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New York Line by Line [Hardcover]

Robinson
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10 Nov 2009
In the early ’60s, Robinson, a German illustrator, visited New York and documented his trip in his signature style, the self-described "X-ray view," in which he depicts important buildings simultaneously from within and without (instead of showing exactly what was already visible in photographs). Today, with such programs available as Freehand and Illustrator, Robinson is considered a graphics pioneer. From a Greenwich Village restaurant to Chinatown’s Mott Street; from a Museum of Modern Art exhibit to takeoffs and landings at Kennedy Airport; and from the Rockefeller Center ice rink to Times Square, New Yorkers and tourists alike will savor Robinson’s beautiful and meticulous re-creations. The book also includes updated urban facts.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing (10 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318367
  • Product Dimensions: 33.5 x 30.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and astonishing work 21 Mar 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is an art book done in line art by German illustrator Robinson (1910-1994). On the book jacket, it says he has created hundreds of thousands of drawings, not just for New York. That sounds incredible but not hard to believe when you go through the pages.

It was first published in 1967 and this is a very welcome reprint. Looking at the illustrations is like traveling back in time to 60s New York, Manhattan precisely. The impressive skyscrapers were already up, and the 60s cars are all still crowding the streets.

The aerial drawings of Manhattan are breathtaking in astonishing detail. There are many in the book. New York Line By Line only has 64 pages, but the format is huge, great for showing off the line art.

I've been to Manhattan on holiday before and these drawings gives me fond memories of the place. Many are from the exact spot where I stood. There are drawings from the top of Empire State Building, at Park Avenue, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral,Rockefeller Center, Time Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Kennedy Airport and more.

Through the drawings, you can see how New York has changed with its people and landscape. Buildings at Time Square were just a few floors tall back then. Today, their top can't even be captured in photographs.

I like the last section where they compare numbers from the 60s New York with present day. There were 3000 shoe stores back then and now only 620. It's interesting to see how businesses have evolved through those numbers, many which changed drastically.

This is an impressive and astonishing book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value 29 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
Lovely image and awesome print quality for the price. As someone else said it would be well worth buying a copy to frame the images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... 19 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
to put it simple... this is a beautiful collection of line drawings by one great artist. at such a great price too. we are going to buy another copy so we can frame certain images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic unique view of NY 19 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
A great book for any one who loves NY. A beautiful look at NY in the late 60's with intriguing drawings with a sense of humor. You feel like you're getting an inside look at the time period. The level of detail is extraordinary and amazing completely from line drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and astonishing work 21 Mar 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an art book done in line art by German illustrator Robinson (1910-1994). On the book jacket, it says he has created hundreds of thousands of drawings, not just for New York. That sounds incredible but not hard to believe when you go through the pages.

It was first published in 1967 and this is a very welcome reprint. Looking at the illustrations is like traveling back in time to 60s New York, Manhattan precisely. The impressive skyscrapers were already up, and the 60s cars are all still crowding the streets.

The aerial drawings of Manhattan are breathtaking in astonishing detail. There are many in the book. New York Line By Line only has 64 pages, but the format is huge, great for showing off the line art.

I've been to Manhattan on holiday before and these drawings gives me fond memories of the place. Many are from the exact spot where I stood. There are drawings from the top of Empire State Building, at Park Avenue, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral,Rockefeller Center, Time Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Kennedy Airport and more.

Through the drawings, you can see how New York has changed with its people and landscape. Buildings at Time Square were just a few floors tall back then. Today, their top can't even be captured in photographs.

I like the last section where they compare numbers from the 60s New York with present day. There were 3000 shoe stores back then and now only 620. It's interesting to see how businesses have evolved through those numbers, many which changed drastically.

This is an impressive and astonishing book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 19 Dec 2009
By Avi Ewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
New York City is dazzling on a large scale and in its details. Much art representing the metropolis gets taken up with the compression of people, buildings, clutter and clambor. These drawings distill these elements to offer the brilliance in a very different, special and eye-opening way.

This presentation showcases the eye and hand of a wonderful observer in the city who reduces landmarks and general views to single color studies that present the essence of each urban scene in a large-scale collection of impressions showing scores of the component parts of Gotham.

Each individual drawing has its own character and variety to match that of the city. There are works jammed with molecular parts that demand close attention, others spaced to offer a sense of the open areas to be found within the mass of the place, reverse-printed scenes with an amazing feel of the buildings at night, and closeup representations of the storefronts or people that give the city its distinctive makeup.

The spectacle of NYC is made special, spectacular, by a simply beautiful edition here that highlights the talents of both artist and editor.

Revel in it.
5.0 out of 5 stars great sketches 6 Mar 2014
By texellence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
just what i was looking for, the cover is very indicative of the contents, nicely done and exactly what i was looking for.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 3 Mar 2014
By Adam J Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly incredible the detail in this book, you can look at it for pages and pages and always think you are seeing something new. great coffee table book
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea! 18 Aug 2013
By JMCW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my husband, who is an architect, for his birthday. Since we recently relocated to New York, it was a really relevant gift.

Not only did he love it for its relevancy, he also thinks it's an awesome book. We have it on our coffee table, and guests have admired it greatly so far. It's really a beautiful book with lots to look at on the pages. I think even young children would like to flip through the pages and look at all the "busy" artwork.

Really a beautiful book, an excellent gift. We highly recommend it.
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