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Seller: ancientgifts (4,183) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122149220991 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The World Guide to Antiquities: A Comprehensive Overview of the Artistic and Cultural Heritages of Past Civilizations and People by Seymour Kurtz. 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: Hardcover with Dust Jacket: 324 pages. Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc.; (1975). [A huge 12x9 inch, heavy, high quality gift quality publication] “There is no past or future in art” wrote Pablo Picasso, a devotee of ancient and primitive art forms. “If a work of art cannot love always in the present then it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive than it ever was.” Meticulously researched and finely written, this handsome volume brings to life the heritage of past artistic glories and thus preserves it for generations to come. These are neither idle or vain words, for the havoc wrought by Industrial man on the rich tapestry of archaeological, ethnic, and national cultures has no parallel in all history, and it continues to grow. Steam shovels and bulldozers, man-made and natural floods, the corrosive winds of time, and the looting of archaeological sites for profit have already taken a heavy toll. In Egypt, the building of the Aswan Dam has condemned priceless antiquities to the murky waters of the Nile. In Cyprus, road builders plow indifferently through tomb sites, while in the United States Indian mounds are leveled for the greater good of real estate developers and highway engineers. In Italy, Greece, Sicily and Turkey, marble statuary and temple columns are casually reduced to lime in peasant’s kilns. Enterprising Turks in Anatolia saw off the heads of five Roman statues which by a complex and devious series of exchanges are at long last delivered to a wealthy American collector. The greedy, ignorant and mindless are always with us, but in too many instances the apathy or venality of government bureaucrats that make this sense worldwide destruction possible, while the pressures of population, urban sprawl, and the endless industrialization of societies give the process an almost tragic inevitability. While delighting the eye and enriching the mind of those who will own and cherish it, this book will most importantly serve as a surviving and comprehensive record of the artistic triumphs of past humankind. Although its immediate value is immense, it is destined to become even greater in decades to come: when in Athens the sulphurous clouds from a nearby cement factory have destroyed the magnificent metopes of the Parthenon; when in Venice the Horses of San Marco have been pitted beyond recognition by industrial wastes; and when new political systems in Asia and the near East openly hostile toward antiquities (as though they were symbols of a part and unforgivable oppression) will have finally done away with many of the glories of ancient times. When that day comes, and come it will, volumes like this will be man’s sole remaining record of the anonymous art of past civilizations – an art that sprang from the vital spirit of a culture rather than from the life of an individual artist or artisan. The author, Seymour Kurtz is an archaeologist, historian, and anthropologist. Before devoting himself to the profession of writing, Mr. Kurtz was a research associate at the University Museums of both Kansas and Pennsylvania, the Direct of Development for the New School of Social Research, and Chief of Information for the Museum of Primitive Art in New York. Leon Pomerace who wrote the introduction was Vice-President of the Archaeological Institute of America and possesses an outstanding collection of antiquities, which can still be seen in part in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum in London. CONDITION: VERY GOOD (MINUS). Oversized hardcover with dustjacket. Crown Publishers (1975) 324 pages. A huge 12x9 inch, heavy, high quality gift quality/"coffee-table" publication. Based on appearances it seems likely that the book was read several times. The pages are clean, but do evidence moderate reading wear. There are a couple of markings to the title page - someone's name handwritten (neatly) in ink, a return address sticker, and an embossed seal ("from the library of" in raised embossed letters). Otherwise the pages are clean, unblemished, remain securely bound and unmarked EXCEPT as described in the title page. The dustjacket is clean but does evidence modest edge and corner shelfwear, including a 2 inch closed (neatly mended) edge tear to the back side of the dustjacket, near the spine head, and a 1 1/2 inch closed (neatly mended) edge tear to the front side of the dustjacket at the top edge. There's also a bit of rubbing/chipping to the spine head of the dustjacket, and the top edge and part of the fore edge of the front side of the dustjacket show slight light-fading at the extremities. Given the previous owner indications on the title page and the somewhat shelf-worn dustjacket (not to mention the fact that the book seems to have been read more than once), the book lacks the "sex appeal" of a bonafide "shelf trophy", but it is otherwise a solid, clean, serviceable copy of a fairly scarce reference. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1374L. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: A comprehensive overview of the artistic and cultural heritages of past civilizations and peoples. The entries range from tools, weapons, jewelry and masks to architecture, sculpture and religion, giving a comprehensive picture of the cultural and artistic heritage of past civilizations and peoples. Profusely illustrated with beautiful color photographs. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Survey of classical, Oriental, and primitive art and artifacts. Over 300 color illustrations. Thousands of entries organized alphabetically defining, explaining, and illustrating the artifacts and monuments of the ancient world. A truly remarkable compendium of the ancient world’s finest architecture, statuary, art, and jewelry. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Magnificent! Where has this book been all of my life? Thousands of definitions pertaining to the artifacts of the ancient world. Techniques, materials, and produce all are defined. This is a wonderful reference to have at your fingertips. I wish I had possessed this remarkable encyclopedia in college. And visually this is a masterpiece, with over 300 full color pictures of the ancient world’s most stunning art, architecture, and treasure. Suitable in size and quality as a “coffee table” book or presentation/gift. REVIEW: This book is wonderful look at some of the World's greatest antiquities. The book contains some wonderful photographs. Reading for pleasure or knowledge begins with the turn of a page. 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). However this book is quite heavy, and it is too large to fit into a flat rate mailer. Therefore the shipping costs are somewhat higher than what is otherwise ordinary. There is 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. 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."

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