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University of Otago Library
De Beer Gallery
Special Collections
First Floor
Central Library
Otago
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The exhibition is constructed around images of Italian cities from a 17th century copy of Pietro Bertelli’s Theatro delle Citta d’Italia (1629). Although by necessity selective, it will display some wonderful books, primarily from the collections of Esmond de Beer and Charles Brasch, who both thoroughly enjoyed what Italy offered to the world. Notable items will include: William Thomas’ The Historie of Italie (1549); Pietro Bertelli’s Theatro delle Citta d’Italia (1629); Thomas Martyn’s The Gentleman’s Guide in his Tour through Italy (1787); D. H. Lawrence’s Sea and Sardinia (1921) and Samuel Butler’s Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont, along with Italian recipes, carnival characters, and works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

(Picture: Wikipedia)