Florentine Journal by Arnold Bennett, 1st Ed, HC DJ, Florence, Italy
In April of 1910 Arnold Bennett, then in his forties and already a well-known author, arrived in Florence for a stay of some weeks. It was his first experience of the Tuscan city. From 1 April to 25 May he kept a combined journal and sketchbook of his impressions, making quick pen and ink drawings of Florentine scenes and monuments as he moved about the city, and in the evening recording the day's events with comments, often wryly humorous, on all he had seen and done. The journal is, as Sacheverell Sitwell notes, 'a model of his working system and a document of particular interest' for its picture of the Florence of fifty years ago. As in his novels, so on his travels, Bennett was a tireless observer and collector of information; he proceeded to become engrossed in the minutiae of Florentine life, from the behavior of postmen to the manners of opera-goers, and from the caparisoning of cart-horses to the lighting in the museums. He was also much amused by the tribal customs of English travellers, and the journal contains a number of diverting portraits. Altogether, Bennett's Florentine journal, now published for the first time in its entirety, is a literary 'find'. It is illustrated with seventeen of his skilful and delicate drawings.
Published by Chatto and Windus. 1st UK Ed, 1st printing. Hard cover with dust jacket. Copy in GC, light edge wear, light chipping to DJ's extremities, previous owner's name on front free end page.
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