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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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  • 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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  • THE BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF. by Newmark, Elle.
    Newmark, Elle.
    THE BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atria Books, (2008.). First edition - "In a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth? " Novel set in Venice in the early 1500's, at the dawn of the Renaissance. Frontispiece. 367 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 75801
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  • THE BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF. by Newmark, Elle.
    Newmark, Elle.
    THE BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atria Books, (2008.). First edition - "In a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth? " Novel set in Venice in the early 1500's, at the dawn of the Renaissance. SIGNED on the title page. Frontispiece. 367 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (a new copy, but with some sunning to the edge of the textblock.)

    Book ID: 51895
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  • THE SPELL. by Orcutt, William Dana (1870 - 1953)
    Orcutt, William Dana (1870 - 1953)
    THE SPELL.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1909. Hardcover first edition - A romantic novel set in Italy by this author who was also known as an expert on printing techniques and book design. This involves a "love triangle of Helen, Inez, and Jack, tangled up in a spell of dual personalities, in the present and in the past. 'Slowly the spell began to work upon Inez's brain. she was no longer in the present - she was a woman of Italy of four centuries back'." Illustrated by Gertrude Demain Hammond with a frontispiece and three internal plates. 352 pp.

    Condition: Very good in embossed blue cloth with gold lettering (some foxing to the tissue guard of the frontispiece, rubbing to the lettering on the spine, although it is still legible)

    Book ID: 80419
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  • Parks, Tim.
    ITALIAN NEIGHBORS, or, A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992, dj. Hardcover first edition - A celebration of 10 years of living in Montecchio in Italy by this prize-winning novelist and translator. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-15314.

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

    Book ID: 20182
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  • Parks, Tim.
    AN ITALIAN EDUCATION: The Further Adventures of an Expatriate in Verona.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - In addition to being a prize-winning novelist, Parks has translated many Italian books. This, his second book on living in Italy, focuses on his children (who were born in Italy) and on Italian family life. ISBN: 0-8021-1508x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 25325
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  • ITALIAN NEIGHBORS, or, A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona. by Parks, Tim.
    Parks, Tim.
    ITALIAN NEIGHBORS, or, A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992, dj. Hardcover - A celebration of 10 years of living in Montecchio in Italy by this prize-winning novelist and translator. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-15314.

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

    Book ID: 42188
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  • ITALIAN NEIGHBORS, or, A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona. by Parks, Tim.
    Parks, Tim.
    ITALIAN NEIGHBORS, or, A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992, dj. Hardcover first edition - A celebration of 10 years of living in Montecchio in Italy by this prize-winning novelist and translator. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-15314.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (gift inscription on verso of endpaper)

    Book ID: 40271
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  • Pears, Iain
    THE LAST JUDGEMENT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Gollancz, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - True first edition of the 4th Flavia di Stefano - Jonathan Argyll mystery, combining murder and the art world. Pears is an art historian and his knowledge of that world adds a great deal to this series. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-375-055847.

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

    Book ID: 35413
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  • Pears, Iain
    GIOTTO'S HAND

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Scribner's, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition - Fifth mystery featuring art historian Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano of the Rome Art Theft Squad, combining murder and the art world, set in Rome, Florence and Norfolk, England. Pears is an art historian and his knowledge of that world adds a great deal to this series. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-684-814609.

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

    Book ID: 35416
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  • THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION. by Pears, Iain.
    Pears, Iain.
    THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Seventh mystery featuring newly married art historian Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano of the Rome Art Theft Squad, combining murder and the art world. Pears is an art historian and his knowledge of that world adds a great deal to this series. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-7432-12576.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 35419
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  • DEATH AND RESTORATION. by Pears, Iain
    Pears, Iain
    DEATH AND RESTORATION.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Harper Collins (Collins Crime), (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - True first edition of this Flavia di Stefano - Jonathan Argyll mystery, combining murder and the art world. Pears is an art historian and his knowledge of that world adds a great deal to this series. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-00-232590x.

    Condition: Near fine in fine dust jacket (a clean tight copy, but with noticeable toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 77341
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  • THE TITIAN COMMITTEE by Pears, Iain
    Pears, Iain
    THE TITIAN COMMITTEE

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1991_ dj. Hardcover first edition - The second mystery featuring "diffident art historian" Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano of the Rome Art Theft Squad, combining murder and the art world, set in Venice. Pears is an art historian and his knowledge of that world adds a great deal to this series. 189 pp. Striking dust jacket art by Michael Chung. ISBN: 0-15-1904723.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (as new.) Becoming difficult to find, especially in this condition.

    Book ID: 77396
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  • THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION. by Pears, Iain.
    Pears, Iain.
    THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Seventh mystery featuring newly married art historian Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano of the Rome Art Theft Squad, combining murder and the art world. Pears is an art historian and his knowledge of that world adds a great deal to this series. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-7432-12576.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 57218
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  • SLIDES. by Plante, David.
    Plante, David.
    SLIDES.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Macdonald, (1971) dj. Hardcover first edition - True first edition of Plante's second novel, a twisted and compelling story about five friends who, as they live together and travel together, from Boston to Italy, slowly create a dark world of foreboding and shadow around themselves. Dust jacket illustrated by David Hockney. 208 pp. ISBN: 0-356035190.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 84867
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  • Priolo, Pauline, Illustrated by Rita Fava.
    PICCOLINA AND THE EASTER BELLS.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1962). Hardcover first edition - Charming story set in Sicily in Italy. When the Easter bells ring, Piccolina wants to be held up high by her dad so she can grow tall - but her father drives a carrozza, a shiny black carriage which delivers mail and passengers to other towns, and she is afraid he will not be back in time. Illustrated by Rita Fava. Oblong format. 48 pp.

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

    Book ID: 73258
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  • Robb, Peter.
    M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Henry Holt, (1998.). First edition - Australian writer Peter Robb's massive, complex and provocative biography of the post-Renaisance artist who revolutionized painting at the end of the 16th century, and whose works were as violent and dark as the turbulent times he lived in. Notes, index. 576 pp. This advance issue does not contain the plates found in the trade edition.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (one corner slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 28761
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  • Robinson, Kim Stanley.
    GALILEO'S DREAM.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - Ranging from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter, this novel was described by John Clute as suggesting that "our world is in fact an alternate history, the Jonbar point for which is the Catholic Inquisition's failure to burn Galileo at the stake, so that he lives out his life in house arrest, squabbling furiously and creating new discourse with the rest of Europe. In the 'real' world, his death has inflamed and radicalized much of Europe, causing an intolerant narrowness of vision, a frozenness in the human enterprise climaxing in the appalling utopias that dominate the moons of Jupiter; the plot turns on the successful efforts of a team…

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    New York: Ballantine, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - Ranging from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter, this novel was described by John Clute as suggesting that "our world is in fact an alternate history, the Jonbar point for which is the Catholic Inquisition's failure to burn Galileo at the stake, so that he lives out his life in house arrest, squabbling furiously and creating new discourse with the rest of Europe. In the 'real' world, his death has inflamed and radicalized much of Europe, causing an intolerant narrowness of vision, a frozenness in the human enterprise climaxing in the appalling utopias that dominate the moons of Jupiter; the plot turns on the successful efforts of a team from the 'real' world to keep Galileo alive." 527 pp. ISBN: 978-0553806595.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84537
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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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  • 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: 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 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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