I chose this book for the time period and was very surprised when it arrived - it's huge and really heavy, too big to fit in any bookcase I have, and I have many bookcases. The only way to read this is to use a table or a desk and that is annoying. I probably should have looked at the dimensions before I bought it, but it didn't even occur to me. One of the reasons is that each chapter is in 3 languages, English, German and French. Having said all that it is beautifully illustrated and is great value for money. Each chapter is written by someone who is clearly an expert in their chosen period and I learned a lot from it. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the subject, just find a very large bookcase to keep it in!