Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates, 1896. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. First Edition of this English translation, in two volumes, by Maria Hornor Lansdale, from the fifteenth Italian edition (first published in Milan, in 1877). Defective: folding map never bound in. Thick 8vo. pp. 303,; 309pp, with 50 photogravures (including frontispieces) of genre scenes, portraits, and the like by W. H. Gilbo, letterpress legends (in several shades of orange-gold) on tissue guards. Publishers finely woven dark green cloth (copies were also bound in navy blue and red), elaborately gilt-stamped in arabesque designs, red silk ribbon markers, top edges gilt, title pages in red and black; wanting the dust jackets and publisher’s slipcase. A superlative set, virtually pristine, bindings tight and square (apparently unread), bright, wide-margined pages printed on heavy stock, striking renditions of plates. Vicaire I, p. 39 (first edition in French). Fine. Item #BB1648
Considered the best nineteenth-century guide to Turkey's cultural and historic center (now Istanbul). De Amicis was an Italian novelist, journalist, poet, and short-story writer. Including substantial sections on the Turkish harem, the Bosporus, and the Old Seraglio. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).