MORRIS, James. Venice.

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MORRIS, James. Venice. London, Faber and Faber, [1960].

8vo. Original red cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt, dust-wrappers (not price-clipped), map endpapers; pp. 337, two sketch maps (one double-page), one page of line drawings of Venetian small vessels by Gerry Facey, many leaves of plates after photographs, including aerial photographs; minimal traces of handling to the rarely seen wrappers, only one fault internally and to most of the fore edge: double page 66/67 with faint marginal splash marks, fore edge from p. 66 to the end with the same faint splashes, otherwise remarkably clean and fresh.
Very rare first edition, first printing of James (later Jan) Morris' most celebrated and revered portrait of the Serenissima. 'Often hailed as one of the best travel books ever written, Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully written immersion in Venetian life and character, set against the background of the city’s past. Analysing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as its waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities, its smells, sounds, lights and colours, there is scarcely a corner of Venice that Jan Morris has not investigated and brought vividly to life' (Faber, the publisher's website, on a recent edition).