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A Syrian Pilgrimage, Ascham, John Bayne
1 Ascham, John Bayne A Syrian Pilgrimage
New York/Cincinnati The Abingdon Press (c.1914) Presumed 1st Hardcover Very Good 
(gray cloth, gilt lettering, no dust jacket) [some spotting on covers, top edge darkened, spine discolored but gilt lettering still easily readable (quite bright on front cover); previous owner's signature on ffep]. (B&W photos, color frontispiece) The author toured Palestine in March-April 1913 with a party sponsored by the American School of Oriental Research. The text is illustrated with 14 black-and-white photographs, and there is also a color-tined frontispiece photo of the Garden of Gesthemane. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Away from It All: An Escapologist's Notebook, Belfrage, Cedric
2 Belfrage, Cedric Away from It All: An Escapologist's Notebook
New York Literary Guild of America 1937 NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[good solid copy, light soiling/tanning to page edges, two previous owner's signatures on ffep; jacket heavily edgeworn, some fading at spine and along edges, various small tears and chips]. The author "tried to run away from facts by taking a whirlwind trip around the world. But he didn't succeed. The more he tried to escape them, the more he was foiled by his own sharp eyes and restless intelligence. The result is [this book], a compound of personal adventure, contemporary history, travel diary and just living." Among the places visited by this most interesting fellow was Bombay, where he had a look at the native film industry (pre-Bollywood) -- a duty for which he was eminently suited, having spent some years prior as a film critic and journalist in London and Hollywood. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Angry Men -- Laughing Men: The Caribbean Caldron, Brown, Wenzell
3 Brown, Wenzell Angry Men -- Laughing Men: The Caribbean Caldron
New York Greenberg: Publisher (c.1947) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj 
[book bumped at top corners, light soiling to page edges, faint staining on fore-edge, internally clean; jacket heavily worn, with numerous tears and chips, dampstain covering about 1/3 of the rear panel, etc.]. (endpaper maps; ten decorative maps in text) This volume "is not a guide book to the Caribbean. Neither is it a dry sociological study. [The author] did not go to records or documents or offical sources for his material. He insisted on seeing and questioning. He accepted no one's say-so. As a result, he encountered hostility from many local officials, business men, and politicians. Some of them resorted to slander, threats, and proffered bribes either to shut him up or to 'persuade' him to give their islands favorable publicity." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Local Color, Capote, Truman
4 Capote, Truman Local Color
New York Random House (c.1950) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Carol Binch 
(price-clipped) [bumped at spine ends, shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket heavily edgeworn, about 1" paper loss at top of spine, tiny tears at bottom spine extremities, a few small closed tears, rubbing/scuffing to front panel]. Capote's third book, a collection of his travel essays (which had already appeared in various magazines), illustrated with photographs by Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Hoyningen-Huene, Karl Bissinger and others. Locales covered include New Orleans, New York, Brooklyn, Hollywood, Haiti, Ischia, Tangier, and Spain. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Pordenone A Town [on cover and slipcase: Pordenone Una Città], Goi, Paolo, ed.
5 Goi, Paolo, ed. Pordenone A Town [on cover and slipcase: Pordenone Una Città]
Pordenone (Italy) Edizioni Savioprint 1992 Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket; in slipcase) [both book and slipcase are in beautiful condition, the book blemished only by a gift inscription (non-authorial, in Italian) on the verso of the ffep, the slipcase by a tiny black smudge at the top rear]. (B&W and color photos, illustrations, maps, etc.) Lavishly-produced and extensively illustrated history and present-day portrait of the northeastern Italian river port, an industrial city that also has a significant architectural heritage and an active cultural life, and is known to cineastes around the world as the site of the annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival. Note that the text of this edition of the book is entirely in English, also that the design of the slipcase is identical to that of the book (pictured). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Havana Mañana: A Guide to Cuba and the Cubans, Hermer, Consuelo, and Marjorie May
6 Hermer, Consuelo, and Marjorie May Havana Mañana: A Guide to Cuba and the Cubans
New York Random House (c.1941) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Martino 
[a very nice copy, tight and clean with virtually no wear, unmarked except for a one-time owner's signature on the front pastedown; jacket is bright and attractive despite a showing a little wear along the top edge, and some light soiling to the rear panel]. (B&W photographs, illustrated endpapers) Fantastically upbeat travel book issued just a few months prior to Pearl Harbor, noting that "now that Europe is closed to tourists, more and more Americans will be booking passage by clipper and boat for the playground of the Caribbean!" Chapter V, "Dawn's Early Light," discusses Havana's night life: nightclubs, dance-halls, casinos, etc. And with the recent re-opening of Cuba-U.S. relations, who's to say this book might not still be kinda useful even today? (I mean, after all, I'm sure some of the cars that were on their streets in 1941 are still running! Although I wouldn't bet on the casinos, no pun intended.) 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Notes from the Canary Islands [*SIGNED*], Lenning, Camille
7 Lenning, Camille Notes from the Canary Islands [*SIGNED*]
Pittsburgh Dorrance Publishing Co. (c.1996) 0-8059-3906-7 / 9780805939064 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [very slight wear to heel of spine; jacket has a couple of teensy-tiny nicks at top of front panel, otherwise appears fresh and almost as new]. INSCRIBED generically and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "Writing in a first-person, conversational tone, the author relates instances in which she confronts language barriers and quixotic customs head-on. She also meets variety of interesting and eccentric individuals as she eventually falls into the rhythms of island life. Entertaining, touching, enlightening, and enchancing, [this book] makes us feel at home in a strange land." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Spaniard at Home, Nixon-Roulet, Mary F.
8 Nixon-Roulet, Mary F. The Spaniard at Home
Chicago A.C. McClurg & Co. 1910 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(decorated red cloth with gilt lettering; no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, minor wear at extremities, slight fraying to bottom corners, spine cloth a bit faded; attractive vintage bookplate (see notes) and small bookseller's label (F. Loeser & Co. Brooklyn Book Store) on front pastedown]. (B&W photographs, drawings) In her preface, the author states that her book "was written with the desire of portraying Spain of to-day as she really is," as distinct from the many books she claims have been written about the country with "little sympathetic understanding of that Latin temperament which is responsible for the development of Spanish institutions." Furthermore, it has been "written from the standpoint of the Spaniard himself and the opinions expressed at to institutions and customs peculiar to the country, are in all instances bona fide expressions of the purely Spanish point of view." (Bullfighting, in case you're wondering, is dealt with as part of Chapter VI, "Amusements.") The bookplate is that of B. [Benjamin] Olney Hough, and depicts a man (presumably him) holding a book while standing in front of a window that looks out upon a bustling harbor of sailing vessels -- a reflection of the fact that he was an import-export man, editor of "The American Exporter" and the author of several books related to international trade, including "Practical Exporting; a handbook for manufacturers and merchants," published in 1915. (So why buy a crappy printed-on-demand reprint with blurry illustrations, when you can have the real deal? And yes, that *is* why it costs a little more; thanks for asking.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue [*SIGNED* with a small sketch], Rall, Ted
9 Rall, Ted To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue [*SIGNED* with a small sketch]
New York NBM (Nantier-Beall-Minoustchine Publishing Inc.) (c.2002) 1-56163-325-9 / 9781561633258 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[a touch of wear at base of spine, otherwise tight and clean; jacket shows a bit of scuffing, one tiny closed tear at bottom front hinge]. (cartoon drawings, B&W photographs, endpaper maps) INSCRIBED ("For ____ - with best regards") and SIGNED by the author on the title page; he has also drawn a small head-portrait (presumably of himself) to the left of his very stylized signature. The prize-winning cartoonist/columnist's look at the country and people of Afghanistan in the early days of the U.S. war against the Taliban. "At a time of unquestioning flag-waving, Rall went with hard questions and came back with some disturbing answers." (And a decade later, I suspect the questions would be just as hard, and the answers no more satisfactory or less disturbing.) Introduction by Bill Maher. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Passage to Peshawar: Pakistan: Between the Hindu Kush and the Arabian Sea [*SIGNED*], Reeves, Richard
10 Reeves, Richard Passage to Peshawar: Pakistan: Between the Hindu Kush and the Arabian Sea [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1984) 0-671-50842-3 / 9780671508425 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[bottom corners heavily bumped, otherwise clean and tight; jacket moderately surface-worn, minor wrinkling/creasing]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Silver Road, Roldán, José Manuel, and Luis Carandell (text); Koldo Chamorro (photography)
11 Roldán, José Manuel, and Luis Carandell (text); Koldo Chamorro (photography) The Silver Road
Barcelona/Madrid Lunwerg Editores, S.A. (c.1995) 84-7782-331-6 / 9788477823315 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light dampstain surrounding base of spine (interior of book unaffected), otherwise no significant wear; jacket lightly rubbed, 3/4" tear at top front foldover, minor wrinkling along top edge]. (color photographs, other illustrations) Photographic travel essay depicting scenes of nature and civilization (modern and ancient) along "the Silver Road," an important route dating to Roman times, whose course traces "a journey through the historic and artistic heritage of Spain." The photographic part of the book is prefaced by two lengthy essays discussing the road's historical and cultural importance. The text of this edition, issued under the auspices of the Spanish Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (for obvious reasons), is entirely in English. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Egypt and Iceland in 1874, Taylor, Bayard
12 Taylor, Bayard Egypt and Iceland in 1874
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1874 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(embossed green cloth with gilt lettering; no dust jacket) [a nice-looking copy, with a bit of wear at the upper rear hinge and other spine extremities, light bumping to all corners; gilt lettering is bright on both spine and front cover]. The noted travel writer's account of two trips he took during 1874: the first to Egypt, which he had last visited in 1852; the second to Iceland, where was sent on assignment for the New York Tribune to mark the occasion of the thousandth anniversary of the establishment of the first settlement there. (The book is dedicated to Tribune editor Whitelaw Reid, successor to Horace Greeley in that position.) A smallish book, 6 inches tall (right on the borderline between a 16mo and a 32mo), with 282 pages + 2 pp. of ads for Bayard Taylor's Works. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World [Vols. I and II, in one volume], Twain, Mark (pseud. for Samuel L. Clemens)
13 Twain, Mark (pseud. for Samuel L. Clemens) Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World [Vols. I and II, in one volume]
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1899, 1897) NO The Uniform Edition of Mark Twain's Works Hardcover Good Illustrated by Dan Gilbert, A.C. Frost, others 
(no dust jacket; decorated red buckram with gilt "MT" device on front cover, same device imprinted without gilt on rear cover) [solid book with moderate external wear, darkening to spine, light stain at bottom right-hand corner of front cover, small nick at top of rear cover (slightly exposing the board), top corners also frayed just enough to expose the boards a bit, very slight damage to bottom edges of pp. 65/66 and 67/68 (no loss of text)]. (frontispiece + 2 plates in each volume) Twain lights out to circle the globe. Issued in the "Uniform Edition of Mark Twain's Works," the 15th title (of 16) listed as such in the front of the volume. Note that this book contains both "Vol. I" (346 pages) and "Vol. II" (409 pages). 
Price: 45.00 USD
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