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Schama, Simon

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ISBN 10: 0679402551 / ISBN 13: 9780679402558
Published by NY.1995. A.A. Knopf, 1995
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tan & bronze metallic illustrated (boy sleeping with dog) cloth hardbound 8vo. 8º (octavo). dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. very fine cond. mint cond. looks new. like new. as new. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. not worn or torn or price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~first edition so stated. first printing (nap). SIGNED by the author on the title pg. color endpaper vintage maps. xi+652p. "With 250 black~and~white and 45 full~color illustrations including a full~color gatefold." notes. a bibliographic guide. acknowledgments. index. world history. historiography. psychology. philosophy. mythology. folklore. ~ WHAT DO WE SEE in our mind's eye when we talk about "nature"? Where do those images come from that haunt our minds~of the forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mountain? Are they myths, or were they once real places? Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past . from the banks of the Nile and the fountains of Rome to the great flow of Old Father Thames, carrying memories of the waterway as the blood of life itself through the world . . . from the cliffs of Alexander's Greece, where men first tested their need to measure themselves against mountains and write themselves onto their very surfaces, all the way to Mount Rushmore. Through all of history, from pre~classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality. Powerful and even disturbing as some of these myths are, Schama offers them as a celebration rather than a lament, a correction to the pessimism that holds that the West has treated nature as mere machinery. Instead, he tells stories of "guardians of memory"~foresters and mountain~sculptors, obelisk~haulers and boatmen~poets who have passed on the traditions of the Western vision of nature from generation to generation. Here, uncovered by the most exciting and original historian writing today, are the mysteries that lie just below the surface of our most familiar world of country walks and wilderness views, riverbanks and mountain hikes, parks and gardens. After Landscape and Memory, they will never seem the same again. Bookseller Inventory # 7251503

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Publisher: NY.1995. A.A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An extraordinary book that explores how the earth itself has shaped the Western imagination and how, as a result, our interaction with the environment is far richer and more complex than today's doomsayers would have us believe.

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"Marvelously rich and eloquent...Entertaining...Wonderfully learned and perceptive." --The New York Times Book Review

"[Schama's] sinewy prose is everywhere enlivened by an illuminating wit and fueled by a relentless and joyful curiosity...You get the impression he will venture anywhere, intellectually speaking, in pursuit of his historical prey...He's a scintillating guide." --The Globe and Mail

"Fascinating...A potpourri of biography, art history and much else, skillfully blended and handsomely illustrated...Insightful." --Maclean's

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