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The Stones of Venice is John Ruskin's original three-volume masterpiece on Venetian art and architecture, first published from 1851-53. Intending to prove how the architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, Ruskin examined the city in considerable detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city as well.

The Nature of Gothic by John Ruskin, printed by Kelmscott Press. First page of text, with ornamented border

The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic" was admired by William Morris, who published it separately.

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