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The Lifeboat that Saved the World

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“Will appeal to teens with an interest in ancient epics… The author provides a careful and detailed explanation of how this story was found and why, after thousands of years, people are still able to decipher the ancient cuneiform. The story is rich in its characterization and the arguments between the gods are humorous.”

— School Library Journal

Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art

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“Beautiful…Some writers, such as Banville, respond directly and insightfully to a painting; others, such as Evelyn Conlon, imagine themselves into the subject's consciousness…Seamus Heaneys last poem, 'Banks of Canal,' written 10 days before his death, is but one of many treasures in the volume.”

— Star Tribune

“This attractive book offers stimulating insights into how art is perceived and how it inspires…Recommended.”

— Choice

“A powerful examination, highly recommended for any collection strong in Irish culture …”

— Midwest Book Review

“An incredibly beautiful and rich book.”

— Irish American News

Lives of the Great Gardeners

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“Stephen Anderton pays homage to gardeners throughout history in this wonderfully illustrated book. The 40 biographies, which cover 500 years of gardening around the world, plow cleanly through the lives and work of each gardener. He includes contextual cross-references and, before each biography, lists events from the gardeners' birth and death years. Anderton's style, erudite and whimsical, delightfully dominates. The nearly 250 illustrations balance his words in a sprightly and convivial marriage.”

— Publishers Weekly

“From this compilation of great gardeners, modern landscape architects and designers and home gardeners can learn some of the history and development of their art and craft.”

— Booklist

Living Africa

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“[Bloom’s] photographs are intimate and touching and often surreal… and you will revel in their magic.”

— Boston Herald

Living With Books

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“Love books? Fashion? Interior design? Check out this pretty guide to the personal libraries of artists, designers, and collectors.”

— Image Magazine

“With the popularity of reading on digital devices has come appreciation for bound pages and printed words, and this volume will inspire.”

— Library Journal

“More than just a design book of ideas about what to do with your tomes, this marvelous text is like an enabling coach for the book lover.”

— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lomo Life: The Future is Analog

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“If this were music, Lomographers would be the ‘rockists.’”

— Picture Professional

“The text is wonderfully informative and the images burst with Lomo’s trademark freedom, fun, and chance…The collection showcases photos as highly colorful conversations: spontaneous and prolific.”

— Lomo Life

London A to Z

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“More than 60 years after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II brought droves of visitors to London, this whimsical guide to the city and its inhabitants is rereleased to celebrate the queen’s 90th year. Writer Peyton Skipworth [contributes a] new introduction [and] discusses what and who is still standing.”

— Library Journal

London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City

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“The 100 finely crafted interviews and profiles here focus not only on traditional categories of visual and performing artists, but reach further to tap into less obvious wellsprings of an urban creative scene. London Burning provides an endlessly energizing experience… A living, sizzling sketchbook.”

— Passport Magazine

“The book – which has been expertly edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and features an essay by Gregor Muir, director of London’s ICA – also gives insights on the tribal dynamics and unique drive that underpin the city’s creative landscape.”

— Artnet

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps, 1939-1945

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“The scale of the maps (1:2,500) is enough to picture individual buildings, allowing the collection overall to create a fastidious portrait of sustained carnage… documenting destruction and heartbreak that is hard to fathom. This unusual and high-quality contribution to World War II collections will be welcomed in all libraries.”

— Library Journal

The Lost Tombs of Thebes: Ancient Egypt: Life in Paradise

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“Exquisitely detailed color photographs.”

— Natural History

“The ‘book experience’ is actually superior to the empirical one, especially when objects and monuments are presented – as they are in these photos – with flawless lighting and minutely focused amazing details.”

— KMT Magazine

“Spectacular…. Highly recommended for anyone, general or specialist, with an interest in ancient Egypt.”

— Library Journal

“Exquisitely detailed color photographs of mural and wall carvings record the religious and social scene in Egypt thirty-six centuries ago, as experienced not by pharaohs, but by lesser court figures, viziers, generals, architects, and priests.”

— Natural History Magazine

“A clear and scholarly narrative of the tombs of the officials or nobles of the Pharaohs in the New Kingdom period… The acclaimed Italian photographer, Sandro Vannini, provides the magnificent large format images in this beautiful book.”

— Las Cruces Sun-News.com

The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego: Selk'nam, Yamana, Kawésqar

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“what we see is the human body transformed, redesigned into representations of spirits”

— Design Observer

“A very important work not to be missed…The book features a selection of 1,200 images that were recently digitized from Gusinde’s original negatives and prints housed in the Anthropos Institute in Germany. The “bewitching quality” of images taken between 1919 and 1924 brings these extinct cultures alive with marvelous portraits, some with wonderful smiling faces, which are rich in cultural and religious activities with all the valuable ethnographic details and beauty of a landscape and its original people.”

— Choice

“Arresting …Not only pays tribute to Gusinde’s images, but the profound cultural loss they represent.”

— The Explorers Journal

“Photography was an important aspect of Gusinde’s scientific and humanistic endeavor, and The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego is the first book to address this aspect of his work in its own right…Bewitchingly surreal.”

— The New York Review of Books

“Extraordinary…A memorial to a people and a culture that were vanished from this earth.”

— Crave

“A mesmerizing collection of photographs by the German priest and anthropologist Martin Gusinde, made in the course of four expeditions between 1918 and 1924… Gusinde's approach was both respectful and scientific; his pictures of wild costumes and total nudity alike are as rigorously framed as those his compatriots Bernd and Hilla Becher later made of disappearing industrial architecture—they share a taxonomic consideration that rewards the viewer with a stern but involving rhythm.”

— The New York Times Book Review

Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow

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“This capacious, precisely detailed biography, the first in a quarter-century, was a long time in the making and consequently brims with diligently mined and carefully weighed revelations. Wilson’s fascinating, well-illustrated explication of Nevelson’s artistic quest reignites appreciation for the profound complexity, evocative beauty, and mystical power of her work.”

— Booklist (starred review)

“The depth and beauty of this book is extraordinary. I lived with Louise Nevelson for almost twenty-five years and never asked questions that I thought would be intrusive. Laurie Wilson’s brilliant biography answers those questions with remarkable insight.”

— Diana Mackown, Nevelson's longtime assistant and friend

“Based on primary sources—especially unpublished interviews with the artist, her family, friends, and dealers— Laurie Wilson presents new information, adroitly separates fact from fiction, and reveals the complex personality of a much admired but little understood artist.”

— Valerie J. Fletcher, art historian and curator

“Laurie Wilson finds a delicate and delicious balance between art history and psychoanalysis in this authoritative, exhaustive biography. With an opulence that Nevelson herself would have admired, Wilson proclaims her subject’s genius and sculpts a permanent place for Nevelson alongside her most admired contemporary, Pablo Picasso.”

— Vera Camden, Professor of Psychiatry and English Literature

“Reads like a thriller with the hero, art, as savior… This compelling biography examines Nevelson’s inner life, and portrays her as an artist, woman, and complex human being. It is fascinating to read how she cultivated her image and rose to prominence in what was the macho art world of her time with her evolved and original works. Wilson’s refreshing account also includes Nevelson’s inspirational friends—many of them women—from the movers and shakers of her era. At last a major, yet inclusive, work in the genre of Art History!”

— Jane McAdam Freud, sculptor

“In this biography of Ukrainian-born American sculpture artist Louise Nevelson, famous for her work with shadow boxes and black wooden walls, Wilson, a practicing psychoanalyst who teaches at NYU, uses her professional expertise to explore the inner life and motivations of the artist and her artwork. Wilson details the artist’s eccentricities and places Nevelson’s success in the context of the 1970s, specifically the male-dominated contemporary art scene in N.Y.C. Her descriptions of Nevelson’s art are vivid, carefully observed, and insightful.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A much-needed, comprehensive biography of a great American artist. Wilson, an art historian and practicing psychoanalyst, is perfectly suited to write this intimate, revealing biography of the artist she interviewed many times and considers "one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth-century.''”

— Kirkus Reviews

“In Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow, Laurie Wilson maps Nevelson''s art onto [her] complicated personal history. As an art historian and psychoanalyst, the author probes into her subject''s inner life, especially the conscious and unconscious themes that animate the artwork. Numerous interviews, conducted with a wide range of sources, are the book''''s strength. One of the revelations of Wilson''''''''s volume is how hard Nevelson worked to produce art and to have that art recognized.”

— Art in America

“Separating truth from myth, a perceptive investigation into the ''''larger than life’ American original, Louise Nevelson. A fascinating read for someone who knew her well.”

— Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery

Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors for Designers and Architects

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“This fascinating book exhibits light as an art form on a global scale… The work of architects, designers, artists, sculptors, engineers, and painters is highlighted for their permanent installations in churches, residences, public works, retail stores, etc.—even the main stairwell of Versailles—as well as for their temporal projects for arts festivals worldwide. In the age of apocalyptic climate change, this book speaks volumes about the value of art as light, both projected and immanent, of which works here boast beyond the ordinary fluorescent and iridescent that illuminate our environments”

— Library Journal

“art and science of light elegantly brought together…One of the most valuable elements of this book is that one can either read it through or randomly open the pages and read about one of the many creative projects that explore different aspects of Light”

— California Home + Design

“The color photographs of the installations are numerous and excellent, going well beyond commentary on design to reveal the many manifestations and effects of light as an element of architectural design.”

— Choice

M. C. Escher Pop-Ups

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“…an outstanding collection for pop-up art collectors in general and fans of M.C. Escher’s geometric creations in particular.”

— The Midwest Review of Books

“This book presents some of [Escher’s] most boggling work in a whole extra dimension.”

— Columbia Tribune

The Magic of M.C. Escher

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“With the exception of a brief foreword, an introduction and a spattering of quotations from the artist, ‘The Magic of M.C. Escher’ is entirely visual, filled with prints, drawings, and rough sketches.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“[Escher’s] imaginative metamorphoses of geometric patterns into flocks of birds and mind-bending spatial inventions epitomize our astonishment with the inter-related profusion of the world.”

— ARTPHAIRE

Magnum Contact Sheets

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“Fascinating.”

— The Literate Lens

“Each case presented in Magnum Contact Sheets brings a deeper appreciation of the care and dedication the agency extends to photography…You won’t experience a moment’s hesitation considering this exceptional book for your collection.”

— The Picture Professional

“At their best, the pictures add to our understanding of the surface event documented and reveal something profound about the people pushing that history forward.”

— The Los Angeles Times

Magnum Contact Sheets

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“…a magnificent compendium of raw images from the photography cooperative.”

— New York Times Book Review

“A rare revelation.”

— Arts and Antiques

“This 500-page volume provides a peek at the process behind these photos, showing the shots taken before and after each standout and letting the photographers tell how they made their choices.”

— Art+Auction

“[This book]…offers unique insight into the working progress of the celebrated agency’s photographers over the past seven decades—their approach to taking and editing their pictures as well as their idiosyncratic relationships with the contact sheet.”

— Time Magazine

“Gives unprecedented access into the creative process of some of the world’s greatest photographers.”

— Complex's Art + Design

“…a magnificent compendium of raw images from the photography cooperative.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Through these fascinating and usually private images, the exhibition celebrates what and how photographers saw for nearly a century. Coinciding with the publication of Magnum Contact Sheets (Thames & Hudson), edited by ICP Curator Kristen Lubben, the exhibition includes a selection of some of the 139 contact sheets in the book.”

— NY City Official City Guide