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  • A QUESTION OF BELIEF. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    A QUESTION OF BELIEF.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2010.) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of her highly praised - and prize-winning - series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. 262 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 9780802119421.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 55065
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  • THE GOLDEN EGG. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    THE GOLDEN EGG.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2013.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. 276 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 978-0-8021-21011.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 66697
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  • BLOOD FROM A STONE. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    BLOOD FROM A STONE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Another title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. "On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a man is killed in a fight in Campo Santo Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death. The dead man was working as a vu cumpra, one of the many Black Africans selling goods outside normal shop hours without a work permit. Arriving on the scene, Commissario Brunetti's response matches that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?" 276 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-87113-8875.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 57434
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  • THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2008) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. 276 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 978-0871139801.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75258
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  • THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. 256 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-9375.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71596
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  • DOCTORED EVIDENCE. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    DOCTORED EVIDENCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: William Heinemann, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - One of her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. SIGNED on the title page. Map endpapers. 245 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-9189.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket (usual toning to the pages, but otherwise as new).

    Book ID: 65552
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  • BLOOD FROM A STONE. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    BLOOD FROM A STONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Heinemann, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - True first edition of this title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. "On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a man is killed in a fight in Campo Santo Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death. The dead man was working as a vu cumpra, one of the many Black Africans selling goods outside normal shop hours without a work permit. Arriving on the scene, Commissario Brunetti's response matches that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?" SIGNED on the title page. 276 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-434-012998.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71840
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  • THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY . by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY .

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Heinemann, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - True first edition of this title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. This involves the glass foundries on the island of Murano, and someone polluting the waters of the lagoon. SIGNED on the title page. 256 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-434-014524.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (usual light toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 71847
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  • DRAWING CONCLUSIONS. by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    DRAWING CONCLUSIONS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. 260 pp. ISBN: 978-0802119797.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73098
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  • BEASTLY THINGS by Leon, Donna.
    Leon, Donna.
    BEASTLY THINGS

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2012.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in her highly praised, and prize-winning, series of mysteries featuring Guido Brunetti, commissario of the Venice police. 296 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 978-0-8021-20236.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 67092
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  • THE MOSAIC CRIMES. by Leoni, Giulio.
    Leoni, Giulio.
    THE MOSAIC CRIMES.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Dante Alighieri Mystery, translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel. "Florence, June 1300. The body of an artist, his face covered in quicklime, is discovered next to the mosaic he had almost completed. Dante Alighieri, the newly appointed prior of the city of Florence is on the case. It is his first official investigation." Includes a cast of characters, sources and references. 321 pp. ISBN: 0-15-1012466.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55440
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  • THE MONKEY'S WRENCH. by Levi, Primo.
    Levi, Primo.
    THE MONKEY'S WRENCH.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Summit Books, (1978.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An exuberant, exhilerating and wildly funny novel about the joys of work and the art of storytelling" by this important Italian writer who is primarily known for his chronicling of the Holocaust. Translated by William Weaver. 171 pp plus a final note. ISBN: 0-671-622145.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (an apparently unread copy, but with a remainder line).

    Book ID: 56438
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  • PRIMO LEVI: Tragedy of an Optimist. by [Levi, Primo, 1919-1987] Anissimov, Myriam.
    [Levi, Primo, 1919-1987] Anissimov, Myriam.
    PRIMO LEVI: Tragedy of an Optimist.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Woodstock NY: Overlook Press, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Primo Levi is represented in this world almost entirely by his writings, and his public self--shy, intelligent, diffident--in some respects disguised the man within. This first biography delves deeply into the life and mind of the controversial writer" a chemist by training, a partisan during World War II, a philosopher, and most importantly a survivor of the concentration camps and a Holocaust witness. Translated from the French by Steve Cox. List of Primo Levi's works. Photographs, notes, glossary of concentration camp terms, bibliography, and index. x, 452 pp. ISBN: 0-87951-8065.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (some light toning to the pages, very minor shelfwear.)

    Book ID: 57307
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  • BEAST IN THE MIRROR: the Life of Outsider Artist Antonio Ligabue by [Ligabue, Antonio] Jones, Karen Kavelin.
    [Ligabue, Antonio] Jones, Karen Kavelin.
    BEAST IN THE MIRROR: the Life of Outsider Artist Antonio Ligabue

    Edition: First printing.

    Santa Barbara: Capra Press, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first work about Liguabue (1899-1965) to appear in English. The reclusive artist, an outsider in every way, spent most of his life in a hut beside the Po River in Italy. Illustrated in both color and black and white. 136 pp. ISBN: 0-88496-4248.

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

    Book ID: 9347
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  • THE MYSTERY OF VILLA SINESTE. by Livingston, Walter.
    Livingston, Walter.
    THE MYSTERY OF VILLA SINESTE.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: The Mystery League, Inc. , 1931. Hardcover first edition - Two Americans after a plane crash near the sinister Villa Sineste in Italy are taken in by the mysterious Dr di Ponari. The second title by Livingston for the rather short-lived Mystery League (1930-1933) - their books were unique in that they were sold through United Cigar Stores and Drug Stores, instead of bookstores, and despite their low price of 50c each, they were attractively bound in black silk with green lettering, green and white art deco endpapers, 286 pp. plus 1 pp listing titles and various bindings.

    Condition: Fair condition only (slanted spine, fraying and rubbing to the spine, front hinge cracked, previous owner's name) .

    Book ID: 67377
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  • THE TIME IS NOW. by Maltz, Maxwell.
    Maltz, Maxwell.
    THE TIME IS NOW.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1975.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical novel set in post-Renaissance Italy and centered on a young surgeon Gasparo Tagliacozzi, who 'dreams of repairing the defects of birth and the ravages of accident and war.' The author is himself a plastic surgeon, and perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling book 'Psycho-Cybernetics' 415 pp. Wraparound dust jacket art by Richard Clifton-Dey. ISBN: 0-671-21859X.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43813
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  • FIRE IN THE CITY: Savonarola and the Struggle for Renaissance Florence. by Martines, Lauro.
    Martines, Lauro.
    FIRE IN THE CITY: Savonarola and the Struggle for Renaissance Florence.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. dj. Hardcover first edition - A fresh look at one of the most charismatic figures of the Italian Renaissance. Illustrated with maps and photographs in full color. Notes, bibliography, index. xvi, 336 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5177487.

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

    Book ID: 55627
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  • Masters, Roger D.
    FORTUNE IS A RIVER: Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli's Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History.

    New York: The Free Press, 1998. dj. Hardcover - The story of the mysterious friendship between Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli that changed history and almost accomplished one of the most ambitious plans of the city-state of Florence (Leonardo's concept to build a system of canals that would make the Arno River navigable from Florence to the sea, a project begun in 1504.). Roger Masters, a distinguished historical scholar, reconstructs this project and its failure, fills in many details of the relationship between the two giants of the Renaissance, and raises tantalizing questions on how history might have taken a different course had the project succeeded. Masters's reconstruction is both fascinating and plausible. Illustrated. Extensive notes, sources, index. 278 pages. ISBN: 0-684-844524.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 22134
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  • Mayes, Frances
    BELLA TUSCANY: The Sweet Life in Italy

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Broadway, (2000.). Italy in the springtime - a book full of happiness. 286 pp. ISBN: 0-7679-0284x.

    Condition: Very good..

    Book ID: 47032
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  • A YEAR IN THE WORLD: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller. by Mayes, Frances.
    Mayes, Frances.
    A YEAR IN THE WORLD: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Broadway Books, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, The British Isles, elsewhere in Italy, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, and North Africa, Fez" Map endpapers. 420 pp. ISBN: 0-767910052.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 41770
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  • IN TUSCANY. by Mayes, Frances with Edward Mayes. Photographs by Bob Krist.
    Mayes, Frances with Edward Mayes. Photographs by Bob Krist.
    IN TUSCANY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Broadway Books, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A lavishly illustrated tribute to Italian village life with new essays by Mayes, including one by her husband poet Edward Mayes, illustrated with 200 full color photographs by Bob Krist, including many 2 page spreads. SIGNED by Frances Mayes on a bookplate on the front endpapers. Slightly oversized, printed on heavy stock, 269 pp. . ISBN: 0-7679-05350.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56945
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  • McGinniss, Joe.
    THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - 'In the summer of 1996, McGinnis... set out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro, located deep within the forbidding and isolated region of the Abruzzo.' The footballers - soccer players - of this town, with a population of only 5000, had just won promotion to Serie B, the second highest professional league. This is the story of what he found there - the promotion to B was only the first of the miracles. A fascinating account and while it is a story of triumph, underneath that is a sad underton, as 'the system' wins out. -Photographs. 408 pp. ISBN: 0-316-557366.

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

    Book ID: 33804
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  • THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO. by McGinniss, Joe.
    McGinniss, Joe.
    THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Little Brown, (1999.). First edition - 'In the summer of 1996, McGinnis... set out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro, located deep within the forbidding and isolated region of the Abruzzo.' The footballers - soccer players - of this town, with a population of only 5000, had just won promotion to Serie B, the second highest professional league. This is the story of what he found there - the promotion to B was only the first of the miracles. A fascinating account and while it is a story of triumph, underneath that is a sad underton, as 'the system' wins out. 404 pp.

    Condition: Fine in red and gold wrappers with French flaps. Much less common than the hardcover edition which had a first printing of 100,000 copies.

    Book ID: 40554
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  • A MAN OF NO MOON. by McPhee, Jenny.
    McPhee, Jenny.
    A MAN OF NO MOON.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2007.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel set in postwar Rome - in 1948 - and in the world of resurgent cinema. The story of a poet, translator and lover. SIGNED on the title page. 276 pp. ISBN: 9781582433752.

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

    Book ID: 39217
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  • THE CARDINAL'S PAWN: How Florence Set, How Venice Checked, and How the Game Fell Out. by Montgomery, K.L.
    Montgomery, K.L.
    THE CARDINAL'S PAWN: How Florence Set, How Venice Checked, and How the Game Fell Out.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Chicago/ London: A.C. McClurg/ T. Fisher Unwin, 1910. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, an historical romance set in Italy, and published as a title in Unwin's First Novel Library. Contemporary reviews were very complimentary with The Guardian mentioning Montgomery's great gifts and her promise and Punch stating that "there is no page in this enthralling book but glows with colour and is alive with the stir of adventure." 293 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in red cloth with pasted on illustration on the front cover (missing frontispiece, soiling to pp 274-75, front hinge cracking, wear to covers)

    Book ID: 74471
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  • LOVE AFFAIR - A VENETIAN JOURNAL. by Morris, Wright.
    Morris, Wright.
    LOVE AFFAIR - A VENETIAN JOURNAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1972.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A beautiful book which "celebrates, in words and full-color photographs, the adventure of living in the world's most astonishing city." Illustrated with forty-four full-page color photographs by the author. Large square format, unpaginated, printed on glossy paper throughout. ISBN: 0-06-013092X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. (upper corners slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 44498
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  • Morris, Wright.
    SOLO: An American Dreamer in Europe: 1933-1934.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1983.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The novelist's account of a year he spent as a young man travelling around Europe - France, Austria, Italy. - in the heart of the Depression, and at a time of political turmoil. He is himself broke and sometimes hungry, but this book is full of humor (including some oddball characters) and the events of that year changed him as a novelist forever. 196 pp. ISBN: 0-06-015165x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33552
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  • CARAVAGGIO: Painter on the Run. by Moss, Marisa.
    Moss, Marisa.
    CARAVAGGIO: Painter on the Run.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Creston Books, (2016). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Young adult historical novel set during the late Renaissance - and the time of the Inquisition -based on the life of Caravaggio, who dared to rebel against the rules for painting. SIGNED on the half title page and dated in the year of publication. 345 pp plus an author's note, timeline and bibliography. ISBN: 978-1939547293.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards (a new copy).

    Book ID: 68485
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  • MUSSOLINI: A Biography. by (Mussolini, Benito.) Ridley, Jasper.
    (Mussolini, Benito.) Ridley, Jasper.
    MUSSOLINI: A Biography.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - A comprehensive biography of the Italian dictator, from his youth in 19th century Italy to his death in 1945. Photographs, index, bibliography. 430 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 15710
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  • DEATH OF AN ENGLISHMAN. by Nabb, Magdalen.
    Nabb, Magdalen.
    DEATH OF AN ENGLISHMAN.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: SOHO Press, (2001.). The first mystery featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the Florence police force, originally published in 1981. 185 pp plus an excerpt from 'Death of a Dutchman.'. ISBN: 1-56947-2548.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 62549
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