Lifestyle and Culture

A History of Women Photographers

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3rd Edition

The essential illustrated history of women photographers, now updated and expanded to include women working in the twenty-first century.

Women have had a special relationship with the camera since the advent of photographic technology in the mid-nineteenth century. Photographers celebrated women as their subjects, from intimate family portraits and fashion spreads to artistic photography and nude studies, including Man Ray’s Violon d’Ingres. Lesser known—and lesser studied—is the history of women photographers, who continue to make invaluable contributions to this flourishing art form.

A lengthy study with 416 pages and more than 300 illustrations, A History of Women Photographers is the only survey of women photographers working in the past three centuries, and it is impressively comprehensive. In this edition author Naomi Rosenblum expands the book’s coverage, including new photographers and fifteen new images. There are several important revisions throughout the text and to the appendix of photographer biographies. Rosenblum also provides a new Afterword, in which she evaluates the influence of rapidly changing digital technology on the field of photography and how women photographers stand in the twenty-first century.

A History of Women Photographers is a momentous contribution to the study of photography—and an important addition to any shutterbug’s library.

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China

A Photographic Journey through the Middle Kingdom

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A spectacular photographic tour of China's natural scenery and architectural landmarks, now available in a charming miniature edition.

This little volume takes us on a visual journey through the greatest splendors of China’s varied geography and the chief monuments of its 5,000-year-old civilization. Its 243 color photographs, which include 12 panoramic gatefolds, show us the country’s most famous landmarks—like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall—as we have never seen them before, and and introduce us to less familiar but just as fascinating sights, like the the multicolored travertine lakes of Huanglong Valley and the beautiful calligraphic inscriptions on the rugged rocks of Mount Taishan. Extended captions at the back of the book provide a concise introduction to the history and significance of each of the forty-four locales depicted, twenty-eight of which have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

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Women Artists: The National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Revised and updated this compact and impressive little survey features art by women from around the world, from the Renaissance to the present, and in all media.

This handsome volume of works from the renowned collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts—the best-known museum in the world dedicated to recognizing the achievements of women artists—is a fascinating record of women's diverse accomplishments from the Renaissance to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Prior to the establishment of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the work of great women artists had been ignored, forgotten, or denied; they had been largely left out of museums and histories of art.

Founded in 1987 by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts boasts a growing membership that is among the top ten in the world. The museum's multifaceted treasures include paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, and crafts produced over the past five centuries by an international array of women artists.

Included here, in full color, are works by Lavinia Fontana, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, Hester Bateman, Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Berenice Abbott, Maria Montoya Martinez, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Lee Krasner, and many more.

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I Dream of an Elephant

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From the author-illustrator of Abbeville's Big Cat, Small Cat comes a second rhyme-completion concept book, teaching children about colors through bright landscapes of loveable elephants.

I Dream of an Elephant takes readers through a wondrous world where they will encounter elephants of many colorful shades that sing, dance, and play—each in its own vibrant shade. The book's color-themed spreads feature adorably active, wide-eyed elephants in a matching landscape. These illustrations provide the hints needed for children to chime in and complete the missing word (the color) from each rhyming couplet. I Dream of an Elephant teaches children about colors with an interactive, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation. Accomplished illustrator Ami Rubinger once again turns his imagination and humorous eye to an otherwise simple subject, and his colorful elephants will make little faces smile. The bold graphics are fun and unique, depicting a variety of friendly, flamboyant elephants that will engage young readers while the rhyme game hleps them learn colors.

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Starstruck

Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood

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A lively, firsthand account of the evolution of a world-class collection of vintage film posters and stills, accompanied by descriptions of the stars and films depicted.

During his more than forty years as a film historian, Ira M. Resnick amassed a superb collection of more than 2,000 vintage movie posters and 1,500 stills. They were never shared with the public until Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood was published in 2010. This remarkable volume features the best of Resnick’s collection, with vivid reproductions of 250 posters and 40 stills from 1912-1962, Hollywood's golden age.

Ira M. Resnick founded the Motion Picture Arts Gallery in Manhattan—the first gallery exclusively devoted to the art of the movies. A renowned institution amongst movie poster collectors, the gallery is now located just outside of New York City in East Rutherford, NJ. A respected figure in the NYC film community, Resnick served as chairman of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1999 to 2005.

A one-of-a-kind art book, STARSTRUCK combines cinematic history, a guide to poster collecting, firsthand account, and dramatic full-color artwork—a blend of genres that is unlike any other movie poster book. Resnick offers entertaining anecdotes about how he managed to acquire such stellar examples of movie poster art, as well as historical information about the stars and films shown on the pieces he collected. Bonus material includes a list of Resnick’s fifty favorite one-sheets, advice for the movie poster collector, and a glossary of terms and poster sizes. A must-have book for every collector and film buff, STARSTRUCK offers a beautifully illustrated, personal tour of a bygone age of the motion picture advertising industry.

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Wristwatch Annual 2010

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The definitive book for the collector of mechanical wristwatches, with complete information—including prices—on over 1,400 models made by more than 120 international brands.

Each year brings hundreds of new wristwatch designs, with aesthetic and mechanical changes and improvements, limited edition watches, and new producers, keeping this field exciting for collectors. This twelfth edition of what has become a watch industry classic features over 1,400 of the world’s most luxurious wristwatches and provides color photographs and complete specifications for each watch. With Wristwatch Annual 2010, collectors have a wealth of information close at hand: the book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and within each producer’s section are specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and available variations of a particular model. A glossary and pronunciation guide help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces, and, for prospective buyers, the addresses of all featured producers are listed together. The elegant photography and layout will encourage people to peruse the year’s offerings for aesthetic appeal as well. The range of styles, from classic to modern, reflects the inclusive nature of this book, which watch collectors the world over will find both a handy reference and required reading.

Featured manufacturers: Alpina; Angular Momentum; Anonimo; Arnold & Son; Audemars Piguet; Aviator; Azimuth; Ball Watch; Baume & Mercier; Bell & Ross; Ernst Benz; Benzinger; Blancpain; Blu; Bozeman Watch; Rainer Brand; Martin Braun; Breguet; Breitling; Brior; BRM; Carl F. Bucherer; Bvlgari; Cartier; Chopard; Chronoswiss; Frédérique Constant; Corum; Cuervo y Sobrinos; Cvstos; Cyclos; De Bethune; De Grisogono; DeWitt; D. Dornblüth & Sohn; Doxa; Dubey & Schaldenbrand; Roger Dubuis; Ebel; Eberhard & Co.; Epos; Eterna; Jacques Etoile; Fabergé; Ferrari; Fortis; Gérald Genta; Girard-Perregaux; Glashütte Original; Glycine; Graham; GreubelForsey; Hamilton; Hanhart; Hautlence; Hublot; IWC; Jacob & Co.; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Jaquet Droz; JeanRichard; F.P. Journe; Kobold; Pierre Kunz; Maurice Lacroix; Lang & Heyne; A. Lange & Söhne; Limes; Longines; Giuliano Mazzuoli; MeisterSinger; Richard Mille; Milus; Louis Moinet; Montblanc; H. Moser & Cie.; Mühle Glashütte; Franck Muller; Ulysse Nardin; Thomas Ninchritz; Nivrel; Nomos; Omega; Oris; Panerai; Parmigiani; Patek Philippe; Perrelet; Piaget; Paul Picot; Porsche Design; Rado; RGM; Rodolphe; Rolex; Romain Jerome; Daniel Roth; Scalfaro; Jörg Schauer; Schaumburg Watch; Alain Silberstein; Sinn; Sothis; Stowa; Swiss Legend; Swiss Watch International; TAG Heuer; Temption; Tissot; Tutima; UTS; Vacheron Constantin; Ventura; Villemont; Vogard; Vostok-Europe; Wempe Chronometerwerke; Wempe Zeitmeister; Harry Winston; Zenith.

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The Vatican Gardens

An Architectural and Horticultural History

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An authoritative, visually stunning study of one of the world's most imitated and venerated gardens.

The inspiration for virtually all of Rome’s famous gardens, the Vatican Gardens first flourished during the Middle Ages and have awed visitors ever since. Yet despite their importance to the history of Western gardens and art, no full-length study of the gardens has previously been published. With the release of The Vatican Gardens—the third in a series co-published with the Vatican that also includes The Sistine Chapel: A New Vision and The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure—these important gardens have at last received their full due.

Covering the period from the thirteenth century through 1930, when the Vatican became a state, The Vatican Gardens explores the plants, planters, and architectural structures of the gardens in fascinating detail. Here you will learn about such celebrated gardeners as Michele Mercate, who around 1570 introduced the rarest plants of his time to the Vatican, and the great botanist Johannes Faber. The famous Cortile del Belvedere courtyard, designed by Donato Branmante for Pope Julius II and envisioned as a vast outdoor room, is brought to vibrant life through word and image. Discussion of the Gardens’ symbolic significance, agricultural functions, and upkeep by such gardening popes as Leo XIII—as well as of the gardens at Castel Gandolfo, the pope's four-centuries-old summer residence—completes this authoritative volume.

Illustrated throughout with newly commissioned images and plans as well as historic pictures and diagrams, and featuring research that—among much else—establishes the Vatican Gardens as the oldest botanical garden in Italy, this original volume belongs in the libraries of landscape gardeners, architects, historians, and visitors to Rome.

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Botanica Magnifica

Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants

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Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs of rare and exotic plants and flowers by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer.

Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer, representing—in the words of an ARTnews critic—rare or exotic plants and flowers “in large scale and exquisite detail, emerging from the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.”

The original edition of Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five lavishly hand-bound volumes, was limited to just ten copies, the first of which was recently donated to the Smithsonian Institution. The extra-large “double-elephant” format of that edition was chosen in homage to the famous double-elephant folio of The Birds of America, and indeed, Botanica Magnifica is one of the few works of natural history ever to rival Audubon’s magnum opus in its scope and artistry. In praise of the double-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica, the Smithsonian’s Chairman of Botany attested, “Everyone who has seen the photographs . . . has been tremendously impressed with the power, scale, and depth of the work.”

Now Singer’s remarkable images are available to the public for the first time in this baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica. Like the larger edition, this volume is organized into five alphabetically arranged sections, each introduced by a gatefold page that displays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation.

With its marvelous reproductions and fascinating text, the baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica is one of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published. This volume is also available in a leatherbound, slipcased edition.

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Handmade in India

A Geographic Encyclopedia of Indian Handicrafts

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A unique compendium of Indian crafts, this informative source-book maps the handicrafts of the subcontinent and captures the traditions that have enriched the day-to-day lives, and incomes, of Indian craftspeople.

If you've become smitten with Indian handicrafts—clothing, toys, carpets, pottery, etc—this hefty encyclopedia will be your Rosetta stone for additional craft appreciation and collecting. Organized by region, and packed with hundreds of small but legible color photographs, no better guide exists in revealing the astonishing diversity of Indian craftwork. An added plus is how the materials, tools, and processes used in handmade crafts are elucidated alongside explanations of their symbolism and aesthetic value in today's Indian lifestyles. -- The Christian Science Monitor

“... takes on the monumental task of examining the eye-popping variety of handcrafts made across India's vast landscape... The thousands of objects pictured here, and accompanied by detailed notes, include terra-cotta jewelry, leather puppets, wood carvings, bamboo baskets and silver ornaments. The exquisite white-on-white embroidery known as Chikankari—from Lucknow, in north-central India—is just one of the countless delights in this visually stunning display.” -- The Wall Street Journal

"An important book... craft values are important for a sustainable future... an astounding 516 types of specific regional crafts are covered... All readers will be impressed." -- Library Journal

"Many libraries will want to add it to the circulating collection to allow their patrons the pleasure of extensive browsing. Summing Up: Highly recommended. **** " -- Choice

Handmade in India examines all aspects of Indian handicrafts—historical, social, and cultural influences on crafts, design and craft processes, traditional and new markets, products, and tools—unraveling a wealth of knowledge. Based on extensive fieldwork and research, this work maps out the regional crafts identified across the country on the basis of prevailing craftwork patterns. It is closely woven with images to reveal the array of crafts in India, enabling the reader to discern subtle, sometimes unusual, differences in the same craft practiced by distinct regions or communities. Some of these are well known, like the woodwork of Kashmir, blue pottery of Jaipur, and the bamboo craft of Assam. The authors also describe lesser-known crafts like stitched boots from Ladakh, paintings from Jharkhand, and tinsel printing in Ahmedabad.

With its extensive photography, this unique volume will be a tremendous resource for product and textile designers, artists, architects, interior designers, collectors, development professionals, and connoisseurs alike.

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Cycle for Life

Bike and Body Health and Maintenance

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The essential guide to bike maintenance and cycling fitness, written by Beijing Olympic gold medalist Nicole Cooke.

A comprehensive guide to cycling, Cycle for Life includes bike and gear basics, body fitness, nutrition and health, and training programs for many levels and styles of cycling. More than just a sport, cycling is also a green mode of transport and a social recreational activity that is converting hundreds of new devotees every year. As cities and cycling clubs work together to build new bike lanes, paths, and routes, cycling is becoming safer and more fun.

Author and professional cyclist Nicole Cooke is a cycling star whose recent gold-winning triumph in the Beijing Olympics earned her an even greater fan base. She is passionate about her sport, and that love of cycling is evident in Cycle for Life.

The book is divided into four main sections: Bike Basics, which includes bike, gear, maintenance, and riding skills; Body Basics, which includes stretching, fitness, cross-training, and nutrition and health; Challenge Yourself, which includes commuting, touring, events, and racing; and Bike Knowledge, which includes information and resources for cyclists who want to take their commitment to the next level.

Cycle for Life is written to supply even the novice cyclist with information to bike with greater confidence. The book also has plenty of information for intermediate cyclists, whom Nicole calls “improvers.” With “52 Reasons to Ride” and its readable text, Cycle for Life is sure to inspire new fans and remind current cycling enthusiasts of the many reasons why they love their sport.

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The Weeping Goldsmith

Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar

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A distinguished Curator and Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, W. John Kress, recounts his natural history exploration over the course of nine years in the wild lands of Myanmar in search of rare, beautiful, and scientifically unknown plants.

In the great tradition of Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, this book is a first-person narrative of daunting travel and scientific discovery in the little-known country of Myanmar. Dr. Kress explored many areas in this enigmatic country, surveying its teak forests, bamboo thickets, timber plantations, rivers, and mangroves to document its incredible botanical diversity. Myanmar is one of the great biodiversity “hot spots” in Asia, but because of its social isolation and reputation for political repression it has been closed to—or avoided by—many scientists. Nevertheless, Dr. Kress was determined to search for and record plants that had not been studied since they were first discovered by Western botanists over a century ago. Among the rarities he came upon was a new species of plant called “the weeping goldsmith,” a ginger flower whose Burmese name was derived from the legend that the local goldsmiths were reduced to tears because none of their own creations could rival its exquisiteness.

Dr. Kress also relates how he came to appreciate the people and culture of Myanmar through an understanding of their flora, natural habitats, and human-dominated environments. Included are fascinating excerpts from his field journals that serve as counterpoints to the accounts of earlier plant explorers. Illustrating the text are some 200 of Dr. Kress’s own color photographs of the incredible plants, people, landscapes, and temples he witnessed in his travels as well as 30 archival images of Burma taken by past explorers. The back matter features an illustrated portfolio of representative native plants.

This lively armchair exploration should appeal to a general readership as well as to botanists, conservationists, and environmentalists.

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India Exposed

The Subcontinent A-Z

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An insightful look at modern Slumdog Millionaire India, a country of stunning contrasts where the past meets the future.

Author-photographer Clive Limpkin traveled extensively throughout India to capture this vast and populous nation. The photographic legacy of his journeys is impressively far-reaching, both in geographic scope and subject. His thematic photographic approach is complemented by thoughtful essays on various subjects. From “Army" and "Astrology" to "Yoga" and "Zebu," India Exposed examines natural life, culture, and regions in India. Limpkin’s photographs and essays invite his reader to learn about the issues and trends facing India today.

The Indian subcontinent is a vastly diverse, naturally vibrant, and culturally rich region of the world. India is also a country of stark contrasts. After the annual dry season, heavy monsoon rains return the Indus River valley to a lush green. India is both ahead of and behind the “development” curve: at the forefront of high-tech modernization on the one hand and struggling with overpopulation, hunger, and poverty on the other. India is a pluralistic society that is both multiethnic and multilingual. Though influenced by Western technology, in many ways India still clings to its unique past.

From overcrowded cities to luscious wildlife reserves, India comes alive in 200 impressive and colorful pictures.

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Walking the World's Natural Wonders

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A lively tour of the most spectacular walking routes on earth, accompanied by detailed maps and stunning photography.

On every continent, in every age, people have marveled at the wonders of the natural world. Unlike vehicular transportation, walking allows the traveler to experience these wonders on a vivid sensuous level, enjoying all the sights, sounds, and smells of a beautiful landscape. In Walking the World’s Natural Wonders, traveler Jon Sparks takes readers on a guided tour across 34 such landscapes, profiling the world’s most magnificent walking routes from the mountains of Hawaii to England’s Jurassic Coast.

Accompanied by stunning photography from around the globe, Sparks’s vibrant text will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure. Each of the 34 profiles also contains a regional map and a facts and figures box detailing route distance and altitude, optimal travel season, accommodation options, and more. Covering six continents and some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery, Walking the World’s Natural Wonders is the perfect inspiration for your next walking adventure.

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Wristwatch Annual 2009

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The definitive book for the collector of mechanical wristwatches, with complete information—including prices—on over 1,700 models made by more than 100 international brands.

Each year brings hundreds of new wristwatch designs, with aesthetic and mechanical changes and improvements, limited edition watches, and new producers, keeping this field exciting for collectors. Following the success of last year’s book, this new annual features over 1,700 of the world’s most luxurious wristwatches and provides color photographs and complete specifications for each watch. With Wristwatch Annual, collectors have a wealth of information close at hand: the book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and within each producer’s section are specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and available variations of a particular model. A glossary and pronunciation guide help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces, and, for prospective buyers, the addresses of all featured producers are listed together.

The elegant photography and layout will encourage people to peruse the year’s offerings for aesthetic appeal as well. The range of styles, from classic to modern, reflects the inclusive nature of this book, which watch collectors the world over will find both a handy reference and required reading.

Featured Manufacturers: Alpina; Svend Anderson; Angular Momentum; Anonimo; Arnold & Son; Audemars Piguet; Ball Watch Company; Baume & Mercier; Bell & Ross; Ernst Benz; Blancpain; blu; Rainer Brand; Martin Braun; Breguet; Breitling; Carl F. Bucherer; Bvlgari; Cartier; Chase-Durer; Chopard; Chronoswiss; Frédérique Constant; Corum; d. freemont; Davosa; De Grisogono; Doxa; Dubey & Schaldenbrand; Roger Dubuis; Dunhill; Ebel; Eberhard & Co.; Epos; Eterna; Jacques Etoile; Carlo Ferrara; Fortis; Gérald Genta; Gevril; Girard-Perregaux; Glashütte Original; Glycine; Graham; Hanhart; Harwood; Hermès; Hublot; IWC; Jacob & Co.; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Jaquet Droz; JeanRichard; Kobold; Maurice Lacroix; A. Lange & Söhne; Limes; Longines; Marcello C.; Meistersinger; Mido; Daniel Mink; Montblanc; Movado; Mühle; Franck Muller; Ulysse Nardin; NBY; Armand Nicolet; Nivrel; Nomos; Omega; Oris; Panerai; Parmigiani; Patek Philippe; Piaget; Paul Picot; Poljot-International; Porsche Design; Rado; Auguste Reymond; RGM; Rolex; Daniel Roth; Scalfaro; Jörg Schauer; Alain Silberstein; Sinn; Sothis; Stowa; Swiss Army; TAG Heuer; Temption; Tissot; Tudor; Tutima; Union; Vacheron Constantin; Ventura; Vollmer; George J von Burg; Harry Winston; Xemex; Dino Zei; Zenith; Zeno.

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Classic Yachts

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Striking photographs of fourteen classic sailing yachts capture the spirit and beauty of a glorious tradition.

Tuiga, Mariquita, Cambria, Shamrock, Eleonora, Zaca, Moonbeam, Lulworth, Sunshine, Partridge, Altair, Nan, Marilee, and Bona Fide: these are the sailing yachts of legend. Restored in the last ten years, the original splendor of these superb boats is now profiled on the pages of Classic Yachts. A testimony to maritime history, this book tells each sailing vessel’s story through arresting photographs, an informative text, and architectural diagrams.

Author François Chevalier recounts the entertaining history of these boats, covering everything from their construction and restoration to anecdotal tales of regattas won and lost. Gary Jobson, America’s preeminent sailing ambassador, provides a foreword and lively captions, which underscore the contemporary significance of these traditional yachts. Double-page spreads and a unique, oversized oblong format feature Martin-Raget’s brilliant photographs—readers feel as if they are on deck with the crew. While outdoor photography captures the excitement on board, images of the boats’ interiors offer a peak at their luxurious accommodations. In addition, illustrator François Chevalier’s detailed diagrams of each vessel provide the reader an overview of each boat’s architecture. Capturing the spirit of sailing on an open sea, Classic Yachts offers a breathtaking survey of an epic sport.

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80 Years of the Oscar

The Official History of the Academy Awards

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The only official history of the Academy Awards and an indispensable addition to any movie buff’s library.

For the film industry, the Academy Awards is the most celebrated and most significant night of the year: everyone longs for the recognition of being nominated to win a little golden statuette. For most of us, however, even a walk down the red carpet is just a dream. 80 Years of the Oscar puts readers into those iconic plush seats for the thrill of the Academy Awards, from the first show in 1928, shortly after the introduction of the talking picture, to this year’s eightieth anniversary.

With hundreds of photographs and an informative text by Hollywood insider Robert Osborne, 80 Years of the Oscar is the official history of the Academy Awards. Organized by year, 80 Years of the Oscar chronicles the ceremonies themselves, as well as the accomplishments, trends, developments, and events that occurred, both within the Academy and for the film industry as a whole. Osborne comments on each year’s most important films and shares the stories behind them. He also transports readers into the awards show, quoting from notable acceptance speeches and celebrity reactions, as well as regaling readers with anecdotes from each year. All award nominees and winners are included, with a special listing of Oscar record-holders.

An indispensable and encyclopedic reference for the amateur and expert alike, from the struggling actor to the film critic, this book has been a popular favorite since its first edition was published twenty years ago, just after the sixtieth awards ceremony. The authoritative 80 Years of the Oscar provides a depth of coverage found nowhere else, and it is sure to please movie-goers around the world.

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A Museum of Their Own

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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An inspiring memoir relating how Wilhelmina Cole Holladay succeeded in founding and establishing the best-known museum devoted to women in the arts.

Over the centuries, until quite recently, the work of great women artists had been ignored, forgotten, or denied; they had been largely left out of museums and histories of art. Along came Wilhelmina Cole Holliday, who boldly decided it was time to rectify this oversight by founding a museum in 1987 in a landmark building near the White House. A critic for the Washington Post wrote, “Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, the museum’s founding president, has accomplished something radical. No player in the art scene here has a deeper understanding of power and money and of how our system works. Despite her white-glove graciousness, hard-working Billie Holladay is a warrior and a winner....”

This thrilling story of the birth and early years of the NMWA is a lively, anecdotal, behind-the-scenes, eyewitness glimpse of the efforts of dedicated individuals who shared Mrs. Holladay’s vision and, under her leadership, helped her expand the permanent collection, organize outstanding exhibitions, renovate the Museum, and fund a robust endowment. Moreover, NMWA now boasts a growing membership—among the top ten museums in the world—with active, vocal committees all across the nation and in many countries. Illustrating the text are 130 color pictures, which include works from the collection and from exhibitions, as well as 40 archival photographs of landmark events that led to the Museum’s impressive growth.

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The History of Gardens in Painting

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An original, splendidly illustrated history of gardens as seen through the eyes of painters by the highly acclaimed author of Landscape Painting: A History.

-- A Booklist Top 10 Arts Book of 2009

The creation of gardens was among the first achievements of early civilizations, and garden design was already highly developed in antiquity. Pictures of gardens are a reflection of the social, historical, and aesthetic context in which gardens were conceived. The focus of this captivating book is not the gardens themselves or the different concepts of the garden, but rather the representation of gardens in paintings. The author examines why artists paint gardens by covering the varied and lively 2,000-year history of the garden picture using 180 garden masterpieces as examples.

The text begins with a look at ancient Rome, when paintings of gardens, as found in villas in Pompeii, were already valued as works of art. The wide-ranging coverage also includes pictures of charming medieval gardens in books of hours; Botticelli’s masterwork La Primavera, set in a grove of orange trees; views of well-known historic gardens, such as those at Versailles; painter’s gardens, as for example, Monet’s Giverny; and modern gardens depicted by Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney, among others. For collectors of art history books and garden books, this lovely volume should appeal to a broad audience.

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