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This is an auction for VENICE - THE MOST TRIUMPHANT CITY, by George Bull.

This is a Folio Society hardback, in its original slip case.

"Mr. Bull's book pieces together Venetian history through the memoirs of such famous visitors as John Ruskin, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The majority of Mr. Bull's visitors are English - he explains the British fascination for Venice by pointing out the historical parallels of empire-building and decline - and the composite impression they leave of Venice is one of melancholy beauty and tristesse."
- New York Times review:

"I found this in an Oxfam bookshop shortly before we went to Venice for a few days. It's a nice account of the history of the city, mostly assembled from extracts by other authors. George Bull is probably best-known for his work as a translator with Penguin Classics (in particular, he was responsible for Machiavelli's The Prince and Vasari's Lives Of The Artists), so he knows his way around the language and the history. He apologises in the introduction for "yet another book about Venice", perhaps remembering Henry James' observation that it was impossible to find anything new to say on the subject. But this limitation can also be liberating, as the writer is freed to follow an idiosyncratic path through the story of the city. That's what this book does, and I found it a pleasant companion (particularly in this handsome Folio Society edition) during my visit."

Hardback 1981.

192 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

The book is in very good condition.

The slip case is in reasonable condition only.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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