Venice by Peter Ackroyd (Hardback, 2009)

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This book is in excellent like new condition; couple of slight blemishes
The language and way of thinking of the Venetians sets them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. 'The moon rules Venice,' Ackroyd writes: 'It is built on ocean shells and ocean ground; it has the aspect of infinity.It is the floating world.changing and variable and accidental.