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'Grand Tour of Italy' by Eric and Barbara Whelpton
Robert Hale Ltd; First Edition 1956
Hardcover, dustjacket, 234 pages, photographs.
In poor but "still readable" condition, ex-library with stamps etc, d/j badly torn, binding precarious, otherwise all pages reasonably clean.

Tatty old copy of this book which may still be collectable for lovers of Italy or those interested in the authors' impressions of the coutry in the 1950's.

"In their new combined volume these two well-known travellers take the reader on a complete tour of the country.

Barbara Whelpton describes and explains the paintings, sculpture and mosaics in relation to their school and district.

Eric Whelpton spreads the varied countryside of Italy before the reader, describing in a fascinating way not only the famous monuments and buildings but their settings in town and country of unequalled beauty.

The changing panorama from region to region is linked by the more interesting roads to take by car or bus. The reader is guided from the sunny Italian Riviera through the gentle Tuscan landscape to Pisa and Florence, on to the desolate Roman Campagna and south to the romantic bay of Naples.

On the way back the route is through mountain villages and cathedral cities, into the warm, soft light of Umbria, through the strange marshlands of Ravenna, by the lagoons of Venice , over the undulating northern plains to the gay lakeside villas below the Alps.

And wherever they go, the stress is on the change of light, the landscape and architecture, the people and their customs, seen always against their historical background."
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