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Blue: The History of a Color

Blue: The History of a Color

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A beautifully illustrated visual and cultural history of the color blue throughout the ages

Blue has had a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now cite it as their favorite color. In this fascinating history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearance in prehistoric art to its international ubiquity today.

Any history of color is, above all, a social history. Pastoureau investigates how the ever-changing role of blue in society has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings, and popular culture. Beginning with the almost total absence of blue from ancient Western art and language, the story moves to medieval Europe. As people began to associate blue with the Virgin Mary, the color became a powerful element in church decoration and symbolism. Blue gained new favor as a royal color in the twelfth century and became a formidable political and military force during the French Revolution. As blue triumphed in the modern era, new shades were created and blue became the color of romance and the blues. Finally, Pastoureau follows blue into contemporary times, when military clothing gave way to the everyday uniform of blue jeans and blue became the universal and unifying color of the Earth as seen from space.

Beautifully illustrated, Blue tells the intriguing story of our favorite color and the cultures that have hated it, loved it, and made it essential to some of our greatest works of art.

1st edition; published by Princeton University Press. Scarce. Dust jacket in protective cover; minimal wear to edges of cloth cover and DJ; all colors remain bright. VG/VG

Book of Mormon : The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical (USED)

Book of Mormon : The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical (USED)

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The only official companion book to the Tony Award winner for Best Musical from the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q. Features the complete script and song lyrics, with 4-color spot illustrations throughout, an original introduction by the creators, and a foreword by Mark Harris.

The Book of Mormon, which follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, features book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.

Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central's landmark animated series South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy Avenue Q. The Book of Mormon is choreographed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

The book includes - an original foreword by journalist Mark Harris (author of Pictures at a Revolution) - an original introduction by the authors on the genesis of the show - a production history - the complete book and lyrics, with four-color spot illustrations throughout.

Bright Ideas

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Buddy Simon Sez

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Cats in Art

Cats in Art

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Cats in Art celebrates the work of Susan Herbert, whose paintings have been delighting cat fans and culture buffs for decades. Her trademark blend of humor and feline enthusiasm makes her art instantly recognizable to cat lovers everywhere. Since her first collection, The Cats Gallery of Art, was published in 1990, her work has appeared in numerous books that feature cats in iconic works of art, scenes from operas, Shakespearean plays, and movies.

In this new compilation of her work, renowned paper engineer Corina Fletcher has transformed six of Herbert's most-loved paintings into three- dimensional works of art, including Herbert's interpretations of classic paintings by Jan van Eyck, Sandro Botticelli, Diego Velázquez, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, John Everett Millais, and Édouard Manet. Each of these clever and charming feline portraits is accompanied by engaging and lively text, which illuminates the drama unfolding on the page.

Charming and fun, this book of pop-ups will delight fans of Susan Herbert as well as those encountering her work for the first time.

Cezanne, a study of his development (scarce dj by Vanessa Bell) (USED)
Cezanne, a study of his development (scarce dj by Vanessa Bell) (USED)

Cezanne: A Study of His Development (scarce dust jacket by Roger Fry)

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Scarce with dust jacket designed by Roger Fry; dj in protective cover; light foxing on cover; spine and top edges toned; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers lightly foxed; binding tight; text clean. G+/G+

Chelsea  Reach:  The  Brutal  Friendship  of  Whistler  and  Walter  Greaves
Chelsea  Reach:  The  Brutal  Friendship  of  Whistler  and  Walter  Greaves
Chelsea  Reach:  The  Brutal  Friendship  of  Whistler  and  Walter  Greaves

Chelsea Reach: The Brutal Friendship of Whistler and Walter Greaves

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London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970. 1st edition. Signed by author on title page. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine lightly creased and chipped; corners chipped; price clipped; flaps lightly toned; fore-edge of text has a few ink light ink marks; blue cloth with read title label on spine; illustrated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G+/G+

Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)
Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)
Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)

Chinese Encounters (Signed 1st edition)

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Inge Morath's photographs of Chinese scenes from Peking to Shanghai are complemented and expanded upon by Arthur Miller's incisive, informative commentary on Chinese politics, artistic expression, and life.

Inscribed by Miller on half-title; dust jacket in protective cover; very slight wear; dark blue embossed cloth with silver lettering on spine; top edge very slightly faded; inscription on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The City: A Play (USED)

City: A Play

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Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was the author of numerous plays and several volumes of poetry.

Yale University Press, 1920. 1st edition. Translated from the French by John Strong Newberry. Inscribed by translator. No dust jacket. Dark gray cloth over light gray boards; title and author on paper label on spine; covers lightly soiled; corners bumped; endpapers foxed; deckled edges. G-

The Cocktail Party (1st American edition)

Cocktail Party (1st American edition)

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A modern verse play about the search for meaning, in which a psychiatrist is the catalyst for the action. “An authentic modern masterpiece” (New York Post). “Eliot really does portray real-seeming characters. He cuts down his poetic effects to the minimum, and then finally rewards us with most beautiful poetry” (Stephen Spender).

1st American edition; dust jacket in protective cover; spine faded; covers lightly foxed; black cloth; endpapers tanned and lightly foxed; binding good; text clean. G/G