Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1893. Item #1112
8vo. 200 x 135 mm., [8 x 5 1/4 inches]. [iv], viii, 298 pp. Illustrated with 20 photo reproductions. Bound in original white cloth, decorated in gilt and blue and red on upper board, gilt title on spine. White cloth has some light soiling to covers, hinge of lower board cracked yet sound. Presentation inscription on front flyleaf. With faults a very good copy.
First edition. This is Virginia Johnson's second in a series of travel books on the cities of Italy. Her lively and evocative prose was highly valued by American travelers interested in making the tour of Europe and especially Italy. Johnson's book offers a wonderful insight, written by a 19th century American women, into the history of this important Mediterranean city, its development as a trading center and cultural link to the Renaissance. Illustrated with 20 crisp and clear photographic reproductions taken from the archives of Alinari & Co., Florence. Not in Smith's American Travelers Abroad. Abraod .