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Byzantium
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Byzantium

By Cyril A. Mango

This book is in very good condition. There is very little wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. There is no bumping and very little fraying on the cover boards. The pages are crisp, white, and clear of any markings. "All empires have ruled over a diversity of peoples and in this respect the Byzantine Empire was no exception. Had its constituent population been reasonably well fused, had it been united in accepting the Empire's dominant civilization, it would hardly have been necessary to devote a chapter to this topic. It so happens, however, that even before the beginning of the Byzantine period - indeed, when the grand edifice of Rome started to show its first cracks towards the end of the second century AD - the various nations under Roman sway tended to move apart and assert their individuality. The rise of the Christian religion, far from healing this rift by the introduction of a universal allegiance, only accentuated it. We must, therefore, begin with the question: Who were the 'Byzantines'? In an attempt to answer it we shall undertake a rapid tour of the Empire, noting as we proceed the populations of the various provinces and the languages spoken by them. The time I have chosen is about 560 AD, shortly after the recovery by the Emperor Justinian of large parts of Italy and North Africa and several decades before the major ethnographic changes that were to accompany the disintegration of the Early Byzantine State...." - Chapter One from Byzantium: The Empire of New Rome

$40.70

Sailing To Byzantium
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Sailing To Byzantium

By Osbert Lancaster

This book is in good condition. There is significant wear on the dust jacket and tears along the edges. The cover boards are in good condition. The previous owners name is written and attached to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned but clear of any markings. "Each year sees more and more travelers descending on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. Of these certain proportion comes solely for the sunshine and the beachesnbut a majority, I think, are prepared, or in some cases eager, for cultural distraction. Hitherto this has been largely provided by the ruins of classical antiquity, temples and theatres, shaft graves and beehive tombs, but some among them there may be who feel a certain curiosity about the inumerable Byzantine churches which every word.the landscape; or, excited by such celebrated masterpieces as Daphne and Hosious Lukas, which are now days included in most of the package tours, would wish to know more of the civilization which produced them...." - Foreword from Sailing To Byzantium: An Architectural Companion

$39.98

History Of Ancient Civilizations
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History Of Ancient Civilizations

By Albert A. Trever

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. The first three pages are very loose. There is some bumping and fraying on the cover boards. The pages are yellowing and tanning , but the pages are clear of any markings. "Rome holds a key position in the history of Western civilization, for she welded all Mediterranean cultures into a new unity stamped with her own national character and passed this on to the West. Her language, law, political institutions, economic and social organization, universal church, and culture became the foundation of medieval civilization, and are now interwoven into the very texture of our own social and individual life. Roman history is therefore in no sense isolated or without vital significance to us, for here are the true origins of medieval and modern civilization. To one who has no understanding of imperial Rome, much in them must be, forever, a closed book...." - Chapter One from History Of Ancient Civilizations

$11.80

White Pillars: The Architecture Of The South
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White Pillars: The Architecture Of The South

By J. Frazer Smith

This book is in good condition. The dust jacket is in fair condition.There are slight tears on the front, back and spine of the dust jacket. It has significant stains on the entire cover. There is a marking on the front end page. The pages are beginning to yellow and tan. The binding is tight and solid. "Here is the early life and architecture of the middle and deep South, with a thorough discussion of the technicalities of architecture and its kindred arts and crafts.In this volume the reader will journey through a wide section of the South with an architect as his guide. The whys and wherefores of living in these old houses, as well as the architecture of the middle and deep South, will be uncovered, with a thorough discussion of the technicalities of architecture and its kindred arts and crafts." - Foreword by Leicester B. Holland, White Pillars: The Architecture Of The South

$28.05

The Cathedrals Of England
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The Cathedrals Of England

By M. J. Taber

This antiquarian book is in poor condition. The cover has major wear on the front, back, spine, edges and corners. There are also stains on the cover boards. The previous owners mark is on the front end page. The pages are yellowed and tanned and the binding is loose but still intact. This book is 112 years old and is a perfect collectors item. "In a book this size it is clearly impossible to give a full description of the architecture of the thirty cathedrals of England. The principal aim of this book is to throw something of a personal interest around the cathedrals, by giving glimpses of the bishops, rulers, and other noted personages who have been connected with them through the long series of years which have elapsed since their erection. At the same time, an attempt has been made to state briefly but comprehensively the salient and distinguishing characteristics of each edifice." - Author's Forward, The Cathedrals Of England

$50.00

Splendors Of Christendom
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Splendors Of Christendom

By Dmitri Kessel

This book is in good condition. There is some cover wear and the edges and corners are worn. The inside is clean. It should be noted that this book and the photographs in it are all made by hand. This is an over-sized and heavy book that requires additional postage. Dmitri Kessel (1902-1995) was a photojournalist and staff photographer for Life magazine known for his courageous coverage of war on the front line, including reports on the liberation of Europe during WWII. From the mid-1950s he photographed Europe's religious architecture, including St Mark's, in Venice, and the opulent monuments of the Vatican. Henri Maurice Peyre (1901-1988) was a French-born American linguist, literary scholar and Sterling Professor of French Emeritus at Yale University. He wrote the commentary about the church site, history and society of the period each were constructed.Structural data on 14 specific churches and cathedrals featured, as well as time-line and list of 103 illustrations (9 photos cover more than one page). Modern churches in Istanbul.

$35.00