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Jewels: A Secret History
by Victoria Finlay

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

August 15, 2006

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Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions and poetry, quests and curses, sacred writings and unsacred actions. In this scintillating book, journalist Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most. Blending adventure travel, geology, exciting new research, and her own irresistible charm, Finlay has fashioned a treasure hunt for some of the most valuable, glamorous, and mysterious substances on earth.<br /><br />With the same intense curiosity and narrative flair she displayed in her widely-praised book Color, Finlay journeys from the underground opal churches of outback Australia to the once pearl-rich rivers of Scotland; from the peridot mines on an Apache reservation in Arizona to the remote ruby mines in the mountains of northern Burma. She risks confronting scorpions to crawl through Cleopatra’s long-deserted emerald mines, tries her hand at gem cutting in the dusty Sri Lankan city where Marco Polo bartered for sapphires, and investigates a rumor that fifty years ago most of the world’s amber was mined by prisoners in a Soviet gulag.<br /><br />Jewels is a unique and often exhilarating voyage through history, across cultures, deep into the earth’s mantle, and up to the glittering heights of fame, power, and wealth. From the fabled curse of the Hope Diamond, to the disturbing truths about how pearls are cultured, to the peasants who were once executed for carrying amber to the centuries-old quest by magicians and scientists to make a perfect diamond, Jewels tells dazzling stories with a wonderment and brilliance truly worthy of its subjects.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Me...
by Christopher de Hamel

Language

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.<br /><br /></b>A <i>San Francisco Chronicle </i>Holiday Book Gift Guide Pick! </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
An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photo...
by Craig A. Tuttle

Language

English

Pages

195

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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Describes the causes of paper and photograph deterioration such as climate conditions, fungal growth, insect and rodent infestation, preventative measures and the supplies to help protect items from damage. Basic techniques are offered to assist the reader in the repair of their items, framing techniques and supplies, and guidelines for selecting and working with a conservator. In addition, there are instructions for organizing document and photograph collections, and an extensive appendices.
Greek Mythology: Legends of Greek Gods & Goddesses, Heroes, Ancie...
by Elliot Templeton

Language

English

Pages

58

Publication Date

January 17, 2018

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<h2><b>Greek Mythology!</b></h2><br /><b>Download This Amazing Guide Today! Available To Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet!</b><br /><br />For millennia, the feats of strength and the might of the Gods has stood the test of time. Even now, the tales of vile villains and indomitable heroes calls to us from the dawn of civilization to mark the life, and legacy, of one of mankind’s greatest sagas: Greek mythology. <br /><br />Discover the legends, and the drama, in this comprehensive guide to the world of Greek mythology. With its colorful cast of characters, these extraordinary, larger-than-life tales explore birth, life, death, tragedy, history, and morality. <br /><br />With timeless themes of love, loss, temptation, inner conflict, and struggle, topical life lessons can be pulled from these ancient texts. Peak into the past and uncover a culture that envisioned their world with incredible imagination and wonderment. <br /><br />By filling the world around them with mythical giants and powerful personalities, the Greeks painted the cosmos with meaning and purpose - a legacy that has lived through the ages to inspire millions. So prepare for a journey back into ancient Greece and into a world that lives outside of time and space. <br /><br /><br /><b>Here Is A Preview Of What Is Included…</b><br /><ul><li>Introduction to the Greeks</li><li>The Epochs of Greek Mythology</li><li>Archaeological Sources of Greek Mythology</li><li>A Gallery of Gods and Goddesses</li><li>Early Greek Mythology – In the Beginning</li><li>Gods and Humans</li><li>All the Creatures Great and Small</li><li>The Many Great Battles of Greek Myth.</li><li>Influences of Greek Mythology in Today's Culture</li><li>And Much, Much More!</li></ul><br /><b>Get your copy today!</b><br />
Civil War Legacies IV: 14 Time-Honored Quilts for Reproduction Fa...
by Carol Hopkins

Language

English

Pages

80

Publication Date

January 02, 2018

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<p>Love fabrics inspired by the Civil War era? Save every scrap? Carol Hopkins applauds you--she saves every scrap too! In this fourth book from her "Civil War Legacies" series, you'll find a collection of small, spectacular quilts where every scrap you save can shine.<br /><br /><br /><br />Make a quilt honoring the Blue and Gray Trail; choose a stunning tribute to the woman who established the American Red Cross; stitch a sampler chock-full of charming Basket blocks. Along with 14 of Carol's exquisite designs to make step by step, you'll enjoy reading little-known facts about the Civil War and Carol's stories about how each stunning little quilt came to be.</p>
சிவ வசியம்: மகா மந்திரங்...
by அ கண்ணன்

Language

English

Pages

59

Publication Date

January 21, 2018

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மனிதனாக பிறந்த யாவரும் ஓதி பயன்பெற வேண்டிய அற்புத மந்திரங்கள்
You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie'...
by Orly Lobel

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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Are your ideas your own or does your employer own them? This is the question that set off the greatest toy war of our time. <br /><br />When Carter Bryant began designing what would become the billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls, he was taking time off from his job at Mattel, where he designed outfits for Barbie. Later, back at Mattel, he sold his concept for Bratz to rival company MGA. Law professor Orly Lobel reveals the colorful story behind the ensuing decade-long court battle.<br /><br />This entertaining and provocative work pits audacious MGA against behemoth Mattel, shows how an idea turns into a product, and explores the two different versions of womanhood, represented by traditional all-American Barbie and her defiant, anti-establishment rival--the only doll to come close to outselling her. In an era when workers may be asked to sign contracts granting their employers the rights to and income resulting from their ideas--whether conceived during work hours or on their own time--Lobel's deeply researched story is a riveting and thought-provoking contribution to the contentious debate over creativity and intellectual property.
The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies
by John R. Lott

Language

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>
More With Less: How To Declutter Your Home Without Sacrificing Co...
by Michelle Moore

Language

English

Pages

140

Publication Date

November 11, 2017

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<h2>Do you wish for a <b>cleaner and cozier </b> home? Feel overwhelmed by your possessions? </h2> <br />If so, it's time to simplify your life!<br /><br />We live in a culture where <u>more is worshipped and encouraged </u>: more money, more stuff, more likes. In the meantime, we get disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones. This book is a heartfelt guide to <b>downsize your house and keep it practical and cozy. </b><br /> <br />After returning home from a six-year world journey, Michelle Moore decided to downsize, simplify, and make her house more homely. In the process she realized the less she had, the more she could value the things that truly matter in life: friendship, family, self-care, and coziness. <br /><br /><i>More With Less </i> is based on a rational approach to minimalism but Miss Moore takes the idea further. It is not enough to declutter. It won’t make you happy by itself. In <i>More With Less </i> the downsizing process parallel runs with ideas on how to make your living space homely. <br /><br /><h2>The first half of the book introduces <u>the most trending contemporary concepts of cleaning and organizing. </u></h2><br />•How can you benefit the most from minimalism?<br />•<b>The art of creating a minimal but cozy home. </b><br />•The secrets of Swedish Death Cleaning.<br />•<b>Practical tips how to make each month of the year cozy and homely. </b><br />•10 power tools to enhance the comfort of your home instantly.<br /><br /><h2>The second half of the book discusses the<u> hands-on practices to downsize and upgrade the comfort of your home. </u></h2><br />•The best selection methods to get rid of mess – quickly and effectively.<br />•<b>Folding and organizing methods from the greatest decluttering minds in the world. </b><br />•Special tips to declutter and organize those parts of your home you wouldn’t even think of.<br />•<b>A step-by-step walkthrough on how to keep the order in your home once it’s clean. </b><br />•20+ organizing tips to find a good spot for everything.<br /><br /><h2>Improve your focus, concentration, and creativity in an organized environment. </h2><br />Get ready to sweep away the clutter, organize your belongings, and warm up your precious relationships. By doing so you’ll feel <b>less stressed, overwhelmed, and more safe and protected in your home.</b> Becoming clutter-free <u>improves your daily mood, helps you break painful bonds with the past – even helps you sleep better. </u><br /><br /><b>What’s your excuse for not living a simpler, more connected, and happier life? </b><br /><br /><h1>Give your home a fresh start! Just open this book, and you'll be on your way to a more meaningful, simpler, and untroubled life. </h1><br />

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