A renowned musician and visual artist presents an idiosyncratic behind-the-handlebars view of the world s cities
Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. Two decades ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them on tour. Byrne s choice was made out of convenience rather than political motivation, but the more cities he saw from his bicycle, the more he became hooked on this mode of transport and the sense of liberation it provided. Convinced that urban biking opens one s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city s geography and population, Byrne began keeping a journal of his observations and insights.
An account of what he sees and whom he meets as he pedals through metropoles from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Istanbul to San Francisco, Manila to New York, "Bicycle Diaries" also records Byrne s thoughts on world music, urban planning, fashion, architecture, cultural dislocation, and much more, all conveyed with a highly personal mixture of humor, curiosity, and humility. Part travelogue, part journal, part photo album, "Bicycle Diaries" is an eye-opening celebration of seeing the world from the seat of a bike."
16mo, 298pgs + Ads. Full bound in reddish orange cloth with gilt stamped titling on front board and spine. Book is replete with maps, illustrations and tables, including two foldout illustrations. Boards are lightly soiled with two small bubbles to cloth due to water drops and mild wear with fraying to head/tail of spine and corners, corners lightly bumped as well. Only a third of the front free endpaper remains. Interior pages are toned and there is a damp stain on the edge of the C.H. Northham steamer foldout.
1881, Small 8vo, 220 pgs. First edition. Full bound tan cloth with gilt decoration and red title on front board, and faded gilt title on spine. Endpapers a decorative victorian style floral pattern. This is an American's story of his expieriences while living in Cuba during the late 19th century. Text is clean with the exception of the occasional finger smudge. Boards and block edges are dust soiled, esp on spine. Front board has spots of soil along edge. Otherwise a very good solid book.
16mo, 326pgs. Full bound in white paper, with intricate gilt tooling on front and rear covers; some blue accents. Spine has the same intricate tooling pattern, with gilt titling. This book contains eight original photographs including the frontispiece, all scenic views of Florence. The stunning sepia toned photographs are pasted down, with one detached but laid in. There is some foxing to the spine and boards near the joints. The red-coated edge of the text block, near tail of spine, has bled a small bit of color onto the rear board around the joint. Truly a unique pictorial exploration of Florence.
The book of travels by Evliyā elebi, the Seyāḥatnāme, is one the richest works of Ottoman prose and belongs to the most important narrative sources for the history of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. In addition to numerous anecdotes it offers a plethora of information about different subjects and for most of the regions of the Ottoman Empire.
This book contains the edition of the travels made by Evliyā elebi in 1649-1650 from Syria to Istanbul. The main stops described on his journey are Urfa, Kayseri, Aksaray, Sivas and the plain of Muş.
The edition is given in Ottoman transcription with a German translation. In addition, it contains a list of contents according to the headlines of the text, two glossaries and an index.
In 1655 and 1656 Evliya Celebi found himself three different times in the eastern Anatolian town of Bitlis, the center of a quasi-independent Kurdish khanate having a long and tumultuous relationship with the Ottoman state. The account of Evliya's adventures in Bitlis, including a major expedition against the khan mounted by Evliya's patron Melek Ahmed Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Van, forms a coherent narrative which deserves to be studied on its own.
The centerpiece of the book is a critical edition of three long extracts, amounting to forty-three folios of the autograph ms., form volumes IV and V of the Seyahat- name, along with an annotated English translation on facing pages. The introduction discusses the narratological, historical, and linguistic aspects of the text, and there is a complete index of proper names.
1865, 8vo, 506 + 519 pgs. Two volumes bound in blue cloth, gilt titles on spines. Vol one has fold-out map of temperature, winds and ocean currents across the globe, black and white demonstrative illustrations throughout both vols. Both vols show some wear with significant fraying at head and tail of spines and cornertips, cloth rubbed and dust soiled, some ink marks to block edge of vol one. Both bindings solid, interiors clean.
Small 8vo, 605pgs, Missing original fold out map, paper covered boards are in good minus to fair condition with wear to edges, corners. Text is complete with evidence of water damping and some foxing. A very interesting German language guide for emigrants to North and South America, including historical information, charts calculating distances between major destinations, lists of lodgings and comparative travel costs. Spine tab is faded but binding is otherwise solid.
12mo, 226pgs. Yellow paper wraps with illustration of a wagon train on front cover and black titles on cover and spine. Interior text and black/white photographic plates are remarkably clean. Binding is fragile but NO pages are detached, first couple of signatures are loose. Covers have mild rubbing and a light damp stain at tail edge of front cover, plus a couple of light scuff marks. Tail portion of spine is taped and there is creasing to spine. Covers have a couple of very small chips and creases at extremities.