The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 154
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 154

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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good reading when you 're finished looking at the pictures. Here is a selection of a few books published during 1997 tlxat I 1 L ;RBERG yjJWeek range from the Pont d' Avignon in France (words of the famous song are included) to the Tatara Bridge of Japan (a computer image, since the span won't be ready until 1999). On the cover, looking as handsome as any other, is the Brooklyn Bridge what else? Cats in Books: A Celebration of Cat Illustration Through IT 7K-...... I are likely to please, depending upon your tastes, interests and, not least, pocketbook. They are listed alphabetically by title. HOLIDAY GIFT BOOKS Beyond the Coffee Table Bridges: A History of the World's Most Famous and Irrmortant Scans, bv Judith Duore 'Tit the centnn nmnno other Wmji. for oift honks. fRlark Dn? & Leventhal. $22.98). Here's the loneest ' 'w O Cl ' J O V- ' V C ' - ' and publishers have been issuing them in ever- book of the year, in size if not in reading matter. It increasing numbers. Art books predominate as usual, measures 1 8 inches horizontally by 7 inches verti- but there are many other kinds too, all designed to cally, so that a bridge illustration can stretch com- decorate your coffee table and also to provide some fortably across a page or even two. Those displayed the Ages, by Rodney Dale (Abrams, $16.95). A small book, but one that should endear itself to feline fanciers, especially those of a literary bent. It consists of paintings, drawings and sketches of cats, going back to The Book of Kells. Puss in Boots is here, and so are the Cheshire Cat, the Owl and the Pussycat and, of course, the Cat in the Hat, plus dozens you probably never heard of. The pictures are charming, and Dale elucidates their significance very nicely. Fra Angelico, by John T. Spike (Abbeville Press, $95). The art book of the year. Fra Angelico, who lived and worked in Florence during the first half of pS3 71 I the 15th centurv. imbued his 4 ' ""V religious portraits, such as his famous Annunciation, with human, individual qualities that make them seem still alive and vibrant. The reproductions are gorgeous, with many paintings shown in detail as well as in full. t Lost Liners, by Robert D. Ballard and Rick Arch-bold (Hyperion, $60). You know all about the Titanic, of course, but what about ships like the Lusitania, the Britannic, the Normandie and the Andrea Dorial These too were involved in maritime disasters, and Robert Ballard and his underwater researchers have explored their wrecks. This meticulously produced book examines each sinking in detail, with underwater photos and the always striking paintings of Ken Marschall. Lots of piquant detail, such as that the captain of the Britannic was nicknamed "Iceberg Charlie" because of his reputation for caution. So he hit a mine instead. Marc Chagall The Land of My Heart: Russia, by Mikhail Guerman (Parkstone Aurora, $55). 7 K I i ) Some of these strikingly reproduced paintings are from Russian museums; others are located elsewhere. But most reflect or recall Chagall's early years in Russia, especially his village of Vitebsk, and a dazzling assemblage they are. Something not to be missed by Chagall admirers, continued - J PAGE 6 DECEMBER T, 199T PARADE MAGAZINE

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