The House of Life by Mario Praz
New York: Oxford Uniniversity Press, 1964. The classic. A "description, room by room, object by object, of the ancient flat in the Via Giulia in Rome where Mario Praz has lived for thirty years. In effect, it becomes an intellectual and spiritual autobiography; for as he conducts the reader through the apartment, Praz recites the events of his life associated with the rooms and furnishings he has lovingly collected over the years." A very nice copy, with the gold and black dust jacket quite fresh, only a little rubbed and light edgewear, some short closed tears. 560 pages, with several fold-out color photographs.