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Signs and Symbols Hardcover – June 16, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DK (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756633931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756633936
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 16, 2008
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"Wherever we live, we are surrounded by symbols--if we choose to see them. We can go through life ignorant of this rich imagery, or we can open our eyes to the deeper truths inherent in much that surrounds us. For those interested in exploring the philosophical and the metaphysical, a world filled with symbols is infinitely rich and rewarding, leading us to a greater understanding of ourselves and bringing a fresh perspective to our lives." - From the book

From crosses to triangles, colors to flowers, symbols permeate art, myth, fairytales and movies. Most everyone knows that a heart pierced by an arrow symbolizes love, as well as that of a red rose. But have you ever considered how that association came to be made?

What about the pyramid on a dollar bill, "the finger", or the significance of the red string bracelet worn by Kabbalists? Or what does it mean that Bill Clinton "points" with his thumb when giving a speech or that kohl lined the eyes of Ancient Egyptian women? Where is the subtle symbol concealed in the FedEx emblem that earned it one of the top eight logos in modern design history?

You'll find the answers to these questions and many more in DK's book Signs & Symbols. At 352-pages with full color illustrations, many in shiny gold, this hardcover reference book is chock full of fascinating tidbits on the origin, lore and associations of thousands of signs and symbols.

Here are just some of topics covered in DK's Signs & Symbols:

* Fairytale motifs
* Religious and national symbols
* Body language, hobo signs, hand signals and symbolic gestures
* Weather, fire, air, water and earth
* Clothing, headwear, uniforms, body adornment and jewelry
* Modern phallic symbols (i.e.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rick von Baden Baden on February 8, 2009
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This book is one of the best I've ever bought. It's divided into themes, areas, categories of symbols. Each part brings lots of photos, illustrations, drawings of the signs and symbols showing each meaning and history. It's an amazing reference book that DK Publishng does so well and uniquely.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roy Hobbs on July 3, 2010
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This is a very nice collection of symbols overall. There are very nice pictures of most of them as well. Each symbol has only a few sentences about them so if you are looking for indepth discussion of symbols, this is not it. However, the book does contain a ton of symbols from numerous different categories. Some sections I thought were well done and others, not so much. The 'nature' section talks about the meaning of things like blueberries or flowers to different cultures which I personally did not find that interesting. I would have liked to see more indepth discriptions and maybe more pictures showing variations of the symbols, but still, overall, this is a good encyclopedia of signs and symbols.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Kelly on January 26, 2012
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It's a fact that this book is amazing! I have never found a book that covers so much information without making you feel overwhelmed. From the moment that I found this on this site, I was excited about getting my hands on it. I was running to the mailbox every day for a week! Needless to say, all of that waiting was worth it. When I got my hands on it, I could not put it down. I was amazed! I had never realized how much meaning was behind the objects I never once considered full of any kind of meaning.

This book covers a broad range of topics from animals, flowers, personal objects (rings, lipstick, etc), to body parts and so much more. You will truly be amazed at all the information that lies within the cover of this book. I will admit, I have had this book for a couple of years now and I still have not finished it, but that isn't for a lack of trying. I just can't get enough of what I have already learned. I keep going back to re-read and then read a bit more.

This is one of my favorite books by far! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about the history and background of some of the most basic and overlooked things! If you are considering as to whether or not to buy this book, then buy it! I assure you that you will not be disappointed!
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Calamia on October 7, 2009
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Signs and Symbols by D.K. Publishing is a nicely presented and formatted table book. It is beautifully bound, and will appeal to the eye of curiosity seekers. The array of colorful photographs, sketches, and listed symbolic artifacts will undoubtedly gain the readers interest while sipping their early morning coffee.

The book is formatted with various chapters and those symbols related to the chapter's specific topic. For instance; there is a chapter on the "Cosmos," and there is a chapter on "Animals", and a chapter on "Humanity"( etc), with all the appropriate ancient symbols and their meanings related to that subject matter.

However, I found the book to have more of an "encyclopedic cloak" about it rather than, something devoted more seriously to the subject of symbolism.

This is a nice table top "show-piece" but, it leaves the serious student wanting something...a bit more "Symbolic."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sallo.Me on December 9, 2012
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Book is printed in high quality. but the inside is, I'd say, for kids. only very brief description of symbols. few general word on the subject.
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