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Passion by Design

The Art and Times of Tamara de Lempicka

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An attractive new hardcover edition of the classic biography of Tamara de Lempicka, whose paintings defined Art Deco and whose life epitomized the Jazz Age

Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings defined Art Deco, and her life epitomized the Jazz Age. Possessed of a dazzling talent, a striking beauty, and an irresistible force of personality, this refugee of the Russian Revolution achieved success on her own terms. She conquered 1920s Paris with her polished portraits of the rich and famous and her coolly erotic nudes, and went on to a glamorous existence in Hollywood, New York, Houston, and Cuernavaca, never putting down her brush.

Passion by Design offers an intimate look at a fascinating figure: these are Tamara’s own stories, just as she related them to rapt audiences. They were compiled and edited just after her death by her daughter Kizette, who wove them into a complete life story, incorporating much additional biographical and historical information.

This new edition of Passion by Design is illustrated with an expanded selection of Tamara’s paintings—including a number of little-known works—as well as exclusive photographs from family albums. A new introduction by Marisa de Lempicka, Tamara’s great-granddaughter, explores the legacy of this trailblazing artist, whose paintings now fetch eight-figure sums and whose style continues to inspire creators in every field.

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Deep Affinities

Art and Science

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An illustrated exploration of the fundamental connections between art and science, from an author who has lived in both worlds


In this thought-provoking book, Philip F. Palmedo, a former physicist who now writes on art, reveals how the two defining enterprises of humankind—art and science—are rooted in certain common instincts, which we might call aesthetic: an appreciation of symmetry, balance, and rhythm; the drive to simplify and abstract natural forms, and to represent them symbolically.


Palmedo traces these instincts back to a very early time in human history—demonstrating, for example, the level of abstract thinking required to create the stone tools and cave paintings of the Paleolithic—and then forward, to the builders of the Gothic cathedrals, to Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, to Einstein and Picasso.


Illustrated with more than 125 creations of the genus Homo—from a flint hand ax chipped half a million years ago to the abstractions of Hilma af Klint and the James Webb Space Telescope—Palmedo’s text leaves us with a new appreciation of the instinct for beauty shared by artists and scientists alike.

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Classic Cocktails

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A miniature mixology reference

With this colorful, portable guide, aspiring mixologists and veteran barkeeps alike have a handy resource that satisfies all their needs. This Tiny FolioTM presents one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for the most essential mixed drinks, from all-time favorites like the Martini and Manhattan to modern classics like the Cosmopolitan. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and full of bartending advice and historical tidbits, this book will be an indispensable companion behind the bar or at your next cocktail party.

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Fashion

Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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A visual history of fashion that fits in the palm of your hand

Drawing from the extensive Textile and Fashion Arts Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, this miniature history of European and American fashion features some 275 garments, accessories, and related works of art from the seventeenth century to the present.  Dress historian Allison Taylor introduces each new era with a concise overview of the period’s fashionable styles and silhouettes, as well as the underlying historical and cultural influences. This chic Tiny Folio™ is the perfect gift for fashionistas and fashion historians alike.

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Messi versus Ronaldo

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A head-to-head comparison of the two greatest soccer stars of their generation—and perhaps of all time

One, diminutive and reserved; the other, tall and theatrical. One with six Ballons d’Or, and the other with five. There’s no doubt about it—Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best. But which one is better?  This lively book compares every aspect of the legendary rivals’ careers, to let the reader decide. It compares their stats, including their ten years of matchups in El Clásico, their club trophies, and their individual awards and milestones. It analyzes their style of play, and how it has evolved throughout their careers. And, it looks at how their rivalry continues off the field, in terms of endorsement deals, social media followings, and philanthropic endeavors.  Packed with color photos of the champions in action, Messi and Ronaldo will spark discussion among both players’ partisans.

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Stars of World Soccer

Third Edition

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The best-selling guide to today’s most exciting players, completely revised and updated

 Here are the best of the best, from legends like Messi and Ronaldo to dynamic newcomers like Kylian Mbappé. This lively book features short biographies of some thirty stars in all—goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and attackers.  With the same action-packed photos and colorful graphics that fans have come to expect from the critically acclaimed World Soccer Legends series, Stars of World Soccer shows what it takes to be at the top of the game.

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Life and Culture in Northeast India

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An abundantly illustrated journey through one of the world’s most diverse and fascinating regions

Although India’s northeastern administrative region makes up only eight percent of India’s land area, it is home to some 140 indigenous tribes, each with its own unique culture. The terrain, predominantly hilly, ranges from snow-capped peaks to tropical rainforests. Now, for the first time, noted authors and filmmakers Dipti Bhalla Verma and Shiv Kunal Verma provide a comprehensive introduction to this little-known yet captivating part of the world. Verma and Verma conduct us from the towering Kanchenjunga massif in Sikkim to the tea plantations of Assam, to the astonishing biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh, to the martial tribes and Baptist churches of Nagaland, to the birthplace of polo in Manipur, to the living root bridges of Meghalaya, to the farms nestled among the hills of Tripura and Mizoram. They take us into the lives of the many peoples of these eight states, who maintain their traditional customs and beliefs even in the face of growing ecological threats. Featuring more than three hundred color photographs and several detailed maps, Life and Culture in Northeast India will be an essential volume for anyone interested in the peoples and places of Planet Earth.

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Uncorked

A Corkscrew Collection

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A splendid (and giftable) visual guide to the beautifully convoluted world of corkscrews

 

Ever since the standardized wine bottle came into use in the eighteenth century, thirsty people have sought a convenient means of removing its cork stopper. At first they employed whatever was at hand―including the helical gun screws used to clean out firearms―but the patent corkscrew emerged by 1795 and soon multiplied into more permutations than the proverbial better mousetrap.

 

In Uncorked, Marilynn Gelfman Karp uses her own collection of corkscrews―carefully chosen both for their inventiveness and for their decorative qualities―to trace the history and evolution of this curious tool. She establishes a taxonomy of the corkscrew, based on the fundamental characteristics of handle, shaft, and screw, and then presents more than 650 individual specimens by category. They range from the simplest “basic T” models to the most whimsical flights of fancy (a folding pair of legs, a seahorse) and the most elaborate mechanical contrivances. Each example is illustrated with superb color photography and fully described.

Uncorked is at once a serious contribution to the history of material culture, and a delight to page through. It will be an essential reference for helixophiles (as collectors of these gadgets are called) and an agreeable gift for any corkscrew-wielding wine lover.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Norman Rockwell Collector's Edition

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A great American novelist, illustrated by a great American artist—now available in a collectible two-volume set


In 1936, the Heritage Press, a publisher of fine editions, commissioned Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer; four years later, they asked him to illustrate The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well. For each book, Rockwell created eight full-color paintings and numerous pen-and-ink drawings, the product of extensive on-the-ground research in Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Famously, Rockwell even tried to buy some Hannibal residents’ old clothes, to dress his models in.


For years, the Rockwell editions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have been unavailable in stores. Now, Abbeville Press is proud to reissue them as a handsome new clothbound set. The color plates are reproduced from new photography of Rockwell’s original paintings, the typesetting has been done anew to a high standard, and new introductions—illustrated with Rockwell’s rarely seen preliminary sketches—examine this unique encounter between two legendary chroniclers of America.
Publisher’s note: These volumes present Mark Twain’s text unabridged and unedited, as it appeared in the original American editions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

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