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Daily Life in Venice in the Time of Casanova

Andrieux, Maurice; Fitton, Mary

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ISBN 10: 0049450107 / ISBN 13: 9780049450103
Published by Allen & Unwin, London, 1972
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Dust jacket complete. Red cloth boards. No ownership marks. 20 illustrations. 232 pages clean and tight. The Most Serene Republic had known her time of world-wide glory in the fifteenth century. Then, as the palaces, churches and campanili rose in the silvery light at the edge of the lagoon, she was in truth the Dominante. There was no one to compete with her. The mere name of Venice conjured up visions of victory and legend, of glorious painting and magnificent festival. Then one day it stopped; the discovery of the new route to the Indies ended her power and precipitated her decline. By the eighteenth century she had lost her last overseas outposts and had become an isolated city, nothing more. With courage and honour gone, Venice turned to pleasure as her last resort and remained dazzling, clinging to life with pride unrelinquished, fascinating and desirable. Her beauty was undiminished; her fetes and ceremonies magnificent; foreigners came flocking to her in ever-increasing numbers. The whole Venetian settecento appears like one grand festival, all enjoyment and comfortable lack of moral stress. And so we find that the most typical Venetian of this period was neither sea-captain, nor merchant, nor Doge, but a brazen adventurer, Giacomo Casanova, who was as adept in skulduggery as he was in the practice of pretentious philosophical doctrines. His personality therefore presides over this study of every aspect of social life in a splendid city in a state of decline by one who, until his recent death, had made a lifelong study of Italian culture. He describes the state of Venetian society in the eighteenth century in all its layers, the nobility, the bourgeoisie and the poor; the fetes, carnivals, amusements; amorous pursuits and the position of women; religious life and conditions in the monasteries and convents; intellectual life, painting, music and the theatre. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 136452

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Title: Daily Life in Venice in the Time of Casanova

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, London

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Daily Life in Venice at the time of Casanova

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Text: English, French (translation)

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