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I, THE KING

by FRANCES PARKINSON KEYES

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Published
1966
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First
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This is a first edition (1966) of I, The King, a best-selling work of non-fiction by the American writer Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885-1970). It tells the story of the Philip IV of Spain (1605-1665), an accomplished and talented man who gave us the Golden Age of Spanish culture--and then was blamed for the decline of … Read more
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THE HISTORY OF SHIPS

by PETER KEMP

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Published
1979
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Fine
Edition
2nd Printing
ISBN
9780883654095
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$36.45

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This is a second printing of The History of Ships, an extremely popular book written by the British naval historian Peter Kemp (1904-1992). It was first published in 1978 and was continued to be reprinted; you will see the 2002 printing listed as a first edition, but the first edition was printed in 1977. … Read more
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THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS OF PICASSO, BLUE and ROSE PERIODS

by Denys Sutton, Paolo Lecaldano

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Published
1968
Condition
Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780810955141
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$97.21

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This is an unread first edition of The Complete Paintings of Pablo Picasso, Blue and Rose Periods. It was written/compiled by art historians Denys Sutton and Paolo Lecaldano and published in 1968. Works covered are from Picasso's Blue Period (1901-1904) and Rose Period (1904-1906), when he was in his early 20s. The book consists of a minimal amount of introductory text,… Read more
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IMPERIAL ROME

by Moses Hadas

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Published
1979
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Very Good+
Edition
Second
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This is an unread copy of Imperial Rome, part of the Great Ages of Man series which Time-Life Books began publishing in the 60s. This book was written in 1965 by the American academic Moses Hadas (1900-1966); Time-Life's editors updated it and it was republished in 1979. This book was well received. One review says "Great use of… Read more
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THE COOKING OF ITALY

by WAVERLEY ROOT

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Published
1974
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Near Fine
Edition
First
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This is an excellent cookbook. But it's not just recipes; it tells the story of Italian Cooking. The editorial goes into great detail and there are loads of color photos, including maps and demos. Hard cover, 208 pages. There are a few marks on the cover. The spine is greatly darkened, just from sitting on a shelf for all… Read more
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THE PENINSULAR WAR

by Roger Parkinson

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Published
1973
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Fine
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First
ISBN
9780246640963
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This is a mint-condition first edition (1973) of The Peninsular War, by the military historian Roger Parkinson. The Peninsular War was the military conflict fought by Spain and Portugal, assisted by the United Kingdom, against the invading and occupying forces of France for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. It began in 1808 with… Read more
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THE VENETIANS

by Colin Thubron

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Published
1980
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Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780809426836
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$20.25

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From 1978 to 1981, Time-Life Books published a series called The Seafarers. It was 22 volumes, all written by experts in their fields, on different aspects of maritime history. All are 175-185 pages, all bound in thick black leatherette, all beautifully illustrated with drawings, paintings and photographs. Of the 22, I have 16 left (the list is… Read more
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GARDNER's ART THROUGH THE AGES

by Helen Gardner, Richard Tansey, Horst de la Croix

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Published
1986
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Very Good+
Edition
8th
ISBN
9780155037632
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This is actually an art history textbook, but it's a fascinating read and a must-have for those interested in art history. It was first written by Helen Gardner in 1926 but was continuously updated; this is the 8th edition, written by Richard Tansey and Horst de la Croix. I attach photos of the table of contents. From a… Read more
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GOURMET MAGAZINE 1992: BARCELONA

by GOURMET MAGAZINE

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Published
1992
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Very Good
Edition
May
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Gourmet Magazine, the Magazine of Good Living. May 1992 See Table of Contents Scans Highlights - Gourmet Getaways: Martha's Vineyard - Gourmet Holidays: Sailing the Maine Coast - Feature: Barcelona - Feature: Prague - Moving to the Perigord 220 Pages Excellent Condition: there are a few dogears and a tiny tear where the cover meets the spine, which I've taped.
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THE PRIMITIVES of ITALY

by Daniel Arasse

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Published
1979
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Fine
Edition
First
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This is a first edition of Perspectives on Man: The Primitives of Italy, part of the The Universal History of Painting, a series published in 1979 by Ferni Geneva. (I also have The Impressionists from the same series.) It was written by Daniel Arasse (1944-2003), a French art historian who specialized in Renaissance and Italian art. From a review: Arras' book… Read more
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THE MYSTERIOUS FLAME OF QUEEN LOANA

by UMBERTO ECO

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Published
2005
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Fine
Edition
First English
ISBN
9780151011407
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This is an unread (stated) first edition of The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, an illustrated novel by Italian writer Umberto Eco. It was first published in Italian in 2004; in English in 2005. The title is taken from the title of an Italian edition album of an episode of the American comic strip Tim Tyler's Luck. It is about a… Read more
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ITALIAN FOLK TALES

by ITALO CALVINO

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Published
1992
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Edition
First
ISBN
9780156454896
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This is a stated first edition of Italian Folk Tales, the best-selling collection selected and retold by the Italian author Italo Calvino (1923-1985). The English translation was first published in 1980 and it was on the New York Times Top Ten Best Books list for that year. It is 200 tales, of fantasy and mystery, romance and… Read more
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DON QUIXOTE de la MANCHA

by MIGUEL de CERVANTES

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Published
1979
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The Clever Gentleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha, written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, was originally published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is the most important work to come out of Spain, is considered the first 'modern novel', and is considered by some to be the greatest literary work ever written. This… Read more
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THE BRIDESMAID

by RUTH RENDELL

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Published
1989
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Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780385252232
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This is a first edition of The Bridesmaid, a best-selling 1989 novel by the British author Ruth Rendell. It is about a man whose feminine ideal is a Greek goddess; when he meets a woman who matches that image, he thinks he's found true love—until she demands that he commit murder. In 2004, it was adapted into the acclaimed French… Read more
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THE LIRI VALLEY

by Mark Zuehlke

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Published
2003
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Very Good+
ISBN
9781553650133
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This is a trade paperback of The Liri Valley: Canada's WWII Breakthrough to Rome, written by the Canadian military historian Mark Zuehlke. For the Allied Armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944. Rome was the prize that could only be won through one of the greatest offensives of the war. It is a gripping … Read more
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A FAREWELL TO ARMS

by ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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Published
1957
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First of Re-Issue
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Set during World War 1, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is a semi-autobiographical novel about Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army, and his love affair with an English nurse. It was first published in 1929 and was Hemingway's first bestseller. It has been made into films twice and is ranked 74th… Read more
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MODIGLIANI

by Jacques Lipchitz and Alfred Werner

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Published
1969
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Near Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780810951242
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This is a first edition of a rare book: Modigliani, a folio published by Harry N Abrams as part of its Great Art of the Ages series. It is a collection and short biography of the famed Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). The text is by the French sculptor Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), who was Modigliani's best friend, and… Read more
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INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE STORY OF EXPLORATION

by Various

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Published
1987
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First
ISBN
9780870446955
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This is an unread stated first edition of National Geographic's 1987 book, Into the Unknown: The Story of Exploration. It chronicles the history of exploration on earth--and beyond--from the recorded travels of explorers from the Phoenicians and Greeks, through the exploration of the North American continent and expeditions to the poles, to the moon landings. It was… Read more
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TUSCANY, THE BEAUTIFUL COOKBOOK

by LORENZA de MEDICI

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Published
1996
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Near Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780061689536
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This is one of the loveliest cookbooks I've seen--it could double as a coffee table book. It's big--10 1/4" x 14 1/3", 256 pages. It is 250 recipes from traditional Tuscan cuisine, all perfectly laid out and photographed. It also contains photographs of the Tuscan landscape and people. It was written by Lorenza de Medici,… Read more
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17th & 18th CENTURY ART: BAROQUE PAINTING, SCULPTURE & ARCHITECTURE

by Julius Held, Donald Posner

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Published
1972
Condition
Fine
Edition
First, 5th Printing
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9780138073398
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In this book, two scholars bring us a broad panorama of the art, architecture and sculpture of 17th and 18th centuries, the most dynamic era in the history of art. Julius Held covers Flemish, Dutch and English painting, as well as Italian sculpture, Italian architecture and Northern European architecture. Donald Posner writes about France, Spain and Italy. Dark red boards with… Read more
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