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    1. The Official Overstreet Comic
    $42.90 $42.28 list($65.00)
    2. Art Deco: 1910-1939
    $42.46 $32.92 list($49.95)
    3. The Celebrity Black Book: Over
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    4. The Rolex Report: An Unauthorized
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    5. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash
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    6. 500 Brooches : Inspiring Adornments
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    7. Blue Book of Gun Values, 26th
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    8. The Charm of Charms
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    9. Verdura : The Life and Work of
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    10. The History of Furniture: Twenty-Five
    $39.95 $26.36
    11. Blue Book of Gun Values, 26th
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    12. Interior Design Visual Presentation:
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    13. No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel
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    14. 2004 Standard Catalog of World
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    15. Caribbean Elegance
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    16. Oriental Carpets : A Complete
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    17. Vintage Rolex Sports Models: A
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    18. Traditional Mexican Style Interiors
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    19. Japanese Cabinetry: The Art &
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    1. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Edition #35 (Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide)
    by ROBERT M OVERSTREET
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 037572107X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
    Publisher: House of Collectibles
    Sales Rank: 1123
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    2. Art Deco: 1910-1939
    by Tim Benton, Charlotte Benton, Ghislaine Wood
    list price: $65.00
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    Asin: 082122834X
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-17)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 6485
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Sexy, modern, and unabashedly consumer-oriented, Art Deco was a new kind of style, flourishing at a time of rapid technological change and social upheaval. Lacking the philosophical basis of other European design movements, Deco borrowed motifs from numerous sources--Japan, Africa, ancient Egyptian and Mayan cultures, avant-garde European art--simply to create novel visual effects. Art Deco 1910-1939 surveys the sources and development of the popular style with more than 400 color illustrations and 40 chapters by numerous design specialists. The authors track Deco around the globe, from Paris to the United States—-where it got its biggest boost from mass production—-to Northern and Central Europe, Latin America, Japan, India, and New Zealand. The book's broad focus encompasses industrial artifacts (the Hindenburg blimp, the Burlington Zephyr locomotive), as well as architecture, furniture, accessories, fashion, jewelry, typography and poster design. Despite the existence of other prominent artistic movements during the 1920s and '30s, the authors tend to hang the Deco label on virtually any object that portrays the effects of technology or employs color, luxury materials or artificial light in striking ways. It does seem a stretch to include Man Ray's photographs, Sonia Delaunay's textiles and the movie King Kong in the Deco pantheon. But the great strength of Art Deco 1910-1939 is that it reveals the social context of Deco, not just its pretty face. The book accompanies an exhibition (organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London) at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto through January 4, 2004; subsequent venues are San Francisco and Boston. —Cathy Curtis ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest book on Art Deco!
    This book is an absolute triumph. First, it is positively gorgeous - the images just leap off the pages. Second, the essays are more in-depth, engaging, and informative than any other book I've found on the subject. This book discusses every facet of Art Deco as well: it explores the origins at the Paris Exhibition in 1925, goes through the influence in East Asia, Latin America, and South Africa, not to mention Europe. A great chapter on Deco in Hollywood; also explores all of the sources, iconography - and all of this on top of covering every aspect of the movement - ceramics, jewelry, fashion, architecture, glass, photography, graphic design, bookbindings, travel and transport, and so so much more - with stunning visuals. A fantastic read, a great resource, a beautiful work, and an absolute MUST for anyone interested in the subject! Well worth the money, and a fantastic addition to any library. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The first and last word on Deco.
    A sumptuous coffee-table book of this exuberant art style and I think it could well become the standard book on the subject. The forty essays are divided into four sections, Sources and Iconography, 1925 Paris Exhibition, Spread of Deco and finally Deco World, and I liked the way, especially in Sources and Iconography, that the authors explain how various art styles were moulded into deco art which culminated in the very influential 1925 Paris show.

    I thought the last two sections were a fascinating coverage of how Art Deco spread around the world, mainly as architecture and fashion, though in Europe also as a fine art style. In North America, it influenced a huge range of commercial products. Perhaps this was the only art form that was truly democratic in that it was available (as streamlining) to be seen or bought on any Main Street across the Nation.

    The design and printing are excellent. Many of the photos, especially color, are presented whole page, the rest are all well sized, and they all have captions. The back of the book has a very comprehensive bibliography, fortunately listed as relating to each chapter rather than just an alphabetical list, the index is divided into two, Names and Subject. I was very impressed with this attention to detail and with the excellent text, images and production surely 'Art Deco 1910-1939' will be read for many years to come. ... Read more


    3. The Celebrity Black Book: Over 40,000 Celebrity Addresses
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: 0970709536
    Catlog: Book (2004-12)
    Publisher: Mega Niche Media
    Sales Rank: 80997
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "The Celebrity Black Book" contains over 40,000 updated celebrity addresses of movie, television, music and sports stars, as well as politicians, authors, models, directors, world leaders, religious figures and more. Perfect for anyone who needs to contact a celebrity! ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Addresses for ALMOST everyone
    This book's front cover boasts "over 40,000 celebrity addresses, everyone who is anyone." That's not quite accurate. I've discovered a number of people who were omitted or just plain forgotten. That aside, the book does include addresses for most mainstream celebs, musicians and athletes and presents them in a straightforward, alphabetical listing.

    But a word of caution: keep in mind that celebs change agents/managers often, which means their mailing addresses change often too. So this book's shelf life is limited.

    What this book sorely lacks is additional information to accompany each listing. For example, has the address for Brad Pitt been tested to see if it is accurate? And, if it has, has anyone (the author?) had success in contacting Pitt that way? This is the stuff that matters if you're a novice (or even exprienced) autograph collector. An address will do you no good if the recipient doesn't read (or get) their fan mail.

    Ultimately, though, the book only promises to give addresses, and that's what it does. These addresses have been culled from contactanycelebrity.com, which is
    the book's companion Web site. When you buy the book, you can mail/fax in a registration form, giving you one month's free access to the Web site's vast database. That's a nice extra. All in all, the book is good, but a bit pricey for what it delivers given its limited shelf life.

    2-0 out of 5 stars The Few, the Proud, the Living Dead
    If you are looking for movie stars, this might be a great book.I bought this book (the 2005 edition) primarily to locate artists (e.g., photographers, painters, sculptors).The book is basically useless in this regard.Proportionately speaking, there are extremely few listings of those types of artists.Ironically, even well-known, i.e., "celebrity" artists are omitted, as are lesser known but important ones.The few listed are seemingly random, including comic strip "artists."Worse, several of those listed are either very old (no longer working) or dead.I wonder if the addresses given are for cemeteries?Actually, the addresses for the few artists of interest to me were most often wrong based upon a simple cross reference search on the web.Of course, that also makes me question the accuracy of the other listings.This seems a useful resource for those interested in actors, random athletes and opera singers, but for any other interest--it simply needs to be updated.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars!
    I've never had this much research material for so many celebrities until now. For anyone wondering out there, don't second guess buying it.

    I also love how you get a free month of their online database which has even more stars, plus you can check to make sure the addresses are up-to-date.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!!
    The Celebrity Black Book is a great book for anyone looking to contact a celebrity.It has absolutely everyone in it!!After buying this book, my autograph collection has increased greatly due to the accuracy of these addresses.After writing several different celebs, I got many responses back.I advise anyone looking to contact a celebrity to buy this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A superb, quick and easy-to-use reference
    Now in an updated 2005 edition, The Celebrity Black Book is a handy reference compiling more than 40,000 celebrity addresses. Movie and TV stars, musicians, athletes, performance groups, and everyone who is anyone has their name, career, and surface mail address listed in this comprehensive guide (e-mail addresses are not included, though). A superb, quick and easy-to-use reference for entertainment industry professionals and fans alike.
    ... Read more


    4. The Rolex Report: An Unauthorized Reference Book For The Rolex Enthusiast
    by John E. Brozek, Jeffrey P. Hess
    list price: $39.99
    our price: $33.99
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    Asin: 0972313303
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
    Publisher: Infoquest Pub
    Sales Rank: 10111
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Rolex Report is the result of over 10 years of personal research, cram-packed with 288 pages of facts and figures with over 400 high-resolution illustrations. The book gives a chronological history of The Rolex Watch Company, as well as a look at each of the Rolex models including variations and evolutions over the years. In addition to identifying hundreds of Rolex watches and parts, it includes a unique resource for spotting counterfeit Rolex watches, with incredibly detailed side-by-side macro photos. Whether you're a serious collector, or just considering a Rolex in the future this is a must have resource. ... Read more

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource!
    This book is an outstanding resource and provides a wealth of information for Rolex "fanatics"-- Novice or Pro!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply a MUST HAVE book!
    Over the years, I have purchased DOZENS of books on Rolex, but they simply pale in comparison to the VOLUMES of information contained in "The Rolex Report".

    This book features a very interesting and beautifully illustrated history of the Rolex watch company. Also included are individual histories of the more popular watches they have released. The section on counterfeits is just amazing, as is the section on parts, prices, "basic operations", glossary of terminology, faq... I could go on and on and on.

    I have owned the book for only a few weeks, but I have read it cover to cover FIVE TIMES! In my business I travel quite often, and take it with me to read on the plane. It always seems to start a good conversation with the passenger sitting next to me.

    Last week I was seated next to a gentleman who was reading THE SAME BOOK. For the entire plane ride we talked about Rolex and this fine book.

    I would like to congratulate the author, John E. Brozek, on a remarkable accomplishment in researching these fine watches. You obviously love your work, and I'm very envious.

    From a fellow Rolex-aholic I commend you-- WELL DONE!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT !!!
    I got my first Rolex for Christmas (last month), as well as a copy of this book. I have enjoyed reading it (almost) as much as I've enjoyed the watch. :)

    It has really helped me appreciate the watch that much more and I would recommend it to anyone. This is a great book that every Rolex owner should read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Instant education for the future buyer
    A well formated book that will no doubt become the standard "field manual" of the Rolex collector.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have reference source!
    It's very simple, if you own or want to own a Rolex watch of any pedigree this book can help you know about it and/or make sure you're buying the real thing. A must have for both the photos and the data. Period. ... Read more


    5. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
    by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
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    Asin: 0836280059
    Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 11860
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent from middle school to college
    This book is wonderful for several reasons:

    1) clear and concise; 2) inclusive of the audience; 3) makes art very approachable; 4) places art within its historical context and development; 5) quick reference;

    I was exposed to this book after taking various humanities courses and found this book great. It does a much better job of making art accessable than books like Gardner and Janson. I was impressed that the book covered a variety of bases without leaving too much out.

    The tone of the work was inclusive and allowed anyone with an interest in understanding methods, techniques, personalities and history of art to do well towards approaching that goal. It does not approach art for the few with a rarefied tone nor does it talk down to the reader.

    The layout of the pages are done well and have a decent flow of text and image. It does not, thank god, go into list memorization which is the downfall of some compact versions of some topics.

    Highly recommended for those who play academic tournaments at the high school and college levels. The topics covered and interesting personal history found in this book will be found at all levels of play. The pricing of the paperback version will allow people to compete very well indeed.

    For home schoolers/educators this book is a good survey introduction and is portable enough for museum trips.

    Very few books do so well with so much material to compress. Very impressive. The only thing I could wish further is a music history version of this work.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful
    I've found this book to be helpful as a teaching tool. I teach from Gardner's, but this book helps me to focus my lectures, since I can't cover absoultely everything in class.

    My only gripe is that on the book flaps Strickland unnecessarily pans introductory art textbooks in order to bolster her own book, saying "The Annotated Mona Lisa isn't bogged down with convoluted theories or author's pet peeves," or jargon. Being someone who has read Janson, Gardner's and Stockstad, I can honestly say that these books are quite approachable and traditional, and can not be sweepingly characterized in that way. My feeling is that these statements may be a manifestation of her own feeling of alienation from the academic community; her work appears in some venues -- the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Arts and Antiques -- that aren't exactly on friendly terms with the academic world of art history. Fortunately, however, the actual text of Strickland's book does not resort to backhanded and reactionary gripes about other authors' approaches to art history.

    Strickland and authors of college-level introductory textbooks have different goals and intentions. Textbooks offer a kind of engagement with the material that is essential to any comprehensive study of art history. The author does a good job of touching on key issues, but the book could not possibly serve as a replacement of introductory texts such as Gardner's, Janson, or Stockstad.

    For the person with a only a casual interest in art history this book would be a very nice thing to have on hand. It would also serve well as a study aid for a student who is taking an in-depth art history course.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too much fun
    Sadly, I have to thank this book for sparking my interest in art history. Now that I know more about the subject, of course, I can see how simple and inadequate "The Annotated Mona Lisa" really is, but for anyone who is grossly unfamiliar with art, as I once was, this is a fine place to start. The book's coverage of pre-Renaissance art and non-Western art is limited, but the sections on 19th- and 20th-century art are fairly thorough, and certainly entertaining--you've gotta love those gossipy stories the author throws with her descriptions of every artist.

    I heard somewhere that someone read this book and then scored a 5 on the Art History AP exam without doing any other work, but having just taken the test I very much doubt this is true. Art History students might benefit from reading the chapter on modern art, since the AP doesn't require much knowledge about 20th century art movements beyond their general characteristics, which "The Annotated Mona Lisa" provides. The rest of the book, however, is guilty of dangerous oversimplification, and probably wouldn't be useful to serious students, though it is still way too much fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great source
    I use the Annotated Mona Lisa in my 8th grade Art History class. Throughout my years of using it I have seen this as my most reliable source of information. Each period or movement is well introduced and there is a lot of information on each major artist. It is filled with many colorful quotes, all coming from people of the time period. Overall I consider this a great source and I recomend it to any aspiring art historians. im 14

    4-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful introduction
    The Annotated Mona Lisa is a fabulous introduction to the history of western art from pre-history to the Post-Modern era. Artists, movements, vocabulary, and specific works of art are all discussed in enough detail to give the reader a very good foundation. The only thing lacking is that it is oriented exclusively towards Western art. Boswell has done a marvelous job on the art of the West, its a pity attention was not given to the art of Asia, the Americas or Africa - especially considering the influence these regions have had on western art through the ages. Nonetheless, a recommended resource. ... Read more


    6. 500 Brooches : Inspiring Adornments for the Body (Lark Jewelry Book)
    by Lark
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 1579906125
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Lark
    Sales Rank: 9377
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    Book Description

    Never before has such an extensive and beautiful collection of brooches been assembled, or photographed to such perfection. Marjorie Simon, a distinguished presence in the jewelry field, chose the pieces, and every one features the fine craftsmanship of a top contemporary jeweler. The breathtaking and provocative styles range from traditional to very avant-garde, and the brooches come not only in gold, silver, copper, and wire, but also in glass, porcelain, paper, and other more unusual materials. They're forged, soldered, chased, and cast, and surface embellishments run the gamut from enamel and metal foils to patinas and inlay. In some cases, detail images and artist's comments accompany the full-size photos. Jewelers, students, collectors, and anyone who loves exquisite items will appreciate the amazing diversity on display here.
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    7. Blue Book of Gun Values, 26th Edition
    by S. P. Fjestad
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 1886768552
    Catlog: Book (2005-04)
    Publisher: Blue Book Publications
    Sales Rank: 5617
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Now with over one millon books in circulation, this newest 26th edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values once again sets the industry standard for both firearms information and up-to-date pricing.Now expanded to 1,936 pages, no other single publication even comes close! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Blue Book of Gun Values is great
    We, in the Customer Service department for Browning and Winchester, have the most updated copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values at our fingertips.We are always being asked about the year of manufacture and whether we have any other pertinent information on a particular Browning or Winchester gun.The Blue Book allows us to have access to the most recent information available, and we help our customers on the spot.We would not be as efficient if it were not for the Blue Book.We highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in firearms.
    Browning/Winchester Customer Service Manager- Jackie Love and Historian-Glen Jensen

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
    Just received my 26th Edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values. I use this book to evaluate guns that I am interested in adding to my collection. I am active in several gun collecting societies, and attend many gun shows during the year, but I find it is impossible to stay current on pricing in all the different aspects of what I have interest in acquiring. I have learned over several years of relying on this book as a guide for pricing that it is the most accurate reference available to the collector and dealer. The information is presented in a logical, understandable, and useable format. I have found the pricing to be realistic and up-to-date, and most dealers and collectors will agree on the pricing as a base line in negotiating whether buying, selling, or trading.

    Also, I also do some appraisal work for a local company in estate valuation. When thay have gun collections large or small that need appraising, I typically utilize the newest Blue Book of Gun Values as the reference and starting point. The formal pricing presented, whether for insurance or estate valuation, has never been challenged. I highly recommend this publication to all dealers, collectors, and appraisers.

    Bill K
    Minneapolis,MN

    3-0 out of 5 stars blue book of gun prices
    I got this book thinking it would offer me a warriors code of values I could follow... and then break because I'm a renegade - a real wild card. This book is actually just a bunch of gun prices. I don't know why I need a book of prices because if I want to buy a gun I'll just check the price before I buy it. I guess it makes comparative shopping easy, but all of these guns in this book are too expensive for me anyways.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very good reference
    Very good reference if you are looking to buy or sell a gun.

    It is not perfect, but very good.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Errors and omissions.
    I was disappointed at the number of errors and omissions I found when I looked up information on new 2002 and older Savage rifles that I was interested in purchasing and had independently researched.If it has so many problems w/guns I'm very familiar with it raises doubts in my mind as to its reliability with its other gun listings. ... Read more


    8. The Charm of Charms
    by Albert Jade, Ki Hackney
    list price: $32.50
    our price: $21.45
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    Asin: 081095883X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 7948
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    Book Description

    From antique shops to such upscale stores as Tiffany and Cartier, from flea markets to the chic design houses of Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel, charms are making a grand reappearance on the fashion scene. Drawn to these tiny treasures for their ability to express elements of the wearer's personality, today's charm lovers are using them to adorn everything from bracelets and necklaces to dog collars and diaper pins.

    In The Charm of Charms, photographer Jade Albert and writer Ki Hackney tell the fascinating story of this ever-popular jewelry item. The stunning color photographs provide an up-close and personal view of hundreds of cherished charmed jewels, including pieces belonging to Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, the Duchess of Windsor, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige among other celebrities. The intriguing stories behind these beloved trinkets are told in the lively, informative text, which also covers the history of charms and amulets from prehistory to the present. Combining up-to-the-minute trendiness with nostalgic glamour, this gorgeous volume will appeal to fashion and jewelry enthusiasts both young and old. AUTHOR BIO: Jade Albert's work has appeared in Vogue, Time, and Parents magazines, and in advertising campaigns for Target, Polaroid, Sony, and other companies. She was the photographer of Cindy Crawford's book, About Face (2001). Ki Hackney is the coauthor of People and Pearls: The Magic Endures.
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    9. Verdura : The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler
    by Patricia Corbett
    list price: $55.00
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    Asin: 0810935295
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 38445
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    Book Description

    A master of metamorphosis, Sicilian duke-turned-jewelry-designer Fulco di Verdura (1898-1978) studded seashells with precious gems, transformed sailor's knots into pearl-encrusted necklaces, and wrapped blazing ruby hearts with braided gold rope. Since the mid-20th century, his ultrasophisticated neo-Baroque pieces have been the status symbols of a near-secret society of European blue bloods, Hollywood royalty, and Park Avenue patricians. Verdura's by-appointment-only patrons included Wallis Simpson, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland, who considered his Maltese Cross cuffs an essential part of her daily uniform.

    In this lavish book, featuring fresh color photographs as well as vintage images, Patricia Corbett presents a deft evaluation of Verdura's work and a glimpse inside his impossibly glamorous world. ... Read more


    10. The History of Furniture: Twenty-Five Centuries of Style and Design in the Western Tradition
    by John Morley
    list price: $75.00
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    Asin: 082122624X
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-15)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 113065
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    Book Description

    " The entire story of furniture is presented as it never has been before.Written with great verve and in a highly accessible style, The History of Furniture conveys a vast knowledge of history and design with stunning intellectual clarity.In surveying the development of furniture from antiquity to the present day, John Morley focuses on the Western traditions, but he includes the outside influences of China and Japan, India, Egypt, and Africa.His bravura analysis reveals connections between pieces of furniture, such as the direct line from antiquity to a neoclassical French commode, a Biedermeier dressing table, and a twentieth-century bois clair cocktail cabinet.

    The story is shaped by a conflict between "classical" and "anti-classical," order and fantasy, and includes the wild extravagances of exotic styles.We see how the simple challenge of making a chair to sit on could generate a huge variety of forms, depending not only on changing fashion in interiors, as well as motifs, ornaments, and ideas from the worlds of politics, religion, architecture, and the fine arts.Works by famous designers-Boulle, Chippendale, Riesener, Makintosh, Eames-appear clearly in the context of the stylish ideals of their times, and nearly 700 illustrations are closely integrated into the text.

    The result is not only an essential reference tool for everyone concerned with collecting, selling, or studying furniture and the decorative arts but also a tour de force of scholarship that will enthrall anyone with the least interest in the traditions of Western culture." ... Read more


    11. Blue Book of Gun Values, 26th Edition
    by S. P. Fjestad
    list price: $39.95
    our price: $39.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: 1886768552
    Catlog: Book (2005-04)
    Publisher: Blue Book Publications
    Sales Rank: 5617
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Now with over one millon books in circulation, this newest 26th edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values once again sets the industry standard for both firearms information and up-to-date pricing.Now expanded to 1,936 pages, no other single publication even comes close! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Blue Book of Gun Values is great
    We, in the Customer Service department for Browning and Winchester, have the most updated copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values at our fingertips.We are always being asked about the year of manufacture and whether we have any other pertinent information on a particular Browning or Winchester gun.The Blue Book allows us to have access to the most recent information available, and we help our customers on the spot.We would not be as efficient if it were not for the Blue Book.We highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in firearms.
    Browning/Winchester Customer Service Manager- Jackie Love and Historian-Glen Jensen

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
    Just received my 26th Edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values. I use this book to evaluate guns that I am interested in adding to my collection. I am active in several gun collecting societies, and attend many gun shows during the year, but I find it is impossible to stay current on pricing in all the different aspects of what I have interest in acquiring. I have learned over several years of relying on this book as a guide for pricing that it is the most accurate reference available to the collector and dealer. The information is presented in a logical, understandable, and useable format. I have found the pricing to be realistic and up-to-date, and most dealers and collectors will agree on the pricing as a base line in negotiating whether buying, selling, or trading.

    Also, I also do some appraisal work for a local company in estate valuation. When thay have gun collections large or small that need appraising, I typically utilize the newest Blue Book of Gun Values as the reference and starting point. The formal pricing presented, whether for insurance or estate valuation, has never been challenged. I highly recommend this publication to all dealers, collectors, and appraisers.

    Bill K
    Minneapolis,MN

    3-0 out of 5 stars blue book of gun prices
    I got this book thinking it would offer me a warriors code of values I could follow... and then break because I'm a renegade - a real wild card. This book is actually just a bunch of gun prices. I don't know why I need a book of prices because if I want to buy a gun I'll just check the price before I buy it. I guess it makes comparative shopping easy, but all of these guns in this book are too expensive for me anyways.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very good reference
    Very good reference if you are looking to buy or sell a gun.

    It is not perfect, but very good.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Errors and omissions.
    I was disappointed at the number of errors and omissions I found when I looked up information on new 2002 and older Savage rifles that I was interested in purchasing and had independently researched.If it has so many problems w/guns I'm very familiar with it raises doubts in my mind as to its reliability with its other gun listings. ... Read more


    12. Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models & Presentation Techniques, Second Edition
    by MaureenMitton, Maureen Mitton
    list price: $45.00
    our price: $29.70
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    Asin: 0471225525
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-10)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 15174
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The new, updated edition of the successful book on interior design
    Interior Design Visual Presentation, Second Edition is fully revised to include the latest material on CAD, digital portfolios, resume preparation, and Web page design. It remains the only comprehensive guide to address the visual design and presentation needs of the interior designer, with coverage of design graphics, models, and presentation techniques in one complete volume.
    Approaches to the planning, layout, and design of interior spaces are presented through highly visual, step-by-step instructions, supplemented with more than forty pages of full-color illustrations, exercises at the end of each chapter, and dozens of new projects. With the serious designer in mind, it includes a diverse range of sample work, from student designers as well as well-known design firms such as Ellerbee and Beckett Architects and MS Architects.
    Maureen Mitton is Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    This book has a bit of everything I was looking for. techniques, lots of color renderings to review, shadowing techniques, etc. I am currently an interior design student and am using the book to help me with my color rendering and presentation techniques. In fact, my instructor reviewed the book and has requested the book be the textbook for the presentations class in our department next semester. This is the best book I've located so far.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
    This book is great for everything visual! It is also the only book I've come across with detailed information about presentation boards. This is excellent for IND students!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for ID students
    I just received this book and I wished I had had it for my first in-class presentation. I gives the reader "fresh" ideas and helpful information on organizing your boards. I would recommend this book to any Interior Design student.

    4-0 out of 5 stars using it in 3D studio class
    just the book for beginning intr design students to use thru out their schooling. it covers everything they need to do all the presentations for thier courses. from drawing to models and most useful those sample boards. it tells you what tools to buy (with photos to help) and as basic as how to cut foam core. it has color step by step examples for color rendering. all in the same book is such a good value to the students

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC ! Illustrations, Instructions, Explanations, Color
    This book has all the needs and requirements on visual presentations and how to resolve fears,concerns, doubts and so on. It's the first book I have seen that covers many if not all aspects of Interior Design. It's a great book and I have been recommending it to all my fellow students. This book is informative, educational, and a good book to have in your reference library. I have been looking and looking for a book like this one for many years. Someone has finally gone and done it properly. You will not regreat buying this book. ... Read more


    13. No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel Figurines, Plates, More... (M.I. Hummel Figurines, Plates, Miniatures & More...Price Guide, 9th ed)
    by Robert L. Miller
    list price: $27.95
    our price: $22.36
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    Asin: 0942620658
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Portfolio Press (NY)
    Sales Rank: 22708
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Precise and Knowledgeable Hummel BIBLE on the Market
    I have all, since the first publication, of Robert Miller's Price Guide to MI Hummel Figurines, Plates, Miniatures and More.
    Mr. Miller has all the knowledge one would expect & want to find in his books after much research and many trips to Germany to gain this knowledge. This is THE HUMMEL BIBLE! I highly recommend this book to all Hummel collectors or to anyone interested in the collecting of fine arts. Very well written with explicit details about Sister MI Hummel's life in Massing, Germany & her schooling. Each known Hummel is pictured & tells of the Master Artist who molded each three dimentional figurine from the drawings by Sister beginning in the 1930's to the present TMK markings. A great investment for Insurance purposes when appraising your figurines by The Hummelking!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hummels are Great!
    This book is very well illustrated, well layed-out, easy to use, and the pictures are very beautiful. It's full of information, explains more than I expected, and it is a MUST for Hummel collectors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource
    not only is this a complete guide -- but it is so easy to use -- anyone owning or buying Hummel's should have this -- I only wish I could find Guides like this for my other collectables --

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Amateurs
    Even though it's proclaimed by expert collectors as the absolute source of information about Hummel figurines, Robert Miller's reference work is easy for amateurs as well. He provides insightful guidance in determining value and quality as well as interesting tidbits about production and variations in the figurines. His work is referenced by many sellers in internet auctions, but is also helpful in figuring out just what you already have. As a rank beginner, I had no problem in following his material and ascertaining the value of an inherited collection. It was also useful in helping me determine additions that I wanted to make to the collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most complete information for new collector of Hummels
    I inherited several figurines and knew very little about Hummels. I was able to decipher the marks on the bottom of each piece to determine the type and value of my collection. It has complete information yet easy to understand to the beginner and a valuable tool for collecting Hummels. ... Read more


    14. 2004 Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1901 - Present (Standard Catalog of World Coins)
    by Chester L. Krause, Clifford Mishler, Colin R. Bruce
    list price: $54.99
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    Asin: 0873495934
    Catlog: Book (2003-07)
    Publisher: Krause Publications
    Sales Rank: 159387
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The 30th anniversary edition of coin collecting’s one-and-only, single volume 20th century world coin book and price reference is the best ever. A new two-column format allows collectors to fully view the more than 48,000 obverse and reverse coin illustrations. The accompanying listing for each coin begins with the coin’s denomination to create an easy point of reference.

    Each listing prices coins in up to four grades of condition and includes the mintage number and mintage date. More than one million prices have been thoroughly analyzed and completely revised to reflect current market values. Every known world coin minted since 1901 is covered.

    Includes essential reference information helpful to collectors of all skill levels such as a how-to-use tutorial, international numeric guide, identification charts, foreign exchange rates, and many more useful tools.

    • Provides better viewing of coins and better organization with a new two column format

    • Features more than one million world coin prices and more than 48,000 obverse and reverse images

    • Covers all coins minted from 1901 to present in up to four grades of condition ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the beginner
    I just started collecting Oriental coins. This book is a great teaching and identifiying aid. Tells you how to find the date, denomination, and ruler on Chinese coins (and others). I suspect that some who have been collecting for a long time may find it lacking in some areas, but for me it is just what I needed. I would recommend it to anyone interested in collecting coins from around the world.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive catalog, but with flaws
    No question, this is the best, if not the only reference, for someone, whether collector or dealer, desiring a worldwide comprehensive volume of twentieth and twenty-first century coins. If it has been issued since 1901, you'll probably find it in here (though a few issues get overlooked and later included, but that is not a major flaw).

    The problem is that, with the endless stream of non circulating coins being issued by governments (and in some cases, "governments" needs quotation marks. As does coins.), Krause is being forced to fit more and more into a volume which has already reached its limits on size, thickness, smallness of print, and thinness of paper. Something's got to give. Unfortunately, what has given is that the valuable reference material (such as original prices for coin sets) has vanished from its pages.

    Maybe it is time to put the junk, like Marshall Islands and similar ilk, into a second volume which, like the pre-1900 issues volumes, gets updated only every two years or so. Or put on a CD-ROM.

    Fact remains, though, this is an indispensible reference book for the coin collector and dealer. And mostways, it is pretty good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but surely indispensable
    The Standard Catalog of World Coins is undoubtedly the best selling coin reference book and a vital reference material for all collectors. The book is certainly not perfect however, and although it is a must-have publication for all those who collect coins from all over the world, there are several mistakes and omissions.

    Keeping track of prices is also very difficult and I suspect that in some cases at least, the price quotes come from the application of a general formula (data, mintage, denomination, metals used etc), rather than the international or local market itself. This is not much of a problem if you are only interested in identifying your coins or get a rough estimate of their value, but keep in mind that the prices included are certainly not accurate. The coin market is so volatile that it couldn't have happened any other way.

    Should you buy the 2004 version (or 2005 for that matter) if you already own a previous one? Since i live in Europe, the recent currency change had a tremendous effect on coin collecting and the euros were first included in the 2004 edition. Therefore, the answer is yes, as i will probably be buying the 2005 edition too, which will contain many commemorative euros produced in the mean time. If there haven't been any radical changes in the coins you are interested in, maybe you should keep the old one for a couple of years before purchasing a new one.

    In general, the Standard Catalog of World Coins is a comprehensive Catalog, which -despite its flaws- is indispensable. Major points of concern are the black & white pictures, and the huge size of this monster that really should move to the digital age and come on a CD. Of course software piracy is a key issue, but this media would realy help collectors access the content.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but
    Not perfect, but MUST have.
    (unless you have a previous edition :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It is a catalog.
    This animal is good for pointing out many coins that may be missed in the smaller magazines and at trade shows. However it is a catalog, about the size of a phone book and with so few advertisers that they are negligible. There are no fancy color pictures just coins and lots of them divided into countries; so many coins that it can make your head spin if you are not searching for a particular theme. The shallow part of the book is the depth of time.
    When I write reviews I look for a stumper or two. Well this book passed. I looked up the "Wailbligen 100". Sure as shoot'n there it was with an explanation and references to Porcelain coins. ... Read more


    15. Caribbean Elegance
    by Michael Connors
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 0810910098
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Here is an exotic interior-design book for anyone who has ever dreamedof escaping to a different way of life. The elegant lifestyle, magnificent homes, andvaried furniture and decor of the French, Dutch, Spanish, English, and Danish islands ofthe Caribbean from the late 18th century to the early 20th century are revealed as neverbefore in this sumptuous volume.

    With some of the most beautiful tropical islands on earth as a backdrop, dazzlingphotographs reveal the homes of the sugar barons who made their fortunes there. Tablesand beds from St. Thomas and Ste. Croix, armoires and chairs from Martinique,cupboards and chests from the Spanish Antilles, settees and cabinets from the Englishislands; all are works that combine the grace and opulence of European and NorthAmerican styles with the vernacular island forms and decorative motifs. These gorgeousexamples give the reader a unique view of the casual refinement of aristocratic Caribbeanliving. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Elegance and Sensuality
    A gorgeous book that's as interesting and informative as it is beautiful. While reading Caribbean Elegance, I found myself transported back in time to an era when sugar was king and great fortunes in the Caribbean facilitated a style both elegant and sensual. This is a fascinating account of a pivotal period in history as reflected through the style of the furniture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tasteful Richness of Design!
    Caribbean Elegance, how the title is only the tip of what lies between the cover as it is such a wonderful book to always have at hands reach for small mind vacations after a long day of work! The author has done a fantastic job of educating one about the Caribbean islands' history as well as the furniture. It is the only book that lives on my coffee table, and every person that visits is sure to pick it up and become mesmerized by the writing and captivated by the photographs! It is impossible to not fall madly in love with this amazing find of a book! It is so easy to read be it that the author is obviously passionate about his work, as he leaves the reader feeling the island warmth from his detailed writings of Caribbean history. The photographs are so well placed, and beautiful! What a tasteful, well written, and charming book! Well done!! One must be careful though, as you will be sure to want your house filled with Caribbean antiques as I am now doing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Caribbean Elegance
    This book was exactly what I was searching for. Not only is it visually stunning, but it provides a wealth of historical information on Caribbean style and furnishing. A wonderful resource if you want to understand how this very unique style of interior design came to be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magical Realism
    Reading this book is like being invited to an elegant house party in the Caribbean. You then enter a world of magical realism, in which you sit in the veranda of an 18th century "Great House" with beautiful ocean views, and your pick of antique "planters' chairs," with cool drinks waiting on a "cupping table." You listen to tales of planters and merchants, of sugar cane fields and slaves turned artisans. The material culture of the Caribbean is presented here, seen through the lens of historical events, the experiences of the wealthy and those who served them. You learn wonderful details about the subtle differences of styles on the Spanish, Dutch, English, French and Danish islands. The photographs are beautiful and range from vistas to architecture to furniture and their details. It is also a very scholarly work, of interest to anyone who loves antiques, craftsmanship, history and the Caribbean.
    This book is truly an experience you can come back to again and again, and discover something new (or old...).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Caribbean Excellence!
    This book is a fabulous stroll through the history of all the caribbean islands complete with wonderful photographs. Influences on the design linked with a glimpse into life on the islands make this an engaging book difficult to put down. ... Read more


    16. Oriental Carpets : A Complete Guide - The Classic Reference (Oriental Carpets)
    by Murray L. Eiland, Murray Eiland III
    list price: $75.00
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    Asin: 0821225480
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-15)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 55020
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible reference!!
    This book is definitely worth every penny! It goes into great detail on the different types of rugs, the history of the people (from a rug making perspective). There are beautiful pictures of rugs as examples, maps showing both the old names of areas as well as those in use today. The writing style is fun to read (not overly dry). The first 80 mpgs or so are dedicated to the rug and rumaking tself - construction, dyes, design, the people who make them. The rest of the book is broken down into the different areas where rugs were/are made. These sections provide great details on the specifics of the styles of rugs produced by those people, why they use certain colors etc. Excelent excellent book! I'd buy it again in a heart beat. Its a big book so its not so easy to take on a trip but a great book to have at home to read through and learn from.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good!
    A bit pricy but worth it. I bought it to read on my way to the UAE/Bahrain. I was planning on buying a carpet and this went a long way towards helped me to know what I was looking at and what to look for. A great book for the novice and experienced, alike. Everybody wanted to borrow it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best general book on Oriental rugs for a long time
    With the mass of Oriental rug books that have been published in the last ten years (let alone since the 1960s, when writing about Oriental rugs became the raison d'être for collecting them or dealing in them), it seemed almost impossible to hope for a *Good* general book on the subject ever being attempted again - there was simply so much information that had become critical to even a broadly accurate understanding of the subject that one couldn't imagine the surface even being scratched by anything less than a proper ten-volume "Survey".

    But Murray L. Eiland - one of the authentic Big Daddies of the early Oriental Rug Book Revival - hit on the brilliant idea of taking as a starting point his distinguished standard work 'Oriental Rugs - A Comprehensive Guide', published in the high scholastic manner and drab production values of the early 1970s, and then re-engineering it in co-authorship with his aptly-named son Murray L. Eiland (who says No Man is an Eiland?), to produce, against the odds, what must surely be The General Oriental Carpet Book of our time.

    Iconoclastically renamed 'Oriental Rugs - A Complete Guide', 'Oriental Rugs', as the new baby will undoubtedly become known in the footsteps of its parent volume, not to mention of the Eilands, incorporates the bulk of the most interesting and important new discoveries, attitudes, nomenclatures, theories and attributions of the past 25 years and packages it all up in the definitive Major Oriental Rug Book De Luxe Coffee Table Edition format, the identifying attribute of which has increasingly become those huge and stunning full page bleeds depicting in the most intimate close-up detail some isolated felicities of colour and ornament extracted from appropriately major examples, which serve here to introduce each of the book's main sections.

    Within each such section, the work is lavishly endowed with a wealth of richly glowing colour plates illustrating many of the best and most legendary rugs that have been on the world markets over the past two decades, these punctuated by a scattering of excellent maps, diagrams and well-chosen atmospheric pictures of weavers, deserts, mountains, animals, old paintings and the like. The thorough and well laid-out text is similarly interspersed with those entertaining anecdotes and telling on-the-spot findings gained from field-research trips by both father and son to the rug producing countries of the kind made famous by Mr A. Cecil Edwards, although in the hands of the Eilands this documentary evidence is timed and honed for optimum impact with a post-CNN suavity noticeably (some might say, regrettably) absent from A.C. Edward's chapter-ending 'Conversation Piece' cliff-hangers.

    The result of all this lavish and entertaining mixture is a truely fin de siècle book on Oriental carpets, encompassing outstanding print and paper quality, superb colour illustrations of many of the 'keynote' rugs of the past twenty years that any budding rugaholic simply has to know about, the whole held together - and God bless the Eilands for this! - with a wealth of real, useful, accurate information, this given added interest and relevance by the penetrating and often gently provocative personal opinions of the authors.

    For anyone wanting access to as wide and accurate a knowledge base on Oriental rugs of the 19th and 20th Centuries as could possibly be wished for within one book, there has been nothing remotely approaching this 'Oriental Rugs' of the Eilands since Ian Bennett's 'Rugs and Carpets of the World'.

    The authors' breadth of knowledge and eclecticism of taste allow them to range wider and deeper, untroubled by the blur of bias effecting their focus, than the incomparable Bennett. Thus they provide a deeply knowledgeable, balanced and scrupulously fair examination and appraisal of virtually every type rug and flat-weave that is both worth bothering about, and remains (however intermittently) available.

    'Oriental Rugs - A Complete Guide' is also - and this may come as a surprise to anyone who doesn't buy Rug Books on an acceptably regular basis - quite reasonably priced for a work of such size, quality, and number of colour plates, especially when written by so eminent an authority as Murray Eiland Senior. The whole thing is a joy to look at, and succeeds in communicating the unique beauty possessed by the best knotted-pile Eastern rugs as much through its overall 'look and feel' as by the brilliance, elegance and subtlety of the individual items depicted. And then on top of all this is the substantial textual content, all of it pertinent, up-to-date, and attractively written. If 'Oriental Rugs' doesn't in fact come up with anything exactly groundbreaking in the issues it addresses, perhaps more helpfully it judicially and accurately records the real groundbreaking stuff that has set the tone and temperature of the rug world in recent times. Verdict: Extremely Desirable, if not quite Absolutely Essential, and with its truth and taste entirely uncompromised by the opposing forces of ego or e-commerce.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The one rug book to own if you're only going to own one.
    Murray Eiland set the standard for general, all-purpose oriental rug books back in 1973 when he wrote "ORIENTAL RUGS: A Comprehensive Guide." In one volume he swept away generations of romantic-rug-dealer-folklore and consolidated/expounded the best of what was at that time the current research. In the intervening years this book has seen two revisions, each of which were basically up-dates of new information.

    This edition, just out, is the fourth. It has a new name, though: "ORIENTAL RUGS: A Complete Guide." A subtle change to be sure, but an important one - one befitting a significantly revised text and any number of new pictures. And no false modesty here: for most purposes this is indeed a "complete guide."

    Anyone who is just starting out to learn about oriental rugs should own this book. For that matter, anyone who is less than a world-class expert on oriental rugs would benefit from a close reading of Dr. Eiland and his son's easy-to-read, easy-to-understand prose. (Even the experts are going to want to find out what he's thinking.) It is the sort of book that will spend more time in use than on the shelf.

    Twenty-five years have passed, and once again he (and his son) have set the standard for general oriental rug books. It belongs on every rug aficionado's bookshelf along with Peter Stone's "ORIENTAL RUG LEXICON" and Marla Mallett's "WOVEN STRUCTURES: A Guide to Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis" - to pick two more "must-haves" published in the last year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For beginning collector's or experts, this can't be beat!
    With wonderful full color reproductions of the subject, this book is a piece of art in itself. After a wonderful introduction, the chapters are regionally oriented, making it easy to access specific information, or get an in-depth history. I can imagine myself returning to this book again and again, for many years to come. ... Read more


    17. Vintage Rolex Sports Models: A Complete Visual Reference & Unauthorized History
    by Martin Skeet, Nick Urul
    list price: $75.00
    our price: $75.00
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    Asin: 0764314963
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
    Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
    Sales Rank: 126374
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    Book Description

    This comprehensive and detailed reference guide to Rolexs sports model watches is an indispensable asset to watch collectors and dealers. The only work of its kind, it covers the history of the Submariner, Explorer, GMT-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Milgauss, and Cosmograph watches, from 1952 to 1990. The history of more than a hundred and forty vintage models is described in detail, with the watches shown in chronological order. Color photographs illustrate every watch model, with hundreds of diagrams providing clear and useful information. Twenty-two rare Rolex brochures from private collections are shown, in addition to numerous catalog photographs and the sale prices of sports models sold at Christies and Sothebys over the last four years. Also included is a current price guide for every model shown in the book. At a time when Rolex watches dominate the collecting market, this authoritative volume is an essential and timely addition to the library of the Rolex collector and dealer. ... Read more


    18. Traditional Mexican Style Interiors (Schiffer Design Book)
    by Donna McMenamin, Richard Loper
    list price: $39.95
    our price: $31.96
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    Asin: 0764316931
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
    Sales Rank: 16478
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Traditional Mexican Style Interiors
    This is one of the best books I have ever owned! I am now inspired to finish our Mexican home renovation and maybe take on another "project". All my friends are asking to borrow this book now. I will also use this book to help guide my real estate clients in their decisions. Thank you -thank you!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Remodel Without It
    While recently completing a remodel of an adobe house in Tucson, Arizona, I searched for just such a book. Now in the final stages, I stumbled across it. This would have made my life a whole lot easier had I found it months ago. It defines this style, and gives hundreds of examples that can be emulated. It is beautifully done, and having purchased it several hours ago, I can attest that I have not been able to put it down. I have it marked with sticky notes now, 11 in all, of ideas that will really enhance the remaining aspects of our remodeling project. I can't wait for my husband to get home, so that I can show him this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My brand new FAVORITE THING I OWN!!![.]
    This book just arrived yesterday, and before I even got 2 chapters into it, I KNEW it was my NEW FAVORITE THING that I own!! Up until now, "Mexicolor" and "Mexican Tiles" by Masako Takahashi have been my 2 favorite, pour-over-for-hours, someday-dream-about books (no offense, Masako!!). Even still, for exploring different categories and wonderful photos of artesanias I ADORE "Mexicolor"; and for the history and definition of Talavera tiles, as well as photos SPECIFICALLY of tiled interiors, "Mexican Tiles" can't be beat. But THIS book....!!![.] What can I say??!! All around, as far as Mexican interior design goes....Donna McMenamin ROCKS!!![.]

    More sedately, now: I REALLY appreciated the opening interview with Mexican-architect-turned-Arizona-resident Rafael Rios-Ghinis where he lays out and defines very succinctly what a "Mexican Style Home" IS. I have know for ages WHAT I love when I see it, but had never been able to DEFINE it, even to myself. Reading Mr. Rios-Ghinis' words was like a crystalization of all my unfocused and unconscious favored design elements..."Oh, yes, I like THAT!!", "No, no, that's not quite it". Amazing! I suddenly have a STYLE!!![.] And all this time, I thought I was just......"colorful"!!![.]

    So...for all those of you who don't get QUITE so excited over interior design....I don't know what to tell you. And for those of you who find what you need/want/like in all of the traditional "House Beautiful", "Home and Garden", run-of-the-mill decoration books you can find all over and anywhere....I don't know what to tell you either. But for you kindred souls, whose hearts about stop beating for joy if you make an awesome flea market find of a "retablo", "jarra de talavera", "máscara de Michoacan", or "batea de madera" (and YOU know who you are!!![.])...those of you who NEVER, EVER, EVER find YOUR design taste reflected in ANY of those other design books....any of you who may have heard the comment more than once, "Gee, your house sure is....COLORFUL...", all I can say is: "Go Donna, go Donna...!!![.]"

    If, someday, I am fortunate enough to realize my fondest little private dream, I will live in a house designed by el maestro Rafael Rios-Ghinis and decorated with the help of this FABULOUS designer, Donna McMenamin. Siempre se puede soñar ¿verdad?

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Mexican Interiors Yet!
    This is the most comprehensive and beautifully written and photographed book on Mexican Interiors to date. Living in San Miguel de Allende personally, I have seen many, many books on our incredible homes here in Central Mexico, but none have even come close to scratching the surface as has the work produced by Donna McMenamin and Richard Loper. They discovered homes previously never shown in books or magazines, and have produced glorious dialogue and outstanding photography in this stunning tour de force. It should be an absolute must to all lovers of Mexican architecture and interior design. I cannot praise this book enough, and have never seen anything as brilliantly gorgeous as this outstandingly superb work of art. ... Read more


    19. Japanese Cabinetry: The Art & Craft of Tansu
    by David Jackson, Dane Owen
    list price: $75.00
    our price: $63.75
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    Asin: 1586851136
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-15)
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Originating from Japan's Edo period (1615-1867), tansu refers mostly to wooden cabinets, boxes and chests. The gifted creators of this art were deservedly esteemed by Japanese society, leaving a rich and influential legacy. Their work was almost anonymous, though, and the history has remained in the shadows-until now. Japanese Cabinetry: The Art and Craft of Tansu is the first truly definitive volume on tansu, giving voice to the long-overlooked craftsmen and overdue respect for the craft itself. This book provides a broad representation of cabinetry designs along with contextual history, gleaning insights from the cabinetry itself. From trunks with wheels to shipboard safes, from kitchen cupboards to clothing chests, tansu were the receptacles of an age of economic expansion. Japanese Cabinetry chronicles not only the physical characteristics and details of tansu, but also the historical eras and societal factors that influenced the craft.

    David Jackson has been buying, collecting, and conserving tansu since 1990. He lives in Sante Fe.

    Dane Owen founded Shibui, a gallery of Japanese antique furnishings.Mr. Owen is a frequent visitor to Japan, searching for objects for his customers and his private collections. He lives in Sante Fe. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The cover alone should be enough to interest you
    Not even sure where to begin other than to say that as mentioned above, the cover alone should be plenty to strike your interest. As a true lover and collector of Japanese art, this book goes above and beyond to show just exactly why it could be labeled as a "coffee table book". It has been on mine for weeks now. It is such a great sourcebook for Japanese cabinetry/tansu and goes even further to show pieces actually used for daily use in people's homes. The size of the book and the photography are SO worth the price. It truly is a fabulous book. I strongly recommend it. Whether you are an obsessed collector of Japanese art or not, it is definitely a great book to have in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Recommend this book.
    I have been dealing in these sort of things for some time , yes.The collection displayed here is of good quality and is quite a nice representation of what's available.A good book .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Guide.
    I have fortunately been able to read an advance copy of this book . The book is well researched with more relevant detail on wooden Japanese Furniture than all previous publications combined. I was able to identify and date several pieces in my collection , as well as find out that I had been misled by some Japanese dealers with regard to age and origin . Now it is much easier to identify Tansu in it's historical context . Who would have guessed that Politics played an important part in Tansu usage and design , or that streets became clogged with Tansu during emergencies , causing many more deaths and the rewriting of local laws . This book tells it all. ... Read more


    20. Carried Away : All About Bags
    by Farid Chenoune
    list price: $65.00
    our price: $40.95
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    Asin: 0865651582
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
    Publisher: Vendome Press
    Sales Rank: 25569
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The bag is one of the most universal and oldest objects invented by humankind. What began as a prosaic item for everyday use can now be a luxurious treasure that confers instant status. In this unique, lavishly illustrated volume, published to accompany the exhibition Le Cas du Sac, noted fashion historian Farid Chenoune and 24 experts present an unimaginable wealth of bags made for everyone from kings and celebrities to shamans and vagabonds.

    This comprehensive book explores the bag as high-fashion totem; travelers' bags; bags for professionals; bags related to money and ceremony; and bags as talismans. The beautiful illustrations, including paintings, fashion photographs, and ethnographic and decorative objects, reveal the variety and importance of bags throughout time, from designer Philip Treacy's silk evening bag printed with Andy Warhol's signature Campbell Soup cans, to the pangu, the bags used by Bamum tribal kings of Western Africa for holding the sovereign's regalia. A co-publication with Hermès, the Parisian designer of luxurious bags and leather goods, Carried Away is sure to delight fashion enthusiasts and those interested in material culture from around the world. AUTHOR BIO: Farid Chenoune is a cultural and fashion historian. He teaches at the Institut Français de la mode and the Ecole national supérieure des arts décoratifs. He has written, among other works, A History of Men's Fashion; Beneath It All: A Century of French Lingerie, and a monograph on Jean-Paul Gaultier. He writes frequently for French Vogue.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Surpasses my expectations
    There are reasons I like this book and reasons that I am disappointed.The reason that I am disappointed is that I thought that this book was going to have lots of pictures of purses from different eras.The reason I like this book is because it is more than just a book with pictures of purses. "Hmmmm..." you might be thinking."Whatever does she mean?"

    I love looking at bags in fashion magazines.I thought this book was going to be like that...only longer.Instead, it contains the history of bags, the relationship between bags and culture, the psychological meaning of different bags, and dare I say it, the philosophical perspective of bags.Lest you think I am being sarcastic, I really think the author Chenoune does a good job covering these issues in a tongue in cheek manner."Carried Away" shows the bag as more than just a fashion trend.Although the book does show examples of the bag as woman's fashion accessory, such as the ubiquitous Hermes bag, the book is more of an art book.

    "Carried Away" is divided into several sections. My favorite section is about purses in the movies.The author chose still pictures from certain movies.Then, Chenoune explains how the choice of the purse by the costume designer relates to the characters in the movie. Basically, what does the purse say about the psychology of the character and the mood in the scene?I also like the section that shows pictures of different bags and their uses in history, like the painter's bag.

    I think for many people this is going to be a book that they pick up in the book store and browse, but not buy.However, I think that other people intested in the bag as an art form, a cultural indicator, or a historical benchmark will find this book interesting enough to read.Therefore, I would not recommend buying it sight unseen, but it is definitely worth a look. ... Read more


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