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VENICE TO ISTANBUL. Buy these 5 items as a set for $84 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas

MED185
Roger Crowley
Random House
2013
400
0812980220
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth.
$18.00

A Short History of Byzantium

TKY18
John Julius Norwich
Alfred Knopf
1998
432
0679772693
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery.
$20.00

The Colossus of Maroussi

GRE05
Henry Miller
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2010
223
0811218570
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell.
$15.95

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

BLK39
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
296
1465457399
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
$23.00

Mediterranean Explorer Map

MED89
Ocean Explorer Maps
Ocean Explorer Maps
2006
1
0954371739
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This handy color map of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Black Sea and the Levant puts ancient sites and historic ports into context. With notable people, a timeline and descriptions of dozens of places.
$12.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast

BLK83
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
128
1465457437
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps.
$14.00

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

TKY86
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
280
1465440631
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index.
$25.00

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

ITL106
Fodors
Fodor's
2017
176
0147547091
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information.
$13.99

Marco Polo Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast

BLK198
Susanne Sachau
Marco Polo
2012
140
3829706561
PAPER
Guidebook
3/28/2012
0
0
0
0
This unique pocket guide is full of insider tips on where to stay, eat, drink, and sight-see. Includes a handy street atlas and a pull-out map.
$9.99

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

TKY114
Roger Crowley
Hyperion
2006
304
1401308503
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.
$16.00

A History of Venice

ITL177
John Julius Norwich
Vintage Books
1989
673
0679721975
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The great historian Norwich marshals myriad personalities, battles, sieges and facts into a vivid portrait of the Venetian Republic spanning the 1,000 years up to its 1797 defeat at the hands of Napoleon.
$26.00

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter

GRE182
Thomas Cahill
Doubleday
2004
320
0385495544
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
$18.00

The Balkans, A Short History

BLK28
Mark Mazower
Modern Library
2002
188
081296621X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
$16.00

The Middle Sea

MED98
John Julius Norwich
Vintage Books
2007
720
1400034280
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A marvelous writer who has already written on Byzantium, Venice and the Sahara, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean.
$21.00

The Trojan War: A New History

GRE296
Barry Strauss
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2007
288
074326441X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Talented historian Strauss combines information gleaned from Homer's epics with archaeology and ancient texts to weave a masterful and readable account of this legendary conflict.
$15.99

Venice, a Maritime Republic

ITL24
Frederic C. Lane
Johns Hopkins University Press
1973
505
080181460X
PAPER
History
1/1/2112 12:00:00 AM
0
0
0
0
Lane focuses on the history of trade, taking in not just on La Serenissima but also Dubrovink and the other cities of its once far-flung domain.
$40.00

Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire

MED186
Aluise Zorzi
Overlook Press
2002
303
1585671320
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Zorzi reveals the growth of Venice from a small fishing village to a bustling metropolis whose cultural, political and economic dominance extended over the entire Mediterranean world with this sumptuous collection of 340 color paintings, photographs and drawings.
$75.00

Istanbul, Memories and the City

TKY99
Orhan Pamuk
Random House
2006
320
1400033888
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches.
$16.95

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

ITL70
Jan Morris
Gardners Books
1990
200
0140119949
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Morris reconstructs the whole of the glittering dominion of the Venetian Republic in this evocative account of a journey by sea along historic trade routes to the Adriatic and beyond.
$24.95

The World of Venice

ITL12
Jan Morris
Lightning Source
1995
315
0156983567
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
$18.95

Venice Is a Fish

ITL964
Tiziano Scarpa
Penguin Putnam
2009
160
1592405029
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.
$12.00

Death at La Fenice

ITL555
Donna Leon
HarperCollins
2004
270
006074068X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater.
$15.99

Montenegro, A Novel

BLK08
Starling Lawrence
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
350
0060828420
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turkish and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of reluctant British spy Harwell Auberon from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essences of the people and the land.
$15.99

The Bridge on the Drina

BLK59
Ivo Andric, Lovette F. Edwards (Translator)
University of Chicago Press
1977
318
0226020452
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration.
$15.00

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story

ITL631
Horace Walpole
Oxford University Press
2014
192
0199537216
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1764, Walpole's classic Gothic novel takes place in and around the 15th-century castle on the Adriatic.
$10.95

The Songs of the Kings

GRE185
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
2004
342
0393322831
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Unsworth's sly novel, set in 1260 B.C. as scheming Odysseus prepares to plunder Troy. A familiar story enhanced by Unsworth's mix of classic cadence, contemporary language, ripe humor and pulled-from-the-headlines satire.
$21.95

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Paradise of Cities, Venice in the 19th Century

ITL483
John Julius Norwich
Vintage Books
2004
336
1400032377
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Norwich conjures the appeal of Venice for a star-studded group of 19th-century residents and visitors. He devotes a chapter each to Napoleon, Byron, Ruskin, the Browns, Wagner, Henry James, Robert Browning, the Layards, Whistler and Sargent and the Corvo.
$16.00

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History

GRE194
Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
Getty Trust Publications
2004
144
0892366958
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations.
$19.95

The City of Falling Angels

ITL644
John Berendt
Penguin Putnam
2006
414
0143036939
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Berendt's masterful mix of damp aspirations, intrigue and eccentric personalities conveys a certain essence of what it's like to live in modern Venice.
$18.00

The Architectural History of Venice

ITL797
Deborah Howard
Yale University Press
2004
368
0300090293
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This revised edition of Howard's concise, fact-filled guide to Venetian churches, palaces and guildhalls from the Byzantine era to the present includes 70 black-and-white and 100 color illustrations.
$30.00

Piazza San Marco

ITA113
Iain Fenlon
Harvard University Press
2011
224
0674027914
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide.
$16.00

For Kids

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

GRE19
William F. Russell
Crown
1989
264
0517588374
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Short, suspenseful and recast in vivid, crystal-clear language for kids, these essential Greek and Roman myths can be read in a few minutes each.
$16.00

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

GRE75
Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar D'Aulaire
Laurel-Leaf Publishing
1992
192
0440406943
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
An oversized and vividly illustrated collection of Greek myths for children. This is the classic that many of us remember from our own childhoods -- still considered by many to be the best. Intended for children ages 9 to 12, but you may want to read it y
$19.99

Troy

GRE156
Adele Geras
Harcourt Books
2002
352
0152045708
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A highly acclaimed young adult novel, essentially a retelling of "The Iliad" from four Trojan teenagers' points of view. Adele Geras won critical kudos for her book's historical accuracy and YA vigor.
$7.99

Daughter of Venice

ITL343
Donna Jo Napoli
2002
274
0440229286
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Prevented by Venetian custom from walking about her own native city, high-spirited Donata dresses herself as a boy and sets out to see the sights. Lots of period detail enlivens this young adult novel about life in 16th-century Venice.
$7.99

Greece! Rome! Monsters!

GRE171
John Harris, Calef Brown (Illustrator)
Getty Trust Publications
2002
48
0892366184
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A children's primer on Greek and Roman myths as seen through 20 notable monsters. Brown provides quirky, colorful illustrations while Harris describes each monster, from the terrifying to the fanciful.
$17.95

Carnival at Candlelight

ITA63
Mary Pope Osborne
2006
105
0375830340
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Jack and Annie travel to 17th-century Venice to save the city from a disastrous flood in this Magic Tree House book for ages 8-10.
$5.99

The Thief Lord

ITA170
Cornelia Funke
Scholastic Inc.
2010
352
0545227704
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hidden canals and crumbling rooftops of Venice shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets in this captivating novel for ages 9 to 12.
$7.99

Greek Myths

GRE473
Ann (RT Turnbull
Candlewick Press
2010
168
0763651117
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Rarely-told Greek myths stand beside the old classics in this gorgeously illustrated children's book.
$18.99