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The Villa Diana (first edition)

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Product description

A post-World War II journey through Italy above Florence and the valley of the Arno stood the Villa Diana, in one of the oldest inhabited parts of Italy, at the end of an old Etruscan road that wound among olive groves and lines of cypresses. The home of Poliziano in the 15th century, it had been occupied by the troops of seven different armies during World War II but otherwise escaped damage, if one overlooked the looting of the grand piano. It was here that Alan Moorehead, known as one of the greatest correspondents of that war, moved in 1948 to travel through Italy and write this celebrated book. His experiences illustrate the issues of the day, yet surrounded as always by extreme physical beauty and governed by the rhythms of the seasons. He describes with wit such diverse matters as the daily drama of life among the servants, the reviving fortunes of Portofino, the 500-year-old horse race around the main square of Siena, the gondoliers' union in Venice, and a traffic clash between a family of pigs and a cart full of crucifixes.
Includes black and white illustrations by Osbert Lancaster.
The unclipped dustjacket has some wear and discolouration. It is now protected by a film cover. The hardback cover is sound apart from wear and discolouration at the edges. The binding is sound. The pages are clean and unmarked. There is a dedication on the front endpaper.
Published 1951, we believe this is a first edition.

Item details

Added value:
dustjacket, first edition
Author(s):
Alan Moorehead, illustrated by Osbert Lancaster
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
14.2 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
Edition:
1951
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
150
Publisher:
Hamish Hamilton
Title:
The Villa Diana (first edition)

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A post-World War II journey through Italy above Florence and the valley of the Arno stood the Villa Diana, in one of the oldest inhabited parts of Italy, at the end of an old Etruscan road that wound among olive groves and lines of cypresses. The home of Poliziano in the 15th century, it had been occupied by the troops of seven different armies during World War II but otherwise escaped damage, if one overlooked the looting of the grand piano. It was here that Alan Moorehead, known as one of the greatest correspondents of that war, moved in 1948 to travel through Italy and write this celebrated book. His experiences illustrate the issues of the day, yet surrounded as always by extreme physical beauty and governed by the rhythms of the seasons. He describes with wit such diverse matters as the daily drama of life among the servants, the reviving fortunes of Portofino, the 500-year-old horse race around the main square of Siena, the gondoliers' union in Venice, and a traffic clash between a family of pigs and a cart full of crucifixes.
Includes black and white illustrations by Osbert Lancaster.
The unclipped dustjacket has some wear and discolouration. It is now protected by a film cover. The hardback cover is sound apart from wear and discolouration at the edges. The binding is sound. The pages are clean and unmarked. There is a dedication on the front endpaper.
Published 1951, we believe this is a first edition.

Added value:
dustjacket, first edition
Author(s):
Alan Moorehead, illustrated by Osbert Lancaster
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
14.2 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
Edition:
1951
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
150
Publisher:
Hamish Hamilton
Title:
The Villa Diana (first edition)

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