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In Italy
In Italy
by Roloff Beny
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The photographer's adopted home, 6 April 2016
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Italy became the photographer's adopted home, and he clearly had a vast archive to choose from here. Of Beny's many books on a single country, this is certainly the thickest, with photos sometimes crammed into the double-page spreads. Because he is not quite an outsider in Italy he is more than usually concerned to simply document the architectural detail and sculpture of his favourite sights, and I missed the deep spiritual insights of his books on Persia and India and the Classical world. His book-design has reached its height of luxury here and the material is dominated by the pleasurable Renaissance period. Anthony Thwaite's text accompaniment is a belle-lettriste history of each region; the historical notes to the photos are informative and not too long-winded.


TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON
by Roloff Beny
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The photographer's homeland, 6 April 2016
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sub-titled "Roloff Beny in Canada", the photographer's native country. First published in the year of Montreal's Expo'67, Canada's national centenary year, it provided a vehicle for national self-assessment, with short essays by various contributors (including Marshall McLuhan) on aspects of Canada's development from its geology to its modern architecture, interspersed with many snippets of Canadian poetry (including Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot). Although "published" by Longmans the book was produced luxuriously by Thames&Hudson; the large-format first edition went through several printings, but beware the later second edition was much reduced in size. - these photos deserve to be seen as big as possible. Beny had already produced his three 'signature' volumes on the ancient architecture and landscape of the Mediterranean, and returned to his homeland seeing it again with new eyes. Along with the Leipzig Book Prize-winning "Japan in Colour", this was the first of his method in several books concentrating on the landscape and culture of a single nation, which was to reach its apex with "Persia Bridge of Turquoise". The photography of this book is mainly monotint and not as sophisticated as his very best work but there are many characteristic gems.


Told After Supper
Told After Supper
by Jerome K. Jerome
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.94

3.0 out of 5 stars the soulless first half of a ghostly book..., 31 Mar. 2016
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For anyone who might complain that 32 pages is barely a book, please note that this publication constitutes the first half of the excellent "After Supper Ghost Stories and other tales" by JKJ,(-and taking up 67 pages of it by including the original charming 1891 illustrations) in paperback reprint 1990 by Alan Sutton Publishing, which adds 6 more and longer stories to make up a very decent 175 pages in total. Now that's 4-star value. Even considering the soulless Kindle version of "Told After Supper" is currently Free!


The Norse Myths
The Norse Myths
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the girdle of flint-grey water..., 5 Mar. 2016
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a poet-scholar; this is a gritty spare prose re-telling of the Norse myths as if each chapter were part of a unified arcing cycle of Viking cosmology. But his Introductory material and thorough end-Notes show him to be a formidable historian and cultural anthropologist as well, steeped in this era and its literature. As a 10-year-old I was introduced to the world of the Vikings by the wonderful Roger Lancelyn-Green, but I think Kevin Crossley-Holland speaks beautifully to that age-group as well as to the adult. I recommend finding publisher Andre Deutsch's hardback edition which features delightful wood-cut-style illustrations of Norse art throughout. Here's his start of the Marriage of Njord and Skadi: "Beyond the girdle of flint-grey water and the loveless lava flows, beyond the burning blue crevasses, lay Thrymheim, the storm-home of Skadi....". As thoroughly recommended as his translations from "The Anglo-Saxon World".


Uncollected Wodehouse
Uncollected Wodehouse
by P. G. Wodehouse
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars mostly uncollected early Wodehouse, 5 Mar. 2016
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One can never give less than 4 stars for Wodehouse's prose. These are early wry essays and 'romances' using a light comic tone, rather than the comedy stories of his pomp, but still a pleasurable read after the reader has exhausted the novels. Gathered from magazines like "Strand", "Pearson's", "The Captain" and "Illustrated Sunday Magazine". The compiler is an American Wodehouse expert, but has included among these "uncollected" pieces "The Man Upstairs", the title-story of a book published in England in 1914. Highlights are one of the Reggie Pepper stories, and interestingly his only Detective story, which owes a lot to the Sherlock Holmes canon, and although it starts with a brilliant conceit one can see why Plum wrote no more of these. 200+ pages of 14 stories and 15 short magazine articles from 1900-1919.


Goodbye Again: The Definitive Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Goodbye Again: The Definitive Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
by William Cook
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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the essential comic companion to its twin publication "Tragically I was an only twin".


The Fugitive, The (Remembrance of Things Past, Part 11)
The Fugitive, The (Remembrance of Things Past, Part 11)
by Marcel Proust
Edition: Audio Cassette

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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the funniest of the series!


Belles Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry
Belles Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry
by Millard Meiss
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Hours, 28 July 2014
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Sumptuously produced book; life-size reproductions of the decorated pages, the complex ones in fabulous colour, (the 'gold-leaf' truly glisters), arranged in facing pages as in the original; many individual saints' pictures in b+w collected at the end. Some good detailed analyses of the picture-sequences, and much energy of the author expended on attributing miniatures to the individual Limbourg brother identified stylistically. Topped and tailed by readable concise scholarly commentary. Best of all, just as originally intended, this volume can be used meditatively with great enjoyment and tranquillity, for many Beautiful Hours.


The Anglo-Saxon World
The Anglo-Saxon World
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars satisfyingly comprehensive selection, 3 Nov. 2013
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a broad selection from all areas of Anglo-Saxon literature - from the Chronicle and statute laws for the historian, from the epics and elegies for the poet, riddles and charms from everyday life, hymns sermons letters and biographies for the theologian. satisfying gobbets of everything selected by crossley-holland from the specialist translators - the famous poems translated in full by himself, a clear-thinking poet who loves this subject. my hardback edition from boydell press has plenty of good b+w photos. thoroughly recommended.


A Complete Guide to Heraldry
A Complete Guide to Heraldry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no illustrations, apparently, 3 Nov. 2013
a warning that although this is the authoritative text on the subject, this kindle edition doesn't seem to have any illustrations - the aspect that makes it both authoritative and explanatory - even though it credits an illustrator! v. poor.
note that fox-davies writing in the early 1900s published 3 successive versions of the book - "The Art of Heraldry: an Encyclopedia of Armory" was the first lavishly illustrated work with many exotic examples; the "Handbook" came next as a refinement; and finally the "Complete Guide" with more diagrammatic and comprehensive-but-simple illustrations. the text of the introductory matter was largely unchanged. cheap reprints of the Encyclopedia 1976+1986 and the Complete Guide 1993etc are widely available - so don't bother with these kindle versions.


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