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VENICE AND ITS STORY

Okey T

Published by London J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd 1903, 1903
Hardcover
From Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA (Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.)

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First Edition, the Limited Issue, one of 250 numbered copies only. Profusely illustrated with 52 colour plates, 11 reproductions of paintings, 20 tinted illustrations, 31 illustrations in text by Nelly Erichsen, W. K. Hinchliff and O. F. M. Ward and with two maps, one of which is large and multi-folding. 4to, publisher's original white buckram, the upper cover lettered in gilt and elaborately decorated in gilt all-over designs incorporating the Lion of St.Mark and the city of Venice. Spine extensively decorated and lettered in gilt, t.e.g. xv, 332. A fine copy. The white buckram is clean but for a bit of dustiness to the upper cover, and the gilt is very bright, internal pages crisp and unblemished and the many illustrations in excellent condition, top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. A TRULY EXQUISITE BOOK IN THE LOVELY WHITE CLOTH AND GILT BINDING, PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH COLOUR PAINTINGS AND TINTED DRAWINGS. RARELY SEEN IN THIS CONDITION. A comprehensive history of Venice from its earliest settlers, through its complex political, social, and religious development. The author includes a history of economics and commerce, fine arts, and the social classes. He draws from the old histories of antiquity as well as modern sources. He references Ruskin, Berenson, Bode, Burckhardt, and Saccardo. The last half of the book is strictly a guide book, tracing nooks and crannies of the city from a complete chapter on the Basilica of St. Mark, to the Ducal Palace, the Accademia, and Grand Canal. Colour paintings are interspersed throughout, including some wonderful portraits of local people (bead-threaders in bright dress, Venetian women, Gondoliers), local interest scenes (a wine-shop, a gondola under the Ponte di Rialto, a modern sunset on the Canal, and a curiosity shop on the water-front), and some marvelous views of cathedral interiors and architecture along the water. "The History of Venice is the history of a State unparalleled in Europe for permanence and stability. For centuries Venice occupied that position of maritime supremacy now held by Great Britain, and time was when an English king was fain to crave the loan of a few warships to vindicate his rights in France. The autonomy of the Venetian Republic so imposed on men’s minds that it was regarded as in the very nature of things, and even so acute an observer as Voltaire wrote in the Dictionnaire Philosophique, less than three decades before her fall: "Venice has preserved her independence during eleven centuries, and I flatter myself will preserve it for ever." "The word Venetia," says Francesco Sansovino, ‘is interpreted by some to mean VENI ETIAM, which is to say, ‘Come again and again’; for how many times soever thou shalt come, new things and new beauties thou shalt see.". Bookseller Inventory # 27018

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Title: VENICE AND ITS STORY

Publisher: London J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd 1903

Publication Date: 1903

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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