London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1904. Waterfield, Aubrey. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #2308485
First edition. Presentation copy with ALS from author to a James N. Johnston tipped in on front flyleaf. Front and end matter lightly foxed, ink gift note to Johnston on front endpaper.
xv, 384 pp. Red cloth, gilt titles and decorations, top edge gilt. Color frontispiece and plates by Aubrey Waterfield. Also includes illustrations and reproductions of paintings and sculptures. From the preface: "To present, within the compass of a single volume, anything like a serviceable sketch of the history and monuments of the city of Rome is a task of extreme difficulty, and one which it might take the labour of years to perform with any approach to completeness. Nevertheless, I hope that the modern pilgrim may find in the following pages some help in the bewildering effort to recover, from amid the encumbrances of the modern city, some coherent image, or series of images, of old Rome in the successive stages of its development."