14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Spoiled by impossibly small typeface,
This review is from: Islam: Art and Architecture (Art & Architecture) (Flexibound)
Everything the previous reviewer said is true - this is a marvellously informative book. It breaks the Islamic world up into culturally and geographically distinct regions and looks at the art and, especially, the architecture in some detail. There are also chapters on calligraphy. There are many beautiful photographs, and a number of plans, maps and tables. I know very little about the subject so can't vouch for the quality of the text but it seems very good - the illustrations are superb.
The only problem is the typeface. My eyesight isn't perfect but it's not bad. This type is so small, presumably in order to fit all the text into manageable number of pages, that reading it for any length of time is an unpleasant experience. I can't think of any book I've seen with such small type in the main text - it almost looks like one enormous footnote. If your eyesight is up to it, or you don't plan to read the text much, but simply want to enjoy the pictures, then this is a beautiful book. Otherwise it might be worth looking elsewhere.