"STANDING between the columns of the piazzetta, know that you float upon a lagoon—half water, half land—where kings, popes, crusaders; explorers, merchants & mercenaries; scholars, writers, & artistsall stood before you.

Now, at sunrise, you may turn the page, and I shall begin passing on to you, Venice's


Imagined  Treasvres."



"STANDING between the columns of the piazzetta, know that you float upon a lagoon—half water, half land—where kings, popes, crusaders; explorers, merchants & mercenaries; scholars, writers, & artists—all stood before you.

Now, at sunrise, you may turn the page, and I shall begin passing on to you, Venice's

Imagined Treasvres."

A WORK 7 YEARS IN

    THE MAKING...

   A WORK 7 YEARS IN THE MAKING...


After visiting Venice 12 times
—including 3 seasons as a private tour guide—I have at last turned
into prose all that I know

of the most beautiful
city 
on earth.







After visiting Venice 12 times—including 3 seasons as a private tour guide—I have at last turned into prose
all that I know of the most beautiful city
on earth.




— A SPLENDID HISTORY OF VENICE —

A SPLENDID

—       HISTORY       —

OF VENICE




THE HISTORY OF VENICE IS AN EPIC
THE SCALE AND SPLENDOUR OF WHICH

HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE OR SINCE. 



For 5 centuries the centre of the world,  today her political, spiritual,
& creative history can be read & marvelled at upon her
every gorgeous building & sea-washed stone.


But  what I've discovered in my years of studying Venetian history is
that Venice knows things.  What can the triumphs, the
travails, and the talents of Venice teach us?







THE HISTORY OF VENICE IS AN EPIC THE SCALE AND SPLENDOUR OF WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN
SEEN BEFORE OR SINCE.



For 5 centuries the centre of the world,  today her political, spiritual,
& creative history can be read 
marvelled at upon her every gorgeous building & sea-washed stone.



But  what I've discovered in my
years of studying Venetian history
is that Venice knows things. 
What can the triumphs,
the travails, and the talents
of Venice teach us?




'It would be difficult to overrate the value of the lessons which might be derived from a faithful study of the history of this

strange and mighty city.'
                                —John Ruskin

'It would be difficult to overrate the value of the lessons which might be derived from a faithful study of the history of this strange and mighty city.'
                                         —John Ruskin

   



VENICE'S INCOMPARABLE RICHNESS IN ARTISTIC

& HISTORICAL DETAIL IS MATCHED ONLY

BY THE GENIUS OF ITS PEOPLE.


What made Venice such a breeding ground for

leaders, adventurers and artists?


AND HOW WERE VENETIANS MADE

MASTERS OF THEMSELVES,

AND THEREFORE

THE WORLD!?

   

VENICE'S INCOMPARABLE RICHNESS IN ARTISTIC

& HISTORICAL DETAIL IS

MATCHED ONLY BY

THE GENIUS OF

ITS PEOPLE.


What made Venice such a breeding ground for leaders, adventurers,

& artists?


AND HOW WERE VENETIANS MADE MASTERS OF THEMSELVES, AND

THEREFORE

THE WORLD!?

SO IMAGINED TREASVRES EXPLORES:

· THE CRUSADES, and what you can learn from Venice's earliest heroes. 


· WEALTH, and how innovation made Venice the richest city in the world.


· GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE, and what value its philosophy has today.

​​

· SCULPTURE, and Venice's changing attitudes to morality & religion.


· THE RENAISSANCE, and what it might mean to you now.


· PAINTING, & the secrets you can take from the brilliance of Venice's artists.


· DECADENCE, and the warnings you might heed from the decline of Venice.

SO IMAGINED TREASVRES EXPLORES:

· THE CRUSADES, and what you can learn from Venice's earliest heroes. 


· WEALTH, and how innovation made Venice

the richest city in the world.


· GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE, and what value its philosophy has today.

​​

· SCULPTURE, and Venice's changing attitudes to morality & religion.


· THE RENAISSANCE, and what it might mean to you now.


· PAINTING, & the secrets you can take from the brilliance of Venice's artists.


· DECADENCE, and the warnings you might heed from the decline of Venice.

Adventuring through a thousand splendid years of Venetian history, art, & genius, 

IMAGI​​​​NED TREASURES 

passes on to you all the invaluable lessons that

Venice — in my years of

studying her buildings,

her paintings, her history —

has already given me.


​​


Adventuring through a thousand splendid years

of Venetian history, art, & genius, 

IMAGI​​​​NED TREASURES 

passes on to you all the invaluable lessons that Venice

— in my years of studying her buildings, her paintings, her history —

has already given me.


AND!





The 

Artist's Edition of

IS NOW AVAILABLE

TO PRE-ORDER!



Your Artist's Edition comes with

15 full-colour images, including:

· Bellini's Procession in St Mark's Square

· Illuminated manuscripts from the

13th & 15th centuries 

· A leaf from John Ruskin's

Venetian Notebooks

· A leaf from John Ruskin's Venetian Notebooks

· And a full-page reproduction of the 

greatest painting in the world

(much discussed in the book)

— Tintoretto's Crucifixion.

· And a full-page reproduction of the 

greatest painting in the world

(much discussed in the book)

— Tintoretto's Crucifixion.

THEN,


WRAPPED IN BROWN PAPER

TIED UP WITH STRING,


IT COMES

HAND-NUMBERED, 

INSCRIBED, & SIGNED

BY ITS AUTHOR.


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including

shipping


$45


including

shipping



THEN,


WRAPPED IN BROWN PAPER

TIED UP WITH STRING,


IT IS HAND-NUMBERED, 

INSCRIBED, & SIGNED

BY ITS AUTHOR.



The Artist's Edition of

IS NOW AVAILABLE

TO PRE-ORDER.



Your Artist's Edition comes with 15 full-colour images, including:

· Bellini's Procession in St Mark's Square

· Illuminated manuscripts from the 13th & 15th centuries.

· A leaf from John Ruskin's Venetian Notebooks

· A leaf from John Ruskin's Venetian Notebooks

· And a full-page reproduction of the 

greatest painting in the world

(much discussed in the book)

— Tintoretto's Crucifixion.

· And a full-page reproduction of the 

greatest painting in the world

(much discussed in the book)

— Tintoretto's Crucifixion.



THEN,


WRAPPED IN BROWN PAPER

TIED UP WITH STRING,


IT IS HAND-NUMBERED, 

INSCRIBED, & SIGNED

BY ITS AUTHOR.

THEN,


WRAPPED IN BROWN PAPER

TIED UP WITH STRING,


IT IS HAND-NUMBERED, 

INSCRIBED, & SIGNED

BY ITS AUTHOR.

—  Artist's Edition  —

$40



including

shipping

AU$45    



including

shipping

£30



including

shipping

$45


including

shipping

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THINKING ABOUT TAKING
THE STONES OF VENICE TOUR
IN MAY 2019?


Next year's season will be very limited—4 tour dates only,
and those limited to 4 people each.


Reserve your place on the 2019 Stones of Venice Tour now,

and your Artist's Edition of Imagined Treasures

IS FREE!


And, you'll receive it in December,
giving you months of cultural exploration & inspiration
  before setting foot in Venice...


THINKING ABOUT TAKING
THE

STONES OF VENICE TOUR
IN 2019?


Next year's season will be very limited—

4 tour dates only,

and those limited to ​​​​4 people each.


Reserve your place on the May 2019 Stones of Venice Tour now,

and your Artist's Edition of IMAGINED TREASURES

IS FREE!


And, you'll receive it in December,
giving you months of cultural exploration & inspiration before

setting foot in Venice...


AS YOUR 2019

TOUR DEPOSIT:

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including

shipping

(of the book, not you.)

2019 Tour Dates (in green)

AS YOUR 2019

TOUR DEPOSIT:

£75

including

shipping

(of the book, not you.)

2019's Tour Dates (in green)

(Full early-bird cost of the tour is £275,

or £245p.p. for pairs & groups,

[down from £310 & £265 respectively]

with the balance to be paid by end March 2019. 

Please note that this deposit is non-refundable.)


(Full early-bird cost of the tour is £275,

or £245p.p. for pairs & groups,

[down from £310 & £265 respectively]
with the balance to be paid by

end March 2019. 

Please note that this deposit is non-refundable.)

And if you have any questions regarding shipping, inscriptions, Venice tours, or bonobos, please feel very free to email Joshua Humphreys in the third person at:

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And if you have any questions regarding shipping, inscriptions, Venice tours, or bonobos, please feel very free to email
Joshua Humphreys in the third person at:


pigeonry@joshvahvmphreys.com