December 13, 2016

New Titles Tuesday for December 13

Forty-four titles were added to the collection this week. Here are some intruiging titles; click on a title to find out more information.

Action/abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American art, 1940-1976 /edited by Norman L. Kleeblatt; cultural timeline by Maurice Berger ; essays by Debra Bricker Balken ... [et al.]
Drawing on recent critical, historical, and biographical work, this lavishly illustrated book offers a sharp new focus on a pivotal art movement. It also presents an extensive commentary on the two most influential critics of postwar American art--Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg--whose powerful views shaped perceptions of Abstract Expressionism and other contemporary art movements. In addition, the book features a magisterial essay by eminent critic Irving Sandler and a copiously illustrated cultural timeline by Maurice Berger.

A full-color photographic survey of beautiful early mailboxes, highlighting those of the grand art deco period, together with a brief history of the innovative mailbox-and-chute system patented in 1883 Art Deco Mailboxes features dozens of the best examples of this beloved, dynamic design's realization in the mailboxes of New York City as well as Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and beyond.

 This catalogue was issued in 1906 by the company's English subsidiary

Birth of Impressionism: masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay /project curated by Guy Cogeval, Stéphane Guégan, and Alice Thomine-Berrada ; additional contributions by Krista Brugnara ... [et al.]
This dazzling collection of one hundred works by the masters of nineteenth-century French painting tells the story of the beloved Impressionist movement, focusing on the tumultuous period of the 1860s and 1870s and the emergence of the New Painting out of the Paris Salon. Lavish reproductions of masterpieces of French painting from the monumental canvases of Bouguereau to the landscapes and peasant scenes of Millet and Courbet set the stage for a rich visual narrative that recounts the incubation and evolution of the Impressionist movement.

Cézanne: a life /Alex Danchev.
With brisk intellect, rich documentation, and eighty-eight color and fifty-two black-and-white illustrations, Danchev tells the story of an artist who was originally considered a madman, a barbarian, and a sociopath. A special feature of the book is a remarkable series of Cézanne's self-portraits, reproduced in full color. Cézanne is not only the fascinating life of a visionary artist and extraordinary human being but also a searching assessment of his ongoing influence in the artistic imagination of our time. A stunning portrait of a monumentally important artist, this is a biography not to be missed.

This handsomely designed book, published in association with the Art Gallery of Sudbury, traces Pratt's development as a painter and printmaker from his early watercolors through to the iconic paintings of his mature years. It features more than 100 works, all beautifully reproduced, many of which have never been published before.

Little has hitherto been written about George Devey, yet his contribution to the vernacular revival which took place in the 1860s was important and innovative. His interest in the use of local materials directly contributed to the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement and thereby to the model for British middle-class housing up to the Second World War. Includes over 100 illustrations as well as comprehensive catalogue of all Devey's works, both executed and projected.

Iran /Inge Morath; texts by Monika Faber and Azar Nafisi ; edited and with a preface by John P. Jacob.
In this body of work, Morath's subjects range from politics and religion to work and commerce, from the shah's palace to the nomad's tent to Zoroaster's sacred shrine. She photographed Iran with the keen vision of an anthropologist, examining religious rituals, costuming, work, sport, music, art and theater in order to document "the continuity--or lack of it--between past and present," as she later put it. Retrospectively, Inge Morath: Iran recalls a land and a culture that have been profoundly transformed since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is a window into the past that provides a singular and timely perspective on Iran in the present.

Mozart /Paul Johnson.
 In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson conjures Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life and times in rich detail, focusing particularly on the music - Mozart's genius, his extraordinary compositional output, and his uncanny gift for instrumentation. With the bracing, animated style he's known for, Johnson offers here a superbly fresh examination of Mozart and his wondrous music.

Nouveau /Henri Loyrette, general editor ; Sébastien Allard and Laurence des Cars, et al.
This complete, chronological history is illustrated by more than 400 illustrations and covers painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as the advent of photography, its impact on painting, and its emergence as an art form of its own.

The Parthenon sculptures /Ian Jenkins ; with photographs by Ivor Kerslake and Dudley Hubbard.
A superb visual introduction to these wonders of antiquity, this book offers a photographic tour of the most famous of the surviving sculptures from ancient Greece, viewed within their cultural and art-historical context.  In particular, Jenkins expands on the irony of our intimate knowledge and appreciation of the sculptures--a relationship far more intense than that experienced by their ancient, intended spectators--as they have been transformed from architectural ornaments into objects of art.

Paul Gauguin /[Diane Cook, Yan Thomas].
A biography of nineteenth-century French painter Paul Gauguin, written as if by his daughter, Aline, while he was painting on the Pacific island of Tahiti.

The Winthrop Collection of French, British and American art includes the best group of Delacroix and Ingres drawings outside of France, the most significant group of pre-Raphaelite paintings outside of Britain, and a world-renowned collection of Sargent watercolours.

Renaissance intarsia: masterpieces of wood inlay /edited by Luca Trevisan ; photography by Luca Sassi; translated from the Italian by Marguerite Shore.
The first modern survey of a fascinating yet underappreciated art form, abundantly illustrated with new color photography. In this volume, a team of art historians trace the evolution of Renaissance intarsia through a discussion of twelve of the most important intarsia cycles.

Renoir in the Barnes Foundation /Martha Lucy and John House.
Authors Martha Lucy and John House look closely at the key paintings in the collection, placing them in the wider contexts of contemporary artistic, aesthetic, and theoretical debates. The first volume to publish the entirety of Barnes's astonishing Renoir collection, Renoir in the Barnes Foundation is also an engaging study of the artist's critical—and often contested—role in the development of modern art.

Tom Thomson, the silence and the storm /Harold Town and David P. Silcox.
Contains 177 paintings in vivid color and many more in black and white. Nearly 80 of his brilliant sketches are reproduced to their actual size, giving them an immediacy almost equal to the originals. The accompanying texts, by artist Harold Town (1924-1990) and art historian David P. Silcox, provide an aesthetic commentary and full biographical chronicle.
Tracing the transformation of the colonies into nationhood between the 1760s and the Civil War, this volume's classic paintings from America reveal the traits, ideals and ambitions of a young people. Early Federal portraits, serene landscapes and genre paintings document an ever-expanding range of issues, including the impact that industrial issues had in altering the American landscape. 

The CBR is concerned with both academic and business communities and views them as complementary to the mission of building a distinctively Christian worldview for business. To that end, the CBR  publishes research-based papers drawn from the efforts of academic professionals as well as experience-based articles that reflect the personal insights of business leaders, Christian thinkers, and commentators.

Ample Mansions is an informative and entertaining memoir of those houses which became the official residences of the lieutenant-governors of the provinces.

Atlantic Ocean: the illustrated history of the ocean that changed the world /Martin W. Sandler ; foreword by Dennis Reinhartz.
This, the first illustrated and comprehensive history of the Atlantic World, is at the forefront of an exciting new wave of study in universities and think tanks. Atlantic History is an increasingly dynamic field of scholarship based on the notion that the Americas, Africa, and Europe have composed a regional system from the late 15th century to the present. Lavishly illustrated with exquisite antique maps, period paintings and engravings, documents, political cartoons, and photographs, this unique volume is an engaging read sure to appeal to audiences everywhere.

The compelling story of a man who embodied the Victorian ideals of self-improvement, industry, and civic service, and a touching portrait of a remarkably down-to-earth visionary.
Dieppe, Dieppe /Brereton Greenhous.
Comparing Operation Jubilee with a British commando raid against Vaagso in Norway in December 1940, the author, in the light of recent scholarly research, answers many questions surrounding this controversial operation.

Brian Moynahan covers the history of France from the end of the 19th century to the present day, encapsulating French benchmarks that have changed the face of Europe and the world, from political events and scientific discoveries to sporting triumphs and cultural achievements.

In this sharply drawn history, Professor Elizabeth D. Leonard reveals the aspirations and achievements as well as the setbacks and disappointments of African American soldiers. Along the way, Leonard offers a nuanced account of black soldiers’ involvement in the Indian Wars, their attempts to desegregate West Point and gain proper recognition for their service, and their experience of Reconstruction nationally, as blacks worked to secure their place in an ever-changing nation. With abundant primary research, enlivened by memorable characters and vivid descriptions of army life, Men of Color to Arms! is an illuminating portrait of a group of men whose contributions to American history need to be further recognized.

Stories of plots, sham plots, and the citizen-informers who discovered them are at the center of Rachel Weil's compelling study of the turbulent decade following the Revolution of 1688. Most studies of the Glorious Revolution focus on its causes or long-term effects, but Weil instead zeroes in on the early years when the survival of the new regime was in doubt. By encouraging informers, imposing loyalty oaths, suspending habeas corpus, and delaying the long-promised reform of treason trial procedure, the Williamite regime protected itself from enemies and cemented its bonds with supporters, but also put its own credibility at risk.

In his rich and learned new book about the naturalization of foreigners, Peter Sahlins offers an unusual and unexpected contribution to the histories of immigration, nationality, and citizenship in France and Europe. Through a study of foreign citizens, Sahlins discovers and documents a premodern world of legal citizenship, its juridical and administrative fictions, and its social practices. Telling the story of naturalization from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, Unnaturally French offers an original interpretation of the continuities and ruptures of absolutist and modern citizenship, in the process challenging the historiographical centrality of the French Revolution.Unnaturally French is a brilliant synthesis of social, legal, and political history.

This first-ever biography of William Beckford provides a unique look at eighteenth-century British history from the perspective of the colonies. Even in his own time, Beckford was seen as a metaphor for the dramatic changes occurring during this era. He was born in 1709 into a family of wealthy sugar planters living in Jamaica, when the colonies were still peripheral to Britain. By the time he died in 1770, the colonies loomed large and were considered the source of Britain's growing global power. Beckford grew his fortune in Jamaica, but he spent most of his adult life in London, where he was elected Lord Mayor twice. He was one of the few politicians to have experienced imperial growing pains on both sides of the Atlantic, and his life offers a riveting look at how the expanding empire challenged existing political, social, and cultural norms.

The Lexum collection contains the Supreme Court of Canada judgments since its creation in 1875 and judgments in leave applications since 2006. The collection is updated within minutes of the public release of the judgments by the Court.

The Lexicographer's Dilemma shows clearly that what we now regard as the only correct way to speak emerged out of specific historical and social conditions over the course of centuries. As historian Jack Lynch has discovered, every rule has a human history and the characters peopling his narrative are as interesting for their obsession as for their erudition. Grammatical "rules" or "laws" are not like the law of gravity, or even laws against murder and theft - they're more like rules of etiquette, made by fallible people and subject to change. Witty, smart, full of passion for the world's language, The Lexicograher's Dilemma will entertain and educate in equal measure.

The culmination of Harold Bloom's life's work in reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. It is his passionate and convincing analysis of the way in which Shakespeare not merely represented human nature as we know it today, but actually created it: before Shakespeare, there was characterization; after Shakespeare, there was character, men and women with highly individual personalities -- Hamlet, Falstaff, Iago, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Lear, among them. In making his argument, Bloom leads us through a brilliant and comprehensive reading of every one of Shakespeare's plays.

In this first full study of the nature of Maya materials and animism, renowned Mayanist scholar Stephen Houston provides startling insights into a Pre-Columbian worldview that dramatically contrasts with western perspectives. Illustrated with more than one hundred photographs, images, and drawings, this beautifully written book reveals the Maya quest for transcendence in the face of inevitable death and decay.

Gives a new interpretation of Chinese philosopher Xunzi's ideas, which were central to Confucianism for over a thousand years. Xunzi is not absolutist or insistent upon conformity, but rather sees social roles as contingent and context-sensitive

Jonathan Bernier undertakes a two-fold task: one, to engage on the level of the philosophy of history with existing approaches to the study of the historical Jesus, most notably the criteria approach and the social memory approach; two, to work with the critical realism developed by Bernard Lonergan, introduced into New Testament studies by Ben F. Meyer, and advocated by N.T. Wright in order to develop a philosophy of history that can elucidate current debates within historical Jesus studies.
A handbook to the ticks of Canada (Ixodida: Ixodidae, Argasidae) [electronic resource] /by Evert E. Lindquist ... [et al.] ; with illustrations by King Wan Wu and Barry Flahey ; maps by Tom Naughten.
The new Handbook to the Ticks of Canada is an identification and information guide to all known active instars of the nine genera and forty species of ticks in Canada. Summaries are provided for the distribution, natural history and involvement of ticks in paralysis, and as reservoirs and vectors for a variety of pathogens  which affect humans, wildlife and domesticated animals.

Half compendium of lost opportunities, half hopeful look toward the future, Powering the Dream tells the stories of the brilliant, often irascible inventors who foresaw our current problems, tried to invent cheap and energy renewable solutions, and drew the blueprint for a green future.

Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation is published twice per year in the spring and fall. Each issue features spectacular photos by leading photographers and articles by well-respected scientists and conservationists. 

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