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Seymour, Charles Jr Sculpture in Italy: 1400-1500
Penguin, 1966 First Edition. Binding: Original Cloth. Book Condition: Good Condition (ex-library). Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Pelican History of Art. Size: 10" x 7.5" approx. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: Art & Design; Inventory No: 0037136. (Book ref. 0037136) £9.00
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Alan Ogden A SPUR CALLED COURAGE SOE Heroes in Italy
Bene Factum, 2011 First Edition. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 9.5" x 6.5" approx . Appears unread. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: Military & Warfare; ISBN: 1903071356. ISBN/EAN: 9781903071359. Inventory No: 0037085. (Book ref. 0037085) £15.00
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Philip Matyszak THE ENEMIES OF ROME From Hannibal to Attila the Hun
Thames & Hudson, 2004 First Edition. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 9.5" x 6.5" approx . Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: History; Italy; Early (0-1000 AD); ISBN: 050025124X. Inventory No: 0035953. (Book ref. 0035953) £8.00
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R.J.B Bosworth THE ITALIAN DICTATORSHIP Problems and Perspectives in the Interpretation of Mussolini and Fascism
Arnold, 1998 First Edition. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Size: 9" x 6" approx. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: History; Italy; 1940s; ISBN: 0340677279. Inventory No: 0034936. (Book ref. 0034936) £16.00
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Sandro Chierichetti RAVENNA Illustrated Artistic Guide with a Plan of the Monuments
Moneta Nicola, 1960 Later Edition. Binding: Softcover. Book Condition: Good Condition. Along with 36 Souvenir colour slides of Ravenna. Size: 6" x 4.5" approx. 64pp. The publication date given above is an estimate only, there being no date given in the book. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Travel & Places; Italy; Modern; Inventory No: 0034746. (Book ref. 0034746) £15.00
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Pasquale Villari The Barbarian Invasions of Italy
T. Fisher Unwin, 1902 First Edition. This is the first UK edition. Binding: Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Original maroon cloth with gilt embossed motif to front, a little rubbed, spines faded, but sound. Three foldout maps. This is the first UK edition. Size: 9" x 6" approx. 2-volume set (complete). Moderately foxed throughout. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1.25 -2 kilos. Category: History; Italy; Early (0-1000 AD); Inventory No: 0034602. (Book ref. 0034602) £35.00
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Lowry, Thomas P; Wellham, John W.G THE ATTACK ON TARANTO Blueprint for Pearl Harbor
Stackpole Books, 1995 First Edition. Later reprint. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Later reprint. Size: 9" x 6" approx. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Military & Warfare; Italy; 1940s; ISBN: 0811717267. Inventory No: 0034577. (Book ref. 0034577) £7.00
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Cesaresco, Countess Evelyn Martinengo The Liberation of Italy 1815-1870
Seeley & Co, 1895 First Edition. Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket. Size: 8" x 6" approx. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: History; Inventory No: 0030595. (Book ref. 0030595) £6.00
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Pollard, John The Fascist Experience in Italy
Routledge, 1998 First Edition. Book Condition: Very Good. Size: 9" x 6" approx. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: History; ISBN: 0415116325. Inventory No: 0030355. (Book ref. 0030355) £23.00
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Ober, Jerven (ed); Pierre Degen Pierre Degen Sketchbook
The Francoise Van Den Bosch Foundation , 1985 First Edition. Binding: Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. In stock, for immediate despatch. Included loose added page with a sketch and dedication by author. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Art & Design ; Inventory No: 0027770. (Book ref. 0027770) £40.00
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Forgacs, David (ed) Rethinking Italian Fascism : Capitalism, Populism and Culture
Lawrence & Wishart, 1986 First Edition. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. All books held by me, for immediate despatch. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: History; ISBN: 0853156301. Inventory No: 0027218. (Book ref. 0027218) £20.00
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Hartley, Brian; Wacher, John (eds) ROME AND HER NORTHERN PROVINCES: Papers Presented to Sheppard Frere in Honour of His Retirement from the Chair of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, University of Oxford, 1983
Alan Sutton, 1983 First Edition. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. in stock, for immediate despatch. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1.25 -2 kilos. Category: Archaeology; ISBN: 0862990467. Inventory No: 0026329. (Book ref. 0026329) £20.00
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Editor WORKS OF ART IN ITALY Losses and Survivals in the War. Parts I & II
HMSO, 1945 First Edition. Binding: Softcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex library. In stock, for immediate despatch. Enquiries answered promptly. Packed weight 720g Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Art & Design ; Inventory No: 0024018. (Book ref. 0024018) £12.00
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Harris, Valentina ITALIA! ITALIA! a Passion for the Real Food of Italy
Seven Dials, 2000 Reissue. Book Condition: Very Good. Packed weight 750g Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: Food & Drink ; ISBN: 1841880965. Inventory No: 0021117. (Book ref. 0021117) £7.00
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Hatchwell, Emily (ed) Italy
Insight Guides , 2003 Updated Edition. Binding: Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Packed weight 940g Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: Countries & Travel ; Inventory No: 0017999. (Book ref. 0017999) £9.00
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Editor THE BOAT SIGNED ITALY Twenty Centuries of Style
Consornautica, 1982 First Edition. Binding: Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good Book. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Jacket. Packed weight 1550g Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1.25 -2 kilos. Category: Ships & the Sea; Inventory No: 0012129. (Book ref. 0012129) £8.00
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Patmore, Derek A Traveller in Venice and in Cities of North-East Italy
Methuen, 1951 First Edition. Binding: Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1.25 kilos. Category: Countries & Travel ; Inventory No: 000960. (Book ref. 000960) £5.90
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Lamb, Richard War in Italy, 1943-1945: A Brutal Story
John Murray, 1993. Hardcover. Very Good. Tightly bound and gently read. Both book & jacket are in VG clean and sound condition. No inscription or ownership markings. No tears or loss. (Book ref. 022323) £7.00
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Roscoe, Thomas & Harding, J.D.: The Landscape Annual for 1832. The Tourist in Italy, by Thomas Roscoe. Illustrated from Drawings by J.D.Harding.
London: Jennings and Chaplin, 1832 First edition. HB. Green leather boards, gilt spine title, blind stamped borders, all edges gilt. 288pp, h: 20cm. With 25 engraved plates after drawings by J.D Harding, tissue guarded, including frontispiece, and engraved title page vignette. Good: rubbed edges and scuffs to leather, abrasions to spine, worn corners. Binding sound though front hinge stretched. Most pages clean but prelims foxed, and general foxing/browning to tissues, affecting some margins of plates, occasionally onto image. Neat ink name to blank prelim: Lady Stanley. (Book ref. 20204) £125.00
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Pope-Hennessy, John Paolo Uccello (Complete edition)
London: Phaidon, 1969. Second edition, 1969. Very well illustrated, quarto, pp (4), 188, the very slightest signs of marking to the cloth, otherwise a very good copy in very slightly worn dustwrapper. [The standard work, first published in 1949. Since that date, though, many of the canvases have been cleaned revealing new detail, and these are all illustrated in this updated edition.] [Paolo Uccello (1397 - 1475), born Paolo di Dono, was an Italian painter and a mathematician who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. Giorgio Vasari in his book Lives of the Artists wrote that Uccello was obsessed by his interest in perspective and would stay up all night in his study trying to grasp the exact vanishing point. He used perspective in order to create a feeling of depth in his paintings and not, as his contemporaries, to narrate different or succeeding stories. His best known works are the three paintings representing the battle of San Romano (for a long time these were wrongly entitled the "Battle of Sant' Egidio of 1416"). Paolo worked in the Late Gothic tradition, and emphasized colour and pageantry rather than the Classical realism that other artists were pioneering. His style is best described as idiosyncratic, and he left no school of followers. He has had some influence on twentieth century art (including the New Zealand painter Melvin Day) and literary criticism (e.g., in the "Vies imaginaires" by Marcel Schwob, "Uccello le poil" by Antonin Artaud and "O Mundo Como Ideia" by Bruno Tolentino). The sources for Paolo Uccello’s life are few: Giorgio Vasari’s biography, written 75 years after Paolo’s death, and a few contemporary official documents. Uccello was born in Pratovecchio in 1395. His tax declarations for some years indicate that he was born in 1397, but in 1446 he claimed to be born in 1396. His nickname Uccello came from his fondness for painting birds. His father, Dono di Paolo, was a barber-surgeon from Pratovecchio near Arezzo; his mother, Antonia, was a high-born Florentine. At the age of ten, he was apprenticed to the famous sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, designer of the doors of the Florence Baptistery, whose workshop was the premier centre for Florentine art at the time. Ghiberti's late-Gothic, narrative style and sculptural composition greatly influenced Paolo. It was also around this time that Paolo began his lifelong friendship with Donatello. In 1414 Uccello was admitted to the painters' guild Compagnia di San Luca and just one year later, in 1415, he joined the official painter's guild of Florence Arte dei Medici e degli Speziali. By the mid 1420s the young Uccello probably left Ghiberti's workshop. He stayed on good terms with his master and may have been privy to the designs for Ghiberti's second set of Baptistery doors, The Gates of Paradise. These featured a battle scene, "that might well have impressed itself in the mind of the young Uccello ", and thus influenced The Battle of San Romano. According to Vasari, Uccello’s first painting was a Saint Anthony between the saints Cosmas and Damianus, a commission for the hospital of Lelmo. Next he painted two figures in the convent of Annalena. Shortly afterwards he painted three frescoes with scenes from the life of Saint Francis above the left door of the Santa Trinita church. For the Santa Maria Maggiore church he painted a fresco of the Annunciation. In this fresco, he painted a large building with columns in perspective. Vasari writes that people thought this was a great and beautiful achievement. Paolo painted the Lives of the Church Fathers in the cloisters of the church of San Miniato, on a hill overlooking Florence. For this fresco he used unusual colours (blue pastures, red bricks and different colours for the buildings) as a protest against his monotonous meals served by the abbot: cheese pies and cheese soup. In the end Paolo felt so miserable that he ran away. He only finished the job after the abbot promised to serve him normal meals. Uccello was asked to paint a number of scenes of distempered animals for the house of the Medici. His depiction of a fierce lion fighting with a venom-spouting snake was especially appreciated by Vasari. Uccello loved to paint animals and he kept a large number of pictures of all kinds of animals, especially birds, at home. Because he was so fond of birds, he was aptly nicknamed Paolo Uccelli (Paul of the birds). By 1424 Paolo was earning his own living as a painter. In that year he painted episodes of the Creation and expulsion for the Green Cloister (Chiostro Verde) of Santa Maria Novella in Florence (now badly damaged), proving his artistic maturity. Again, he was able to paint in a lively manner a large number of animals. As he succeeded in painting trees in their natural colours, in contrast with many of his predecessors, he began to acquire a reputation for painting landscapes. He continued with scenes from the Deluge, the story of Noah's Ark, Noah's sacrifice and Noah's drunkenness. These scenes brought him great fame in Florence. In 1425, Uccello travelled to Venice, where he worked on the mosaics for the façade of San Marco (all these works have been lost). Some suggest he visited Rome with his friend Donatello before returning to Florence in 1431. He also painted some frescoes in the Prato Cathedral and Bologna. In 1432 the Office of Works asked the Florentine ambassador in Venice to enquire after Uccello’s reputation as an artist. Uccello remained in Florence for most of the rest of his life, executing works for various churches and patrons, most notably the Duomo. In 1436 he was given the commission for the monochromatic fresco of Sir John Hawkwood. In this equestrian monument he showed his keen interest in perspective. The condottiere and his horse are presented as if the fresco was a sculpture, seen from below. If, as is widely thought, he is the author of the frescoes Stories of the Virgin and Story of Saint Stephen in the Cappella dell'Assunta, Florence, then he would have visited nearby Prato sometime between 1435 and 1440. In 1443, he painted the figures on the clock of the Duomo. In the same year and in 1444 he designed a few stained glass windows for the same church. In 1444 he was also at work in Padua, and he travelled to Padua again in 1445 at Donatello’s invitation. Back in Florence in 1446, he painted the Green Stations of the Cross, again for the cloister of the church Santa Maria Novella. Around 1447–1454 he painted Scenes of Monastic Life for the church San Miniato al Monte, Florence. Around 1450–1456 he painted his three most famous paintings The Battle of San Romano, the victory of the Florentine army over the Sienese in 1432, for the Palazzo Medici in Florence. The extraordinarily foreshortened forms extending in many planes accentuate Uccello's virtuosity as a draftsman, and provides a controlled visual structure to the chaos of the battle scene. Uccello was married to Tommasa Malifici by 1453, because in that year Donato (named after Donatello) was born, and in 1456 his wife gave birth to Antonia. In 1465, Uccello was in Urbino with his son Donato, where he was engaged until 1469, working for the Confraternity of Corpus Domini, a brotherhood of laymen. He painted the predella for their new altarpiece with the Miracle of the Profaned Host. (The main panel representing the "Communion of the Apostles" was commissioned to Justus van Ghent and finished in 1474.) Uccello's predella comprises six meticulous, naturalistic scenes related to the antisemitic myth of host desecration, based on a supposed event in Paris in 1290. It has been suggested that the subject of the main panel, on which Duke Frederick of Montefeltro of Urbino appears in the background conversing with an Oriental, is related to the antisemitic intention of the predella. Federico allowed a small Jewish community to live in Urbino. Not all these scenes are unanimously attributed to Paolo Uccello. In his Florentine tax return of August 1469 he declared: “I find myself old and ailing, my wife is ill, and I can no longer work.” In his last years, he was a lonesome, forgotten man, afraid of hardship in life. His last known work is The Hunt, c. 1470. He made his testament on 11 November 1475 and died shortly afterwards at the age of 78 on 10 December 1475 at the hospital of Florence. He was buried in his father’s tomb in the Florentine church of Santo Spirito. With his precise, analytical mind he tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects in three-dimensional space. In particular, some of his studies of the perspective foreshortening of the torus are preserved, and one standard display of drawing skill was his depictions of the mazzocchio. The perspective in his paintings has influenced famous painters such as Piero della Francesca, Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci, to name a few. (Book ref. 006661) £8.50
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