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The Companion Guide to Venice

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by Hugh Honour
The guide is organized in thematic chapters. Themes include particular historical institutions, such as the scuola, or quarters, such as perpetually crowded with tourists San Marco and the more quiet Cannaregio. This allows the author to space between history, art and traditions and gives the reader the possibility to choose a specific aspect of Venice to explore.
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Rome

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by Georgina Masson
Six years after his first, very thorough, revision, John Fort has returned to the task, so that this long-honoured guidebook, regarded by the discerning visitor, since its first publication forty years ago, as the indispensable introduction to the glories of Rome, continues to give an accurate picture of the city's treasures as they are currently displayed. This latest edition of the "Guide" is immeasurably...
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Florence

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by Eve Borsook
'This is a book to read before you go, to carry with you and to re-read on your return.' SPECTATOR 'A sure and illuminating guide.' SUNDAY TIMES The city state of Florence led the rest of the western world in art, science and political idealism in the middle ages. This early richness, the importance of the achievements of its famous sons, including Dante, Giotto, Leonardo and Michelangelo, the great quantit...
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Paris

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by ANTHONY GLYN
Highly praised on its first appearance, this new edition of the Companion Guide to Paris, fully revised by Anthony Glyn's widow, preserves his vivid evocation of Paris - its foundation and history, ancient churches, wide boulevards and narrow streets, architecture, and philosophy - while bringing the book up to date. Special attention is paid to the completed Grand Louvre with its Pyramid, the d'Orsay and P...
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Burgundy

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by Robert Speaight
About this series Authoritative, lucidly written cultural background guides by individual authors. This established series offers detailed coverage of mainly European destinations rich in historical heritage. Black and white photographs and sketch maps are included.
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Kent & Sussex

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by Keith Spence
'Keith Spence shows how much as yet survives and how rich and fascinating this part of England still is. He writes sensitively and knowledgeably about buildings and architecture, and has a keen sense of the detail that gives identity to a place.' OBSERVER 'It is [in] the penetration into the small and remainingly typical aspects of the two counties that Keith Spence so informatively indulges. This book is a...
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Gascony and the Dordogne

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by Richard Barber
About this series Authoritative, lucidly written cultural background guides by individual authors. This established series offers detailed coverage of mainly European destinations rich in historical heritage. Black and white photographs and sketch maps are included.
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Berlin

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by Brian Ladd
Most people do not think of Berlin as a beautiful city, but it is filled with stunning sights, sounds and textures, all the more astonishing when the stories behind them are revealed. Today's Berlin is new and vibrant, but history has left its scars. A look in the right place is rewarded with glimpses of the glories of old Prussia as well as the abominations of Hitler's Third Reich and of the outer bulwark ...
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Istanbul

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by John Freely
Istanbul is the only city in the world that stands astride two continents, spreading across from Europe into Asia at the southern end of the Bosphorus, the incomparably beautiful strait linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara in northwestern Turkey. This Companion Guide to Istanbul goes as far as the region around Marmara from the Bosphorus to the Dardanelles, which flows into the Aegean past the hist...
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New York

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by Michael Leapman
Written with unfailing common sense, as well as insight and affection...the perfect guide to this tremendous city OBSERVER A true traveller's companion and friend SUNDAY TELEGRAPH For more than thirty years Michael Leapman has been intimately involved with New York as a journalist, resident or frequent visitor. Here he takes readers with him on a series of walks through the heart of Manhattan and beyond, ex...
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Ireland

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by Brendan Lehane
Ireland confronts the seas about her with dramatic diversity; the spume-sprayed cliffs of Clare, the bony, probing fingers of Kerry, the seaward tumble of the Mourne and Wicklow mountains, scatters of islands, deep fjords, the smothering dunes of Wexford, and thousands of miles of white or golden sands. Inner Ireland's appeal is quite as real: the dark pastel colours of the bog, haughty houses in pampered d...
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Greece

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by Brian De Jongh
When Brian de Jongh's two classic Companion Guides, Southern Greece and Mainland Greece, were first published they were greeted with acclaim and immediately established themselves as essential guides. They have now been combined into this single volume, covering the whole of the Greek mainland. This new edition has been thoroughly revised by John Gandon (Brian de Jongh's nephew) and Geoffrey Graham-Bell, ta...
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London

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by David Piper
'It is surely remarkable to write of a guidebook that it is difficult to put down. But it is certainly true of this one.' ECONOMIST 'Calls our attention to everything beautiful, historic or curious left in the heart of London.' SUNDAY TIMES David Piper's classic book is the most elegant, lyrical and stimulating of all guides to London, written with undisguised enthusiasm, intimacy and affection. It traverse...
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Edinburgh & The Border Country

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by A J Youngson
Edinburgh is one of Europe's most elegant and cosmopolitan cities, the Old Town rebuilt on the medieval street plan after being burned down by the English in 1544, and the eighteenth-century classical New Town more extensive than anything else of its kind in Europe. Edinburgh was the capital of an independent kingdom for more than two hundred and fifty years, and it has the air of a capital, with buildings ...
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St Petersburg

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by Kyril Zinovieff
About this series: It is the aim of Companion Guides to provide a companion, in the person of the author, who knows intimately the places and people of whom he writes, and is able to communicate this knowledge and affection to his readers. The Companion Guides are written to be read, like the best travel writing, rather than simply consulted. Informed amusing, stylish and often idiosyncratic, they are full...
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Wales

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by David Barnes
The question posed to the author once by a prospective visitor to Wales - 'What is there to see?' - is not susceptible of a short, or quick, answer. For the delights of Wales are cumulative and understated: a succession of small country churches rather than great city cathedrals, a labyrinth of byways away from the few highways, details of vernacular architecture rather than grand edifices, the thirteenth-c...
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Sicily

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by Raleigh Trevelyan
The beautiful island of Sicily, poised between Europe and Africa, has seen many invaders, nearly all of whom have left their mark in art and architecture. It is also a land of myth and enigma, pagan below the Catholic surface, troubled by the shadow of the Mafia - in the words of the great Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia, a fantasy world. Raleigh Trevelyan knows the island intimately, and his knowledge ad...
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