The World of Venice

The World of Venice

The World of Venice

The World of Venice

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I am a reporter, and this is primarily a report on contemporary Venice.

It is not a history book, but it necessarily contains many passages of history. These I have used magpie-style, embedding them in the text where they seem to me to glitter most effectively: but for those who prefer their history in chronological order, at the back of the book there is a historical index, with dates and page numbers.

It is not a guide book, either: but in Chapter 21 I have listed the Venetian sights that seem to me most worth seeing, arranged for the most part topographically, and only occasionally confused by brief purple passages. The index contains map references as well as page numbers, and any building mentioned in the book can thus be at least roughly located on the plan of the city.

I like to think, in moments of pretentious fancy, that my connection with Venice began with my maternal ancestor Philippe de Commynes, who wrote his report on the city in 1495; but the British Army actually introduced me to the place, and philanthropists in Russell Square, Sixth Avenue, and Cross Street, Manchester, kindly enabled me to go and live there.

J. M.

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