Tuscan Cities

Tuscan Cities

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Tuscan Cities

Tuscan Cities

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The wish to see this book in the same size and shape as Venetian Life and Italian Journeys was the motive on the author's part which prompted the publishers to the present edition. A score of years had elapsed between the writing of those books and the writing of this, and yet he felt a kind of unity in all three which he hoped might be appreciable to the reader in the uniformity aimed at.

Perhaps it is not indiscreet here to confess another hope of his: that it might be more apparent in the unpictured text, than in the illustrated pages of the former editions, that each of these studies offered to the reader an historical view, however cursory, of those famous Tuscan Cities, which it would not be so easy otherwise for him to find. It was part of the author's pleasure, in visiting them, to arrange a hasty perspective of this sort, which seemed to him essential to a right sense of their modern qualities and conditions; and he trusts that he does not value it too much because of the difficulty he had in contriving it. The reader at least will be spared his difficulty.

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