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Treasures of the British Museum Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0714150628
ISBN-10: 0714150622
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While these books are similar in scope, each is unique. Treasures of the British Museum captures the diversity and international flavor of the world's greatest museum. Focusing on eight broad areas of the collection, Caygill shares historical background and anecdotal stories about many key items, from the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles to the flower mosaics of Mary Delany. Richly illustrated by Lee Boltin, Treasures offers but a glimpse into this ever-growing, fascinating collection. Treasures of the Hood Museum of Art , on the other hand, commemorates the opening of the new facility on the Dartmouth College campus and records the evolution of that collection from its beginnings in 1773 to the present. Honoring a more recent tradition in the collection of quality art works than the British Museum, the Hood Museum has much to be proud of, from Assyrian bas-relief panels to murals by Orozco. Also featured are architect Charles Moore's plans of the facility, as well as illustrations of 150 masterworks from the collection and corresponding descriptive data. From the known greatness of the British Museum to the unsung greatness of the Hood Museum, both Treasures share insights into important collections, and both are recommended. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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About the Author

Marjorie Caygill has published numerous books and articles about the history of the British Museum and the collections. These include The Story of the British Museum, The British Museum Reading Room and The British Museum: 250 Years.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; Revised edition (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714150622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714150628
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Murphy on March 4, 2011
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Purchased this after our recent trip to England which included a stop at the British museum in London. Contains great pictures and info on different artifacts on exhibit. Didn't purchase it at the time as they were asking way too much. Saw it on Amazon for half the price! Thanks Amazon!

note: The price on amazon does fluctuate. I purchased it for just under $30...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Foster on May 16, 2012
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I ordered this and read it before my second visit to the British Museum, and what a difference it made! The first time, the collections were rather overwhelming -- like the Smithsonian, a person could spend months and not see everything -- and we only hit the high spots that were most famous, like the Rosetta Stone.

This time, I was able to plot where the collections that most interested me were, and head right for them, maximizing my time. I had done this before for other museums -- especially ones like the Louvre and the Victoria and Albert with enormous collections -- and it worked beautifully for the British Museum too.

I did carry this in my suitcase, too, but it's a bit on the heavy side, so you might want to copy the pages that most interest you before you go, rather than take the whole book. Highly recommend this before your time at one of the world's great museums!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Martin on November 5, 2013
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This hardbound copy is a must see for those who have walked through the extraordinary British Museum , or are about to go there. The various exhibitions are arranged in various styles in the book and you can pick and choose from what treasure interests you. And what treasures they are,too many to mention all here, but a must see are the Elgin marbles, the stash of loot left by an invading Viking army, and the winged lions from Nimrud.

My hardbound edition dating back to 1985 contains an excellent collection of mostly colour plates and is in very good condition,bought at a low price from Amazon.It is a great reminder of a fabulous international museum. Hopefully in the newer edition the B&W photographs have been refreshed. They look rather faded in this edition.
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