Constantinople. Translated by Maria Hornor Landsdale.
by de Amicis, Edmondo.
2 vols. Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1896. 2 vols., 4to, 303; 309 pp., with frontispieces and 48 other photogravures by W.H. Gilbo, each with captioned tissue guard, and a color-lithographed folding map. Full blue-green buckram intricately gilt, top edge gilt, red ribbon bookmarks, very light wear to the cloth edges, occasional light foxing to outer margins, very good. Small ticket of D. P. Elder and Morgan Shepard of San Francisco on rear pastedown of each vol. First American edition of the popular and widely-translated travel narrative by Italian author and journalist Edmondo de Amicis (1846-1908), this translated from the fifteenth Italian edition by Maria Hornor Lansdale. De Amicis was clearly entranced by the city and describes in poetic detail its mosques, palaces, bazars, and residents, particularly the women. A new edition with an introduction by Umberto Eco was published in 2005. (Inventory #: 106697)
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