1911 "Fourth Impression, June, 1911" stated on copyright page; L.C. Page & Company publishers, Boston - MDCCCCIX; Frontispiece depicts Lake Como, and is tissue guarded and captioned. Front and rear end papers are nicely illustrated in light green. Illustrations throughout. Fold-out map before "Contents" page. Index at back of book; very good condition with unmarked pages.
A decorative, turn of the century travel book featuring the sights and scenes of Italy, illustrated throughout with photographic plates and a fold-out map. The Spell of Italy was so popular upon its initial publication in 1909 that Mason wrote two companion books: The Spell of France (1912) and The spell of southern shores, or, From sea to sea in Italy (1915). All three books are easily distinguishable by their decorative publishers bindings, each of which features gilt and blue stamping on green cloth with a distinct use of negative space.