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Seller: ancientgifts ✉️ (5,285) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 122536333119 HUGE Time Life Wonder of Man History Venice Medieval Empire Opulent City Canals. Wonders of Man: Venice by John H. Davis and the Editors of the Newsweek Book Edition. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 170 pages. Publisher: Newsweek; (1973).“The most triumphant city I have ever set eyes on”, a French visitor exclaimed upon reaching Venice in 1495. Few contemporaries would have disputed the man’s assessment, for during the fifteenth and sixteen centuries “La Serenissima”, the “Most Serene Republic of Venice”, was mistress of the entire Mediterranean. The wealth of the Orient sluiced through her canals, and her merchant princes amassed fortunes that exceeded those of many European kings. To their enduring credit, the merchants of fifteenth-century Venice lavished their commercial wealth upon a program of urban beautification without parallel in Western history. Andrea Palladio and Baldassare Longhena, the preeminent architects of their day, designed public buildings and private residences for the lagoon city’s aristocracy. Titian, Tintoretto, Carpaccio, Veronese, Tiepolo, and Guardi covered the walls and ceilings of thos structures with surpassingly beautiful works of art. The result of their collective effort was an urban center of transcendent splendor and fabled wealth. The opulence of Venice’s golden age made her subsequent impoverishment all the more poignant, her empty palazzo and fetid canals silent and mournful witnesses to the pomp of a bygone age. Today the city is threatened by imminent inundation, industrial pollutants, and general neglect. Experts predict that unless she receives massive assistance in the very near future, Venice will sink beneath the Adriatic in less than fifty years. With her will vanish hundreds of major art works, the finest aggregation of Renaissance buildings in existence, and most significantly of all, the last remnants of perhaps the most beautiful city ever built by man. Some 140 illustrations, more than one third in full color, supplement this absorbing history of Italy’s fabled lagoon city. Works by every major Venetian artist are reproduced in color, and the text is further complimented by numerous modern photographs especially taken for this volume by Adam Woolfitt, the noted English photographer. A special section, “Venice in Literature” assembles excerpts from the writings of Ezra Pound, Thomas Mann, Ernest Hemmingway, Henry James, Mark Twain, and others; all reflecting the unique appeal of the city of Saint Mark. A reference section, including a chronology, a guide to Venice’s noteworthy architectural landmarks, and a selected bibliography, concludes the volume. CONDITION: Light shelf wear, otherwise in Very Good to Like New condition. Seemingly never read, at worst flipped through a few times. Pages are pristine; clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Rarely in human history has a vigorous and progressive civilization arisen in a less likely place than the mud flats of the Venetian lagoon. Curiously enough, it was the very inaccessibility of the area that attracted men to it in the sixth century A.D., for it provided the city’s founders with a reedy, water-girded refuge from the barbarians who had invaded their mainland homes. For those invaders from Central Asia, who were unable to swim and reluctant to sail, the shallow lagoon had proven an inaccessible gulf. As a result, the islands of the Rivo Alto, upon which Venice stands, became a haven for thousands of aristocratic refugees from the Italian mainland. Reacting to adversity with industry and ingenuity, those displaced patricians created a maritime empire of unparalleled splendor. At its zenith, the Republic of Venice was said to encompass “one-quarter and one-half of one-quarter” of the known world. During those years her wealth and beauty literally beggared description, and her merchant princes lived more lavishly than many kings. With the discovery of the New World however, Venice’s trading monopolies were broken. The long, slow decline which followed, aptly labeled Venice’s “golden sunset” by the author of this book, was protracted and infinitely poignant. Today, the decaying buildings adjoining the Rialto Bridge serve as haunting reminders of a bygone age when Venice was called “La Serenissima”, the “Most Serene Republic”. Industrial pollutants and general neglect now threaten the very fabric of the city that was once known as the most beautiful in the world, the bride of the Adriatic and the unchallenged mistress of the Mediterranean. John H. Davis, the author of “Venice”, is the former director of the Intercollegiate Center of Italian Studies in Naples. He has lectured widely on Italian history and Renaissance art and has written numerous articles on those subjects. During the preparation of “Venice”, Mr. Davis resided in the lagoon city for five months. “Venice” is one in a series of volumes in the Newsweek Book Division’s series of illustrated histories, “Wonders of Man”. Each volume in the series focuses on a well-known historical monument. Each volume is divided into three major sections. First, a lively and informative history of both the monument and its creators, written by a distinguished and authoritative writers, profusely illustrated on color and black and white. Second, a selection of literary excerpts about the monument. Third, a comprehensive reference section. Other titles in the series include: “Tower of London”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “Dome of the Rock”, “The White House”, “The Forbidden City”, “The Taj Mahal”, “The Parthenon”, and “Teotihuacan”. Contents of this volume include: Introduction. Venice in History: The Birth of Venice; Bride of the Sea; La Serenissima; The Grand Piazza; The Age of Baroque; The Long Sunset; Venice Imperiled. Also, Venice in Literature. Chronology of Venetian History. Guide to Venice. Bibliography. Index. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: A beautiful book about perhaps the most beautiful city ever built by man; over 140 illustrations. There are spectacular color illustrations of Venice’s glorious history throughout the book. Truly a sumptuous visual feast, and an excellent history of the ancient medieval/Renaissance empire. An informative and educational read. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Marvelous book about the most triumphant and beautiful city ever built by man. A city with perhaps only 50 more years before the sea swallows it. Splendidly illustrated, well-written, in a high-quality, “coffee-table” style format. This book is both art in itself, as well as a history. Highly recommended. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Material: Paper, Pages: 170 pages

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