• RRP: £37.75
  • You Save: £2.86 (8%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Central Park, an American... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by fatbrainbooks
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: May contain minimal notes added by highlighter and/or pen and may be slightly damaged. Dispatch Same Working Day, (Delivery 2-4 business days, Courier For Heavy/Expensive Items) Money Back Guarantee, 99.3% Customer Satisfaction
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Central Park, an American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park Hardcover – 28 Apr 2003

5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£34.89
£20.00 £9.29
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£34.89 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Central Park, an American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park
  • +
  • Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide to the World's Greatest Urban Park
Total price: £51.77
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 01 edition (28 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810939460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810939462
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description

Review

There is more to Central Park than meets the eye or is seen at the movies: 843 acres of prime, green land in the middle of one of the most important cities of the world. And man-made too, the landscape sculpted by thousands of men over twenty years to create a haven in the midst of a bustling city. Originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it has continued to evolve for 150 years and this superb book has been produced to celebrate this great piece of art, this American earthwork, in all its glory. Author and photographer Sara Cedar Miller, the official historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy, expertly leads the reader through its labyrinthine walkways, exploring the avenues, terraces, meadows and ravines, all beautifully encapsulated within her stunning photographs. Little known hideaways and gardens are revealed, accompanied by their history and examinations of their wildlife and flora. It is a marvel that this can survive in the midst of New York City and is a testament to the Conservancy of their care and management. Archival footage reveals the evolution of this great garden over the last century and a half and this work will no doubt become a valuable reference for future generations in its continuing development of this American masterpiece. - Lucy Watson

About the Author

Sara Cedar Miller has been the photographer for the Central Park Conservancy since 1984, and its official historian since 1989. Miller lectures extensively on the history of Central Park, serves as a park spokesperson on radio and television, conducts specialized tours, and has taught a popular course on the park at the New School in New York City. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
6
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Central Park reigns supreme as the world's greatest urban park and by a very long way. To find, explore, relax in and experience the verdant exuberances of this large island of calm and serenity surrounded by towering edifices, cacophonous noises, and maddening milling humanity is truly wonderous.

The author, a photographer and official historian for The Central Park Conservancy has produced a captivating story of this green miracle complemented by her photographs, and original plans and drawings.

If you cannot get to visit Central Park, and everyone should try if humanly and economically possible, then this publication is next best.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous book - gorgeous pictures and everything you could ever want to know about the history and running of this wonderful park. I wish I had owned this book before I visited the Park - certainly, any future visits will be more planned as this book highlights so many features that one could never just come upon in a limited time. I thoroughly recommend this book - such good value too!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
London has Hyde Park, and Regents Park, both of which although impressive, were built for the upper classes of days gone by, for those with the money and the stature to be able to access the green lawns of south London.

Starting from the very beginning, this book guides you through at a clinically forenisic, but wholly engrossing and digestable, story of New York's Central Park. Every detail that went into the parks construction is covered in some way - even the engravings on the park steps, which were designed to represent the four seasons, are carefully explained and pictorally represented over ten pages in a level of detail I have never encountered outside of academic literature.

The most unique characteristic of this fine book is the fact that it includes, but not in too much detail - a good thing of a art book, the politics behind the competition and political duelling that went on behind the engineering work at the time. Another gem to add to the list.

The pictures that populate the pages of this book are truly awesome. It's not a 'wordy' book as the author wants to draw you in with pictures, but again it is not a photo album - The bias towards pictures is what, for me inparticular, makes it a great read (or should that be 'look'), and worthwhile purchase.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback