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3.0 out of 5 stars Not gloomy enough, 16 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses (Hardcover)
I bought this as a present for someone who revels in skeletons and death. There are good photographs, if a bit samey, but perhaps that might be expected. What I found difficult was the very small print and rather difficult to read type face. The gothic production doesn't really work. However if you want to know about ossuaries etc, I think you can learn a bit and it shows various ones which you might like to visit.
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Initial post: 24 Nov 2012 16:36:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2013 16:50:12 BDT
A Reader says:
I think the 'gothic' production works remarkably well, really matching the subject matter and lending a high quality aesthetic to the book. However what I mainly wanted to say was in agreement with your pointing out how small the type is. It really does affect readability and was a very poor choice and mistake by the publishers on this occasion.

For others, if you wish to mainly read about the history of charnel houses and ossuaries and are concerned about any overly small text, please be warned here before any purchase. Many of the photos, and more that are not in the book, are freely available on the author's website. However, if your eyesight is very good or if you mainly wish to have good photographic reproductions then the reproductions in the book are of excellent quality and it is to be recommended.
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