The Surprise of Cremona
by Edith Templeton
Readers Book Club, 1955, black and white plates, hardcover, dust-jacket
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, rubbing, bumping and wear to edges and corners, slight foxing and age-toning, slight rubbing to cover, dust-jacket shows wear to edges and corners with tears and chips, rubbing and creasing, small hole in centre of front cover (see photographs)
"Here is an engaging, sensitive and wholly delightful picture of a holiday spent in Northern Italy by a gifted and witty novelist. Edith Templeton has a quick eye for the unusual and yet significant.
It is a holiday in itself to read these impressions of a amiable and intensely observant writer who lights up every scene with a shaft of wit or penetrating comment, whether describing the pleasures of eating artichokes, the horrors of hotels with confort moderne, the attentions Italian men pay to unescorted foreign ladies; whether discussing Virgil, Byron, Goethe, Correggio or Raphael, or comparing Romanesque with baroque architecture, or just admiring the Emilian landscape.
Whether or not they have visited Italy, readers will delight in this sunny corner of it in Edith Templeton's exhilarating company."