All books

Chiparus

Master of Art Deco (Second Edition)

By

The definitive study of the life and work of Demetre Chiparus—one of Art Deco's greatest sculptors—now expanded with fifty-three new color illustrations.

Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) studied in Italy and France before settling in Paris, where he perfected the chryselephantine technique of combining ivory with bronze. Produced as multiples, his works were greatly admired as small-scale decorative objects and today are among the most coveted objects form the Art Deco period, capturing the lively and sensuous spirit of the time.This lavishly illustrated volume examine Chiparus's work as an embodiment of the Art Deco style.

The author explores the various contemporary inspirations for the sculptor's art, including haute couture, the music hall, Diaghilev's ballets, and the stage designs of Leon Bakst. Focusing on Chiparus's bronze and ivory pieces, he outlines their development from idea through finished piece, with illustrations of plasteline models that document the artist's working methods. The book provides much previously unknown information about Chiparus's life; and this new edition also offers an appendix devoted to his newly rediscovered paintings.

Read more

I Like You Just the Way You Are

A Message of Friendship

By

The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy. Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship.

Read more

I Wish You All the Best

A Message of Friendship

By

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy. Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

Read more

The Nixon Years, 1969-1974

White House to Watergate

By

An intimate and dramatic view of the Nixon presidency through the lens of insider Fred J. Maroon, featuring largely unpublished pictures, and accompanied by an incisive text by eminent journalist Tom Wicker.

When Nixon became president, no other outside photographer had the kind of access Maroon was given to the White House and later to the re-election committee. As a result, this photographic portfolio offers an exceptional view of the Nixon years, from his inauguration as the 37th president through the Watergate hearings to his emotional resignation. Maroon has provided factual and anecdotal captions for each of the 134 photographs included that further illuminate the surprising events of Nixon's terms of office while Tom Wicker has written an objective, insightful narrative benefiting from hindsight and newly released Watergate tapes.

In the wake of President Clinton's near ouster, this timely look at Nixon's resignation is especially fascinating. The book was published on the 25th anniversary of Nixon's departure from office, and the photographs were included in a major exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution.

Read more

Together We Can Do Anything

A Message of Friendship

By

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship &mdash comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

Read more

Trust Yourself

A Message of Friendship

By

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy. Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

Read more

You Mean So Much to Me

A Message of Friendship

By

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

Read more

Your Laughter Is Like Sunshine

By

Each volume in this irresistible series is devoted to a different aspect of friendship — comfort, sharing, trust, giving, caring, and joy.

Twenty poignant messages, each paired with a beautifully chosen photograph, capture the essence of one facet of friendship. The Messages of Friendship books make ideal gifts for any occasion — from birthdays to anniversaries to graduations — or just to let a friend know how much you care.

Read more

Treasures of The Uffizi

This jewel of a book presents a selection of paintings from Italy's most famous museum, home to a spectacular collection of Renaissance art as well as works by later masters.

Italy's most famous museum, the Uffizi in Florence, houses a spectacular collection of Renaissance art as well as works by later masters. In the 16th century the wealthy and powerful Medici family began amassing fine art and displaying it in the Uffizi, their showplace palace in the heart of Florence. Ruling Tuscany for another two centuries, the family continually enriched its holdings with works by the best European artists of the time, many of them commissioned or acquired from the artists themselves. When the collection was donated to the city of Florence in 1737, it was, in essence, given to the people, and this ensured that the collection would remain intact in its original building.

In this skillful and dazzling selection of paintings from the Galleria degli Uffizi are the greatest works by the early Renaissance artists-Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael-and by the later Italians such as Caravaggio, Tiepolo, and Canaletto. Artists from throughout Europe are also well represented, among them Dürer, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Boucher, and Goya, in this tiny jewel of a book.

Read more

Treasures of the Mussee Picasso

By

The full sweep of Pablo Picasso's inexhaustible genius is revealed in this diminutive yet far-ranging tour of his museum housed in the exquisite Hôtel Salé.

As Gérard Régnier, the museum's director, notes in his informative introduction, "The magic of the Musée Picasso also stems from the silent dialogue between the work and the place-one of the most beautiful townhouses in Paris."Perhaps no artist in the entire history of art has proven more compelling than Picasso, and the museum dedicated to his life's work has attracted vast crowds from the moment it opened. This dazzling little volume encompasses every aspect of his own work in all media-painting, sculpture, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and drawings-as well as the work by other artists in his impressive personal collection.

Read more

Japanese Prints

The Art Institute of Chicago

By

A compendium of the golden age of Japanese prints from one of the world's foremost collections.

The dazzling variety of Japanese woodblock prints, from serene landscapes to portraits of flamboyant actors and courtesans, is captured in this captivating volume. The book is divided into four chapters: "Primitives" (the term for Japanese woodblock prints produced between approximately 1660 and 1765); Courtesans; Actors; and Landscapes. Most of the images are printed in multiple colors and range from the seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century. The artists include such masters as Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro, who are represented by lesser-known treasures as well as by some of their most celebrated series, including Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.

Read more

Nothing But The Blues

The Music and the Musicians

By

The story of America's most passionate and enduring music, told through fascinating narrative and vintage photographs.

It is our most passionate music, rooted in ancient Africa but brought to blossom in America at the doorstep of the twentieth century. It is a living heritage of song born in poverty, persecution, and hard labor, born of love and love betrayed, of holiness and sin, the pleasures and the pains of the flesh, the experience of tragedy, comedy, drunkenness, despair, desolation, and pure joy. It is the blues.

At root, the blues is rich in its simplicity, but it has flowered across the years in a variety of rare complexity. Perhaps no form of popular art is more immediately appealing than the blues, yet so rewards a thorough knowledge of its finer points. In eleven authoritative essays commissioned especially for the book, Nothing But the Blues traces the African-American origins of the music, its early development as popular entertainment, its early recorded manifestations, its regional differentiation (Mid-South, Tidewater-Piedmont, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles), its many stylistic dimensions, and its contemporary manifestations. Country blues, urban blues, the evolution of rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and the blues revival are all fully covered.

But the written history is only part of the story. Blues fans have always treasured rare photographs of their heroes, and Nothing But the Blues is gloriously illustrated with posed and candid shots of the musicians as well as photographs of such one-of-a-kind artifacts and documents as Leadbelly's NYPD rap sheet and classic recording contracts. Nothing But the Blues features an introduction by one of the genre's living legends, B. B. King, and a comprehensive "best of the best" discography, including current and rereleased recordings as well as the collectors' treasures to go after.

Blues is more popular than ever before. Not only are reissues of historical blues classics selling in unprecedented numbers, but a whole new crop of vital young blues artists is active in clubs and on record today. Nothing But the Blues is a lavishly illustrated comprehensive history of the music and the musicians, as well as the promoters, producers, and others who have shaped--and continue to shape--this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form.

Read more

Weddings

By

A festive photographic collection of the laughs, shouts, tears, kisses, pledges, oaths, toasts, and above all, joys of weddings.

In the tradition of Abbeville's Tiny FolioTM Hug & Kisses, Weddings brings readers down the aisle in an intimate and touching portrait of this most public of private ceremonies. With more than 100 images drawn from the finest wedding photographers around the world, this small book captures all aspects of the big day, from the first primping and preening to the seriousness (or absolute lack of seriousness) of the ceremony, from the perfect, still beauty of every bride to the furious celebration that seals the day in every guest's memory. Poetic quotes trumpet the complex joys of weddings throughout, adding depth to the proceedings. A perfect gift for the future bride and groom.

Read more

German Wine Guide

By

For years this has been, as the largest newspaper in Germany said, "the definitive guide to German wine." Now available for the first time in English, the German Wine Guide presents nearly 400 of the country's best producers and reviews almost 3,000 wines.

At the beginning of this century German Rieslings were the most expensive wines in the world, commanding higher prices than the top growths of Bordeaux. Today, in their incomparably light and elegant style, they offer value for money unmatched by any other wine-producing country. During the past decade, German producers have been paying more attention to quality of their wines, reducing yields but enhancing their reputations. The wine world has noticed, and the consumer is beginning to as well, meaning that there are more and better German wines in our stores all the times.

The German Wine Guide provides a region-by-region critique of individual vineyards and wines, including tasting notes and a price guide. The scope, while selective, is vast, taking in both the known estates of the Mosel and little-known vineyards crafting fine wines. The authors are considered the two most influential wine writers in Germany. As German wines continue to attract more attention, this will be the resource both for aficionados and amateurs.

Read more

Gardens Through History

Nature Perfected

By

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.

Read more

Horses

By

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!

Read more

The Art of Florence

(two volumes, slipcased)

By

This popular monument of scholarly and publishing history, winner of the prestigious Prix Vasari in France, is now available at an irresistible low price.

Since the radiant years of the Renaissance, the city of Florence has come for many to represent the greatest triumph of the Western cultural tradition. This is the city where humanism was born, where Plato was discussed passionately in the narrow streets, and where men and women first found themselves to be the measure of all things. For more than three centuries Florence nurtured a creative community of astounding, even revolutionary genius. Here, starting in the late 1200s, Giotto painted the grave and powerful frescoes that drew Florence and the world toward a radical new vision of realism, and here, ushering in the dazzling era of the High Renaissance, Michelangelo began his incomparable career as architect, sculptor, and painter. During the intervening years, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Ghiberti, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo, and hundreds of the most splendidly talented artists in history lived and worked in this small city on the Arno and collaborated in the creation of the great urban museum we know as Florence.

Matching an elegant and sophisticated text by three leading art historians with hundreds of glorious color photographs, The Art of Florence immerses us in a city and a time of unparalleled cultural ferment. This important and uncommonly beautiful publication analyzes the history of Florentine art in terms of the distinctly Florentine and Tuscan influences that shaped it—an approach never before employed in a study of this breadth and complexity. The fascinating and lucid text by Glenn Andres, John Hunisak, and Richard Turner gracefully links Florentine architecture, sculpture, and painting to the rich social fabric and the dramatic political life of the city. Woven into this compelling history is the most luxurious and comprehensive visual documentation available of Florence's unrivaled treasures. More than 700 color images and another 854 duotones and architectural drawings have been reproduced with a meticulous care worthy of the Renaissance craft tradition. Joining visual beauty with intellectual rigor in a fashion that truly invokes the spirit of this great city, The Art of Florence presents as rich a vision of human creativity as we can find anywhere outside Florence itself.

Read more