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First edition. Tourism consul's calling card with handwritten note ('with my best compliments') laid in. Minor smudge on front board, owner bookplate on front endpaper, 1 inch jacket tear, endpapers and jacket lightly toned. 1964 Hard Cover. iv, , 335,  pp. 8vo. A compilation of biographical sketches covering the most important figures to visit Florence over a period of 500 years, with commentary on the reason for their visit. Includes a separate section of 249 numbered black-and-white illustrations, an immense bibliography, and a chronological table. Some notable individuals included: John Evelyn; Thomas Hobbes; John Milton; Michael de Montaigne; Antony Van Dyck; Peter Paul Rubens; Hector Berlioz; Robert & Elizabeth Browning; Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain); James Fenimore Cooper; Claude Debussy; Edgar Degas; Charles Dickens; Alexander Dumas; George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans); Ralph Waldo Emerson; Edward Gibbon; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Oliver Goldsmith; Sir Henry Rider Haggard; Thomas Hardy; Nathaniel Hawthorne; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Franz Liszt; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Thomas B. Macaulay; Herman Melville; Felix Mendelssohn; Thomas Moore; William Morris; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Rainer Maria Rilke; John Ruskin; John Singer Sargent; Arthur Schopenhauer; Stendhal (Henri Beyle); Harriet Beecher Stowe; Alfred Tennyson; William Makepeace Thackeray; Anthony Trollope; Horace Walpole; Oscar Wilde; William Wordsworth.