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Post by Availle » February 22nd, 2021, 7:43 pm

I just stumbled across this series of books on mediaeval towns from the early 20th century. They sound interesting, and in the case of Europe, many of the places described inside these towns are probably gone by now...
Maybe somebody would like to start another long-term project. :wink: Right now, I can find evidence of 25 books, some of them had several editions. Below are the results of a quick search, if you pick one of these up, you may want to check if there's later editions.

The Story of
Assisi by Lina Duff Gordon
https://archive.org/details/storyofassi00gord

Bruges by Ernest Gilliat-Smith
https://archive.org/details/storyofbruges0000unse

Brussels by Ernest Gilliat-Smith
https://archive.org/details/storyofbrussels00gill

Cairo by Stanley Lane-Poole - in progress as group project here: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=86617
https://archive.org/details/storyofcairo00stan

Cambridge by Charles W. Stubbs
https://archive.org/details/storyofcambridge0000stub

Chartres by Cecil Headlam
https://archive.org/details/storyofchartres0000head

Constantinople by William H. Hutton
https://archive.org/details/constantinopleth41391gut

Coventry by Mary Dormer Harris
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58996

Dublin by D. A. Chart
https://archive.org/details/storyofdublin01char

Edinburgh by Oliphant Smeaton
https://archive.org/details/storyofedinburgh00smea

Ferrara by Ella Noyes
https://archive.org/details/storyofferrara00noyeuoft

Florence by Edmund G. Gardner
https://archive.org/details/storyofflorence00garduoft

London by Henry B. Wheatley
https://archive.org/details/storyoflondon01whea

Milan by Ella Noyes
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/53961

Moscow by Wirt Gerrare
https://archive.org/details/thestoryofmoscow46510gut

Nuremberg by Cecil Headlam
https://archive.org/details/thestoryofnuremb46401gut

Oxford by Cecil Headlam
https://archive.org/details/storyofoxford0000head

Padua, by Cesare Foligno
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000380341

Paris by Thomas Okey
https://archive.org/details/parisitsstorybyt00okey

Perugia by Margaret Symonds and Lina Duff Gordon
https://archive.org/details/storyofperug00symo

Pisa by Janet Ross and Nelly Erichsen
https://archive.org/details/storyofpisa00rossuoft

Prague by Count Luetzow
https://archive.org/details/storyofprague00lutz

Rome by Norwood Young
https://archive.org/details/storyofrome0008youn

Rouen by Theodore A. Cook
https://archive.org/details/storyofrouen00cook

Seville by Walter M. Gallichan
https://archive.org/details/storyofseville00galluoft

Siena by Edmund G. Gardner
https://archive.org/details/storyofsienasang00garduoft

Toledo by Hannah Lynch
https://archive.org/details/toledostoryofold00lync

Verona by Alethea Wiel
https://archive.org/details/storyofverona00wiel

Venice by Thomas Okey
https://archive.org/details/storyvenice01okeygoog
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Post by Timothy Ferguson » March 10th, 2021, 6:09 am

These sound awesome. If I wasn't already doing two books about Venice I'd be interested in it. I'd be glad to help on group projects on any of them, though.
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Post by Availle » March 10th, 2021, 6:23 am

I'll probably set up one or two after the March cleanup :wink:
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Post by Leni » March 10th, 2021, 1:13 pm

I found them quite charming too... I'd be happy to BC some if you wish to share.
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Post by Availle » March 12th, 2021, 4:00 am

Ooh, tricky... I like to have the good ones to myself. :lol:
But if we do share, then the series is getting done quicker... :hmm:

Okay, let's do this together. I'd love to do Cairo and Constantinople myself though. :wink:
And we need to decide if we go alphabetically or by "we don't have anything about *city* in the catalog yet"... :hmm:
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Post by Leni » March 12th, 2021, 10:41 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: It is really just if you want to share and have them in the catalog faster 🤷🏻‍♀️

My approach is usually "whatever we like best because we are the ones picking" :mrgreen: I am obviously particular to Rome, Verona and Venice. But no worries. Whatever is left is fun.

Edit: I just started finding a few others, I am adding here because I don't have links to them yet, so I didn't want to mess the first post.

The Story of Ravenna, by Edward Hutton, published 1926, so still out of bounds for us (there is a review here)
The Story of Pisa by Janet Ross and Nelly Erichsen London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1909
The Story of Padua, by Cesare Foligno, 1910
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Post by pschempf » March 12th, 2021, 12:49 pm

The Story of Pisa by Janet Ross and Nelly Erichsen, is here -
https://archive.org/details/storyofpisa00rossuoft

The Story of Padua, by Cesare Foligno, is here -
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000380341
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Post by Availle » March 12th, 2021, 3:16 pm

:clap: :clap: So cool!

I can't see Padua, but Pisa is definitely part of the series.
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Post by pschempf » March 12th, 2021, 5:01 pm

The link for Padua is definitely part of the Mediæval Town Series. There is a listing of the various volumes of the series at the beginning in the book, also including one for -

The Story pf Milan by Ella Noyes (1908).

Gutenberg has it here -

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/53961

Gutenberg also has a book on Ravenna, by Edward Hutton, published 1913, but I don't think it was part of the series -

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12542
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Post by Availle » March 12th, 2021, 5:25 pm

Thank you Phil, I've added your links to the OP.
The one on Ravenna that you found is probably not part of the series since the title is different.
He may have well written another one 13 years later though.

Edit: OH, gutenberg has a whole bookshelf of this series:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/bookshelf/401

I'll add the ones we don't have listed yet to the OP as well.
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Post by Leni » March 13th, 2021, 2:00 pm

From what I found the Ravenna was first published in 1913 as just Ravenna, and then embellished and re-published as part of the collection in 1926 as The Story of Ravenna. So, the 1926 edition would be part of the series, but the 1913 would not.
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Post by Availle » March 13th, 2021, 4:56 pm

I see. Well, only one year to wait then. :D
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Post by pschempf » March 14th, 2021, 12:43 am

The other 28 would probably keep readers busy until then anyhow :wink: .
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Post by Availle » April 2nd, 2021, 10:37 pm

Let's start this off! :D

"The Story of Cairo" is waiting for readers here: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=86617
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