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The Art of Tarot

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A palm-sized visual history of tarot cards, from hand- painted Renaissance decks to the creations of modern artists like Salvador Dali.

Originally used by northern Italian aristocrats in complex games resembling bridge, tarot cards became more popular with the spread of printing in the sixteenth century and were eventually used by Freemasons, fortune-tellers, and mystics to reveal hidden truths about the past, present, and future. More recently, artists have used the imagery and potency of tarot as a springboard for creativity.

As a path to revelation or simply as a pastime, tarot is fascinating. A carefully curated selection of decks from the past six centuries—showing the chief turning points in their development—make this little book an indispensable guide to the history of tarot.

Christina Olsen, an art historian and museum director, wrote her PhD thesis on the history of tarot cards.

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Women Who Write are Dangerous

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A sequel to the best-selling Women Who Read Are Dangerous, presenting portraits and profiles of fearless women writers past and present.

Writing has not always been considered a suitable career for women. Indeed, it was once common for women authors to adopt a masculine pseudonym in order to be taken seriously. And even today, some women writers still struggle to obtain the same recognition that is given to their male counterparts. Nevertheless, women throughout the ages have overcome these obstacles to create literature of enduring importance.

This attractive book brings together paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs of some fifty outstanding women authors, from Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, and George Sand to Dorothy Parker, Simone de Beauvoir, and Toni Morrison. Each image is accompanied by an engaging commentary on the writer depicted, discussing the highlights of her career and the major themes of her work. Full of insight and inspiration, this is the perfect gift for any woman who writes.

Stefan Bollmann is the author of several books, including the best-selling Women Who Read Are Dangerous.

Francine Prose, prolific novelist and essayist, is past president of the PEN America Center.

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Battlefields

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A monumental photo book documenting the scenes of more than 3,000 years of human conflict.

After a distinguished—and death-defying—career documenting the wars of today, Yan Morvan decided to undertake a different kind of battlefield photography, one that would show how war has imprinted its awful memory on all of human history, and on the landscape as well. Traveling the globe, he sought out the scenes of history’s most important battles, positioning his 8 × 10 Deardorff view camera to capture the perspective of the soldier on the front lines.

The result of his decade-long quest is this monumental volume, presenting 430 images of 250 historic battlefields, from the Trojan War to Muammar Gaddafi’s last stand. In between are the battlegrounds of the Persian Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, the World Wars, the Vietnam War, and many others. The text includes a concise account of each battle, as well as an interview with Morvan about his work.

Battlefields is a staggering work of art, an important historical document, and a memorial to all those who have fought and died on the battlefield.

Yan Morvan, an award-winning photographer based in Paris, has photographed armed conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Libya.

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Stars of World Soccer

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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: the iconic forwards Ronaldo, Neymar, and Suárez; the legendary goalkeeper Manuel Neuer; and perhaps the greatest player of our time, Lionel Messi. This lively and accessible book features short biographies of some thirty athletes in all: who they are, where they come from, and what they have accomplished.

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.

Illugi Jökulsson is a journalist, editor, and author based in Iceland.

 

PRAISE FOR WORLD SOCCER LEGENDS

These books address a largely unfilled niche: short, highly readable biographies of contemporary soccer stars. The texts are printed over and around voluminous, richly printed photographs. . . . These entries are excellent. —School Library Journal

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Tea Sommelier

A Step-by-Step Guide

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A fun and simple approach to becoming a tea expert, from the founders of the international tea brand Palais de Thés.

Tea, in all its varieties, offers just as much subtlety and complexity as fine wine. In many countries, the tea service is one of the highest expressions of culture, and in the U.S., the tea shop is taking its place alongside the coffee shop. Tea Sommelier will provide the knowledge and practical tips you need to feel at home in the world of tea, in 160 easy lessons.

No matter how much time you have—ten minutes or an hour—this book will always teach you something new and interesting about tea. Topics include the varieties of tea and where they are grown, how to select and prepare tea, how to taste and serve it, how to pair tea with food, and how to cook with tea. Stylish illustrations on every page add extra enjoyment to the process of becoming a true tea sommelier.

François-Xavier Delmas and Mathias Minet are partners in Le Palais des Thés, an international chain of tea boutiques. In 1999, they founded L’École du Thé in Paris to share their knowledge of tea with the public; a second location of the school opened in New York in 2016.

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The Grand Medieval Bestiary

Dragonet Edition

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Now in an affordable edition, a splendid pageant of the animal kingdom as the Middle Ages saw it.

As the 587 colorful images in this magnificent volume reveal, animals were a constant—and delightful—presence in illuminated manuscripts throughout the Middle Ages. They were illustrated not only in bestiaries—the compendiums of animal fact and fable that were exceedingly popular in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries—but in every sort of manuscript, sacred and profane, from the Gospels to the Romance of the Rose.

This book is arranged in manner of a proper bestiary, with essays on the medieval lore and iconography of one hundred creatures alphabetized by their Latin names, from the alauda, or lark, whose morning song was thought to be a hymn to Creation, to the vultur, whose taste for carrion made it a symbol of the sinner who indulges in worldly pleasures. The selection includes a number of creatures that would now be considered fantastic, including the griffin, the manticore, and of course the fabled unicorn.

Christian Heck, professor of art history at the University of Lille, is an authority on illuminated manuscripts.

Rémy Cordonnier, who holds a doctorate in art history, is head of the cultural heritage department of the library of Saint-Omer, France.

 

PRAISE FOR THE GRAND MIDIEVAL BESTIARY

 

This is a huge and beautiful book that feels almost like a trip to the Cloisters between two covers. —New York Daily News

 

 
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Treasures of the Art Institute of Chicago

Paintings from the 19th Century to the Present

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A world-class collection of paintings, in the palm of your hand.

The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the most celebrated paintings from the nineteenth century to the present: Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.

These and nearly three hundred other masterpieces, from Delacroix and Ingres to Takashi Murakami and Kerry James Marshall, are illustrated in a vibrant new edition of this best-selling Tiny Folio. It has been completely revised and updated to bring it up to the present day, and to reveal the full international scope of the Art Institute’s painting collection.

This charming little volume is at once the perfect memento of a visit to the Windy City, and a pocket-sized survey of the styles and subjects of the last two-plus centuries of painting, from Neoclassicism and Romanticism to the pluralistic practices of today’s global art world.

James Rondeau is President and Director of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Enduring Ideals

Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms

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 A landmark volume placing Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms in their historical and artistic context.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt closed his 1941 State of the Union address with a vision of a world founded upon four human values: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. By 1943, America had entered World War II, and inspired to do his part, Norman Rockwell painted a series of four paintings based on these Freedoms.

Rockwell’s innately American interpretations of the Freedoms found a familiar home at The Saturday Evening Post, where they proved overwhelmingly popular. The U.S. government put the works on tour, and they helped raise $133 million for the war effort.

Enduring Ideals reveals the complex and sometimes unexpected story behind FDR’s Freedoms and the role
of Rockwell’s paintings—on tour for the first time in a generation—in illuminating them. In doing so, it brings together other works, by Rockwell and his contemporaries—such as Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks—along with analysis and commentary by art historians and others, including activist Ruby Bridges, artist Daisy Rockwell, and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel.

Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell Museum.

James J. Kimble, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Communication & the Arts, Seton Hall University.

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Stars of Women's Soccer, Second Edition

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The greatest stars of international women's soccer today.

One of the most anticipated sports events on the horizon is the 2019 Women’s World Cup, to be held from June 7 to July 7, in nine French cities, including Lyons, Nice, and Paris. With the last Women’s World Cup breaking records for worldwide viewership, here is required reading in advance of 2019: The World Soccer Legends series completely revised edition of Stars of Women’s Soccer, with 28 of the best female players from around the world. Discover tournament attendees from the world over, including longtime favorites and impressive newcomers, such as American goal-scoring machine Carli Lloyd; tall, Martinique-born defender Wendie Renard; and the razor-sharp Brazilian defender, Marta.

Here is a compilation no fan can do without, filled with all-new photos of the women in action, updated stories that relate each player’s upbringing and unique talents, and callout boxes that distill essential information—including birthdate, flag, height, position, current team, international games, and goal tallies.

Illugi Jökulsson is a journalist, editor, and author based in Iceland.

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World Cup 2018

The Teams, the Stars, the Stories

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Learn all about the 2018 World Cup!

Discover the tournament's brightest stars, including unstoppable scorers Messi, Neymar, and Ronaldo, promising newcomers like France's Mbappé, and the world's best goalkeeper, Neuer. Get the inside scoop on the teams heading to the showdown in Moscow—and why the Americans fell short. Here are the backstories to previous tournaments—from the first small Cup in Uruguay to the shocking French loss in 1996 to Germany's recent triumph in Brazil. Filled with World Cup records, player stats, and incredible action shots of on-field wizardry.

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Zao Wou-Ki

1935-2010

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The most complete monograph on one of the world’s greatest contemporary painters.

Raised in Shanghai, Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) rose to prominence in his adopted France, and was one of the world’s most celebrated artists at the time of his death. Trained in both Western and Chinese painting, Zao’s work transcended both.

“I wanted to paint di erently,” Zao Wou-Ki wrote about his decision to leave China in 1948, and shortly after he landed in Paris, his work took on in uences of Henri Matisse and Paul Klee. As he moved beyond the West for inspiration, Zao gradually moved beyond China, too, employing abstraction; enormous, multi-panel canvases; and bright colors that recall J. M. W. Turner or Franz Kline.

Prepared in cooperation with the artist’s estate, Zao Wou-Ki: 1935–2010 includes excellent color reproductions of more than three hundred works, as well as a biocritical essay, detailed notes on key works, a critical anthology, and an illustrated chronology.

 

Dominique de Villepin is a writer of non ction and poetry. He served as prime minister of France from 2005 to 2007.

Yann Hendgen is a curator and the artistic director of the Zao Wou-Ki Foundation.

Françoise Marquet is the artist’s widow and was a curator at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris.

 

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Wristwatch Annual 2018

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The must-have guide for the collector of fine wristwatches with complete information—including prices—on over 1,400 models made by more than 130 international brands.

The Wristwatch Annual is the classic annual for aficionados of fine watchmaking. It’s a one-stop shop for watch buying, offering complete specs and prices on over 1,400 models by more than 130 international brands, while also tracking the latest developments in the watch industry. In addition to the extensive A–Z section, which includes many new entries, senior editor Marton Radkai presents editorial features that take a closer look at a number of exciting brands on the market today.

Wristwatch Annual is one of the world’s leading wristwatch publications and includes more than 100 of the most important mechanical watch manufacturers, describing their current collections in detail.

Presenting a wide range of wristwatches, with exquisite close-up color photographs and complete specifications for each watch, Wristwatch Annual provides collectors with a wealth of information close at hand. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer—within each producer’s section is a brief history of the brand (with contact information)—and specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and variations. Also included are a glossary and a guide to watch maintenance.

The clear photography, structured layout, and lively writing also makes this book a pleasure to read or just browse.

Peter Braun is editor-in-chief of Germany’s renowned wristwatch magazine Armbanduhren.

 

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF WRISTWATCH ANNUAL

“An absolute staple in any serious collector’s regular reading material.”— TheWatchLounge.com

Wristwatch Annual. . . covers models and specs of fine watches . . . but it is the unusual makers, all with text describing company characteristics, that make the large softcover especially interesting.”— Arizona Daily Star

“An invaluable source of information for anyone who wants a thorough survey of the new additions to the market.” — Plaza Watch

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Ansel Adams (Expanded Edition)

The National Park Service Photographs

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A selection of Ansel Adams' breathtaking images, remastered to celebrate over 100 years of The National Park Service.

Ansel Adams was hired by the United States Department of the Interior to photograph America's national parks, producing this group of breathtaking images.

In 1941, Ansel Adams photographed America's national parks for a series of murals that would celebrate the country's natural heritage. Because of the escalation of World War II, the project was suspended after less than a year, but not before Adams had produced these images, which illustrate both his early innovations and the shape of his later, legendary career as America's foremost landscape photographer.

The invitation to photograph the nation's parklands was the perfect assignment for Adams, as it allowed him to express his deepest convictions as artist, conservationist, and citizen. These stunning photographs of the natural geysers and terraces in Yellowstone, the rocks and ravines in the Grand Canyon, the winding rivers and majestic mountains in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks, the mysterious Carlsbad Caverns, the architecture of ancient Indian villages, and many other evocative views of the American West demonstrate the genius of Adams' technical and aesthetic inventiveness.

In these glorious, seminal images we see the inspired reverence for the wilderness that has made Ansel Adams' work an enduring influence on environmentalism as well as art.

Ansel Adams (1902–1984) was one of the most prolific and highly acclaimed photographers of the twentieth century, and the author of dozens of publications. He helped establish the department of photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and founded the Friends of Photography in Carmel, California, and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A member of the board of directors of the Sierra Club for thirty-seven years, Adams was instrumental in the growth of the American conservationist movement.

Alice Gray is a writer and editor based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in such publications as Art & Auction and Art News.

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Fall 2017 Catalog

This is the Fall 2017 catalog for Abbeville Press which is an independent publisher of timeless fine art and illustrated books. It is also available for download in digital format.

Since its founding in 1977, Abbeville Press has produced books of the highest quality and sophistication—books that are not only meant to be read, but displayed, shared, and treasured for a lifetime.

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Norman Rockwell's A Day in the Life of a Boy

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A day in the life of an American boy, illustrated with Norman Rockwell's iconic illustrations of life

A boy wakes up beside his beloved pet mutt for just another ordinary school day, but some surprises lie ahead! Here is one of Norman Rockwell’s most popular works, paired with a rhyming text that’s perfect for reading aloud or sharing with a grown-up. In classic Rockwell fashion, the almost two dozen pictures will elicit wry smiles of recognition, from young and old, at childhood’s everyday pleasures. At the back of the book is a short biography of Rockwell, as well as a note by Chuck Marsh, who, as a young boy more than sixty-five years ago, posed for the unforgettable series of pictures.

Norman Rockwell is America’s best-known, best-loved illustrator. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boy's Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Eventually he produced work for such magazines as Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post, for which he eventually produced 322 covers. In 1977, the artist received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Will Lach has written many children’s books about art, music, and natural history. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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Norman Rockwell's A Day in the Life of a Girl

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A day in the life of an American girl, illustrated with Normal Rockwell's iconic images of life.

A girl wakes up and tidies her braids before just another ordinary summer day, but some surprises lie ahead! Here is one of Norman Rockwell’s most popular works, paired with a rhyming text that’s perfect for reading aloud or sharing with a grown-up. In classic Rockwell fashion, the almost two dozen pictures will elicit wry smiles of recognition, from young and old, at childhood’s everyday pleasures. At the back of the book is a short biography of Rockwell, as well as a note by Mary Whalen Leonard, who, as a young girl more than sixty-five years ago, posed for the charming series of pictures

Norman Rockwell is America’s best-known, best-loved illustrator. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boy's Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Eventually he produced work for such magazines as Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post, for which he eventually produced 322 covers. In 1977, the artist received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Will Lach has written many children’s books about art, music, and natural history. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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