Sunday, December 02, 2018

Christmas Gifts - Books by Friends

“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
 Arnold Lobel

Books by Friends for Christmas
Here are some of my friend’s latest books, I want to share them with you, they make perfect gifts for Christmas. The photographs of the authors are taken from my blog at various events. Also …
“I cannot live without books.”

 Thomas Jefferson

Ottavia Casagrande
Quando si spense la notte. Il principe di Trabia, la spia che non voleva la guerra 
Feltrinelli - Italian
September 3, 1939: with the outbreak of the Second World War, how long will the non-aggression of Italy last? Galeazzo Ciano, Minister of Foreign Affairs, aware of how troops of the Kingdom are unprepared, is looking for a man of trust who will help him keep Italy away from the conflict. Already a volunteer in Spain with the Franchists and decorated with military valor, eccentric, open-minded, famous for his unruly life, Raimondo Lanza Branciforte, Prince of Trabia works for the SIM, the military intelligence service of the regime, and is the right man to whom entrust this risky mission.


Vera Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, Raimonda Lanza di Trabia, Fabrizia Caracciolo di Castagneto and Ottavia Casagrande
Venice - Palazzo Papadopoli. Aman Canal Grande Venice – Mi Tocchera Ballare L’Ultimo Principe di Trabia book launch


Andrea di Robilant
Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
Atlantic Books – English and Italian
The remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there - a young Italian girl who inspired him to complete his great final work. In the autumn of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called 'a goddam wonderful city'.

Alessandra and Andrea di Robilant
 Venice - Le Stanze del Vetro - Ettore Sottsass: The Glass Exhibition


Elena d'Aosta - curated Alessandro Gradenigo and Paolo Gaspari
preface Monica Dialuce Gambino
Accanto agli eroi. Diario della Duchessa d'Aosta: 3
Gaspari - Italiano
The story, told through the diaries of the voluntary aid nurses of the Red Cross, of their adventures during the last year of the war - from Caporetto to the Battle of the Solstice, from the Battle of Vittorio Veneto to the occupation of unredeemed territories. - A story that is like the screenplay of a film, with hundreds of unpublished photos, biographies and maps of the location of all the hospitals and field hospital camps.

photograph courtesy of the author

Alessandro Gradenigo and Macleod

Lydia Fasoli – Toto Bergamo Rossi – photographs Marie Morel 
preface Jude Law
Venice The Art of Living
Rizzoli – English and Italian
This beautiful volume takes the reader behind the fabulous facades of Venice to explore its grand interiors and local cuisine. Featuring lively anecdotal text and stunning color photographs of private interiors otherwise not open to the public, and including recipes from Venice and the surrounding Veneto region. 


Toto Bergamo-Rossi, Barry Friedman and Valentina Marini Clarelli Nasi
Murano - Museo del Vetro - The Barry Friedman Collection

  Photograph courtesy of the author

France Thierard
Venice as I love it. A guide to get lost with
Elzeviro – Italian, French and English
Venice as I love it, is a travel book for women to dream and to get lost in, a valuable book of information. It, is a guide by the traveler, France Thierard, who lives in Venice and shares with readers her secrets, as well as, those of her friends in the Serenissima. You can identify yourself with the different personalities in the book; The Dreamer, The Adventuress, The Erudite and The Elegant, all who share their art of living and confide their secret rendezvous and places.

France Thierard
Venice - Highlights: France Thierard – Venezia Come Piace a Me – Guide Book

Flavio Lucchini
Il destino. Dovevo fare il contadino ma ho incontrato la moda (e non sono uno stilista)
ilmiolibro self-publishing – Italian
The autobiography tells the story of the golden years of Italian fashion through memories, meetings, great designers, magazines and  the protagonists of the publishing and art worlds. Flavio Lucchini, art director and intellectual, created some of the most important fashion magazines of the time, from Amica to Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue, to Lei, Donna, Moda and others, before moving on to art that “talks about fashion”. An interesting journey of life and fashion with in an unprecedented background.

 Flavio Lucchini and Stefano Boeri

Triennale di Milano - Flavio Lucchini – Ricomincio da 90


Carolyn Marks Blackwood – Artist – Barbara Rose and Aruna D’Souza Authors
The Story Series
Roberto Polo Gallery - English
In the past, Carolyn Marks Blackwood's photographs have ranged from abstractions to specific subjects that reference nature. The Story Series is different. These large-scale monumental photographs are captioned with a line of script that provokes the viewer to complete the story that Blackwood initiates. Those captions are psychologically charged. Each viewer completes the story Blackwood sets into motion, thus becoming the author of his or her own personal narrative. People have never inhabited Blackwood's photographs. The Story Series is no exception. No human beings are in sight, but the photographs conjure invisible characters, whose fates are suggested by a narrative caption at the bottom of each image. Drawing on all of her extensive visual experiences, as well as her own feelings and emotions, Blackwood creates a new kind of photograph that demands the participation of the viewer, lending her images a distinct and original urgency and poignancy ... 

Carolyn Marks Blackwood

Louis Huart – illustrations Paul Gavarni
Curated – Giovanni Gregoletto and Stefano Salis with Maria Emanuela Congia Luca Busetto and Miro Graziotin – preface Giuseppe Scaraffia
Filosofia Del Sarto
Edizioni SUV – Italian
"When I will be a family man with a son of twenty and, if I live in the province, I will accompany him to the stagecoach station Laffitte et Caillard and there, on the platform of the coach for Paris, I will tell him in a grave tone of voice: "O my son! Before you leave for Paris ... I have only one thing to do tell you: choose a good tailor! "Apricots, melons and men are judged by their appearance.”

Giovanni and Virginia Gregoletto
Veneto - Follina: - Music-Style – An Impromptu Recital in a Brewery

Joan Juliet Buck
The Price of Illusion
Washington Square Press - English
From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and “one of the most compelling personalities in the world of style” (New York Times) comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, L.A. and Paris. In a book as rich and dramatic as the life she’s led, Joan Juliet Buck takes us into the splendid illusions of film, fashion, and fame to reveal, in stunning, sensual prose, the truth behind the artifice.

Tai Missoni and Joan Juliet Buck
Vintage Party Photographs - 1990s - The Missoni After Show Dinner Party

 Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa

Dentro le case. Abitare a Venezia nel Cinquecento
Gambier Keller – Italian and French
A scholarly journey, lively and exciting in the Venetian daily life of the sixteenth century through the study of 600 inventories preserved in the archives of the notaries of the Serenissima, now in the State Archives of Venice. The description of the furniture, the internal structure of the house, the types of ornaments and decorations refer to the social location and personality of those who lived there. A micro history of people, traders, exponents of the liberal arts, patricians that composes the image of a Venice full of life, open and welcoming, cosmopolitan and rich in goods, diversity and cultures.

Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa
Casa dei Tre Oci
- Solve et Coagula - Massimo Micheluzzi

 All books, unless otherwise stated, can be bought through the various Amazon websites
All photographs of authors, unless otherwise stated, are by Nally Bellati and from


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