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The Italians

ITL05
Luigi Barzini
Touchstone
1996
352
0684825007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
$17.00

A Traveller's History of Italy

ITL86
Valerio Lintner
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
287
1566565219
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A brief history of Italy through the 1990s -- wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
$14.95

Cadogan Guide Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

ITL44
Dana Facaros
Cadogan Books
2008
345
1860114024
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Cadogan brings travelers Lombardy and the Italian Lakes in all their glory, from the powerhouse of Milan to the idyllic beauty and tranquility of Lake Garda and the Renaissance cities of the Lombard Plain.
$19.95

Italian Lakes Map

ITL431
Litographia Artistica Cartographica
2012
2
8879141449
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of the Italian lakes region, including Orta, Lugano, Como and Maggiore, at the excellent scale of 1:100,000, produced in Italy.
$12.95

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic

ITL48
Paul Blanchard
Lightning Source
2015
738
1905131011
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide by a popular tour leader provides a thorough overview of the history, art and architecture of northern Italy from Trieste across to the Valle d'Aosta, Venice, Verona, Milan, Genoa and Bologna.
$38.00

Eyewitness Guide Milan and the Lakes

ITL165
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
248
1465457429
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A superb guide to Milan and the Italian lakes featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$20.00

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary

ITL424
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2014
446
1612382010
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This compact phrase book, organized thematically and with a brief dictionary, also includes Steves' insight into how to break the ice and make friends around the world.
$12.99

The Food of Italy

ITL75
Waverly Root
Vintage Books
1992
750
0679738967
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Evocative of Italy and its diverse cuisine, this classic book, organized geographically, offers a cook's tour of the country. It's a well-informed and wonderful culinary guide.
$22.00

Italy, A Short History

ITL56
Harry Hearder
Cambridge University Press
2001
294
0521000726
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Elegantly written, generous and informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic through the Renaissance, World War II and up to the present.
$30.99

A Traveller in Italy

ITL417
H.V. Morton, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
2002
640
0306810786
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings in the temples, tombs and villas of Tuscany, Lombardy, Emilia and the Veneto.
$25.00

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

ITL62
D.H. Lawrence
Penguin
2008
495
0141441550
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.
$20.00

Italian Days

ITL02
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Atlantic Monthly Press
1998
479
0871137275
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians.
$20.00

Leonardo da Vinci

ITL684
Sherwin B. Nuland
Viking
2004
170
014303510X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this compact book in the excellent Penguin Lives series, Nuland summarizes the achievements and obsessions of the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci.
$15.00

A Farewell to Arms

ITL384
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
2014
330
1476764522
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during WWI, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. This edition collects all of the alternate endings, along with early drafts of other essential passages
$17.00

Italian Folktales

ITL314
Italo Calvino
Harcourt Books
1992
763
0156454890
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A treasured collection of 200 lively folk tales presented by one of the modern masters of Italian fiction. Calvino's elegant rendering of these old stories reveals his great affection for the folkloric traditions of his childhood.
$25.00

Italy in Mind

ITL39
Alice Powers
Random House
1997
349
0679770232
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
$18.95

The Betrothed

ITL414
Alessandro Manzoni
Penguin
1984
720
014044274X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
By many accounts the first modern Italian novel, Manzoni's 1827 classic concerns star-crossed lovers in 17th-century Lombardy. Promoted during unification, Italy's best-known novel has been made into films and a musical.
$20.00

On the Making of Gardens

ITL499
George Sitwell
David R. Godine
2003
162
1567922384
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A handsome edition of Sitwell's 1909 meditation on the Renaissance gardens of Tuscany, Rome and the Lake District. It's not a handbook but rather an inspiring analysis of the transformation -- and magic -- of gardens.
$16.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

More Books

Italian Hours

ITL07
Henry James
Penguin
1992
376
0140435077
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A classic series of travel essays written between 1872 and 1909 on the art, religion and people of Italy. James is an observant guide to 19th-century Rome, Naples, Florence and other great destinations. Part of the Penguin Classics series.
$17.00

The Art of the Renaissance

ITL14
Peter Murray
Thames & Hudson
1992
286
0500200084
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
$18.95

The Lives of the Artists, Vol 1

ITL17
Giorgio Vasari, Julia Conway and Peter Bondanella (Translator)
Penguin
1987
477
0140445005
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Written in the mid-16th century, Vasari starts with Giotto as painting's prophet and ends with Michelangelo as its messiah in these short, influential biographies.
$15.00

Italy Map

ITL19
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866097433
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A convenient laminated map of Italy at a scale of 1:800,000 with excellent topographic detail, an index and large maps of Sicily and Sardinia.
$12.95

Eyewitness Guide Italy

ITL32
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
672
1465460438
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$30.00

A Concise History of Italy

ITL35
Christopher Duggan
Cambridge University Press
2013
360
0521747430
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
From the Romans to the Renaissance, Reform, National Unity, the Rise of Fascism and modern republic, professor Duggan covers the sweep of history in the region with authority.
$29.99

Italy North Map

ITL38
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2014
1
3831772851
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Scaled at 1:400,000, this German-produced map of Italy focuses on the country's northern borders and stops in northern Tuscany. Double-sided. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$14.95

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69

ALP02
Edward Whymper
National Geographic
2002
320
0792269233
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Edward Whymper’s classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
$16.00

Why Switzerland?

SWZ04
Jonathan Steinberg
Cambridge University Press
2015
400
0521709555
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe.
$39.99

Hotel du Lac

SWZ05
Anita Brookner
Vintage Books
1995
184
0679759328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Funny, stylish and spellbinding, Brookner's novel tracks the story of a romance novelist seeking evasive peace and quiet at the luxurious Hotel du Lac in Switzerland. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
$15.95

The Night Manager

SWZ06
John Le Carre
Ballantine Books
2017
480
1524796956
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This best-selling, post-Cold War thriller about ruthless arms dealers in Geneva is a gripping read. Carrying on the great Le Carre tradition of espionage, a man who essentially gave up living after a tremendous failure is given a costly shot at redemption.
$16.00

The Magic Mountain

SWZ07
Thomas Mann
Modern Library
1996
755
0679772871
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this classic novel of ill health in a sanatorium in the Swiss mountains, the author explores disease as a symbol of the sick, capitalistic society of pre-World War I Europe.
$19.00

I'm Not Stiller

SWZ08
Max Frisch
Harvest Books
1994
384
0156849909
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A masterpiece of post-WWII fiction about a man who claims not to be himself.
$27.95

Daisy Miller

SWZ09
Henry James
Penguin
2007
126
0141441348
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic story of a young American woman's innocent flirtation and its misinterpretation by a sophisticated European man, set in Lac Leman and Chillon. This is James' first fictional work to gain mass popularity and one of his great American female portraits.
$8.00

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

SWZ10
Mary Shelley
Penguin Putnam
2003
352
0141439475
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set around Lake Geneva, this classic gothic novel, was written in 1816 when the author and her husband were neighbors of Byron, who suggested writing ghost stories to while away the damp, summer days during their stay.
$10.00

Switzerland Map

SWZ11
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2014
1
3866093381
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, laminated, road map of Switzerland, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:400,000.
$11.95

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

ITL42
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2015
2
2186054M
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

SWZ14
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1994
150
0374519323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Swiss army, presenting an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset.
$16.00

Alps Map

ALP07
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
2
3850842274
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
$14.95

Leonardo da Vinci

ITL78
Kenneth Clark
Penguin Putnam
1993
274
0140169822
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With 128 well integrated plates and a useful chronology, this authoritative and informative book has become the standard introduction to da Vinci and his work.
$26.00

Inventing Leonardo

ITL79
A. Richard Turner
University of California Press
1994
268
0520089383
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Turner, a leading art historian of the Renaissance, offers a lively appraisal of the controversial genius. It's an elegant and stimulating book.
$33.95

Lombardia Regional Map

ITL120
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2013
2
8836511252
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of Lombardy.
$13.95

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains

ALP10
Jon Krakauer
Lyons Press
2009
192
1599216108
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
$14.95

La Nouvelle Heloise

SWZ19
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Penn State University Press
1989
421
0271006021
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rousseau may be best known for his political philosophy, but in this novel we see his softer side. This is the passionate story told through the letters of two lovers in a small town at the foot of the Alps.
$35.95

Homestead

ALP11
Rosini Lippi
Lightning Source
1999
210
0395977711
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
$13.95

Solo Faces

ALP14
James Salter
North Point Press
1998
218
0865473218
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of an American climber who, dissatisfied with his everyday life, travels to the Alps of southern France to tackle mountain peaks. The prose is glorious and the mountain-climbing scenes are as vivid as they get. Much of the action takes place in and around Chamonix.
$15.00

Portofino, A Novel

ITL164
Frank Schaeffer
Da Capo Press
2004
288
0786713755
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in the 1960s, this coming-of-age tale follows a young boy's encounters with the sights and people of the seaside town of Portofino, while he avoids his missionary parents' constant bickering and their attempts to convert the locals.
$15.00

Love and War in the Apennines

ITL171
Eric Newby
Lonely Planet Publications
2008
276
1741795273
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This unassuming memoir of remarkable wartime adventures in German-occupied WWII Italy is perhaps Newby's best book.
$14.99

Worldly Goods, A New History of the Renaissance

ITL173
Lisa Jardine
W. W. Norton & Company
1998
470
0393318664
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history of the influence of commerce on the Renaissance.
$19.95

Glacier Ice

SCI07
Austin Post, Edward R. LaChapelle
University of Washington Press
2000
145
0295979100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle’s text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas.
$35.00

A Tramp Abroad

EUR78
Mark Twain, David Eggers (Introduction), Kerry Driscoll (Introduction)
Random House
2003
400
0812970039
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers.
$17.00

Michelin Green Guide French Alps

FRN197
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2015
520
2067197568
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to the region in the classic Michelin style.
$21.99

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

ITL205
Giorgio Bassini, William Weaver (Translator)
Harcourt Books
1996
197
0156345706
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This powerful book, set in Ferrara, deals with unrequited love and classist society in the time of Mussolini.
$13.95

The Italian Renaissance Reader

ITL218
Julia Conway and Peter Bondanella (Editor), Mark Musa (Editor)
New American Library
1987
0452010136
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Introducing artists and thinkers of the Renaissance, this collection includes selections by Francesca Petrarca, Giovanni Boccacio, Leonardo Da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Benvenuto Cellini.
$18.00

The Prince

ITL235
Niccolo Machiavelli, George Bull (Translator), Anthony Grafton (Introduction)
Penguin
1999
105
0140449159
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic text of social mobility, written during the peak of the Italian Renaissance.
$8.99

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style

ITL236
Michael Baxandall
Oxford University Press
1998
183
019282144X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A short guide to looking at Renaissance art with color illustrations throughout. First published in 1972, it's an influential overview of not only how to look at art -- but how the original 15th-century audience may have seen the paintings of the period.
$19.95

Renaissance Philosophy of Man, Petrarca, Valla, Ficino, Pico, Pomponazzi, Vives

ITL237
Ernst Cassirer (Editor), Paul Oskar Kristeller (Editor), John H. Randall (Editor)
University of Chicago Press
1956
405
0226096041
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This overview covers the three dominant philosophical movements of the early Italian Renaissance: classical humanism, Platonism and Aristotelianism.
$28.00

Art and Society in the Middle Ages

EUR85
Georges Duby
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
2000
128
0745621740
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A study of the relationship between the production of art and the nature of Medieval society.
$30.55

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

ALP16
Fergus Fleming
Grove Press
2001
398
0802138675
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
$14.00

Architecture in Italy 1500-1600

ITL247
Wolfgang Lotz, Deborah Howard (Introduction)
Yale University Press
1995
205
0300064691
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A classic, comprehensive introduction to Italian architecture of the 16th century.
$45.00

Rough Guide Switzerland

SWZ24
Matthew Teller
Rough Guides
2017
528
0241271053
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide includes an excellent historical and cultural overview of Switzerland.
$22.99

Michelin Green Guide Italy

ITL279
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
608
2067212451
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A survey of the cities, villages and sites of Italy in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions and excellent full-color city maps. Organized alphabetically for easy reference.
$23.99

Bradt Guide Switzerland Without a Car

SWZ27
Anthony Lambert
Bradt Publications
2013
432
1841624470
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to traveling in Switzerland.
$23.99

Tour of Mont Blanc, Complete Trekking Guide

ALP24
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852845325
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the classic Mont Blanc circuit, which includes a detailed guide to each section of the tour, as well as the author's own personable, encouraging remarks.
$24.95

Italian Food

ITL298
Julia Child (Introduction), Elizabeth David
Penguin
1999
384
0141181559
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A literary, aromatic survey of Italy's many regions and regional cooking with recipes.
$18.00

The Oxford Illustrated History of Italy

ITL306
George Holmes (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2001
400
0192854445
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This generously illustrated volume tackles the full sweep of Italian history.
$31.95

Full Circle, A Pacific Journey with Michael Palin

PAC43
Michael Palin
St. Martin's Press
1997
320
0312169604
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
A 20,000-mile journey around the Pacific Rim by the much-loved Michael Palin.
$29.95

For Kids

William Tell: One Against an Empire, A Swiss Legend

SWZ20
Paul Storrie
Lerner Publishing Group
2009
32
1580138284
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The classic tale of a Swiss hunter facing a terrible choice, as a graphic novel for ages 9-11.
$8.95

Count Karlstein

SWZ21
Philip Pullman
Random House
2000
256
0375803483
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An entertaining gothic thriller set in a Swiss village in 1816.
$6.99

Banner in the Sky

SWZ23
James Ramsey Ullman
HarperCollins
1988
256
0064470482
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A suspenseful tale of a young boy determined to keep his father's mountaineering dream alive.
$8.99

Asterix in Switzerland

SWZ30
Rene de Goscinny
Sterling Publishing Company
2004
0752866354
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This entry in the Asterix series of comic books features excellent drawings of the Swiss Alpine landscape.
$12.99

Bloomability

SWZ31
Sharon Creech
HarperCollins
1999
288
006440823X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A coming-of-age tale set in an international boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland.
$6.99

Heidi

SWZ32
Johanna Spyri
Sterling Publishing Company
2006
263
0517189674
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved tale of a little girl who is sent to live with her curmudgeonly grandfather in a remote Alpine village. This handsome hardback edition retains the quaint prose and buoyant disposition of Johanna Spyri's 1880 original.
$9.95

Starry Messenger, Galileo Galilei

ITL331
Peter Sis
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2000
40
0374470278
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A beautifully illustrated homage to Galileo for children ages 6 to 8. In simple prose, Sis chronicles Galileo's life and evokes the Renaissance world. It's a memorable introduction to science and Italy.
$8.99

Leonardo's Horse

ITL344
Hudson Talbott, Jean Fritz
Penguin Putnam
2001
40
0399235760
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Crackerjack children's writer Jean Fritz here presents an intriguing dual biography: first, of Leonardo da Vinci, who labored for years on a giant bronze sculpture of a horse, never finished; and secondly, of Charlie Dent, an American who in 1977 vowed to complete what Leonardo began.
$21.99