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  • THE BEAST OF BARBARESCO: A Wine Lover's Mystery. by Aspler, Tony.
    Aspler, Tony.
    THE BEAST OF BARBARESCO: A Wine Lover's Mystery.

    Edition: First Canadian printing.

    Toronto and Chicago: Warwick Publishing, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - For wine writer Ezra Brant, the trip to help judge the annual wine competition in the Piedmontese village of Barbaresco went from being a restful interlude to a serious investigation when a fellow writer is found dead at the bottom of a quarry. 187 pp. ISBN: 1-894020898.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76497
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  • THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS. by Berendt, John.
    Berendt, John.
    THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Penguin, 2005. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at Venice, telling the story of its rich history and some of its more eccentric residents, of attempts to save its archeological treasures and recreating the unique atmosphere of this city of canals, using as a starting point the 1996 fire which destroyed the Opera House. Glossary, lists of people and places. 414 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 1594200580.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76351
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  • NIMBLE-LEGS: A Story for Boys. by Capuana, Luigi.
    Capuana, Luigi.
    NIMBLE-LEGS: A Story for Boys.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1928. Hardcover - The story of a 12 year old Italian boy from Palermo in Sicily in 1868, who could run so fast, he was called 'nimble-legs' and entrusted with taking secret messages to General Garibaldi. Illustrated by I.B. Hazelton with a color frontispiece, 4 plates on plain paper and drawings. Translated by Frederic Taber Cooper; introduction by Faith E. Smith. 191 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a red boards with black lettering and illustration on front cover (tear to one page, a few corners dog-earred)

    Book ID: 88107
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  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY. by Carofiglio, Gianrico.
    Carofiglio, Gianrico.
    THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Old Street, (2007) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's third novel, winner of Italy's prestigious Premio Bancarella prize, a psychological thriller with two threads inevitably converging. Lieutenant Chiti spends sleepless nights hunting for the serial rapist terrorizing his city, and the naive law student Giorgio is befriended by dangerously charismatic Francesco, and finds himself slowly lured into a corrupt world of cheating at cards (which Francesco describes as "magic"), beautiful women and casual violence, until one terrifying night Giorgio is forced to realize just how far he has left his past behind. Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis. 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1905847273.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88092
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  • BEAUTIFUL SIGNOR. by Cassells, Cyrus.
    Cassells, Cyrus.
    BEAUTIFUL SIGNOR.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback..

    Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, (1997). SIGNED first edition - Award-winning African American poet's third collection, inspired by Dante and Venice (Cassell spent 8 years living in Italy). Martin Espada these love poems "resonant, even haunting, born of an acute sensual awareness." SIGNED on the title page. 120 pp. ISBN: 1-556591241.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 72407
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  • A MAN OF PARTS. by Chiara, Piero (1913-1986)
    Chiara, Piero (1913-1986)
    A MAN OF PARTS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of "ribald realism" by this award-winning writer. "In Luino, in the years just before Fascism when the 'nineteenth century drew to a long-overdue close,' Emerenziano Paronzini, a dour but distinguished looking man of 45, takes up residence, eyes the rather unattractive sisterhood - all unwed - Tarsilla, Fortunata and Camilla, and eventually proposes to Fortunata .. By the close is trigamously servicing all three sister. A wholly funny, bawdy, small story told with scapegrace irreverence and a knowing leer." (Kirkus) Translated from the Italian by Julia Martines. 180 pp.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (some toning to the spine of the dj, but a tight and clean copy, original price of 4.95 on dj flap)

    Book ID: 88175
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  • THE SMALL MOSAICS OF MR. AND MRS. ENGEL. by Collinge, Patricia.
    Collinge, Patricia.
    THE SMALL MOSAICS OF MR. AND MRS. ENGEL.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (1989) dj. Hardcover - A collection of gently humorous short stories, most originally published in the New Yorker: eight featuring Mr. and Mrs. Engel and her immediate love for Italy on her first visit, and four in the "Ladies to the Center" series. Illustrated with drawings by Susanne Suba. 189 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (toning to pages, tear to upper edge of back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 83841
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  • NEROCCIO DE'LANDI 1447-1500. by Coor, Gertrude.
    Coor, Gertrude.
    NEROCCIO DE'LANDI 1447-1500.

    Edition: First edition.

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1961. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first significant monograph on this fiftheenth century Sienese painter and sculptor's work, which had been neglected by most art historians "because this art is not strikingly original and is quite restricted iconographically, the majority of the works being representations of the Madonna and Child" but later discoveries and the cleaning and restoration of some of his works led to an increased interest in them. Quarto, bound in full navy buckram blocked in black on the spine with gilt titling. Frontispiece. xviii, 235 pp plus a 56 page section with 146 black and white plates of his works.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (price-clipped, some sunning to the dj)

    Book ID: 80028
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  • THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL. by Costantini, Roberto.
    Costantini, Roberto.
    THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York & London: Quercus, (2013). First edition - The author's first thriller, set in Rome and introducing Commissario Balistreri. Translated from the Italian by N.S. Thompson. 564 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66299
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  • THE TROUBLE WITH GOING HOME: A Simona Griffo Mystery. by Crespi, Camilla T.
    Crespi, Camilla T.
    THE TROUBLE WITH GOING HOME: A Simona Griffo Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Fifth book in this series featuring amateur amateur sleuth Simona Griffo. Returning to her native Rome when her mother has breast cancer, she is immediately a witness to the murder of a young American art student. SIGNED on the title page. Recipe. Author's note. 269 pp. ISBN: 0-06017725X.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (discolored spot on front endpaper from a sticker).

    Book ID: 74599
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  • THE TROUBLE WITH THIN ICE. by Crespi, Camilla T.
    Crespi, Camilla T.
    THE TROUBLE WITH THIN ICE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1993) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Fourth book in this series (but the first to be published under this name) featuring amateur sleuth Simona Griffo, who is joining her lover and his 14 year old son on a trip to Connecticut for the holidays and for a wedding. SIGNED on the title page. Recipe. 273 pp. ISBN: 0-060177268.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (usual toning to the pages, otherwise fine).

    Book ID: 84000
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  • COP THIS LOT. by Culotta, Nino (pseudonym of John Patrick O'Grady, 1907-1981)
    Culotta, Nino (pseudonym of John Patrick O'Grady, 1907-1981)
    COP THIS LOT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Sydney, Australia: Ure Smith, (1960). Hardcover first edition - The author's second humorous book under this pseudonym: Nino brings two of his Aussie workmates on a visit to his father at his old home in Piedmont, via Dublin, Liverpool, London, Paris and Frankfurt. "Joe and Dennis's struggle with the Continental way of life enables Nino to get his own back." Illustrated with drawings by "WEP." 220 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a fair only dust jacket (gift inscription, some toning to pages, overall edgewear to dj).

    Book ID: 78809
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  • SANCTUARY. by D'Andrea, Luca.
    D'Andrea, Luca.
    SANCTUARY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2020). First edition - A thriller that follows a woman on the run from her crime boss husband and the assassin sent to kill her, set in the Italian region of Alto-Adige in the Dolomites mountain range, in the northernmost part of the county. Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis and Catherine Gregor. Issued in the US as a trade paperback original. 369 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87594
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  • KILL THE ANGEL. by Dazieri, Sandrone.
    Dazieri, Sandrone.
    KILL THE ANGEL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2018) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second novel in this series featuring investigators Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre. "In Rome, a high-speed train hurtles into the citys main station with a carriage full of dead bodies, the macabre discovery of which falls to Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. Subsequently, the police receive a claim of responsibility and the threat of more murders to come. But neither Caselli nor her eccentrically brilliant ally, Dante Torre, are yet ready to buy the terrorist link." Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar. Author's note. 452 pp. ISBN: 978-1501174650.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 82459
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  • A LONG FINISH: An Aurelio Zen Mystery. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    A LONG FINISH: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Pantheon, (1998.). First edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) 259 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 52508
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  • A LONG FINISH: An Aurelio Zen Mystery. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    A LONG FINISH: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) 261 pp. ISBN: 0-375-404295.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86152
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  • MEDUSA. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    MEDUSA.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) 280 pp. ISBN: 0-571-216587.

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

    Book ID: 71573
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  • CABAL. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    CABAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The third mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) . 277 pp. ISBN: 0-571166164.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (usual toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 86145
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  • BACK TO BOLOGNA. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    BACK TO BOLOGNA.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - The tenth mystery novel in the award winning series featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen - although in this one he is sent to Bologna to oversee what seems at first to be a routine murder investigation (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award). 223 pp. ISBN: 0-571-227759.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86146
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  • RATKING. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    RATKING.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1989.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense introducing Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen - Ruth Rendall described this first book as transcending its genre - "tremendously exciting ... both subtle and horrific." SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award. 266 pp. ISBN: 0-553-05337x.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 65656
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  • MEDUSA. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    MEDUSA.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) 280 pp. ISBN: 0-571-216587.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52543
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  • CABAL. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    CABAL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) 241 pp. ISBN: 0-385-468067.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86149
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  • RATKING. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    RATKING.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1989.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense introducing Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen - Ruth Rendall described this first book as transcending its genre - "tremendously exciting ... both subtle and horrific." Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award. 266 pp. ISBN: 0-553-05337x.

    Condition: Fine in a very good dustjacket (short closed tear to back cover, other minor wear, now protected by an archival cover.)

    Book ID: 52204
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  • COSI FAN TUTTI: An Aurelio Zen Mystery. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    COSI FAN TUTTI: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of humor and suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen - although this one is set in Naples. The first book in this award winning series. (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award). 247 pp. plus author's note. ISBN: 0-879-442723.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52224
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  • A LONG FINISH: An Aurelio Zen Mystery. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    A LONG FINISH: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) SIGNED by the author on the title page. 249 pp. ISBN: 0-571-193412.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 70781
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  • BLOOD RAIN: An Aurelio Zen Mystery. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    BLOOD RAIN: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2000) dj. Hardcover first edition - The 7th mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) Set in Sicily against the backdrop of the ancient city of Catania. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-375-409157.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86147
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  • MEDUSA: An Aurelio Zen Mystery. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    MEDUSA: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) 259 pp. ISBN: 0-375422692.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86148
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  • CABAL. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    CABAL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery and novel of psychological suspense featuring Roman Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen (the first in the series - Ratking - won the CWA Gold Dagger Award.) Review copy with publisher's material laid in. 241 pp. ISBN: 0-385-468067.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86150
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  • THE BIRTH OF VENUS: Love and Death in Florence. by Dunant, Sarah.
    Dunant, Sarah.
    THE BIRTH OF VENUS: Love and Death in Florence.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, (2004.). First edition - Highly praised historical novel set in Renaisance Florence - in the early 16th century, when the Medici state was for a while under the spell of the monk Savonarola - "A beautiful serpent of a novel, seductive and dangerous . . full of wise guile, the most brilliant novel yet from a writer of powerful historical imagination and wicked literary gifts. Dunant's snaky tale of art, sex and Florentine hysteria consumes utterly---but the experience is all pleasure." (Simon Schama.) Historical notes. 346 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 65494
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  • THE BIRTH OF VENUS. by Dunant, Sarah.
    Dunant, Sarah.
    THE BIRTH OF VENUS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Random House, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly praised historical novel set in Renaisance Florence - in the early 16th century, when the Medici state was for a while under the spell of the monk Savonarola - "A beautiful serpent of a novel, seductive and dangerous . . full of wise guile, the most brilliant novel yet from a writer of powerful historical imagination and wicked literary gifts. Dunant's snaky tale of art, sex and Florentine hysteria consumes utterly---but the experience is all pleasure." (Simon Schama.) Historical notes. 397 pp. ISBN: 1400060737.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (creasing to the margin of 1 page, a publishing flaw.)

    Book ID: 43494
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