Violina; Or, the Passing of the Old Adam and Eve. a Romance

Violina; Or, the Passing of the Old Adam and Eve. a Romance

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...who reared them and a well-nigh imperishable monument to those who designed and decorated them by their genius. This old church was not by any means as grand as some, still it was a curious, ancient pile, with its Madonna and saints, of the school of Giotto, its St. Romulus of that of Robbia, and its statues by the hand of Andrea Ferruccio; besides, there was a bust of Bishop Salutati, and a fine sarcophagus wrought by Mino da Fiesole. Exhausting the charms of this ancient church--or, at least, tiring of them--the groups of gay sightseers slowly left it, turned their backs on it, walked a few paces, when another magnificent view, varied as only fine mountains, beauteous valleys, winding streams, rare old castles and picturesque villages can vary a scene; curtained by a lovely Italian sky overhead, with its declining sun causing great shadows to blend so harmoniously with the landscape. Surely one can never really tire of gazing upon such a glorious scene, never exhaust the infinite beauty contained therein! It was with chagrin and reluctance that, first one little group and then another, compelled themselves to forbear longer subjection to so much loveliness, and descend by steps, worn by the tread of. many multitudes and many decades, to examine some very solid fragments of a great Roman theatre; and also a well-preserved section of an ancient Etruscan wall--so immensely thick and substantially built as to cause wonder that any part of it could have been destroyed when once time had cemented its component parts. The bath contiguous was on a par, as to generous proportions and solidity, with the theatre of sixteen tiers and the strong walls. All must have demanded an immense amount of labor and money. "It is evident the old Romans liked bathing...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676572
  • 9781236676573