedly to taunt the faithful....The city rises majestically in these pages. The crowded panels evoke the jostle of urban life. Your eye doesn't know where to settle; there's so much to absorb." Reviewer Roz Chast comments that…

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    New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, (2017). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Not just unconventional, this is a unique and very enjoyable book, Named a Notable Book of 2017 by the New York Times, which described it as "A passionate anatomy of the city, a book of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories - mostly of infamous women, like the 19th-century celebrity abortionist Madame Restell, who catered to socialites and built her Fifth Avenue mansion a block away from a Catholic church, supposedly to taunt the faithful....The city rises majestically in these pages. The crowded panels evoke the jostle of urban life. Your eye doesn't know where to settle; there's so much to absorb." Reviewer Roz Chast comments that "The meticulously researched histories of the various urban landscapes are fascinating, and Wertz's drawings perfectly capture the visual poetry of the city - the ongoing struggle between past and present, and its unique blend of beauty and ugliness. A must for anyone who loves and appreciates the city, as Wertz so clearly does." Illustrations on every page. Boldly SIGNED on the front endpaper with a self-portrait of the author/illustrator. Includes a list of recommended readings. A large, heavy book, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-0316501217.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 81548
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  • AN AMERICAN TRAVELER: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Sport. by White, Randy Wayne.
    White, Randy Wayne.
    AN AMERICAN TRAVELER: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Sport.

    Edition: First printing.

    Guilford, Connecticut : The Lyons Press, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of essays on his adventures in Costa Rica, with Peter Blake and the New Zealand sailing team, crocodile hunting in Australia, diving with the great white sharks in South Africa and much more by the author best known for his Doc Ford mysteries - but who has also been a fishing guide and the author of the "Out There" column for Outside magazine. SIGNED on the title page. xv, 195 pp. ISBN: 1592280331.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68994
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  • Wibberley, Leonard
    VOYAGE BY BUS: Seeing America by Land Yacht

    Edition: Book club edition. (Family bookshelf)

    New York: Morrow, 1971. dj. Hardcover - Novelist and humorist Wibberley sets out with his wife, six children and cat to see the real West: the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mohave, the redwoods, and more. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dustjacket (prev owners' names on half-title page.)

    Book ID: 7390
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  • Wikstrom, Karl S. (Signe M. Carlson, editor), Jack Ashcraft, illustrator.
    NORTH OF SKARV ISLAND: A Trading Adventure Between Norwegians and Lapps.

    Edition: First printing.

    Grants Pass, OR: Midgard Press, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - This book, an account of a trading adventure in 1805 between Norwegians from Ranafjord and nomadic Lapps summering with their reindeer on a treeless island off the coast of Norway, is unique in that it is based on both Norwegian and Lapp oral tradition and written by an 'insider' to that oral tradition, who is passing on the stories of his Lapp grandfather. Glossary. 142 pp. ISBN: 0-9615948-02.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 28419
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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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  • DOWN IBERIA'S LONGEST RIVER. by Williams, Earl.
    Williams, Earl.
    DOWN IBERIA'S LONGEST RIVER.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Vantage Press, (1982) dj. Hardcover first edition - A slightly fictionalized account of traveling on a rubber raft down the Tajo River, which flows for more than 1000 kilometers from eastern Spain to Lisbon in Portugal and into the Atlantic. Illustrated with photographs. 109 pp. ISBN: 0-533047625.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (corner of front endpaper clipped)

    Book ID: 73965
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  • DEAD MEN DON'T LEAVE TIPS: Adventures X Africa. by Wilson, Brandon.
    Wilson, Brandon.
    DEAD MEN DON'T LEAVE TIPS: Adventures X Africa.

    Edition: Trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    Paia, HI: Pilgrim's Tales Inc., (2006.). First edition - Adventures of the author and his wife, a young couple who live in Hawaii when not traveling, on a trip from Morocco to the southern tip of Africa, partly as part of a group of "overlanders" (a group trip from hell), and partly on their own, Written with humor but also with a deep respect for both the people and the natural environment of Africa. Photographs. Map. 271 pp. ISBN: 0-9770536-44.

    Condition: Very good - slight spine slant, reading crease to front cover,

    Book ID: 47856
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  • CHINA IN THE MORNING: Impressions of a journey through China and Indo-China. by Wollaston, Nicholas.
    Wollaston, Nicholas.
    CHINA IN THE MORNING: Impressions of a journey through China and Indo-China.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Roy Publishers, (c. 1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - As an independent journalist, Wollaston traveled through Communist China, observing both the rapid progress the country was making and the drastic oppression and lack of freedom, and then he traveled through North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, down the Mekong, and ending his journey at Angkor Wat. An interesting picture of the contrast between China and Southeast Asia in the years immediately preceding the Vietnam War. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Maps. 208 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, slight spine slant, in a very good unmarked dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68246
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  • ENDURANCE: An Epic of Polar Adventure. by Worsley, F. A.; preface by Patrick O'Brian.
    Worsley, F. A.; preface by Patrick O'Brian.
    ENDURANCE: An Epic of Polar Adventure.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Norton, (1999) dj. Hardcover - An attractive new edition of this classic account of Shackleton's 1914-1916 Antarctic expedition by the commander of the ship, Endurance, and originally published in 1931. Includes a new preface by Patrick O'Brian. Illustrated with photographs. Index. xxvi, 310 pp. ISBN: 0-393046842.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69324
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  • SHACKLETON'S BOAT JOURNEY by Worsley, Frank Arthur.
    Worsley, Frank Arthur.
    SHACKLETON'S BOAT JOURNEY

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Norton, (1998). An account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-16 expedition to the Antarctic by the captain of the H.M.S. Endurance, the ship used by the explorer which became trapped in the ice. Introduction by Sir Edmund Hillary. Illustrated with photographs and maps. 220 pp. ISBN: 0-393318648.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77840
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  • ANNIE LONDONDERRY'S EXTRAORDINARY RIDE: AROUND THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS by Zheutlin, Peter.
    Zheutlin, Peter.
    ANNIE LONDONDERRY'S EXTRAORDINARY RIDE: AROUND THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Citadel Press Books, (2007). First edition - An account of Annie Kopchovsky's extraordinary journey around the world in the 1890's on a bicycle. A young wife and mother, she managed for a while to free herself from the Victorian era and to undertake a worldwide adventure. While - as one contemporary newspaper account described it - her trip was more with a bicycle than on one, this is still a fascinating picture of a world on the brink of enormous change. The author, a descendant of Londonderry, researched newspaper accounts extensively and interviewed her granddaughter for this book, Bibliography, notes, 262 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59613
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  • SWITZERLAND: HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.
    SWITZERLAND: HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.

    New York: Carlton & Porter. n.d. (ca 1856.). Hardcover - A small slim published by the 'Sunday School Union.' 214 pp plus 10 pp of 'Books for Sunday Schools." Actually a fairly decent history of Switzerland, and an interesting description of the natural beauty and the towns in this country.

    Condition: Very good in embossed green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. A small volume measuring approx 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide (stamp and name of town on front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 55282
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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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