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Near Fine. No Dust Jacket. 9 3/4" x 12 3/4" 256 Pages. Printed in Spain November 1994. Purple Boards with Endpaper maps of Plan De Beyrouth. Small puncture, 3/16th inch, at the bottom corner area penetrating the cloth. No other defects noted. Interior text and illustration ages are bright, tight, and white. Good quality glossy paper highlights the color and black and white postcards. This unique selection of old picture postcards, which covers the period between 1880 and 1930, has been arranged with the purpose of reconstructing scenes and images of Beirut's vanished golden age. The fascinating melting-pot of peoples, beliefs and activities that was Beirut, may be glimpsed in these pictures from another era. The city emerges as an astonishingly cosmopolitan entity: a minaret stands next to a convent bell tower, a Byzantine dome swells up beside a koranic mausoleum, and a French educational faculty coexists with an American University. The people of Beirut, in scenes taken from life, radiate the variety and animation which made the Lebanese metropolis a historic meeting-point between East and West. Tarbooshes and top hats, crinolines and caftans, small trades, street scenes and sporting events reveal through a pulsating life, not only a fragile balance but also a genius for cultural and commercial exchanges which has always enabled Beirut to overcome her difficulties.
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