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Writing some hundred years after the publication of Jacopo de’ Barbari and Anton Kolb’s celebrated View of Venice, Thomas Coryat stated of the Venetian empire: “All these territories both by sea and land do yield them . . . exceeding great revenue.” Chapter 21 explores how the View illuminates a variety of aspects of the lucrative mercantile activity for which Venice was so famous. This stunning print maps the vessels, buildings, and waterways essential for Venetian mercantile activity: it shows a variety of types of ships and boats, many of which would have been used in the movement of goods into, out of, and around Venice; it reveals the ways in which Venetian waterways aided not only in the movement of goods but also in trade and networks; and it lays out the built fabric of the city and how that built fabric fostered interconnections between merchants, goods, and families.

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