Roba Di Roma.
Place and Imprint: London: Chapman and Hall, 1863.
Edition: Second edition, published shortly after the first.
Bibliographical References: BAL 19258; cf. Smith, American Travelers Abroad, S200, which records an 1887 edition.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed, but a fine, handsome copy.
Book ID: 28661
Physical Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary red quarter morocco, blind-stamped red cloth boards, gilt rules, decorations and lettering, marbled edges. With half-titles.
CommentsA popular travel narrative about Rome by the American sculptor William Wetmore Story (1819-1895), who was a talented writer, as well. The title of "Roba," Story writes in the preface, is meant in its broadest interpretation: "Roba is everything - from rubbish and riff-raff to the most exquisite product of art and nature. This book is filled with Roba." Story writes in 22 chapters about Rome's street music, beggars, games, cafes, the famous monuments, festivals, etc. Roba di Roma went through numerous editions, many expanded and revised.
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