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Metamorphoses: (Latin Text) (Latin Edition)
Metamorphoses: (Latin Text) (Latin Edition)
by Ovid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Ovid's naked text, 7 April 2017
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This is a complete text in Latin. No comments, no various readings. A print-on-command edition from Poland.
As most editions on Amazon turned out to be translations, not the original, any reliable edition of the very text is welcome. Ovid is a wonderful read, and if you ever learnt Latin you want the text in original.


Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
by Ovid
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £3.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Good school selection of Latin text with comments in German, 7 April 2017
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This review is from: Metamorphoses (Perfect Paperback)
This is a German selection for schools, with a generous vocabulary on each page and some good general comments. It is, however, far from a complete edition of the entire Latin text, a fact which was not clear from the amazon page. Ovid is a fascinating read once you get into the atmosphere and style; if once upon a time you studied Latin such a commented choice of texts is handy. The volume itself is small and easy to handle.
So good but not at all a full edition.


Das Historische Grüne Gewölbe zu Dresden: Die barocke Schatzkammer
Das Historische Grüne Gewölbe zu Dresden: Die barocke Schatzkammer
by Dirk Syndram
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide book for a collection of marvels, 1 May 2016
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Dresden, one of the richer museum cities in the world, was left a smoldering ruin by one night of bombs in early 1945. . Since then work has been going on to restore the historical centre from the 18th century. The collection of goldsmiths' craft in the Green Vault is nowadays housed in two separate museums, one of them being a comparatively recent reconstruction of the ancient splendour This book is a scholarly guide book to this, the so-called Historical Green Vault, with excellent photos of the different rooms and a scholarly presentation of the most outstanding works there, in such materials as amber, ebony, rock crystal, gems, gold and silver etc.
One of the finest collections in the world for anybody interested in baroque splendour, finally presented in its original shape. Truly beautiful scholarly guide, whetting your appetite for a visit of your own.


Foxglove Summer: The Fifth PC Grant Mystery
Foxglove Summer: The Fifth PC Grant Mystery
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient magic in the countryside, 1 May 2016
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I enjoyed all the rivers of London stories but this pleased me particularly. It takes place in the countryside and there is less of cruelty in it, more of faery and unicorns. Good as a change from the urban stress of the previous novels.


Die Juwelen der Könige: Schmuckensembles des 18. Jahrhunderts aus dem Grünen Gewölbe
Die Juwelen der Könige: Schmuckensembles des 18. Jahrhunderts aus dem Grünen Gewölbe
by Dirk Syndram
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Male splendour in Dresden, 1 May 2016
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A magnificent and very well researched presentation of a unique collection of jewellery.
In the 18th century the rulers of Saxony and Poland - August the Strong and his son August III - ordered complete sets of jewelled ornaments for their royal representation. This was the highest fashion of the time, with Louis XIV of France as the model, but nothing similar has survived outside of Dresden. Every set is dominated by one type of precious stones, the most extensive one being set with carnelians. Other sets display either sapphires, emeralds, rubies and spinels, just diamonds, both rose-cut and brilliant cut stones.. as well as agates and topazes.. Everything from elegant rapiers to several dozens of huge diamond-set buttons. The most striking gem is the green Dresden, some 41 carats, shown on the cover in its breath-taking setting for a hat .
Big photos of high quality and specialist texts.
A unique European treasury for male rulers only although the book also describes the hereditary jewels for women. Fascinating, a scholarly work of
adorable beauty.


The Golden Age of Flowers: Botanical Illustration in the Age of Discovery 1600-1800
The Golden Age of Flowers: Botanical Illustration in the Age of Discovery 1600-1800
by Celia Fisher
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plant pictures from two centuries, 8 Nov. 2014
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A knowledgeable and richly varied choice of botanical illustrations from about 1600 to 1800. A useful introduction is followed by an alphabetical arrangemang after plants, each with a short text. The most skilled artist here by far is Redouté while the strongest personality seems to be that of Maria Sibylla Merian.
Good but not outstanding.


Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beowulf still up and about, 8 Nov. 2014
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A prose translation from the 1920's and some learned notes by the professor himself. Also Tolkien's own version of what a folik tale and a ballad on this subject might have looked like.
Not a bad choice for those who want to have a closer look at Beowulf


The Medieval Flower Book
The Medieval Flower Book
by Celia Fisher
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful overview, 8 Nov. 2014
Illustrations from medieval herbals and, most importantly, from illuminated manuscripts of outstanding beauty are arranged alphabetically according to plants, with a short text.
Beautiful and an easy read by a writer well versed with the subject


The Complete Taj Mahal: and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra
The Complete Taj Mahal: and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra
by Ebba Koch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy tribute to the most beautiful of buildings, 30 Oct. 2014
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Ebba Koch has devoted her professional life to the study of Mughal palaces and gardens and this book covers all you could ever want to know about the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal.
Lots of photos and quite a number of paintings from the last two centuries, including anonymous Indian artists from the early 19th century, complement the text with its inclusion of descriptions from many sources, even from the court historian of Shah Jahan.
An engaging read and highly pleasant just for browsing as well


Flowers of the Renaissance
Flowers of the Renaissance
by Celia Fisher
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Floral bonanza, 30 Oct. 2014
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A beautiful and generous selection of flowers in paintings. manuscripts, tapestries and even jewels from the 15th and 16th centuries with some additons from the 14th and 17th centuries. Many details help you to explore such works as Botticelli's Primavera and the two sets of unicorn tapestries, plus lots of other lesser known works. The book is not arranged chronologically but according to the flower in question which gives some fine juxtapositions.
A splendid synopsis of its theme, not least for the lover of fine art.


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