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Italian Villas and Their Gardens Hardcover – May 20, 2008

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"...Parish illustrations, in trademark dreamy, fairy-tale style--seems to dislocate these legendary gardens from time altogether." ~Forbes Life

"...a piece of classic garden literature." ~Italian Cooking & Living

"Wharton combines garden and travel writing from a true insider's perspective with descriptive mastery of what she terms the "garden-magic" of Italy." ~Southern Accents

About the Author

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University, and full membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Dixon Hunt is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Maxfield Parrish (1870–1966) was a renowned American painter and illustrator.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831159
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. R. on September 30, 2008
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My sister read about this book in a recent magazine and we are totally delighted to see that it was available as a reprint from the original plates. Maxfield Parrish, the painter, did the illustrations and they are wonderful in their dreamlike qualities. And the prose by Ms Wharton are flowing and typical of the turn of the last century.

I would recommend this book as a coffe table book, a piece of art and a conversation piece all in one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria K on January 8, 2013
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Such a gorgeous book!!! I am so pleased with this copy and really enjoy pouring over Maxfield Parrish's magical illustrations of already magical places. Transports the reader on an Italian journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francescamaria on June 5, 2013
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Read this book just before leaving for Tuscany, and WOW it was all there, just as she described it! Fabulous!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cara Lucia on February 23, 2013
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This is a beautiful book and it's my own fault for not reading the description in a detailed enough manner. I was hoping for a vintage book and read the title "The original 1904 edition" this way. The jacket, illustrations and print are attractive and conversation worthy, I'm just disappointed at how it was listed and what seems like an omission. I'll have to decide whether to send it back.
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