Venezia: An evocative and atmospheric photo book, brimming with antiquarian treasures

- An homage to the most sensual city on earth, illustrated with vintage photographs, prints, and ephemera- Available in English for the first timeThis love letter in photographs to the unique beauty and mystery of Venice is an evocative compilation of vintage photographs, prints, and ephemera. It is a tactile ode to the sensuality of the city, filled to the brim with all manner of Venetian memorabilia: 19th century photographs, engravings, hand-colored magic lantern slides, vintage postcards, old luggage labels, keys from long-lost luxury hotels, golden ducats from the 18th century, Carnival ball invitations. With gilt-edged pages and antique Venetian lettering, it is not a travel or walking guide, but an atmospheric pilgrimage that pays homage to this ever-fascinating city. Serge Simonart's engaging commentary on Venetian history and culture introduces each subject with affection and insight. "Every day, a nervous traveler visiting the City of Doges for the first time asks the best way to get to their hotel. 'The shortest or the most beautiful?', I once heard the concierge at Hotel Des Bains ask. The tourist who opted for the most beautiful route is still wandering around the city. This is a unique photobook in which to wander and lose oneself." - Serge Simonart

“Every day, a first-time visitor to Venice will enquire about the most direct route to his or her hotel. ‘The shortest or the most beautiful?’ I once overheard the concierge at the Hotel Des Bains respond. The tourist who chose the most beautiful route is still wandering the streets. This is a unique photobook in which to wander and lose oneself.”
― Serge Simonart

Venice is already the subject of thousands of unremarkable travel guides and photo books. Only an original and tactile collector’s item can lay claim to a worthy place in today’s Google age.
This evocative book is brimming with a wealth of Venetian memorabilia: nineteenth-century photographs, engravings, hand-coloured magic lantern slides, antique postcards, old luggage labels and keys for long-lost luxury hotels, eighteenth-century gold ducats, antiquarian erotica, masks, invitations to Carnival balls, and the list goes on.
Neither a travel guide nor a summary of unmissable sights, Venezia takes readers on an atmospheric pilgrimage along mythical peaks. Resembling a rare volume from 1895, this gilt-edged book captures all the mystery, glamour and faded elegance of the most miraculous city in the world.
With inspiring texts by Serge Simonart and illustrated with dozens of authentic photographs and documents.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hannibal; 1st edition (2 Nov. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.89 x 2.57 x 24.94 cm

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