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  • Publisher: D. Estes (1913)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000852UDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 May 2008
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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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By Mrs. T. Illingworth on 15 Mar. 2015
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most excellent the best ever and beautiful quaint english!
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32 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Chisholm on 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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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mel C. on 7 Jan. 2010
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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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