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SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (L'ACUTO).  STORY OF A CONDOTTIERE., Temple-leader, John & Marcotti, Giuseppe.  Translated from the Italian by Leader Scott.
1 Temple-leader, John & Marcotti, Giuseppe. Translated from the Italian by Leader Scott. SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (L'ACUTO). STORY OF A CONDOTTIERE.
London T. Fisher Unwin 1889 Limited Edition Good 
370 pp, 11 1/8" H. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board, gilt decoration on front and rear boards, top edge gilt. No. 302 of "Four hundred copies for the Public" - an additional "one hundred reserved for presentation to the Public Libraries, the Press, and Friends". Tissue-covered frontispiece, plus two additional tissue-covered b&w plates (the Tower of Contignolo and the Castle of Montecchio). A few pages as yet unopened. A biography of the 14th century English mercenary, Sir John Hawkwood, who spent most of his life in Italy. An interesting look at the military, political and social life of the time. Bery light browning to endpapers, preliminary pages and also in page margins and gutters; browning and waviness to fore-edge and bottom of text block; small tear at bottom edge of page leaves 21/22 & 207/208 - archivally taped; several small creases at bottom vorner of pages 293 to 296; small chip at fore-edge of page leaf 249/250; light to moderate edge wear on boards; wrinkling and wear at top/bottom of spine - loss of cloth at top of spine and rear hinge; light wear and at corners; light to moderate rubbing on boards - mainly on rear board with come colour loss; small bump at rear board corners. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 100.00 USD
Robert Hale, London, 1965, first edition. 
190 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "Eric Whelpton, who has been living in, or wandering through, Italy for a large part of his life, believes that even Venice itself, outside the tourist area, still remains to be discovered. To the north-east and to the south of Venice there stretch long sandy beaches where the sea is clear and buoyant. Further along the plain, within a few miles of Trieste, are rocky bays and pineclad slopes. To the south, outside the bo undaries of Venetia, there are the popular resorts of Rimini and Cattolica; but on the way there is Ravenna with its works of art from a civilization that existed thirteen centuries ago. Inland again is Mantua, one of the loveliest of art c i t i e s a n d probably the least known. To the north is Verona, a town of Palladian palaces; and Asolo, built by a queen of Cyprus, and beloved of the Brownings. Lake Garda is described too, and the Dolomites, the rose-coloured mountains that g ua rd t he n o rt h- eastern frontiers of Italy. Eric Whelpton can be relied upon to give practical advice to would-be travellers to Venice and its delightful surroundings, and he may even tempt the armchair traveller to book a passage to this ci ty of can als ." S mal l c rease at top edge of preliminary pages, small bump at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, wrinkling at bottom of spine - less at top of spine and at top/bottom of flap-folds, light rubbing, light fa ding on sp ine. Ve ry Goo d/Ve ry G ood- 
Price: 17.50 USD

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