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ISBN-13: 978-0306812866 ISBN-10: 030681286X

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"The enduring, passionate classic on architecture and Venice." -- Washington Post Book World 10/19/03

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John Ruskin wrote over forty volumes of art and architecture criticism during the nineteenth century. J. G. Links is the author of Venice for Pleasure.
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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030681286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306812866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Popolino on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Claverie on January 11, 2007
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This is misleading...not even 5% of the Ruskin masterwork is printed in this book.
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46 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Matteson on December 16, 2005
Format: Unbound
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Beauvais on June 1, 2012
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on December 28, 2009
This edition of STONES OF VENICE is a lamentably shortened version of the original. Yet is still contains enough of that to provide a clear clue why Socialism has as powerful attraction as it does for the upper class elite as it did back in Ruskin's day.

In The Stones of Venice, John Ruskin creates a parallel between the Gothic style of architecture and the often tangled mixture of various pairs of discrete elements: the architect's mind and the social milieu, the worker's skill and the worker's trade guild, and the need for precision in stone cutting and a need not to overly focus on that precision. "The Nature of Gothic" is a chapter from that book in which he considers the current state of Gothic architecture: "I shall endeavor to give the reader in this chapter an idea...of the true nature of Gothic architecture, properly so-called; not of that of Venice only, but of universal Gothic." He intends to inform the reader just how "far Venetian architecture reached the universal or perfect type of Gothic, and how far it either fell short of it or assumed foreign and independent forms."

All buildings that are termed Gothic have an essence that Ruskin terms Gothicness, a concept whose abstractness renders a precise definition difficult. When people refer to this essence they often mention traits like gargoyles, pointed arches, and vaulted roofs. Ruskin is quick to add that it is misleading to consider them in isolation. It is further misleading when, even lumping them together, one fails to account for the spirit in which they were both planned and built.
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