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RIME DI FRANCESCO PETRARCA [Sonetti, Canzoni, Ballate, Sestine, Madrigala]

Petrarca Francesco 2 volumes. The especially handsome Società Letteraria folio edition of the celebrated Italian poet, edited by Giovanni Rosini and preceded with the 'Life of Petrarca' written by Rosini. Volume I with the very fine and beautifully portrait engraved on copper by Raffaello Morghen based on a design by Arturo Tofanelli, imprinted by Luigi Bardi. The text in a fine and handsome Bodoniesque typography of the Amoretti Brothers of Parma. Folio (40 by 26 cm approx), in fine contemporary Italian three-quarter vellum over ginger textured cloth boards. The spine is richly gilt tooled between softly-sloped raised bands in a fine lattice and botanic motif, two of the compartments with boldly gilt lettered and tooled brown morocco labels, additional fine gilt-work along the edges of backings and cornerpieces, fine marbled endpapers and t.e.g. Attractive engraved armoiral plate to the front pastedown. xxii, 352; (2), 368 pp. A very regal and handsome set, the bindings elegant with some unobtrusive age mellowing to the vellum and textured cloth, the leather labels a bit rubbed. Internally both volumes are sound and sturdy, the hinges fine and tight. The text with some light spotting to which the paper is prone, this copy less than is typical and always quite mild. ONE OF THE FINEST PRINTINGS OF THE GREAT ITALIAN POET, THIS BY THE AMORETTI BROTHERS WHO HAD STUDIED UNDER BODONI. GAMBA STATES THIS SUMPTUOUS EDITION TO BE OF NO LESSER QUALITY THAN BODONI PRINTINGS. One of the "great triumvirate" of Italian poets, Francesco Petrarch's sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance, and they served as the model for nearly all later Western lyrical poetry. He was also the first true reviver of learning in Medieval Europe. He was a great student of the classical works-- histories, poetry, law and orations, and he included in his studies many ancient books and manuscripts that the medieval period had ignored for nearly a millennium. He also closely followed the politics and learning of his own age. It was with Petrarca that the ancient and the modern eras met together, and a new stadium for the Human spirit, that which we are wont to style Renaissance, was opened. The catalogue of the Edward Clark Library, Vol.1, pg.160 states that the types are in the manner of Bodoni, that the paper is Dutch and that it is a very fine edition. Updike states, Vol.2, p.175 that the book is a luxurious one fomr the Pisan printing house and which employed Amoretti's fonts which were collected widely and Brunet in Vol. 4, col.555 calls the book beautiful as a Bodoni printing
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ROMA SOTTERRANEA or An Account of the Roman Catacombs, Especially of the Cemetery of St. Callixtus, Compiled from the Works of Commendatore De Rossi with the Consent of the Author.

Northcote Rev. J and Brownlow, Rev. W.R 2 volumes. New Edition, rewritten and greatly enlarged 1 photographic frontispiece, 23 Chromolithographic plates,183 wood engravings and a large folding plan in colour in the rear pocket of Volume II, complete as called for. Thick 8vo, beautifully bound in full white vellum, the spines elaborately decorated in gilt in a crosshatch and floral design, contrasting dark red and black morocco lettering labels gilt, the covers beautifully decorated with gilt multi-ruled borders, elaborate corner pieces incorporating vines and flowers and the upper cover of each volume with a beautiful centrally located large handpainted bouquets of contrasting flowers in blue,white, yellow, orange, green brown and red. xxvii,512; xvi, 368. A very good set of this scarce and scholarly work, with some minor wear or light aging to the heads and tails of the spines. Virtually free of the usual foxing typical in this book. A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE COPY OF A VERY SCARCE AND IMPORTANT BOOK. In the early centuries after the death of Christ, the Christians and Jews were a small minority in pagan Rome. Following their belief in burial rather than cremation they created vast underground cemeteries outside the Roman walls. The soft volcanic rock under Rome allowed the creation of rows and rows of burial niches, each sealed with a marble slab engraved with a memorial to the dead. Wealthier families created their own private chambers, beautifully painted and inscribed. The decorations of the catacombs, range from biblical scenes to elaborate creations of paradise incorporating both symbols and styles from the past and those of the Roman present. Some even contain small underground chapels that are still in use today. After the fourth century, the catacombs fell into disuse. Ransacked by invaders and largely forgotten, only a few remained on the itinerary of the hardiest medieval pilgrims. Until the 16th century they remained a forgotten mystery, when Antonio Bosio, the first explorer of the catacombs began to explore and report his findings in his work ROMA SOTTERRANEA. 250 years later G. De Rossi did the first extensive excavations and recording of the catacombs. Through his work, the catacombs again became available to both scholars and pilgrims. Though there are Jewish and pagan catacombs in Rome, De Rossi focused his work on the Christian catacombs, by far the most numerous. His greatest excavations are in the catacomb of S. Callixtus found to be the burial site of several early popes. This edition of Roma Sotteranea starts with Bosio’s edition as it’s base and then builds on new discoveries by DeRossi. Northcote and Brownlow have gone beyond translation and added additional information that DeRossi had published in separate archaeological journals. The first volume traces the history of the catacombs, from the early beginnings of the church to their rediscovery and excavation. The second volume focuses on the art and the inscriptions, comprehensively illustrated from DeRossi’s notes.
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CHARACTER SKETCHES FROM DICKENS Compiled with Foreword By B. W. Matz Editor of “The Dickensian” With an Introduction by Kate Perugini (Charles Dickens’s Daughter)

Dickens, Charles]; Matz B. W. Compiler LIMITED EDITION DELUXE on of only 1000 numbered copies, SIGNED by the compiler (Matz) and illustrator (Copping) and publisher (Tuck) on the limitation page, and SIGNED by Kate Peruginion on both the limitation page and at the end of her introduction. With 30 wonderful tipped in colour plates illustrating famous moments from Dickens' novels by Harold Copping, with captioned tissues, also with a facsimile page of manuscript from Nicholas Nickleby, facsimile of Queen Victoria's autograph inscription, and two portraits of Dickens, one of which with facsimile of his signature. 4to, publisher's original binding of full brown calf, the title deeply embossed on the front cover within a decorative framework featuring a portrait of Dickens, backed in brown morocco gilt lettered. t.e.g. 146 pp. A handsome copy, internally fine but for some very minor toning to the edges as is typical to the untrimmed leaves, the brilliant colourplates all pristine, the binding with some minor rubbing to the edges. FIRST EDITION AND LIMITED DELUXE EDITION SIGNED BY ALL FOUR PRINCIPLE CREATORS OF THIS WONDERFUL WORK ON DICKENSIAN CHARACTERS. Dickens' own text combined with beautiful colour illustrations bring to life memorable moments featuring many of of the authors best-loved and most colourful characters. The text and painted scenes are drawn from; Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend and the Christmas Stories, including A Christmas Carol.
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IMPROVISATORE; Or, Life In Italy. [Translated] By Mary Howitt

Andersen Hans Christian A later reprint of an early English edition, but a copy extra-illustrated with photographic plates and specially bound and decorated. With 34 added plates, most of which being original photographs but a handful being prints from various sources (several of which are hand-coloured) tipped down on stiff stock that has been stitched in among the quires. 8vo, in a handsome Italian binding of full vellum with beveled edges, both of the covers and the spine are lavishly gilt decorated in an all-over motif of stylized vines and flowers, the upper cover further decorated with a lovely hand-painted monogram, turn-ins gilt tooled and silk endpapers stamped with a pattern in gilt, a.e.g. xxvii, 340 pp. Handsomely preserved and In a very fine state of preservation. HANDSOMELY PRESENTED IN A LOVELY ITALIAN BINDING AND WITH DOZENS OF PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED FOR ILLUSTRATION. It was popular during the heyday of inter-European tourism for English books, usually books about Italy or English translations of Italian authors, to be wonderfully augmented by fine Italian craftsmen to be sold to the English-speaking travelers in places like Rome, Venice, and Florence. In this case, a handsome presentation binding has been created for Hans Christian Andersen's breakthrough autobiographical novel, reflecting Andersen's own travels in Italy in 1833. Travelers could journey along with Antonio, the novel's principal character, as they explored the Italian cities and countryside. The added illustrations, primarily photographs, offer a variety of Italian scenes, peoples, landscapes, city views, art treasures, and costume studies.
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Tyndale Walter First edition. Illustrated with 26 very beautiful tipped in full-page coloured plates from the paintings of Walter Tyndale. 4to, publisher’s original navy-blue cloth, the best of the bindings, with lettering and elaborate all over pictorial designs and border decorations in a Venetian motif done in vivid gilt on the spine and the upper cover. In the very scarce publisher's box, which repeats the cover design by means of a printed pastdown on the box top. 307 pp., plus 26 coloured plates with tissue guards. An unusually bright and handsome copy of one of our favorite books, the tipped-in plates are all pristine, the blue cloth dark and rich with bright gilt and essentially no age evidence whatsoever as it has for all these decades been protected within the box, the text is very clean and nearly free of the toning and spotting usually associated with this book, in all a truly beautiful and outstanding copy. By bravely absorbing the assaults of time the box has left itself a bit worn and ragged, toned and with separations along several of the seams. It does however continue to carry on its protective duties with pluck and dignity. FIRST EDITION 0F THIS EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL BOOK AND AN OUTSTANDING AND QUITE WONDERFUL COPY. AN ARTIST IN ITALY is one of the finest examples of the decorative travel gift books of the period. Tall and handsome with extensive text and reminiscences it is none the less best loved for the absolutely marvelous colour plates. They portray not only natural and man-made beauties but also capture the spirit, the "feel", of this timeless sea-bound peninsula. Tyndale’s work is to do chiefly with Venice and the hill towns of Tuscany, high among the most beautiful areas in all of Italy, or for that matter, in all of Europe. The paintings, reproduced so competently in this large volume, are a record of those places and of the treasures they contain in the way of architecture, art and environment.
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Dickens, Charles] Forster John 3 volumes. First Edition, American Issue. Illustrated throughout with pictorial engravings on steel and facsimiles of Dickens’ notes, letters and manuscripts and including three wonderful engraved portrait frontispieces representing Dickens at various stages of his life. 8vo, original purple cloth, lettered in gilt on the spines, and with gilt portraits of Dickens in the center of each upper cover. xvii, 418 pp, [2] ads; xix, 494 [10]; xiv, 600 pp. A very handsome and proper set with the expected fading to the spines and overall mellowing of the purple cloth and minor wear to the front exterior hinges. The interiors are tight and clean. A lovely set. A HANDSOME AND VERY WELL PRESERVED SET OF THIS IMPORTANT BIOGRAPHY. Written by Dickens' long time friend and executor, John Forster. Forster was a writer and journalist, and a notable figure in mid 19th century literary London. Through his friendship with the influential editor Leigh Hunt, he became adviser, agent, and proofreader not only to Dickens but to many leading writers of the day. Forster was not merely the friend of the great man; he was a highly experienced journalist by the time he began to write the biography, and his experience as a writer, as well as his breadth of familiarity and knowledge of the subject and the writing, shows absolutely throughout this prodigious work. Forster’s great biography is all at once, an epic, an illustrated history and a eulogy.
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Dickens Charles 2 volumes. First edition, first issue with the first issue points according to Eckel, these being [xvi] as the first numbered page and the correct advertisements. 8vo, publisher’s original reddish-brown vertically ribbed, blindstamped cloth, the spines with elaborate decoration in blind and gilt lettering, the covers also decorated in elaborate arabesque designs in blind, yellow coated endleaves. xvi, 308; vii, 306 pp. A clean set and very well preserved within, spines sometime restored with the original spine panels laid down, a bit of the usual mellowing to the cloth sides and a small bit of edgewear. Still, tight and clean interiors, front endpapers renewed to match the originals. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF a famous travel account noted for its highly incisive criticism of American customs. Dickens toured New England by way of Boston, Worcester, New Haven, New York, and Philadelphia, visiting prisons and state hospitals along the way. "Dickens' tour included a fortnight in Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Some of his experiences and an entertaining account of his trip by stage to Fredericksburg, Va., are recounted. His chapter on slavery was influential, for it stirred the hatred of British liberals against slavery, and it was a source of inspiration for Longfellow's Poems on Slavery. But most of Dickens' views were lifted from Theodore D. Weld's work American Slavery As It Is (1839)." - Clark III-151. Dickens' account went through several editions.
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Kennedy John F First Edition, an early printing, only six months after the first and with the 3.50 on the jacket flap. With related Kennedy ephemera laid in. 8vo, publisher’s original quarter black cloth and blue cloth over boards, the spine lettered in gilt, in the original printed and pictorial dustjacket. xix, 266 pp. A fine and bright copy of the book, the textblock essentially pristine and unread, the binding very fresh and well preserved with only trivial evidence of shelving, the jacket whole and intact and quite clean and with only a little wear at the edges and spine tips and with old cellophane tape present in four places where it was secured around the book by a previous owner, news clip advertisement with photo of JFK neatly attached to front fly with cellophane tape and slight offsetting from it and other ephemera laid in. A VERY EARLY ISSUANCE OF AN IMPORTANT PULITZER PRIZE WINNING BOOK, this copy printed in June of 1956, only months after the first issue. PROFILES IN COURAGE is the most famous and long-enduring of the President’s writings. This was Kennedy’s second book, written when he was a Senator from Massachusetts. It earned for him the Pulitzer Prize. Included with this copy is an interesting trove of Kennedy related ephemera. There is the cover and three text leaves from the April 21, 1958 issue of LIFE which features a colour portrait of Kennedy with Jacqueline and Caroline; a clipping from the New York Times 05/31/1972 regarding an exhibit at the Kennedy Library in honor of what would have been his 55th birthday; a New York Times book review clipping from 1983 reviewing "Kennedy, a Time Remembered"; a 'Parade' clipping from 1990 regarding the first "Profile in Courage Reward" recipient; and a 1972 'New York Times Magazine' extract of an article by Kennedy Administration Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall on Robert Frost's 1962 mission to Cuba and the effect it had on Kennedy's relationship with the U.S.S.R.
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TOUR THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES OF THE KINGDOM OF NAPLES. To Which is Subjoined a Sketch of the Immediate Circumstances Attending the Late Revolution

Italy]; Craven Richard Keppel First Edition, with the provenance of Lawrence Ambrose Waldron; MP, representing the Irish Parliamentary Party, for Dublin St Stephen's Green, from 21 March 1904 to 15 January 1910. With a fine engraved map and 13 plates engraved by Charles Heath from drawings by the author. 4to, in contemporary three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards, the spine with handsome raised bands gilt trimmed and ruled, gilt lettering in two compartments and addition gilt at the head and tail, the back and corner-pieces gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. xi, [1], 449 pp. An especially bright and handsome copy, the text is very clean and fresh, the plates with far, far less then the typical toning and spotting common to them, in many cases the plates are perfectly free of it. The binding very attractive and well preserved with only a touch of minor rubbing. AN IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION AND AN ESPECIALLY HANDSOME AND CLEAN COPY OF CRAVEN'S BEST WORK, beautifully embellished with fine engraved plates from his own sketches. The author traveled extensively in Italy, and was especially familiar with Naples and Milan. He first went to Naples as a Chamberlain to Caroline, Princess of Wales but later resided permanently in Italy, near Salerno, where he entertained esteemed acquaintances such as William Gell and Lady Blessington. He was a member of the Society of Dilettanti and is buried at the English Cemetery in Naples. He is considered the last of the triumvirate of British literati, scholars, and gentlemen who resided in Italy for many years in the closest bonds of friendship, the others being Sir William Drummond and Sir William Gell.
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VENETIAN REPUBLIC Its Rise, Its Growth, and Its Fall 421-1797

Hazlitt W.[illiam] Carew First edition thus, the handsome A. & C. Black edition issued in two volumes. With a fold out map of the Venetian Dogado circa 1400 in Volume I and a large folding facsimile of a 1662 map of the Venetian Empire in rear pocket of Volume II. Large 8vo, in the publisher's very handsome original bindings of green vertically ribbed cloth with the winged lion of St. Mark on the upper covers in gilt, the spines with tan gilt lettered and ruled labels and additional gilt at the tail, t.e.g. xxvii, [1], 814; xi, [1], 815 pp. An unopened as issued copy, unused and fine but for the lightest toning and a little spotting to the prelims, the green cloth very well preserved with just a bit of rubbing or age mellowing, unfaded and with vivid gilt. Ex-Libris of Cornelius Streiffer Steinberg. A long quote praising Hazlitt's work is written out on the front fly, quoted from F. Marion Crawford's 'Salve Venetia'. CAREW HAZLITT'S EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY OF THE VENETIAN REPUBLIC, the Black edition was newly edited and organized into two volumes from the 1860 work with a slightly different title. The work is here, ".developed to very solid dimensions [from] the chronicles and later authorities upon Venetian history with a care and a conscientious thoroughness quite unequaled by any other historian." - Crawford. It is considered the best of Carew Hazlitt's historical writing and over time has become his most valuable and lasting contribution.
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ROME AND THE CAMPAGNA: An Historical and Topographical Description of the Site, Buildings, and Neighbourhood of Ancient Rome.

Burn Robert First edition. With 85 illustrations and 25 maps and plans, several of which are folding and several are in colour. 4to, in very handsome three-quarter period red morocco bordered in double gilt ruling over grained red cloth, the spine with compartments separated by gilt bordered raised bands gilt tooled in a chain motif, lettered in gilt in two compartments and with gilt tooling at head and tail, unobtrusive old shelf label at the tail of the spine, marbled endpapers with engraved museum ex-libris, small shelf stamp at bottom of title leaf, t.e.g. lxxxiii, 483pp., inclusive of index. A very handsome copy in an especially attractive binding which shows only very minor rubbing at the extremities, the period library markings are unobtrusive, the text only lightly mellowed, much less so than is typically encountered. One large folding plan has been very expertly repaired and laid on a linen backing. FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK, AND IN A VERY HANDSOME BINDING. ROME AND THE CAMPAGNA is an extensive rendering of Roman history, architecture, and topography gleaned from excavations and research of the area. The author, who was a fellow of Trinity College, explores in depth the characteristics of places such as the Esquiline Hill, the Coliseum, and the Circus Flaminius to name a few, and includes beautiful illustrations and maps to supplement his descriptions. The praelector in Roman Archaeology at Trinity, "Burn, who frequently visited Rome and its neighborhood during his vacations, was one of the first Englishmen to study the archaeology of the city and the Campagna, and he published several important works dealing with it," of which this was the first (DNB). The engraver, Thomas Jewitt, was a well known archaeological artist who died just after completing the illustrations for this work. The author, who was a fellow of Trinity College, explores in depth the characteristics of places such as the Esquiline Hill, the Coliseum, and the Circus Flaminius to name a few, and includes beautiful illustrations and maps to supplement his descriptions.