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‘CITY OF DESTINY ‘-ARNOLD TOYNBEE BKS 1091
Reference Code: BKS 1091
‘Cities of Destiny’ is a massive book on the history and development of cities. Edited by famed historian Arnold Toynbee with sectional introductions by him, the book consists of numerous essays by scholars on cities ranging from ancient Athens to modern New York: Sir Steven Runciman, author of the noted ‘A History of the Crusades’, writes an essay on Christian Constantinople; orientalist A. J. Arberry’s contribution is on Muslim Cordoba; Laurence Lockhart’s piece is on Shah Abbas’ Isfahan, while Percival Spear ‘s article is about Mughal Delhi and Agra. The book contains more than 500 illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and maps- many of them in colour; it was published in New York by McGraw-Hill Company in 1973, and contains 376 pages. The book is approximately 10.4 inches wide, 14 inches tall, and 1.3 inches thick.
The book is in good condition. The dustjacket is heavily frayed, chipped, creased, and torn, with tape-repair to the inside. The book itself is in much better shape, however. The binding is solid, though there are splits to the joints. Page edges have some minor stains. There is some foxing to the endpapers and pastedowns, as well as marginal and sporadic foxing to some internal pages, but overall the text is in fine condition, with no tears, creases, markings, or other major defects.
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