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Colt

An American Legend

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A must-have for every collector and enthusiast, this official history of Colt firearms illustrates and describes every model in every variation, from 1836 to 1986.

No inventor in the history of American industry has captured the imagination the way Samuel Colt did. His revolving pistol became synonymous with American genius and invention, gave birth to a great manufacturing empire, and was legendary in the history of the Civil War, in the taming of the West, and in campaigns and adventures all over the world--wherever Colonel Colt's invention "made men equal."

With more than 3300 color photographs and 115 in black-and-white (all taken especially for this book), Colt: An American Legend illustrates and describes every model Colt produced between 1836 and 1986. There has never been a bigger, more beautiful, or more extraordinary book in the firearms field. The large format of the book allows many of the firearms to be shown full size, and the history, development, and importance of each model and variation are presented and described in authoritative detail.

A unique appendix traces the complete serial numbers and year of manufacture of every Colt model — making this book a remarkable and invaluable guide for every serious collector and dealer.

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Franz Kline

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Acclaimed as the definitive volume on Kline, this book provides firsthand accounts of his Bohemian life and powerful work.

Franz Kline spent years struggling to find a style for himself and then achieved "overnight success" with his dramatic black-and-white abstractions. They were, in fact, so successful that they overwhelmed every other aspect of Kline's art, and as a result he has been oversimplified and underestimated. Based on nearly 20 years of research, this seminal monograph provides a comprehensive view of Kline's life and work and reveals how unexpectedly complex they both were.Using interviews with the artist's friends and critics, and quoting from his letters, the author has created an evocative portrait of Kline's evolution from ambitious art student, to penniless Greenwich Village artist painting murals in bars, to, finally, a mature artist in command of his own unique and hard-won style. With its detailed yet thoroughly readable text and 170 illustrations (many published here for the first time), this book brings to light much new information about Kline and enriches our appreciation and understanding of his art.

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Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt

A Self-Portrait

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In pungent, often hilarious remarks, Eisenstaedt tells the story of some of the best-known portraits of our time, making this album a page-turner as well as a unique diary of the man and his century.

Internationally celebrated photojournalist, master of the candid camera, Alfred Eisenstaedt enlivened Life magazine and Associated Press media with memorable pictures for over sixty years. Giving history a face, the more than one hundred photographs especially assembled for this book range from Hitler's Germany to Berlin in 1980, from Hemingway in Cuba to Jack and Jackie Kennedy on Cape Cod, from Marlene Dietrich as a top-hatted star in 1928 to V.J. Day in Times Square, 1945. Ninety-two covers of Life carried photographs by "Eisie," as the irrepressible bantam-size photographer was known, and he traveled worldwide on more than 2,500 assignments. His pungent, often hilarious anecdotes tell how he captured some of the best-known portraits and subjects of our time and make this album a page-turner as well as a unique diary of the man and his century.

With brilliant duotone reproductions and a full chronology of Eisenstaedt's exuberant life, this book will delight the photography lover and the general reader alike. With its gallery of personalities and engaging human-interest subjects, Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt evokes the era when press photographers strived to create a universal language-insightful, urbane, sometimes comic, always succinct in content and form. The book is based on interviews with Eisenstaedt by Peter Adam, the British television personality, for the acclaimed BBC TV series, "Great Master Photographers."

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The Hawaiian Shirt

Its Art and History

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In this beautiful little book — illustrated with dozens of shirts — Thomas Steele tells the story of this remarkable art form, details its different varieties, discusses the materials, designers, and manufacturers, and presents the fine points that make a shirt collectible.

Unknown in the Islands until missionaries introduced a drab forerunner to cover "heathen nakedness" — which the irrepressible Hawaiians soon decorated with hand-printed geometric motifs from the traditional tapa cloth — the genuine Hawaiian shirt is now regarded as a work of art and avidly sought out by collectors. When tourism came to Hawaii in the late 1920s, these unusual shirts were among the first things that visitors had to have. Local designers and tailors worked quickly to meet the demand and began to expand the range of decoration to include palm trees and romantic beaches, tropical jungles and volcanoes, exotic flowers and scenes from Polynesian legend. The Hawaiian shirt had been born.

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Old Master Paintings in North America

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Old Master Paintings in North America reveals the astonishing variety and quality of North American collections, the results of over one hundred years of inspired collecting by individual collectors and public institutions. It may be no surprise that the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. have a large number of El Grecos, for example. But how many of us are aware that works by El Greco can also be found in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Sarasota, Florida; Glen Falls, New York; and in Ottawa and Montreal?

The only guide of its kind, Old Master Paintings in North America provides a complete and fully captioned listing of every painting in U.S. and Canadian collections by fifty selected old master painters–from the early Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century. This volume also contains a valuable geographical index which provides vital museum-going information: addresses, hours, and admission fees, as well as listing of other important painters represented in the museums.

In addition to helping the reader locate these masterpieces, Old Master Painting in North America also provides the means for more fully enjoying these great treasures. The author, Mr. John Morse–a noted art historian and critic–provides brief biographical entries for each of the fifty painters, and longer essays analyzing the significance of their work. The book is lavishly illustrated with large full-page color plates as well as over one hundred black-and-white illustrations. This book is not only for the tourist, but also for the armchair traveler who can also enjoy the wonderful treasures in North America’s museums.

Old Master Paintings in North America is a beautiful addition to anyone’s art-book library, and an indispensable companion for the art-living traveler, for the student and scholar.

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