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Late Raphael

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“Dense and lavishly illustrated.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Through [Henry and Joannides’s] careful sifting of mountainous data …they provide fascinating new insights into this genteel master and the squadron that most contemporaries call his ‘boys.’”

— The New York Review of Books

“Biographies of [Raphael’s] sitters enrich the book along with beautiful photos, details, and infrared images that show the condition and under painting of key images.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography

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“Analyzes Corb as a scene-setter, from Chandigarh in India to Villa Savoye in France.”

— Surface

“Encompass[es] the way many ways [Le Corbusier] engaged with photography throughout his lifetime. The graphic design is bright and energetic; there is plenty of text, but it is primarily a book of images.”

— Aperture

“Do we really need another book about [Le Corbusier]? It turns out we do, for this one takes a quite unusual view of the master’s work, examining the close relationship between his architecture and another art form that was developing alongside: photography.”

— Interior Design

“[This book] reveals that the architect was an enthusiastic cameraman himself…Includes a sumptuous portfolio of contemporary images of Le Corbusier’s most famous buildings.”

— Elle Decor

“Superb and scholarly.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“[An] impressive collection of images and analysis.”

— Publishers Weekly

Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual

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“…usually checked out for a school project, but students report reading the entire book for pleasure after the fact.”

— School Library Journal

“A very useful introduction to military practice in the late First Century.”

— New York Military Affairs Symposium

“Highly informative and readable volume lays out in detail the high honor and great risk of defending Rome as a foot soldier…. The author knows his subject thoroughly and presents it with flare, a touch of humor, and authority.  The many illustrations, including 16 color plates, add measurably to the enjoyment of the book…. Will more than satisfy.”

— School Library Journal

“A fascinating little handbook of serious scholarship and irrepressible wit, Legionary vividly illuminates military life in ancient Rome.”

— Boston Sunday Globe

LetterScapes: A Global Survey of Typographic Installations

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“Looking at both the sculptures themselves and how they function in a public context, Saccani shows us that ‘Love’ can mean something different in New York City or in Tokyo, depending on the context.”

— The Huffington Post

“Opens our eyes to a category of design that we may never have even considered a category.”

— Interior Design

“Saccani’s book is successful because it covers each of these works in considerable depth, with background information about the artists, locations, and also the typefaces used.”

— Library Journal

“[A] bountiful feast for lovers of fonts and typography.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The design of the book (also Saccani’s work) is clear, elegant, and distinguished…Although more focused in its subject matter, LetterScapes in many ways equals for surpasses Walter Herdeg’s edited Archigraphica.”

— Choice

A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton

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“Many books record Beaton’s sharp-eyed views of what other people wore; this one examines his own wardrobe as another legacy of the prolific photographer, designer, and writer. Using photographs, diaries, archival records from Beaton’s tailors, items donated to museums or given to friends, and conversations with those who knew the man and his wardrobe well, fashion historian Wild analyzes Beaton’s distinctive style alongside changes in 20th-century fashion. For fans of the man and his style.”

— Library Journal

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

Locomotive

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“Terrific read-aloud rhythm [and] humorous original artwork.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“Bright lithographs present an eye-catching book”

— Kirkus Reviews

“All three stories and the illustrations are remarkably creative and fun. The impressive translation maintains a seamless poetic rhythm and rhyme and is still relevant 80 years later. Don’t be fooled by the old-fashioned vibe, this book smartly holds its own alongside contemporary children’s literature.”

— New York Journal of Books

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