A Traveller In Rome by H. V. [Henry Vollam] Morton hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Methuen, 1957, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: H. V. Morton writes of the Roman Forum: This wonderful graveyard, where the heart of the ancient world lies buried, can puzzle and repel many of its modern visitors: it can only become alive and understandable if one is able, in imagination, to restore the missing columns and re-gild the vanished roofs; to place the statues upon their plinths and to fill the narrow ways with a jostling, noisy crowd of human beings, smelling of pomade and garlic, each man pushing and shoving and living intensely in the moment, as still we do.
The impulse to restore the missing columns for his readers led the writer to the Rome of the Caesars and the Popes. The result is a book that will be of the greatest use and interest to those who are paying their first visit to Rome, as it will also delight those who already know the mother city of the Western World.
Readers of A Stranger in Spain, and of H. V. Mortons other books, will be aware that in addition to the history of Rome they will find in the present book much varied and often curious and out of the way information in this personal account of a Roman summer. The author turns the enquiring mind of a practised observer on many human aspects of the Roman scene. He tells how to wear a toga, the right way to read an ancient manuscript, the price of a Cardinals hat, the technique of travelling in Roman omnibuses; at one moment he traces the last hours in the life of Julius Caesar and in a few pages he is feeding the stray cats in Trajans Markel. His account of the Vatican City and its unique organisation, and his description of an audience with the Pope, and the recent excavations beneath St. Peters, are among the many memorable pages in this fascinating book.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a short tear to the head of the upper panel and slightly heavier fading to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
432 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5½”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Travel Italy category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…