Lifestyle and Culture

Gardens Through History

Nature Perfected

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The gardens of the world's great civilizations are revealed through sumptuous color plates and a fascinating text.

With its sumptuous color plates, comprehensive scope, and fascinating text, this ground-breaking international history of the garden as an art form is easily the most ambitious and rewarding work of its kind. Beginning with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, this book skillfully uncovers the evidence of gardening through the art, history, and literature of these early sites of culture, as well as later findings of archaeology. It then takes us farther afield into the later civilizations of Islam and Mughal India, reveals the important contributions of Italy and France, China and Japan, lingers in the incomparable gardens of England, and finally transports us to the New World.

Structured around themes of the international exchange of aesthetic ideas and the exciting saga of the study, cultivation, and distribution of plant life, the book's progression is both chronological and geographic; each chapter identifies and discusses the major design and horticultural contributions made to garden history in each period and by each society. Although there have been numerous garden histories, there has never been one of this historical and global scope, a history that is solidly based in the author's vast learning, both in the worlds of literature and art as well as gardening, and graced by is masterful prose.

Another factor that differentiates this comprehensive history from the others is its final section, which explores the dramatic impact on Europe of the discovery in 1492 of a new continent with its own unique flora and fauna, which led to the opening of a fresh chapter in science. The author develops this section of the book through an extensive coverage of the history of garden culture in the Western Hemisphere, beginning with the worldwide exchange of new plant discoveries starting in the seventeenth century as European plantsmen scoured the world for exotic additions to the plantings in fledgling botanical gardens. Beginning with what is known of colonial American gardens and the extraordinary efforts in this century to reconstruct them at such sites as Mount Vernon, Monticello, and especially Williamsburg, the author leads us through the accomplishments of New World gardeners, including those of South America and Mexico, ending up with a survey of the newest international developments in gardening.

From ancient Persia to the modern private estates of Europe and North America, gardening has been one of the most consistent signs of a great civilization and the most visually absorbing expression of culture.

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Horses

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A pony-sized illustrated guide to the equine world.

Small enough to slip into your jodhpur boot, colorful enough to satisfy the most robust horse lover, Horses is a beautiful photographic keepsake. After an introduction outlining the horse's rich history, the first chapter follows horses across the seasons. The next two chapters are devoted to horses at work and horses at play. A superb portfolio for horse lovers, Horses lets us all ride along with these magnificent animals. Saddle up!

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Tropical Cocktails

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A frond-filled collection of the most delicious tropical drinks, from the Acapulco to the Zombie.

Fly to warm climes with this collection of thirst-quenching recipes featuring the finest and fruitiest of tropical cocktails. With color-drenched photography accompanying each simple recipe, this handy volume will allow amateur mixmasters to chart a quick trip to refreshment--life jackets optional. Included are classic concoctions such as the Daiquiri and the Tequila Sunrise and such novel inventions as the Cactus Pear Margarita and the Patria Colada. Tropical Cocktails is the one book to have when stranded on a desert island.

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Barkitecture

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From miniature chateaus to modernist boxes, from anthromorphic abodes to classical temples, this book showcases nearly fifty one-of-a-kind doggy domiciles from across America.

In Barkitecture, architecture and design writer Fred Albert has collected some of the most wonderful and fantastic doghouses ever created. Examples include doghouses with clock towers and thatch roofs, doghouses shaped like TV sets, and even some thant look like dogs.

The book begins with an introduction that includes an entertaining history of the doghouse, accompanied by photos and drawings of noteworthy historical examples. Four Chapters follow: "Putting on the Dog" highlights stylish period reproductions; "Modern Barkitecture" includes cutting-edge "Bowhouse" designs; "A Breed Apart" features houses inspired by everyday objects; and the final chapter, "Puppourri," showcases wacky, one-of-a-kind structures that defy categorization.

Each house is illustrated by one or two color images and is accompanied by a witty, tounge-in-jowl text that describes the structure's design and building materials, the creators' inspirations,and their dogs' reactions.

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The Red Sea Dive Guide

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Described as "an excellent investment for divers" in the press, Abbeville's exciting scuba diving travel books combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, in-depth, and practical information on the world's most popular diving sites.

Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrating 42 of the most spectacular dives in the Red Sea. These maps offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site--including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards--and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering each dive provide crucial data about depths, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The experts' lively text has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corp. (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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The Great Barrier Reef Dive Guide

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Described as "an excellent investment for divers" in the press, Abbeville's exciting scuba diving travel books combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, in-depth, and practical information on the world's most popular diving sites.

Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrating 27 of the most spectacular dives along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. These maps offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site — including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards — and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering each dive provide crucial data about depths, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The experts' lively text has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corp. (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb

A Man's Guide to Good Grooming and Fitness

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A lighthearted book revealing everything a man needs to know about grooming, stress relief, and mental and physical well-being.

Most men want to look good, but without a hassle. For the man who wants to look equally good in a business suit or in jeans and a T-shirt, and who wants to feel confident in all situations, Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb is the perfect guide. This comprehensive manual provides easy-to-follow tips for improving one's appearance and enjoying life. Whether a man worries about his hair—holding onto it, losing it, or styling it—or about how to keep his mind and body functioning smoothly, he'll find all the information he needs on these pages. He'll learn how best to shave with success, how to assemble and care for a classic wardrobe without spending a lot of time or money, and how to maintain healthy diet and exercise routines. He'll also learn to sleep better at home or on the road, to break bad habits, to manage time efficiently, to identify and avoid causes of stress, and to adopt international relaxation techniques like steaming Japanese baths or Swedish massages.

This hip, friendly, and appealing find is a pleasure to look at and to use. No man can afford to be without this lively manual of essential information.Included are essential tips on:

Grooming - Shaving and saving face- Maintaining and improving skin tone- Tanning salons and tanning lotions

Hair Care- Getting a good haircut- Balding basics- Hair removal basics

Exercise and Health- Picking a gym and a routine- Weight maintenance and diet- Avoiding sexually transmitted diseases

Clothing- Wardrobe basics - Shopping for clothes- Choosing the right clothes for every occasion- Tips for clothes care

Recharging Your Life- Tuning up your daily routine - Reducing stress- Sleeping better - Realistic time management

Social Encounters- Getting a (social) life - Basic etiquette- Sex and enhancing sexual energy

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Reel Art

Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen

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A world-class selection of great movie posters and the stories of their creation.

The General, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Top Hat-if you love movies, you know they just don't make films like these anymore. Connoisseurs of movie posters also know they've quit making the masterpieces of graphic art that promoted such movies-Birth of a Nation, King Kong, G-Men, Gilda, and other classics (not to mention the memorable bombs) from the golden age of the silver screen.The Late Show and the VCR have resurrected many of the great films, and now Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen also brings to life the billboards, lobby cards, and posters that originally trumpeted The Jazz Singer, The Maltese Falcon, The Informer, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Philadelphia Story, and other gems made between 1910 and 1950.

Those four decades were an era in which wonderful films were promoted by great graphics created by the diverse likes of Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hart Benton, Norman Rockwell, Alberto Vargas, Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, as well as a small army of "unknowns" whose acquaintance readers will make exclusively through this book. It was a time when big studios often lavished a fortune on poster campaigns-from the modest "one-sheets" posted on a neighborhood fence, to the gargantuan "forty-eight-sheets" that usurped entire sides of multistory buildings. Studios knew that the right image could seduce millions past the box office and into the theater.

Today, such graphics fetch five-figure prices from collectors seeking a Casablanca or a King Kong.To be sure, movie poster collections have been published before-but never before by a great art book publisher. Each of the 300 posters included in Reel Art has been reproduced to the uncompromising standards of all Abbeville's fine art books. And while meticulous production and design would be enough to set this deluxe volume apart from any competition, there is even more. The selection of posters is world-class, many never before published, and the definitive text, by screenwriter and film historian Stephen Rebello, tells the vastly entertaining story behind the posters and their creators. Posters and text are accompanied by rare historical photos documenting the nickelodeons, some of the nation's most memorable theater lobbies and marquees, great promotional stunts (including a cartload of chained and manacled bathing beauties drumming up an audience for 1923's Souls for Sale), and the early studios. Concise biographies of the poster artists conclude this magnificent volume.

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Henry Clay Frick

An Intimate Portrait

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For the first time a great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick, world famous art collector and steel tycoon, has assembled an intimate, pictorial biography that reveals the triumphs and tragedies of Frick's life.

With unprecedented access to personal letters, private family diaries, and the Frick archives at the Frick Collection in New York City and at family residences in Pittsburgh, Martha Frick Symington Sanger has written a unique and penetrating account of the life and times of Henry Clay Frick and his family. In addition, the author explains in this meticulously researched book the reason why Frick and his daughter Helen selected the paintings, sculpture, and other items that are included in the collection.

Since 1935 the magnificent art treasures of the Frick Collections have been open to the public in the New York City mansion that the family occupied. This book will enrich any visitor's experience of the Frick Collection in a way that had not been possible in previous books. The intriguing topics covered here include Frick's complex relationship with Andrew Carnegie and with other well-known business magnates; his harsh personal life darkened by the deaths of a younger daughter and infant son; and a sensitive portrayal of his daughter Helen, who was a Frick Collection trustee and chairman of the Art Acquisitions Committee after her father's death.

Illustrating this book are 370 pictures ranging from paintings and sculpture in the Frick Collection to family portraits and historical images. This biography of a key figure in the development of American industry will appeal to both art history lovers and to historians, offering a singular and compelling reading and visual experience.

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Treasures of British Art

Tate Gallery

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This richly illustrated little volume surveys British painting, watercolors, and sculpture from the sixteenth century to the present.

With masters such as William Blake, William Hogarth, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney, the Tate Gallery offers work to please every taste.

The gallery, which was opened in London in the summer of 1897 by the Prince of Wales, is best known for its modern art collections, but-as this little compendium makes wonderfully clear-it encompasses the full sweep of British art, from ornate aristocratic portraits and vivacious hunting scenes to the Pre-Raphaelites' languid femmes fatales.

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Contemporary Unbook

Inspired by Gianni Versace's The Art of Being You, published by Abbeville Press. Royalties from this journal will be donated to the Italian Association for Cancer Research (A.I.R.C.). With its innovative mix of blank and grid pages, this stylish journal is ideal for writing, sketching, and other creative pleasures.

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Passion by Design

The Art and Times of Tamara De Lempicka

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A daughter's intriguing look at the life and times of Tamara de Lempicka, a remarkable artist, personality, and icon of the Jazz Age and Art Deco style.

Tamara de Lempicka captured the whirlwind decade of the 1920s on canvas, painting (and charming) the rich and famous of Europe in Art Deco portraits. The threat of a second world war sent Tamara packing to America, where she reveled among the famous in Hollywood and the wealthy of New York, In the 1970s she was rediscovered when a gallery owner in Paris mounted a retrospective of her work, and today paintings that were unsellable for three decades fetch many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Much of the story of de Lempicka's amazing life is told in moving detail by her daughter, whose recollections are amplified by anecdotes from others who knew the artist. The is illustrated by dozens of photographs from Tamara's personal album and by 50 full-color reproductions of her evocative paintings.

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Treasures of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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Tour one of the world's greatest encyclopedic museums

This little volume gathers together the finest treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the oldest museums in America and one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world.

Founded in 1870, the museum features Classical antiquities of exquisite beauty, rare and beautiful Egyptian works, Asian holdings unrivaled in the West, and an outstanding French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection. With notable examples of contemporary art and photography, and many of the most important works of American decorative arts, including an unsurpassed Revere silver collection, this tiny yet comprehensive book offers a visual feast of world art.

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Treasures of The Prado

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The Prado is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, and Peter Paul Rubens.

When it opened on November 19, 1819, the Prado Museum, in Madrid, consisted entirely of works from the Spanish royal collections. Numerous treasures have been added since opening day, but the unique strengths of the Prado's collection can still be traced to that original core of remarkable works-many acquired or commissioned from the artists themselves during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.

The Prado is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, and Peter Paul Rubens. As this richly illustrated little volume makes clear, it also possesses a brilliant collection of paintings and drawings by other artists throughout Europe as well as fascinating decorative arts and notable sculptures.

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Two for the Devil

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This searing third novel in the critically acclaimed Small Worlds series records the cruel fate of the villagers of Krimsk as they encounter the twentieth century's greatest agents of evil: Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler.

It is Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year and Day of Judgment — in Moscow during the Stalinist purges of 1936. In the Lubyanka secret police prison, senior investigator Grisha Shwartzman masterfully pursues the rigorous logic and obsessive legalism of the Soviet witch-hunt. Facing an extraordinary prisoner, Grisha realizes that the Soviet system he has faithfully served is murderously corrupt and that he himself will be the next victim — but not an innocent one. In despair, he flees to his home, where his deranged wife and an unexpected Rosh Hashanah letter from his father-in-law, the enigmatic Krimsker Rebbe in America, await him. The Day of Judgment proves to be a startling experience as Grisha, the once idealistic radical, judges himself, accepts his responsibilities, and is guided to sublime passion and possible redemption by his mad wife, who for twenty years has been patiently awaiting him in a closed wardrobe.

In 1942 a train of imprisoned Jews leaves the Warsaw ghetto for "resettlement in the East." It is Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish year. In a crowded cattle car stands a lonely, defeated individual who is ashamed that he cannot even remember his own name. During the tortuous journey Yechiel Katzman will overhear a talmudic debate and meet a dull-witted giant who turns out to be none other than Itzik Dribble, also from Krimsk. As they arrive in the death camp of Treblinka, Yechiel remembers not only his name but also the Krimsker Rebbe's prophetic curse that exiled him from Krimsk forty years earlier. Yet as death approaches, that curse will prove a blessing.

Stalin and Hitler decree certain death, but Grisha and Yechiel discover Jewish fates. The devil incites loneliness, degradation, despair, and even complicity; through memory, the victims elicit community, dignity, and the awareness of sanctity. Grisha's "Soviet" Rosh Hashanah and Yechiel's "Nazi" Yom Kippur are truly "Days of Awe." Even when death is certain, life can be lived.

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Treasures of The National Gallery, London

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The National Gallery has one of the most magnificent — and the most beloved — collections of paintings in the world.

Founded in 1824, the National Gallery houses a rich and comprehensive range of European painting from the Middle Ages to the 1920s. Among the works represented in this colorful and compact survey of the Gallery's collection are masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne, as well as some lesser-known delights.

Located on Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London, the original Wilkins Building has recently been extended by the handsome new Sainsbury Wing, which contains some of the world's greatest paintings.

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Animal: Dolce & Gabbana

Following the success of 10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana, this new book showcases the animal patterns of these witty and ironic designers.

Dolce & Gabbana take a walk on the wild side with the help of their spotted friends. Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Ellen von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber are just a few of the photographers whose shots of stars and models illustrate this second book on the most exciting team on the international fashion scene, the pairing of Italians Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

In oversized photos and full color, this lavish volume presents a stunning collection of designs by Dolce & Gabbana worn by Andie Macdowell, Naomi Campbell, Sheryl Crow, Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow, Annabella Sciorra, Christy Turlington, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Hurley. Famous fans of D & G—from Isabella Rossellini, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, and Demi Moore to Luciano Pavarotti—contribute their thoughts in brief quotes. Anyone involved in the world of fashion, from designer to store-buyer to consumer, will be amazed by the diversity and originality of this team's work and fascinated by the images presented in this book.

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Cats Up Close

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This charming book presents nearly 200 irresistible cats, in a variety of seasons, locales, and activities, that are certain to captivate cat lovers of all stripes.

Cats Up Close brings the feline world into beautifully sharp focus. Arranged thematically, the book begins with a chapter that shows cats playing and exploring in winter, spring, summer, and fall; subsequent chapters features kittens and cats napping; cats in action; the well-traveled cat; and the social cat (the pedigreed kitty that is able to communicate with other animals). An engaging and entertaining introduction describes the amazing activities of these beloved pets. Celebrating cats that are cuddly and adventurous, lounging on fire escapes or leaping across streams, cavorting with cows or nuzzling up to other furry friends, this appealing compendium provides a fresh, surprising portrait of cats and kittens.

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