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This Is Venice: 09/13/21
This Is Venice by Miroslav Sasek is the seventh book in the This Is series. As with all the previous books, I read a reprint that included footnotes on the changes to the city since the book was first published.
Venice the metropolitan city includes more than the islands known for their canals and gondolas. But like This is New York (1960), the book focuses only on the most famous bit of the city.
One thing new I learned was how the buildings and plazas are kept afloat. It's done with thousands upon thousands of wood pilings. It's essentially a manmade mangrove.
The illustrations are some of Sasek's best that I've seen after now reading eight books in the series. They are highly detailed but still carry his distinct blocky style. If these were modern books I would say they looked like vector art.
The next book is This is San Francisco (1962)