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A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who ...
by Matt Hranek

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English

Pages

217

Publication Date

October 31, 2017

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<DIV>“I’ve paged through stacks of books on the history of watches. . . . But I hadn’t come across a book that actually moved me until I picked up <I>A Man and His Watch</I>. The volume is filled with heartfelt stories.”<BR /><I><B>—T: The New York Times Style Magazine</B></I><BR /><BR /> Paul Newman wore his Rolex Daytona every single day for 35 years until his death in 2008. The iconic timepiece, probably the single most sought-after watch in the world, is now in the possession of his daughter Clea, who wears it every day in his memory. Franklin Roosevelt wore an elegant gold Tiffany watch, gifted to him by a friend on his birthday, to the famous Yalta Conference where he shook the hands of Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. JFK’s Omega worn to his presidential inauguration, Ralph Lauren’s watch purchased from Andy Warhol’s personal collection, Sir Edmund Hillary’s Rolex worn during the first-ever summit of Mt. Everest . . . these and many more compose the stories of the world’s most coveted watches captured in <I>A Man and His Watch</I>. Matthew Hranek, a watch collector and NYC men’s style fixture, has traveled the world conducting firsthand interviews and diving into exclusive collections to gather the never-before-told stories of 76 watches, completed with stunning original photography of every single piece. Through these intimate accounts and Hranek’s storytelling, the watches become more than just timepieces and status symbols; they represent historical moments, pioneering achievements, heirlooms, family mementos, gifts of affection, and lifelong friendships.</DIV>
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Me...
by Christopher de Hamel

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English

Pages

638

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<b>An extraordinary and beautifully illustrated exploration of the medieval world through twelve manuscripts, from one of the world's leading experts.<br /><br /><b>Winner of The Wolfson History Prize and The Duff Cooper Prize.</b></b><br />  <br /><i>Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts </i>is a captivating examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the reader into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history - and about the modern world, too. <br /><br /> In so doing, de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors. He traces the elaborate journeys that these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time and shows us how they have been copied, how they have been embroiled in politics, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity, and who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell).  <br /><br /> From the earliest book in medieval England to the incomparable Book of Kells to the oldest manuscript of the <i>Canterbury Tales</i>, these encounters tell a narrative of intellectual culture and art over the course of a millennium.   Two of the manuscripts visited are now in libraries of North America, the Morgan Library in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.<br /><br /> Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, <i>Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts </i>allows us to experience some of the greatest works of art in our culture to give us a different perspective on history and on how we come by knowledge.
A Guide Book of United States Coins 2018: The Official Red Book
by R.S. Yeoman

Language

English

Pages

1090

Publication Date

January 01, 2017

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Identify your coins quickly and easily! THE OFFICIAL RED BOOK® features full-color, actual-size and enlarged photos, with historical details about each piece. The Red Book shows mintages for all federal coins, from the ultra rare to the everyday. You might have a real rarity in your pocket change! Find out how much your coins are worth: The Red Book has clear, easy-to-follow grading information for each series, and prices in up to 9 grades per coin. Colonial and early American coins · Federal coins · Commemoratives Proof and Mint sets · Die varieties and errors · Civil War tokens · Territorial gold · State and territorial quarters · National Park quarters · Presidential dollars · Puerto Rican, Philippine, and Hawaiian coins · Error coins · Bullion
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
by Aja Raden

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<p>As entertaining as it is incisive, <em>Stoned</em> is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious.</p><p>What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.</p><p>What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, <em>Stoned</em> breaks history into three categories—Want, Take, and Have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace.</p><p>Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, <em>Stoned</em> tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.</p>
The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies
by John R. Lott

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

August 01, 2016

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<div>When it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that's accurate, and data that left-wing billionaires, politicians, and media want you to <I>believe</I> is accurate. In <I>The War on Guns</I>, economist and gun rights advocate John Lott turns a skeptical eye to well-funded anti-gun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns.</div>
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(Illustrated)
by Arthur Conan Doyle

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English

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Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget. <br />These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, originally published as single stories in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The book was published in England on October 14, 1892 by George Newnes Ltd and in a US Edition on October 15 by Harper. The initial combined print run was 14,500 copies.
Modern Art: Picture Books for Children
by Kiana Jackson

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English

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Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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Over 2000 pages of amazing pictures!
SHINTO THE ANCIENT RELIGION OF JAPAN
by C.M.G. D.Lit. W. G. ASTON

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English

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Publication Date

November 16, 2017

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Origins.—The Japanese are in the main a continental race. Their language and physical characteristics show conclusively that they come from Northern Asia, and geographical considerations indicate that Korea must have been their point of embarkation. Indeed a desultory emigration from Korea to Japan continued into historical times. When we say Northern Asia we exclude China. The racial affinity of the Japanese to the Chinese, of which we hear so often, really amounts to very little. It is not closer than that which unites the most distantly related members of the Indo-European family of nations. The Japanese themselves have no traditions of their origin, and it is now impossible to say what form of religion was professed by the2 earliest immigrants. No inference can be drawn from the circumstance that Sun-worship is common to them with many North-Asiatic races. The Sun is, or has been, worshipped almost everywhere. There is distinct evidence of a Korean element in Shinto, but, with the little that we know of the old native religion of that country, anything like a complete comparison is impossible. Some have recognised a resemblance between Shinto and the old state religion of China, and it is true that both consist largely of Nature-worship. But the two cults differ widely. The Japanese do not recognise Tien (Heaven), the chief Nature-deity of the Chinese, nor have they anything to correspond to their Shangti—a more personal ruler of the universe. The Sun is masculine in China, feminine in Japan. The Sun-goddess takes precedence of the Earth-god in Japan, while in China Heaven and Earth rank above the Sun and Moon. Some Chinese traits are to be found in the old Shinto documents, but they are of later origin, and are readily distinguishable from the native element. A few similarities exist between Shinto and the religion of the Ainus of Yezo, a savage race which once occupied the main island of Japan. But it is reasonable to suppose that in this case3 the less civilised nation has borrowed from its more civilised neighbour and conqueror rather than vice versa. It is significant that the Ainu words for God, prayer, and offering, are taken from the Japanese. If the Malay or Polynesian element, which some have recognised in the Japanese race, has any existence, it has left no trace in religion. Such coincidences as may be noted between Shinto and oceanic religions, myths and practices are attributable to the like action of common causes rather than to inter-communication. The old Shinto owes little to any outside source. It is, on the whole, an independent development of Japanese thought.
Twelve Years a Slave(Premium Quality)
by Solomon Northup

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English

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Publication Date

November 16, 2017

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Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
Men of Bethlehem
by Fred L. Shankweiler

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English

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Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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This vintage book from 1918 has been converted to digital format with original illustrations. A great classic for the home or classroom, an interesting old-fashioned reference book, and an outstanding find.<br /><br />Contains short biographies of Charles S. Schwab, Archibald Johnston, Eugene G. Grace, Warren E. Wilbur, Henry S. Drinker, H. E. Lewis, Dallett H. Wilson, Alexander C. Graham, Peter J. Sheehan, A.W. Leh, Allen H. Barthold, Charles G. Boyd, and other Bethlehem residents.

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