London: Methuen & Co., 1964, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Appendices ;
From the cover: H. V. Morton is the most widely read travel writer today, and the reasons for his popularity will become apparent as soon as the reader opens this book. He is unobtrusively well informed; he has a lively curiosity about people and places; and he writes with zest and humour. To these must be added that rarest of gifts in a travel writer: a sense of history. He can evoke Imperial Rome from a shattered column or a splinter of pottery; he can see a troubadour in a folk-singer from Hull.
His new book describes a journey through the four Regions of Lombardy, Emilia, Venezia and Tuscany. As he motors from Milan to Lake Como and thence across the Lombardy plain to Bergamo, the pageant of history unrolls. We move from the splendours and miseries of great families like the Sforza and the Visconti to Plinys lakeside villa, from the sordid death of Mussolini to the violin-makers of Cremona, from the last days of the Roman Empire at Ravenna to the last days of the Stuarts at Bologna. Readers of H. V. Mortons earlier books will expect curious information and revealing encounters and they are here in good measure. He discovers a village founded by Scottish archers who fled to the mountains when Francis I was defeated at Pavia in 1525; he spends an evening listening to two peasants improvising ottava rima in a tavern in Tuscany. When he comes to describe great centres of art and culture he has no rival. Although more has probably been written about Venice and Florence than any other two cities in the world, Morton sees them with all the freshness of a first discovery.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Laminate rippling slightly on the upper panel and spine. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 636 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8½” x 5½”.