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on 29 October 2011
I randomly came across this book on one of my regular 'new title' hunts. What attracted me to it primarily was the grand title, 'The Empire of Death' coupled with the shroud like black cover with gold embossed border and typography.
The book is beautiful primarily because it understands the interest of the reader - the morbid, Giger'esque underground palace atriums lined with the bones of thousands of human beings. There is a reason why the phrase: "a picture is worth a thousand words," and this publication strikes a very delicate balance between double spreads, full and half page photography of various elements of these strange skeletal constructions, whilst providing in-depth history and annotation very cleanly presented alongside it.
A must have for those fascinated by culture, human behaviour, baroque-religious iconography and quality publication design.