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The Devil and Dr. Barnes, Portrait of an American Art Collector

The Devil and Dr. Barnes, Portrait of an American Art Collector

by Howard Greenfeld

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Art collector and famously combative eccentric, Albert Barnes was a legendary figure in the early 20th-century art scene, and his remarkable life is given a full treatment in Greenfield's entertaining biography. (GEN375, $17.95)

Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

by John Berger

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Art critic, painter, essayist and Booker Prize-winning novelist Berger concentrates on how we look at art in this eye-opening and influential classic. (ART151, $16.00)

Impressionism

Impressionism

by James Henry Rubin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

An excellent illustrated survey of Impressionism in the "Art and Ideas" series. (FRN223, $29.95)

Frommer's Philadelphia Day by Day

Frommer's Philadelphia Day by Day

by Frommer's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER

A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map of the city center. (USE598, $13.95)

Philadelphia Map

Philadelphia Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated, flexible map of the center of Philadelphia. (USE123, $7.95)

 
City Walks Philadelphia

City Walks Philadelphia


by Caroline Tiger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • BOXED
  • 52 PAGES

This deck of colorful convenient car includes 50 suggested adventures afoot in the city. (USE515, $14.95)

Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia

Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia


by George W. Boudreau

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 394 PAGES

Meticulously researched and fabulously illustrated with photographs and early American art, Boudreau's book traces the history of America's first capital from its founding in 1681 to its vital role in the war for independence. (USE546, $24.95)

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country. (USE244, $15.95)

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History


by Russell F. Weigley | Edward Wolf | Nicholas B. Wainwright | Joseph E. Illick | Thomas Wendel

  • HISTORY
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 751 PAGES

A comprehensive history of Philadelphia that examines the city's political, artistic, physical and social development. (USE98, $35.00)

Revolutionaries, A New History of the Invention of America

Revolutionaries, A New History of the Invention of America


by Jack Rakove

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Rakove offers new insights into the personalities of America's famous and little-known revolutionaries, focusing on the period from 1772 to 1792 and portraying these national heroes as ordinary men who rose to meet the challenges at hand. (USA442, $16.95)

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects


by Richard Kurin

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 762 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Explore American history through 101 objects from the Smithsonian museums. Dr. Richard Kurin relates fascinating stories about historical objects like Neil Armstrong's space suit, the Wright brothers' plane and Dorothy's ruby red slippers, reminding us that history still has a vital presence in our day and age. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs throughout, the book takes readers on a rich journey through America's collective memory. (USA549, $50.00)

Cezanne, Father of 20th Century Art

Cezanne, Father of 20th Century Art


by Michel Hoog | Rosemary Stonehewer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A pocket-size biography of Cezanne, discussing the painter's monumental influence on the development of 20th-century art, featuring color illustrations and excerpts from the artist's writings. (FRN168, $12.95)

Historic Houses of Philadelphia, A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes

Historic Houses of Philadelphia, A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes


by Roger W. Moss | Tom Crane

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

A photographic tour of 50 distinctive residences in the Philadelphia area. (USE93, $39.95)

Impressionism

Impressionism


by Belinda Thomson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A readable account of the French Impressionist movement and its most notable artists, illustrated with color reproductions. This book's thoughtful analyses of individual works are illuminated by solid historical and cultural background. (FRN310, $16.95)

Manet

Manet


by Giles Neret

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A concise, illustrated survey of the French painter, featuring color reproductions of his work. (ART51, $9.99)

Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship

Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship


by Jack Flam

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Jack Flam explores the compelling, competitive, parallel lives of these two artists and their very different attitudes toward the idea of artistic greatness, toward the women they loved and ultimately toward their confrontations with death. (ART20, $17.95)

Philadelphia, Then and Now

Philadelphia, Then and Now


by Edward Arthur Mauger

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

An illustrated chronicle of Philadelphia's development over the decades. Archival photographs are paired with modern ones, their contrast demonstrating the city's change. Each pair is accompanied by a brief, historical description. (USE360, $19.95)

Renoir, A Master of Impressionism

Renoir, A Master of Impressionism


by Colin B. Bailey | Linda Nochlin | Anne Distel

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A short survey of Renoir's life and work, featuring 120 color reproductions. (FRN404, $16.98)

Rodin, World of Art

Rodin, World of Art


by Bernard Champigneulle

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An illustrated introduction to the sculpture of Rodin, along with a brief consideration of his life and its effect on his art. (FRN638, $16.95)

Rodin: Eros and Creativity

Rodin: Eros and Creativity


by Rainer Crone | Siegfried Salzmann

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 185 PAGES

An exhibition catalog of Rodin's sculpture, focusing on his depiction of the erotic and including critical essays by eight European and American experts. (FRN637, $19.95)

The Private Lives of the Impressionists

The Private Lives of the Impressionists


by Sue Roe

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Roe shows the Impressionists in the studios of Paris, rural lanes of Montmartre and rowdy riverside bars as Paris underwent Baron Haussmann's spectacular transformation. (FRA16, $17.99)

Vincent's Gardens: Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh

Vincent's Gardens: Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh


by Ralph Skea

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 112 PAGES

Monuments to the artistic originality and poetic sensibility of Van Gogh, this survey of the artist's favorite gardens includes reproductions of oil paintings and sketches. (NTH147, $19.95)

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh


by Irving Stone

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

This collection of letters from the troubled artist to his brother offers an illuminating gaze into Van Gogh's passion for art while revealing his dramatic personal struggles. (NTH88, $17.00)

Matisse The Master, A Life Of Henri Matisse: The Conquest Of Colour: 1909-1954

Matisse The Master, A Life Of Henri Matisse: The Conquest Of Colour: 1909-1954


by Hilary Spurling

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Spurling's unprecendented access to letters and private archival material gives extraordinary insight and depth into Matisse's life and art. With color plates and over 100 black-and-white images. (FRN654, $40.00)

The Matisse Stories

The Matisse Stories


by A.S. Byatt

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A slim collection of three tales, each inspired by a Matisse painting, which showcase Byatt's various talents as fabulist, comedian and critic. In all her incarnations, she is nothing short of wonderful. With reproductions of the three paintings. (FRN299, $13.00)

Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Ted Floyd

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Featuring 2,000 stunning color photographs, this comprehensive guide buy the editor of Birding magazine includes almost 600 I-Pod compatable, downloadable bird songs. (NAM44, $24.95)

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