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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122227808328 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Wonders of Man: The Colosseum by Peter Quennell and the Editors of the Newsweek Book Division. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 172 pages. Publisher: Newsweek; (1971). Mock epic sea battles, grimly realistic wild animal hunts, breathtaking fireworks displays, and at least one midnight séance have been held in the Colosseum since its inauguration in 80 A.D. More than 1,500 years have passed since the last blood, human or animal was shed on the arena’s sands. However during that time the massive amphitheater built by the Flavian emperors has continued to play a major role in Roman history. “The Colosseum” vividly recreates that history, depicting the gory gladiatorial games, the martyrdom of early Christians, the successive sacks of Rome by marauding barbarian armies, the desecration and partial dismantling of the arena itself, and finally its preservation as a world-famous tourist attraction. Here we have the panoramic sweep of the decline and fall of Rome, as viewed from the Eternal City’s most impressive ruin. Some one hundred illustrations, half in full color, provide a stunning visual complement to the narrative. Modern photographs, especially commissioned for this volume, as well as paintings and sketches by famous artists have been juxtaposed with views of classical sculpture and ancient frescoes, coins, and mosaics. A special section, “The Colosseum in Literature”, includes excerpts from works by such noted authors as Gibbon, Byron, Goethe, Shaw, Dickens, and Longfellow, all of whom were inspired by the vast amphitheatre. A chronology of Roman history, an illustrated guide to the Eternal City’s other celebrated architectural monuments, and a selected bibliography conclude the volume. Author Peter Quennell was an accomplished biographer and social historian. He was Editor of the distinguished British periodical “History Today”, and a frequent contributor to “New Statesman”. Among his many works that won both critical and popular acclaim both in England and the United States are “The Profane Virtues” and “Byron in Italy”. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. HUGE hardcover w/dustjacket (176 pages). Newsweek/Norton (1971 1st ed.). Lightly read; pages clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. Dustjacket evidences light edge and corner shelfwear (with a tiny bit of chipping of the plastic laminate jacket cover at the spine head and heel and front top corner) and mild rubbing (dustjacket is a deep glossy red and so shows rub marks very easily merely from being shelved between other books). Brown cloth covers are entirely without blemish. I'd guess the book was flipped through a few times, then put away on a shelf. This is a very clean, handsome book. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The Colosseum is the first volume in the Newsweek Book Division’s series of illustrated histories, “Wonders of Man” ”. Each volume in the series focuses on a well-known historical monument. Each volume is divided into three major sections. First, a lively and informative history of both the monument and its creators, written by a distinguished and authoritative writers, profusely illustrated on color and black and white. Second, a selection of literary excerpts about the monument. Third, a comprehensive reference section. ther titles in the series include: “Tower of London”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “Dome of the Rock”, “The White House”, “The Forbidden City”, “The Taj Mahal”, “Venice”, The Parthenon”, and “Teotihuacan”. Contents of this volume include: Introduction. The Story of the Colosseum. Roma Resurgens. The Bloody Spectacle. Pagan and Christian. Twilight of the Eternal City. Poets, Popes and Patriots. The Romantic Ruin. While Stands the Colosseum. The Colosseum in Literature. Author Peter Quennell was an English biographer, literary historian, editor, essayist, poet, and critic. The son of social historians Marjorie and C. H. B. Quennell, he was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1922 he published his first book, “Masques and Poems”. This was followed by many other volumes, particularly his “Four Portraits” of 1945 (studies of Boswell, Gibbon, Sterne, and Wilkes), books on London and works on Baudelaire (1929), Byron (1934-35), Pope (1949), Ruskin (1949), Hogarth (1955), Shakespeare (1963), Proust (1971) and Dr. Johnson (1972). In 1930 he taught at the Tokyo University of Science and Literature in Japan. In 1944-51, he was editor of the Cornhill Magazine and from 1951 to 1979 founder-editor of History Today. He published two volume of autobiography, “The Marble Foot” (1976), and “Wanton Chase”(1980). PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: History of the Roman Colosseum, giving information about the martyrdom of early Christians, gladiator games, and other events. Approximately 100 illustrations, including paintings by famous artists and modern photos greatly add to the text. A special section, “The Colosseum in Literature” includes excerpts from noted authors who have been inspired by the ruins of this vast amphitheater. One of Newsweek's series, "Wonders of Man. 172 sumptuously illustrated pages including chronology of Roman history, guide to Roman monuments, selected bibliography and index. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Recreates the history of the massive amphitheater built by the Flavian emperors depicting the gory gladiatorial games, the martyrdom of early Christians, the successive sacks of Rome by marauding barbarian armies, the desecration and partial dismantling of the arena itself, and finally its preservation as a world-famous tourist attraction. Splendidly illustrated, well-written, in a high-quality, “coffee-table” style format. This book is both art in itself, as well as a history. Highly recommended. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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