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Pitman's Tourist's Vade Mecums - Italian
SIR ISAAC PITMAN & SONS LTD., London 1948 - This is an amazing little book that still has the very rare original dustjacket. Title page states: Tourist's Vade Mecum of Italian Colloquial Conversation with Vocabularies, Tables, Etc. And General Rules on Pronunciation by A. Valgimigli. [Lecturer in Italian Literature at the University of manchester. Italian Teacher at the Royal Manchester College of Misic, the Municipal Evening School of Commerce, Manchester, etc.] - What the book doesn't say, but my research did: MANCHESTER ITALIAN ASSOCIATION: Azeglio Valgimigli, was also a founder member of the old Italian Mutual Aid Society (Italiana di Mutuo Soccorso Vitorio e Garibaldi) in Manchester. In 1888 a local priest, Father Tynan, realised the need for a society for the local Italian people. With the enthusiastic support of this now expanding community, The Manchester Italian Catholic Society was formed in 1888. It was a non-political organisation whose function was to look after the cultural needs of the colony's families. It instigated Italian language classes, social events, trips out, and the most popular event of the calendar of Little Italy, the spectacular 'Festa of the Madonna of Mount Carmel'. From 1893, Azeglio Valgimigli taught italian at The Royal Manchester College of Music for 46 years and when he retired in 1939 he was succeeded by his daughter Maria Valgimigli. [who went on to become an author herself]. Knowing the above, it's easy to understand why Sir Isaac Pitman chose Azeglio Valgimigli to produce this magnificent little book. This guy is so important in Italian history. He must've been an incredible man. I'm delighted to have learned a little bit about him and I hope you have enjoyed it too. - Anyway; back to the book: Condition & Description: Original dustjacket accompanies this book. Price intact to front prelim. Very few small repairs to the front panel. Closed edge tears to rear with a few very small chips. Tape repairs. Discolouring to lighter areas. Now housed in a plastic archival sleeve for longevity. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering to the spine. Blind tooling to front board. Few soil marks. Boards a little bent. Endpages front and rear are foxed with only very occasional foxing on inner pages. Browning in general, otherwise 96 pages are clean. Pages are all tightly bound. - POSTAGE OPTIONS: Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. - Thanks for your interest and I hope you like the book enough to buy it. - Regards from Arabella. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Arabella's Beautiful Books]
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