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Original Watercolor Cartoon of Mussolini Entitled "American Cheese"
1 Original Watercolor Cartoon of Mussolini Entitled "American Cheese"
Good 
N.d., circa 1943, cartoon proof of Mussolini as a mouse whose tail is caught in a mouse trap. Even without the historic context, this is a delightful watercolor. Now mounted and matted, the paper used was brittle, and thus there are two fractures or cracks in it, one running the entire vertical length. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Panorama Orografico e Pittoresco della Cittą e Contorni di Milano Preso della Somitą della Cattedrale
2 Panorama Orografico e Pittoresco della Cittą e Contorni di Milano Preso della Somitą della Cattedrale
Editore Siroe Pirola fu Gaetano NA Very Good 
Circular panorama, with floor plan of Cathedral in center, Milan landmarks noted with small illustrated vignettes radiating out, and the outer circle showing the mountains and hills in the far horizon, depending on the direction. N.d., circa 1820s. 51 by 47 cm. Larger illustrations of Cathedral exterior, the Galleria di Vittorio Emmanuele, and the Arco della Pace in three corners. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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3 Quaderni Italiani 4
New York 1944 First edition Wraps Very Good 
Scarce periodical. 8vo. 23 by 15 cm. 114 pp. Scarce Italian-American anti-Fascist, revolutionary journal with serious articles about political current events in Italy. Contributions in this issue are by such writers as Ugo Stille and Renato Treves, and topics concern a "new" socialism, Benedetto Croce and politics, Badoglio, etc. This publication first appeared in 1942, and this, the fourth issue, was probably the last. Inside the rear cover is a listing of the articles that appeared in the prior three issues. On OCLC FirstSearch there is only one copy found anywhere of this particular issue, and there are not a plethora of copies of the other issues. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 Bonucci, Carlo Le Due Sicilie. Ercolano.
Napoli Stamperia e Cariera del Fibreno 1835 First edition Hardcover Very Good 
4to. 28.5 by 22 cm. 68, [2] pp. 30 plates, mostly hand-colored or tinted. The scarce work concentrates on the then recent discoveries at Pompeii, which had first been unearthed during the prior century. Only a single copy of this work found on OCLC First Search, at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome. Paper pastedown of cover foxed. Contents generally clean, and plates are bright. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Galleria Storica dell'Italia Contenente in Cento Intagli Miniati i Fatti Piu Notabili Avvenuti nel Corso di X Secoli Illustrati di Descrizioni e Notizie (Two Volumes), C. Sabattini, C. Rusconi, etc.
5 C. Sabattini, C. Rusconi, etc. Galleria Storica dell'Italia Contenente in Cento Intagli Miniati i Fatti Piu Notabili Avvenuti nel Corso di X Secoli Illustrati di Descrizioni e Notizie (Two Volumes)
Firenze David Passigli 1845-6 First Edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
Uncommon title with 100 bright and hand-colored plates depicting major figures and events of Italian history. Each plate accompanies generally eight to twelve text pages relating a tale or biography of the figure(s) depicted. The articles are ornamented with lovely ornate borders which vary in color and design from one piece to the next. The work itself was issued at a time when Italian consciousness was finally being roused with the first rumblings for unification, which would finally come to fruition two decades later, but it is significant that in this work the heros and heroines highlighted come from all over the Italian peninsula, including Naples, Venice, etc. then separate kingdoms, principalities, or under Austrian or Church control. The beauty and scale of this two volume set ensured that it would be treasured and also that it would be lovingly consulted repeatedly to learn about or re-acquiant oneself with the rich heritage of Italian legends. The plates themselves are colored in an interesting manner, with the background and secondary characters and scenery colored lightly, with a thin layer, and the focal point featuring deeper colors, enriched with gum arabic, and the effect of this two-fold approach is to render almost a depth of field. This copy of the set is clean throughout, with both the plates and text leaves nearly spotless. The red morocco was bound by Stikeman & Co. of New York. It has some rubbing along the joints and edges, with heavier wear in the corners. Nonetheless the binding remains handsome and complements well the luxuriance of the content. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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6 De Lupis, Ferruccio; Illustrated by Guido Marussig, Carlo Parmeggiani and Ferruccio De Lupis Ab Insomni Non Custodita Dracone: Ferrara Con Copertina e XXIV Visioni Del Pittore Guido Marussig. III di Carlo Parmeggiani. E IV di Ferruccio De Lupis
Milano e Roma Alfieri e Lacroix 1921 First Edition Paper on Boards Very Good 
Large folio sized, measuring 15.5 by 13 inches, or 40 by 33 cm. 145, [1] pp. Copy was inscribed to Bret Harte. Considerable soiling to the paper on boards, with shelfwear along edges and corners. Rebacked with red cloth. Interior tight. Other than some finger smudges, generally clean. Tipped-in plates of Ferrarese sights are sublime. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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7 Farrer, Reginald. Painted by E. Harrison Compton The Dolomites. King Laurin's Garden
London Adam and Charles Black 1913 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. viii, 207 pp. 20 color plates. A lovely copy, with slight bump to lower front corner, and other minor wear of binding. Frontis plate has previous owner's inked caption on bottom, and inked inscription on FFEP. Overall a very clean and tight copy within. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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8 Favai, Gennaro; Proemio di Antonio Cippico Dell'Isola di Capri Nel 1930 56 Disegni di Gennaro Favai
Venezia Author (A cura dell'autore) 1931 Folio of paper pasted onto boards Very Good 
No. 112 of 400 limited edition. Folio, measuring 15 by 12 inches. With very striking tipped-in plates, of landscapes, buildings, views of Capri. The illustrations are in black and white and the originals were charcoal and pen work. The mood of many of them is ethereal, shadowy, eerie, not quite of this world. Plates issued loose and are entirely clean and crisp. Folio housing them is intact, with some repairs and touch ups of black on tan marbling and faux ribbons. Original ribbons, with one replaced. Esemplari 112 di 400 edizione limitata con la firma di Favai. Le tavole sono impressionanti, di campeggi, edifici, visti, vincoli di Capri. Le illustrazioni sono rese nero su bianco e sono fatte con carboncino e penna. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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9 Fitzgerald, Sybil Naples
London Adam & Charles Black 1904 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good Fitzgerald, Augustine 
8vo - over 7¾. Book. xii + 235 pp. 228 x 159 mm. Maroon cloth with a design blocked in red and printed in green and orange on the front and spine. Titling blocked in gilt on the front and spine. T.e.g. 80 full page illustrations in color captioned on the tissue rectos. Spine sunned somewhat. Small tear on upper spine extremity. Otherwise, clean, tight, very good overall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Venetian Republic.  Its Rise, its Growth, and its Fall.  421-1797  (Four Volumes), Hazlitt, W. Carew
10 Hazlitt, W. Carew The Venetian Republic. Its Rise, its Growth, and its Fall. 421-1797 (Four Volumes)
London Adam and Charles Black 1900 Half Morocco, Marbled Boards Very Good 
This edition was Issued as two volumes, here re-organized as four half morocco bound volumes. The pages have light age toning. The brown morocco is lightly sunned on the spine, and there are a few small scuffs and other wear at the extremities and in the corners. Volume IV has a dampstain on the lower spine and onto the leather of the front board. No water damage internally. Still, the leather remains quite vibrant, and this is thus an attractive, economical leather set. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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11 Mauclair, Camille. Illustrations by H. Cassiers Le Charme de Venise
Paris Editions d'Art H. Piazza 1955 Limited Edition Wraps, Chemise, Slipcase Fine 
No. 1,500 of 1,600 limitation, on Prioux velin blanc. 8vo. 24 by 18 cm. 181, [1] pp. Wraps in glassine, with titled board chemise and matching slipcase. The impressionistic watercolors capture the magical dreaminess of Venice superbly. A beautiful copy of a beautiful book. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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12 Menpes, Mortimer. Text by Dorthy Menpes Venice
London Adam and Charles Black 1912 Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. ix, 222 pp. 75 color plates. A lovely copy. Small closed tear by upper spine tip. Light inscription and name tag on FFEP. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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13 Merigot, J. A Select Collection of Views and Ruins in Rome, and Its Vicinity; Executed from Drawings Made Upon the Spot in the Year 1791
London R. Edwards. W. Lewis, printer. J. Hearne (frontis) 1796-8 First Edition Half Calf Fine 
Spectacular, and scarce, color plate collection of Roman ruins as they appeared in the late eighteenth century. 62 hand-colored plates in all. Folio sized, large paper edition, measuring 40 by 34 cm, 15.5 by 13 inches. The pictures, both of familiar and less familiar ruins in and around Rome, capture the overgrowth through the cracks and faults of the ruins; the overall effect is to capture the bucolic , poetic beauty of these landmarks. Often a few people are milling about by the ruins to provide a sense of scale. When the ruin is located in a more urban area, one discerns how the living city of Rome was built integrating the ruins, and one has a great snapshot of Rome as it was then. Occasional light finger smudges in the margins. A corner dampstain on rear blank, with very minor bleeding into two or three leaves in front of it. Otherwise, plates and text are clean and might almost be considered pristine. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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14 Painted by Ella Du Cane. Described by Richard Bagot The Italian Lakes
London Adam and Charles Black 1908 Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. xi, 201, [6] pp. 68 color plates. One prelim blank leaf torn out. Narrow dampstain on lower edge of endpapers and continuing, and lightening/shrinking, in early pages. Another, nearly invisible dampstain affecting some middle pages in lower right. Small bump and blister of cloth in lower front edge. Typical wear of spine extremities. Otherwise, clean and tight inside. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Picturesque Tour from Geneva to Milan, By Way of the Simplon: Illustrated with Thirty Six Coloured Views of the Most Striking Scenes and of the Principal Works Belonging to the New Road Constructed Over that Mountain, Engraved from Designs by J. and J. Lory, of Neufchatel; And Accompanied with Particulars Historical and Descriptive by Federic Schoberl., Schoberl, Frederic.  Illustrated by J. and J. Lory
15 Schoberl, Frederic. Illustrated by J. and J. Lory Picturesque Tour from Geneva to Milan, By Way of the Simplon: Illustrated with Thirty Six Coloured Views of the Most Striking Scenes and of the Principal Works Belonging to the New Road Constructed Over that Mountain, Engraved from Designs by J. and J. Lory, of Neufchatel; And Accompanied with Particulars Historical and Descriptive by Federic Schoberl.
London R. Ackermann 1820 First Edition Quarter Morocco over Cloth Boards, with Custom Clo Very Good 
Imperial 8vo. 11 by 8 inches, 29 by 20 cm. [8], 136, [2], 8 pp. Plus 36 hand-colored aquatint plates, and tinted frontis map. Includes useful publisher's eight page catalog. One of the most beautiful of plate books, capturing some dramatic and treacherous scenery. Views include Sion, Lake Geneva, Brieg, Bridge at Ganther, Algaby, Ponte Alto, waterfall at Pissevache, bridge at St. Maurice, Lake Maggiore, Arona, Sesto, Milan, Lake Como, etc. Tooley 446, which notes that the work was issued later with title still dated 1820, but that is manifestly not the case here since plates are dated 1819 and 1820 and the publisher's quarter leather binding is consistent with the first issue as thus. (Some plates were issued earlier in Ackermann's Repository.) The publication itself should be seen as a product of the building appreciation of Alpine and Swiss scenery, once scorned, that began in the 1700s, and in particular British fascination with it. Custom clamshell case. Some offsetting from plates, including from frontis to title. Soiling of frontis in margins especially. Clamshell box has a few loose seams along joints and other minor wear. Plates have watermarks from 1819 and 1820. 
Price: 5400.00 USD
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