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The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie ; the science and aesthetics of tie knots: FINK, Thomas and Yong Mao

The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie ; the science and aesthetics of tie knots

FINK, Thomas and Yong Mao

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ISBN 10: 0767906438 / ISBN 13: 9780767906432
Published by Broadway Books, New York, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First Edition (full number line). Small 8vo; 144pp. Publisher's maroon paper-covered boards, the spine stamped in gilt, with photographic end papers; in a maroon, white and black pictorial dust jacket priced at $14.95. As New and unread, a pristine copy. Two Cambridge physicists trace the 150-year evolution of the knotted neck cloth and discover eighty-one more ways to tie a tie, adding to the four hitherto known. With copious illustrations and a concluding table summarizing the authors' findings. Great fun! Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0574

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Title: The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie ; the science and ...

Publisher: Broadway Books, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Printing.

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Until 1900 there was only one. In the 1930s, Edward, the Prince of Wales, became the unwitting embodiment of two more, even though he in fact wore neither. It was not until 1989 that a fourth became popular. Throughout the 150-year his-tory of the modern tie, only four tie knots have been recognized. That is, until now.

In this history of and guide to tie wearing, Thomas Fink and Yong Mao trace the peculiar evolution of the knotted neckcloth from the seventeenth century to its modern form. These two Cambridge physicists applied a model more often used to describe atomic motion to the twists and turns of this central item of men's dress. They discovered eighty-five ways to tie a tie, thirteen of which survived their aesthetic test, and earned their recommendation. The result is a rich blend of history, science, fashion, and practicality that will become the must-have accessory for all well-dressed men.

Wonderfully illustrated and wittily written, this little classic of sartorial elegance will charm and inform in equal measure.

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"In an elegant world, an irreproachable tie knot is an essential part of one's toilette; it does not matter whether the knot is simple or complicated, because the art is what counts. There are some knots which seem casual in appearance, but which have taken considerable labour before the mirror, and many a stamped foot, many an exclamation of impatience."
-- Doctor A. Debray Hygiene Vestimentaire, 1857

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