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The stones of Venice [Unknown Binding]

John Ruskin
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  • Publisher: D. Estes (1913)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000852UDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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SINCE FIRST the dominion of men was asserted over the ocean, three thrones, of mark bevond all others, have been set upon its sands : the thrones of Tyre, Venice, and England. Read the first page
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There are a number of editions of Ruskin's classic work: this is a review of the Penguin Classic History edition (originally published in 1960), reprinted in 2001. It is edited and abridged from the original three volumes of 450,000 words by Venice and Canaletto scholar, the late J.G. Links, who lauds Ruskin as "one of the greatest teachers - of anything - of all time."

Links points out that Ruskin himself brought out an abridgement of his monumental work, but that this abridgement was itself unsatisfactory, omitting for example Ruskin's chapter on `The Nature of Gothic', the chapter that Kenneth Clark later said he could not read "without a thrill, without a sudden resolution to reform the world." But how much of an abridgement is this edition? It refuses to say, beyond Links pointing out that Ruskin's 30,000-word essay on 'Renaissance Pride' has been omitted. But, at roughly 350 words per page, and roughly 220 pages, I reckon (at a rough calculation) that we have about 77,000 of those 450,000 words. As Links says, "It is surely unfortunate that ... this, probably the best and certainly the most curious [book about Venice] should have been crushed by its own weight of words."

For the dedicated reader, there are available full editions of Ruskin's magnum opus, so my review is directed purely at this abridgement. Links has split his abridgement into two almost equal halves. The first is concerned with the basics of western architecture; the second with reference to Ruskin's views on the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance styles, using Venetian buildings as examples. But for those wanting a slice of Ruskin that focusses less on the former and more on the latter, then there is Sarah Quill's excellent volume, which I mention at the end of this review.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruskin on Venice:La serenissima 1 Aug 2013
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Ruskin was fascinated by Venice.His original three volume work was nearly half a million words.Fortunately this is an abridged version
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31 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this edition is abridged 25 Aug 1999
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I haven't read this yet, but I thought I would warn other buyers that this is not the full text of the Stones of Venice--it is abridged. J. G. Links seems confident that he has done so in an intelligent way; perhaps he will win me over...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Venice Classic 7 Jan 2010
By Mel C.
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This an 18th centure book that remains highly relevant. It is the "handbook" on Venice architecture. A must read for anyone going to Venice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dover 3 Vol. edition is UNABRIDGED 19 Aug 2006
By Michael Popolino - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazon frequently mixes reader reviews of various editions of a given classic work. Such is the case here. Be advised that if you are now veiwing the Dover 3 vol. edition of Ruskin's The Stones of Venice, it is the UNABRIDGED edition of this work. Not a single word is missing. As such, this is the ultimate edition to own.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is only a VERY SHORT EXCERPT!!!! 11 Jan 2007
By Jerome Claverie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is misleading...not even 5% of the Ruskin masterwork is printed in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this edition is abridged 25 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read this yet, but I thought I would warn other buyers that this is not the full text of the Stones of Venice--it is abridged. J. G. Links seems confident that he has done so in an intelligent way; perhaps he will win me over...
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Needed Clarification 16 Dec 2005
By John Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
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Hey, guys! A lot of the reviews of this book are complaining that the text is abridged. No! This book is the first of THREE VOLUMES which, together, make up the entire "Stones of Venice." To get the whole thing, you need to buy Volumes 10 and 11 as well, not just Volume 9. (N.B., "The Nature of Gothic," the best-known part, is in Volume 10.) It's all there. You just weren't looking in the right place.

That having been said, it's a shame that one has to spend about $300 to get the complete text in a nice, hardbound format. But it's still a worthy investment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars make that zero star 1 Jun 2012
By Y. Beauvais - Published on Amazon.com
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a total dud. not even close, so abridged it should be called "the st of v" or maybe "just a few pebbles of venice." bought this as i was needing to reference two passages re: giovanni bellini. you guessed it, neither are in this version
Shame on amzn for selling such utter crap with no warning. Total ripoff!
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