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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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  • THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS. by Berendt, John.
    Berendt, John.
    THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Penguin, 2005. dj. SIGNED 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. SIGNED on the title page. Glossary, lists of people and places. 414 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 1594200580.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66191
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  • CESARE BORGIA. by [Borgia, Cesare] Yriarte, Charles .
    [Borgia, Cesare] Yriarte, Charles .
    CESARE BORGIA.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Francis Aldor (Aldus Publications Ltd), (1947). Hardcover first edition - Biography of Cesare Borgia,the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI who was named a cardinal at 17 but later resigned that to go on to become a powerful ruler while he had the support of the papacy. Machiavelli was at Borgia's court in 1502-1503 and some of the episodes in The Prince were based on Borgia's actions. Translated from the original Italian by William Stirling. 224 pp.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69137
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  • Brown, Judith C.
    IMMODEST ACTS : The Life of Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. dj. Hardcover first edition - An historical study based on original documents about the investigation in 1619 to 1623 and the subsequent trial of "Sister Benedetta Carlini of Vellano, abbess of the Theatine nuns of Pescia [near Florence, Italy], who pretended to be a mystic but was discovered to be a woman on ill repute." A title in the Studies in the History of Sexuality series. Includes an appendix with translations of the original documents, notes, index. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-195036751.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (gift inscription, price-clipped dj.)

    Book ID: 32458
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  • THE TERRA COTTA DOG. by Camilleri, Andrea.
    Camilleri, Andrea.
    THE TERRA COTTA DOG.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Viking, (2002) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second Inspector Montalbano mystery, set in Sicily, Italy. Translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Author and translator's notes. 340 pp. ISBN: 0-670-031380.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74122
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  • THE TREASURE HUNT. by Camilleri, Andrea.
    Camilleri, Andrea.
    THE TREASURE HUNT.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Pan Macmillan, (2013) dj. Hardcover first edition - An Inspector Montalbano mystery, set in Sicily, Italy. Translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Translator's notes. 281 pp. ISBN: 978-1447228783.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74066
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    COSI FAN TUTTI.

    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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  • 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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  • MEDUSA. by Dibdin, Michael.
    Dibdin, Michael.
    MEDUSA.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (2005.). 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: 1400076080.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 53160
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  • THE BIRTH OF VENUS. by Dunant, Sarah.
    Dunant, Sarah.
    THE BIRTH OF VENUS.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Random House, (2004.) dj. 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. Questions for discussion. 403 pp. plus an excerpt from "In the Company of Courtesans.". ISBN: 0-812968972.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 76180
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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.

    Book ID: 50090
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  • IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN. by Dunant, Sarah.
    Dunant, Sarah.
    IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy - this begins in 1527 when the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, escape from the sacking of Rome and head for Venice. Author's note, bibliography. 371 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 140063817.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 41158
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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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  • Elkann, Alain.
    PIAZZA CARIGNANO.

    Edition: First American edition.

    Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - An extraordinary tale of sexual, political, and moral dissolution, winner of the Premio Polifemo. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket.

    Book ID: 14005
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  • GOOD BLOOD. by Elkins, Aaron.
    Elkins, Aaron.
    GOOD BLOOD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Berkley, (2004 dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery set at Lake Maggiore in Italy, featuring forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver. SIGNED on the title page. 293 pp. ISBN: 0-425194116.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 66014
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  • CURTAINS FOR THE CARDINAL. by Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    CURTAINS FOR THE CARDINAL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Second mystery set in Renaissance Italy, featuring Sigismondo, courtier, mercenary and sleuth. 260 pp. ISBN: 0-151236828.

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

    Book ID: 40555
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  • POISON FOR THE PRINCE, an Italian Renaissance Mystery. by Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    POISON FOR THE PRINCE, an Italian Renaissance Mystery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Third mystery set in Renaissance Italy, featuring Sigismondo, courtier, mercenary and sleuth. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-151725403.

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

    Book ID: 40181
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  • AXE FOR AN ABBOTT. by Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    AXE FOR AN ABBOTT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Headline, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An Italian Renaissance whodunnit." Fifth mystery set in Renaissance Italy, featuring Sigismondo, courtier, mercenary and sleuth. 339 pp. ISBN: 0-74721560X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 68559
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  • BRAVO FOR THE BRIDE. by Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    BRAVO FOR THE BRIDE.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Headline, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An Italian Renaissance whodunnit." Fourth mystery set in Renaissance Italy, featuring Sigismondo, courtier, mercenary and sleuth. 339 pp. ISBN: 0-7472-10284.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 68560
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  • DIRGE FOR A DOGE. by Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    Eyre, Elizabeth (pseudonym for Jill Staynes & Margaret Storey)
    DIRGE FOR A DOGE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An Italian Renaissance whodunnit." Sixth mystery set in Renaissance Italy, featuring Sigismondo, courtier, mercenary and sleuth. 344 pp. ISBN: 0-312-151098.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68561
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