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SOLD - Vintage travel book Peeps at Great Cities: Edinburgh by Rosaline Masson, 1910 First Edition, color illustrations, famous book series

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

Just as there is no other city like Edinburgh (and I say this from experience, as I've traveled to that lovely place and was struck dumb in wonder by its charm and liveliness, its literary ties and its gorgeous architecture and cobble-stoned streets) there is also no other book like this one on Edinburgh. I have a few Edinburgh texts I'll be putting up here, and though they are all vintage and cool and interesting of course, this one is my favorite (I know I shouldn't say that but I can't help it, it's true!). The illustrations are magnificent, and Rosaline Masson evokes the city in such a beautiful way with her words.

I should say that if you aren't familiar, J K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books while in this city, at a coffee shop in the main square called The Elephant House, and I was so so lucky to go there. You can see the grand Edinburgh Castle and stroll its lush gardens down below the edge of the imposing cliff that runs along the old, old buildings that the coffeeshop is nestled into, and it is just magical--no wonder she wrote such an amazing series of novels with that landscape around her and that inspiration. You feel inspired in every step you take, and I didn't want to leave. Reading this book brought back all these memories and I long for the place even more-so now. Here are a few "peeps" at this great city in Rosaline's own words:

"There is nothing so hopeless as to try and give other people a picture of a town they do not know. It is easy to tell its story, but impossible to give its portrait; and again I can only hope to persuade my readers to come and see Edinburgh for themselves some day. And Edinburgh is worth coming to see, for it is a picture as well as a poem."

How can you get away from that sentence, on just the second page of the firs chapter? It rings in my head like a bell. So does most of the rest of the book, which covers chapters of many disparate topics like "Stories of the Past: Battles, Murders, and Sudden Deaths" and "Girls and Boys of Modern Edinburgh" (remember, modern meaning 1910!) as well as "Edinburgh Girls and Boys in the Old Days" and "Winter in Edinburgh." In one of my favorite chapters, "Edinburgh in Summer," Masson writes:

"In the streets, the shops begin to deck their windows with 'Spring goods,' and every grey stone on the street of dwelling-houses is cold as mid-Winter on the side where the sun is not, and hot as mid-Summer on the side where the sun shines. And people catch colds."

Ha, I love that, the way she just ends that paragraph with that plain fact and then moves on to the next thing.

"But in summer, though its 'residential quarters' are like a city of the dead;--rows of empty houses staring with blind, closed eyes at a deserted, grass-grown street,--Edinburgh is not empty. An exodus of the Citizens has taken place, but an influx of tourists has poured into the City. The familiar faces are gone; but the town is flooded by a new population. Every hotel is crowded. The shops are prepared of them, and the shop windows are full of tartans and Harris tweeds, rugs, and shawls, knitted goods, knickerbocker stockings and 'Tam o' Shanters,' with pieces of heather laid on the top of them."

This was how my experience was, in a way--the tartans and everything arranged in a spectacle for the tourists like me, but unlike other busy tourist-cities it didn't feel particularly foreign, but homey and truly, very, authentically Scottish. I felt I was taking a course in Scottish culture both modern and historic by being around such vibrancy of both outsiders and insiders of the city. Newer commerce in such old, old buildings showed this juxtaposition well--the new and the old, all rolled up into one fun and interesting bundle that keeps you busy for days to the point you forget the outside world. I was traveling at the time with friends studying abroad (I was in Ireland at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and was so, so in love with Ireland I hardly wanted to go to Scotland in the first place) and we were so blessed to have spent even the short amount of time we did there.

Reading this book, it all came back, and I hope to go there again one day. If you've been there, buy this book. If you haven't, buy this book. Reading it yourself, you'll either reminisce in a full wave of nostalgia, or get the urge to jump up and go visit. You might do both. Either way, this book will give you enough "peeps" at this great city that when finished you will be both familiar and unfamiliar with it, which is the best way to be. Edinburgh still holds mysteries for me and I've been there! It is just that type of great, great city. Rosaline Masson understood this perfectly, and it is laid out here perfectly, in both word and illustration. The full color plates that depict scenes of Edinburgh are entrancing, and capture different parts of the city in visual "peeps" that won't leave you. I love seeing this book on my shelf, and I know it will be on another's shelf soon, and they will love seeing it on their just as much.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Peeps at Great Cities: Edinburgh
-Author: Rosaline Masson
-Illustrators: Unnamed, multiple artists, one signed but I cannot make it out--maybe you can! I would love to know who did the frontispiece, I've stared at the signature for too long trying to discover them, whoever they are.
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, green boards with full color illustrated plate on front depicting gorgeous city scene, engraved square patch and line design on front cover bordering the paste-down. Front endpapers are a "picture plan of Edinburgh" in black and white, and glossy colored frontispiece is separated from title page with thin wax sheet, while book is preserved in clear plastic dust cover.
-Condition: Near mint!
-Publisher: Adam and Charles Black, London
-Copyright: Unstated, likely A & C Black 1910, as they published the whole series with other cities by other authors.
-Date published: 1910
-Provenance: This one just pulled me to it with its cover, and having been to Edinburgh I knew "Peeps at Great Cities: Edinburgh" was a book for me. It was on display, as it was that beautiful, with some other beautiful old books in a rare books store I visit frequently in Connecticut along the coast, and though I can't remember how long I've had it (a couple months? It is currently May 2017) I know I've had it long enough, and it is time to pass it on. There is no signature to show who owned it before me, and I never inquired about the donator/seller of it to the store, and now so much time has passed that its origin will never be known. I hope it inspired someone to visit Edinburgh, however, at some point between 1910 and now :)
-Pricing: I priced this book based on its rarity--I've only been able to find later reprints or listings without pictures or much information on the conditions/details of the book, so I ignore those listings as you don't know what you'll get, really. So, having no true listing to compare other than those that have been bought and sold previously at auction, I looked at other "Peeps at Great Cities" books and determined its worth, finding it is one of the rarer of the series, so it is more valuable than other editions, like Rome or London, which are also pretty rare to find compared to other books -- especially any in good condition. Collecting this series must be a difficult task for whoever might embark upon that collecting challenge! This one is divine, and the price reflects that, so I hope if someone is looking to collect the full series they'll find me and this marvelous book. :)
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

Just as there is no other city like Edinburgh (and I say this from experience, as I've traveled to that lovely place and was struck dumb in wonder by its charm and liveliness, its literary ties and its gorgeous architecture and cobble-stoned streets) there is also no other book like this one on Edinburgh. I have a few Edinburgh texts I'll be putting up here, and though they are all vintage and cool and interesting of course, this one is my favorite (I know I shouldn't say that but I can't help it, it's true!). The illustrations are magnificent, and Rosaline Masson evokes the city in such a beautiful way with her words.

I should say that if you aren't familiar, J K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books while in this city, at a coffee shop in the main square called The Elephant House, and I was so so lucky to go there. You can see the grand Edinburgh Castle and stroll its lush gardens down below the edge of the imposing cliff that runs along the old, old buildings that the coffeeshop is nestled into, and it is just magical--no wonder she wrote such an amazing series of novels with that landscape around her and that inspiration. You feel inspired in every step you take, and I didn't want to leave. Reading this book brought back all these memories and I long for the place even more-so now. Here are a few "peeps" at this great city in Rosaline's own words:

"There is nothing so hopeless as to try and give other people a picture of a town they do not know. It is easy to tell its story, but impossible to give its portrait; and again I can only hope to persuade my readers to come and see Edinburgh for themselves some day. And Edinburgh is worth coming to see, for it is a picture as well as a poem."

How can you get away from that sentence, on just the second page of the firs chapter? It rings in my head like a bell. So does most of the rest of the book, which covers chapters of many disparate topics like "Stories of the Past: Battles, Murders, and Sudden Deaths" and "Girls and Boys of Modern Edinburgh" (remember, modern meaning 1910!) as well as "Edinburgh Girls and Boys in the Old Days" and "Winter in Edinburgh." In one of my favorite chapters, "Edinburgh in Summer," Masson writes:

"In the streets, the shops begin to deck their windows with 'Spring goods,' and every grey stone on the street of dwelling-houses is cold as mid-Winter on the side where the sun is not, and hot as mid-Summer on the side where the sun shines. And people catch colds."

Ha, I love that, the way she just ends that paragraph with that plain fact and then moves on to the next thing.

"But in summer, though its 'residential quarters' are like a city of the dead;--rows of empty houses staring with blind, closed eyes at a deserted, grass-grown street,--Edinburgh is not empty. An exodus of the Citizens has taken place, but an influx of tourists has poured into the City. The familiar faces are gone; but the town is flooded by a new population. Every hotel is crowded. The shops are prepared of them, and the shop windows are full of tartans and Harris tweeds, rugs, and shawls, knitted goods, knickerbocker stockings and 'Tam o' Shanters,' with pieces of heather laid on the top of them."

This was how my experience was, in a way--the tartans and everything arranged in a spectacle for the tourists like me, but unlike other busy tourist-cities it didn't feel particularly foreign, but homey and truly, very, authentically Scottish. I felt I was taking a course in Scottish culture both modern and historic by being around such vibrancy of both outsiders and insiders of the city. Newer commerce in such old, old buildings showed this juxtaposition well--the new and the old, all rolled up into one fun and interesting bundle that keeps you busy for days to the point you forget the outside world. I was traveling at the time with friends studying abroad (I was in Ireland at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and was so, so in love with Ireland I hardly wanted to go to Scotland in the first place) and we were so blessed to have spent even the short amount of time we did there.

Reading this book, it all came back, and I hope to go there again one day. If you've been there, buy this book. If you haven't, buy this book. Reading it yourself, you'll either reminisce in a full wave of nostalgia, or get the urge to jump up and go visit. You might do both. Either way, this book will give you enough "peeps" at this great city that when finished you will be both familiar and unfamiliar with it, which is the best way to be. Edinburgh still holds mysteries for me and I've been there! It is just that type of great, great city. Rosaline Masson understood this perfectly, and it is laid out here perfectly, in both word and illustration. The full color plates that depict scenes of Edinburgh are entrancing, and capture different parts of the city in visual "peeps" that won't leave you. I love seeing this book on my shelf, and I know it will be on another's shelf soon, and they will love seeing it on their just as much.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Peeps at Great Cities: Edinburgh
-Author: Rosaline Masson
-Illustrators: Unnamed, multiple artists, one signed but I cannot make it out--maybe you can! I would love to know who did the frontispiece, I've stared at the signature for too long trying to discover them, whoever they are.
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, green boards with full color illustrated plate on front depicting gorgeous city scene, engraved square patch and line design on front cover bordering the paste-down. Front endpapers are a "picture plan of Edinburgh" in black and white, and glossy colored frontispiece is separated from title page with thin wax sheet, while book is preserved in clear plastic dust cover.
-Condition: Near mint!
-Publisher: Adam and Charles Black, London
-Copyright: Unstated, likely A & C Black 1910, as they published the whole series with other cities by other authors.
-Date published: 1910
-Provenance: This one just pulled me to it with its cover, and having been to Edinburgh I knew "Peeps at Great Cities: Edinburgh" was a book for me. It was on display, as it was that beautiful, with some other beautiful old books in a rare books store I visit frequently in Connecticut along the coast, and though I can't remember how long I've had it (a couple months? It is currently May 2017) I know I've had it long enough, and it is time to pass it on. There is no signature to show who owned it before me, and I never inquired about the donator/seller of it to the store, and now so much time has passed that its origin will never be known. I hope it inspired someone to visit Edinburgh, however, at some point between 1910 and now :)
-Pricing: I priced this book based on its rarity--I've only been able to find later reprints or listings without pictures or much information on the conditions/details of the book, so I ignore those listings as you don't know what you'll get, really. So, having no true listing to compare other than those that have been bought and sold previously at auction, I looked at other "Peeps at Great Cities" books and determined its worth, finding it is one of the rarer of the series, so it is more valuable than other editions, like Rome or London, which are also pretty rare to find compared to other books -- especially any in good condition. Collecting this series must be a difficult task for whoever might embark upon that collecting challenge! This one is divine, and the price reflects that, so I hope if someone is looking to collect the full series they'll find me and this marvelous book. :)

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Reviewed by CGFlores85
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
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Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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