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The Art Of Fantasy Sci Fi And Steampunk

Author : Hiroshi Unno
ISBN : 4756249752
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A beautiful visual history book of fantasy art from Romanticism and steampunk to modern illustrations from novels. Art has always been one of the most vivid ways to express people's imagination. Fantasy art illustrates the full range of human fears and dreams, from mythology, the Bible, and the artist's own original and exciting stories. This book describes the history of fantasy art from Romanticism in the 18th century to the modern era by exploring the masterpieces of fantasy artists; William Blake, John Martin, Albert Robida, Jules Gabriel Verne , H.G. Welles and more. It also shows illustrations from science fiction and fantasy novels such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe, mystery novels by Agatha Christie, and more contemporary fantasy novelists such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Michael Ende . This book illustrates the remarkable transition of fantasy art that occurred in 19th century when steampunk was introduced to the fantasy art world. Steampunk was unique because it was a fantasy-based style that was inspired by a real event, the Industrial Revolution. Today, the influence of steampunk can be seen in everywhere, from legendary films by Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. This book will surely satisfy all lovers of fantasy art and literature. About the Author: Hiroshi Unno was born in 1939 in Tokyo. Unno writes on art, cinema, music, urbanism, novels, flower arranging and more. Unno recent titles released by PIE International - Avant-Garde Graphics in Russia, William Morris, Harry Clarke, Beautiful Book Design, The World of Mucha, A Thousand and One Nights - have gained recognition worldwide.

Out Of Time

Author : Norman Brosterman
ISBN : UCSC:32106019452173
Genre : Art
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A collection of images created as illustrations for science fiction, popular science, and pulp fiction magazines, as well as prototype drawings for industrial designs. This book contains the visions of artists and illustrators who devoted their talents to portraying the future.

Those Terrible Middle Ages

Author : Régine Pernoud
ISBN : 0898707811
Genre : Religion
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As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages", the renown French historian, Regine Pernoud, gives the reader a refreshingly original perspective on many subjects, both historical (from the Inquisition and witchcraft trials to a comparison of Gothic and Renaissance creative inspiration) as well as eminently modern (from law and the place of women in society to the importance of history and tradition). Here are fascinating insights, based on Pernoud's sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general readers as well as a helpful resource for teachers. Scorned for centuries, although lauded by the Romantics, these thousand years of history have most often been concealed behind the dark clouds of ignorance: Why, didn't godiche (clumsy, oafish) come from gothique (Gothic)? Doesn't "fuedal" refer to the most hopeless obscurantism? Isn't "Medieval" applied to dust-covered, outmoded things? Here the old varnish is stripped away and a thousand years of history finally emerge -- the "Middle Ages" are dead, long live the Middle Ages!

A Bibliographic History Of The Book

Author : Joseph Rosenblum
ISBN : 0810830094
Genre : History
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"...skillfully compiled...should be useful to anyone interested in placing his or her studies in the context of printed and bound literature..." —ENGLISH LITERATURE IN TRANSITION 1880-1920

At The End Of An Age

Author : John Lukacs
ISBN : 0300101619
Genre : History
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At the End of an Age is a deeply informed and rewarding reflection on the nature of historical and scientific knowledge. Of extraordinary philosophical, religious, and historical scope, it is the product of a great historian's lifetime of thought on the subject of his discipline and the human condition. While running counter to most of the accepted ideas and doctrines of our time, it offers a compelling framework for understanding history, science, and man's capacity for self-knowledge. In this work, John Lukacs describes how we in the Western world have now been living through the ending of an entire historical age that began in Western Europe about five hundred years ago. Unlike people during the ending of the Middle Ages or the Roman empire, we can know where we are. But how and what is it that we know? In John Lukacs's view, there is no science apart from scientists, and all of "Science," including our view of the universe, is a human creation, imagined and defined by fallible human beings in a historical continuum. This radical and reactionary assertion--in its way a summa of the author's thinking, expressed here and there in many of his previous twenty-odd books--leads to his fundamental assertion that, contrary to all existing cosmological doctrines and theories, it is this earth which is the very center of the universe--the only universe we know and can know.

Author : 海野弘
ISBN : 4756248411
Genre : Art, European
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A magnificent visual history of Decadence, Aestheticism and Symbolism.

Mediaeval Feudalism

Author : Carl Stephenson
ISBN : 0801490138
Genre : History
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"In the following pages I have tried to explain, as simply and concisely as possible, the historical significance of the feudal system. . . . My purpose has not been to give a comprehensive description of Europe in the feudal age, or even of feudal society. I have taken for granted that the reader will be familiar with the main political events of the Middle ages: the barbarian invasions, the formation of the Carolingian Empire, the establishment of the later monarchies, the Crusades, and the like. I have omitted all but cursory mention of the manorial system and the revival of commerce . . . . I have, in other words, restricted the discussion to the few institutions that may be said to have constituted feudalism proper, or to have been peculiarly associated with it."—from the PrefaceThis reprint of the first single-volume work in English (originally published in 1942) to treat the principles of feudalism gives a clear and concise account of the origin, growth, and decay of the feudal system. Special attention is paid to the principles of feudal tenure, chivalry, the military life of the nobility, and the workings of feudal government, as illustrated by actual cases.


Author : Steven Heller
ISBN : 0500290393
Genre : Design
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A history of calligraphy and lettering offers examples of typefaces found on formal announcements, invitations, advertising, and other "commercial handwriting" from the United States, England, Germany, France, and Italy.


Author : Diana Scarisbrick
ISBN : 0500291128
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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An international survey of rings throughout history features lavish photographs of a wide variety of ring types, in a thematically arranged volume that showcases signet, commitment, ecclesiastical, and other ring forms, from ancient Egypt through the twentieth century.


Author : Akiko Fukai
ISBN : 3822838578
Genre : Art
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Illustrates a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes and fashion accessories dating from the eighteenth century to the present day.

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