The Rowley Letters from France & Italy

The Rowley Letters from France & Italy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...the gates cannot play a finer game than to dive into this maze and see what luck may send him. He cannot very well lose himself; Pisa is not big enough for that; and there is always the river, or the city wall to run against, or the great square of the Duomo, with its most wonderful group of buildings, the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the leaning Tower, and the Campo Santo. For a third and a fourth time we returned to this central point from which everything in Pisa is measured. We gazed at the tower again, but did not ascend it this time. "We are just in time to see it," I said to Mona, "it is going to fall now: there it goes!" It didn't, but that expresses the sensation every one has, who sees it for the first time, or after a long interval. We renewed our tipping acquaintance with the old keeper of the Baptistery, who, with the aid of the marvellous echoes of the dome, gave us again his famous imitation of an organ--that is his modest description of the performance. He stands at a certain point on the floor beneath the dome, and, with a peculiar vibrating hum, sends forth the intervals of the scale. They are the tremulous notes of an old man's voice, but it is enough that they ring true; for back from the dome come the solemn harmonies as of Cherubim and Seraphim, or of some great choir invisible. At one corner of this Piazza, under the shadow of these old buildings, there are sculptors' studios and workshops with scores of talented young Italians chiselling reproductions of Venuses, and Apollos, and Psyches, and little models of the leaning Tower. They do wonderful work; the old artistic temperament is theirs, and with it they are supplying the demand of their day and generation. The little...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893611
  • 9781236893611