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Venice for Pleasure

J.G. Links

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ISBN 10: 1843681080 / ISBN 13: 9781843681083
Published by Pallas Athene, 2015
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Title: Venice for Pleasure

Publisher: Pallas Athene

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 9th Revised ed..

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This walking guide for those taking in the cultural highlight of Venice is complete with paintings, photographs, and engravings that reveal how the city became what it is today

"None of Venice's innumerable chroniclers have portrayed the Serenissima's character with quite such a combination of the scholarly, the informal and the intimate. . . Over the years thousands of readers, starting this book, have been relieved to encounter its famously undemanding approach to the city - "Generally the first thing to do in Venice is to sit down and have some coffee: but by the time they get to the end of it, all the same, they will have learnt virtually everything that an educated stranger needs to know about the place, its art and its history, besides being subtly entertained throughout."  —From Jan Morris's introduction

The simple object of this book, in the author's own words, is to guide the reader to places he might otherwise miss and, having reached them, to tell him what he might wish to know and then leave him, preferably at a café, to admire, to enjoy, and perhaps be disappointed. The illustrations show the visitor, as he confronts a view, what his predecessors of 100, 200, or 500 years ago saw from the same point. Two sections of color plates have been added, showing how the beauty of Venice inspired the 18th-century view painters. The main part of the book describes four walks, each of which can be completed in one day. Maps, old and new, are provided for each walk. The introduction deals with the Piazza S. Marco and its neighborhood, and appendices are devoted to the public boat services, food, and drink, and books about Venice. One chapter is entitled "Venice for Children's Pleasure."

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J. G. Links (1904-1997) is the author of The Book of Fur, Canaletto,The Ruskins in Normandy, and Venice.

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