- Hardcover: 732 pages
- Publisher: Springer (September 7, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3540520929
- ISBN-13: 978-3540520924
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.2 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,315,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The coffee-table sized book runs 732 pages, 20 chapters, and includes a glossary and an extensive annotated bibliography. The text is fully indexed, and includes about one thousand illustrations, photographs, graphs, and charts, and includes 24 full-color plates. It is a pleasure to read, and a book that you will enjoy owning, reading, re-reading, and referring to for years to come. One of my favorite books and highly recommended... - lc