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Book ID:  098791
Campbell, Katie

Paradise of Exiles. The Anglo-American Gardens of Florence. 2009. 150 col. illus. photogr. 176 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.
In the final years of the nineteenth century the crumbling villas abandoned on the hills above Florence proved irresistible to an eccentric colony of English and American expatriates. After the introduction this entertaining book features some twenty of these characters. Art and history formed the main interests of the community with horticulture a close second. The Anglo-Florentines injected new life into Tuscany's decrepit gardens, touring the countryside for inspiration and trawling old libraries for treatises and manuals. Literary reference abounds throughout this book with Henry James leading the way, but it is the old guide books - Elgood's Italian Gardens, Latham's The Gardens of Italy and books like Georgina Graham's My Tuscan Villa which provide so much evocative material.
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Total Price :45.00 EURO (US$ 54.90)