Excerpt: ...why some folk are rightly afraid of exposing, under the influence of drink, the bete humaine which lurks below their skin of decency. His language would have terrified many people. Me it rejoiced. I would not have missed that entertainment for worlds. He finally wanted to have a fight, because I refused to accompany him to a certain place of delights, the address of which-I might have given him a far better one-had been scrawled on the back of a crumpled envelope by some cabman. Unable to stand on his legs, what ...
Excerpt: ...why some folk are rightly afraid of exposing, under the influence of drink, the bete humaine which lurks below their skin of decency. His language would have terrified many people. Me it rejoiced. I would not have missed that entertainment for worlds. He finally wanted to have a fight, because I refused to accompany him to a certain place of delights, the address of which-I might have given him a far better one-had been scrawled on the back of a crumpled envelope by some cabman. Unable to stand on his legs, what could he hope to do there? Olevano I have loafed into Olevano. A thousand feet below my window, and far away, lies the gap between the Alban and Volscian hills; veiled in mists, the Pontine marches extend beyond, and further still-discernible only to the eye of faith-the Tyrrhenian. The profile of these Alban craters is of inimitable grace. It recalls Etna, as viewed from Taormina. How the mountain cleaves to earth, how reluctantly it quits the plain before swerving aloft in that noble line! Velletri's ramparts, twenty miles distant, are firmly planted on its lower slope. Standing out against the sky, they can be seen at all hours of the day, whereas the dusky palace of Valmontone, midmost on the green plain and rock-like in its proportions, fades out of sight after midday. Hard by, on your right, are the craggy heights of Capranica. Tradition has it that Michael Angelo was in exile up there, after doing something rather risky. What had he done? He crucified his model, desirous, like a true artist, to observe and reproduce faithfully in marble the muscular contractions and facial agony of such a sufferer. To crucify a man: this was going almost too far, even for the Pope of that period, who seems to have been an unusually sensitive pontiff-or perhaps the victim was a particular friend of his. However that may be, he waxed wroth and banished the conscientious sculptor in disgrace to this lonely mountain village, there to expiate his..."
Re-bound Ex Library book in Good Condition with usual stamps and stickers. Green speckled finish to page edges. Minor Shelfwear. Good condition book. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Fair. 1923 edition. No dust jacket. Bumping, discolouration and other marks / smudges to spine and boards. Page edges tanned with foxing creeping into the pages. Smudges and other small marks on a few pages. Inscription on ffep. Hinges and binding intact. GRADED COMMENSURATE WITH AGE OF BOOK. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS BOOK IS PRE 1965 AND THE GRADE WILL REFLECT ITS AGE. Major signs of wear and tear. Very well read. Reading copy only. May not be for the collector or suitable as a present unless hard to f.
Near Fine. Book A first edition of this travel book from the idiosyncratic Norman Douglas, direct from the Selbourne collection. John Sutherlandclaimed that, Douglas's Mediterranean travel writing chimed with the public taste, and that there was a time when, in smart literary conversations, Norman Douglas was regarded as one of the smartest things going. Part of that smartness was his keeping, for the whole of his long depraved life, one jump ahead of the law. Sexual scandal tended to follow him throughout his life, and indeed it was the whole reason for his being on the continent in the first place. He had a notable feud with D H Lawrence in the years prior to this book's publication, and the connection may have been its reason for inclusion in the Selbourne collection. Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) wasa noted book collector and diarist. Condition: In the original cloth. Externally excellent with just a little bumping to the head and tail of the spine. The page of a book catalogue including the entry for this volume has been affixed to the rear pastedown. With a contemporary ink inscription to the front free endpaper, and another small ink inscription to the title page. The first and last few pages are lightly foxed as usual, otherwise clean and bright. Firmly bound. Overall: NEAR FINE.
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