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Pleasure of Ruins

(1953)
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This is the 1984 Thames and Hudson hardback reprint of Rose Macaulay's 'Pleasure of Ruins', 466pp, ISBN 050024118X. About this book: Imagination, irony, an appetite for travel and an enchantment with the past are the hallmarks of Rose Macaulay's classic study. Through more than 500 pages, the author takes us on a journey encompassing four continents visiting Thebes 'so old that no-one remembers its beginnings', Mycenae, Knossos, Palmyra, Baalbek, Petra, Carthage. We linger at Corinth, the golden San Francisco of the ancient world, buried for centuries until an archaeologist's digger, one afternoon in the 1890s, suddenly cried out that he had found columns and statues. We visit Rome, whos progressive ruining, Miss Macaulay writes, 'has been observed closely, and without intermission, by citizens and travellers for nearly two thousand years'; Sybaris, the forgotten home of the Greek pleasure-seekers, where 'sybarites, forlornly expatriate ghosts, seem to wander, murmuring of rich sauces, far from home'; Pompeii, the very gem of ruins, of whose upturned splendours Goethe wrote, 'Many a calamity has happened in the world, but never one that has caused so much entertainment to posterity as this one'. Further afield, we find Byzantium, Persepolis, 'pure ruin and legend', Xanadu, Goa, Delhi, Angkor-Wat, the great ruined cities of Ceylon and Spanish America. And back to the West, to Britain itself, we enjoy those familiar but much-loved antiquities - Silchester, Tintern, Malmesbury, Godstow, Cashel, Glendaloch, and Battle Abbey, of which Horace Walpole, in an age that dearly loved a ruin, wrote, 'A Miss of the family has clothed a fragment of a portico with cockle shells'. Rose Macaulay was one of the most artful writers of English, known for using a vast and rich vocabulary with evocative cadences, never more poignantly and magically than in this exhilirating account. Here they stand, covered in moss, festooned with ivy, swept by sandstorms, the monuments of civilisation



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October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pleasure of Ruins
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-343-27647-X / 978-0-343-27647-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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1716 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pleasure of Ruins
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-7607-0248-9 / 978-0-7607-0248-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
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August 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Pleasure of Ruins
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-500-24118-X / 978-0-500-24118-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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September 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Roloff Beny Interprets in Photographs Pleasure of Ruins by Rose Macaulay
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-500-54048-9 / 978-0-500-54048-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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January 1966 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pleasure of Ruins.
Author(s): Rose, Dame MacAulay
ISBN: 0-8027-0220-1 / 978-0-8027-0220-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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December 1965 : UK Hardback

Title: Pleasure of Ruins
Author(s): Rolff Roloff, Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-500-24037-X / 978-0-500-24037-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pleasure of Ruins
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-343-27646-1 / 978-0-343-27646-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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September 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pleasure Of Ruins
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 1-179-98440-4 / 978-1-179-98440-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pleasure of ruins
Author(s): Rose Macaulay
ISBN: 0-500-27353-7 / 978-0-500-27353-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
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