- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli (March 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847821935
- ISBN-13: 978-0847821938
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Celts Paperback – March 15, 1998
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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If you are looking for the Celtic encyclopedia as described in the reviews with information and pictures of just about everything Celtic, make sure you are ordering the edition by Frey at 800 pages. (Also listed here as Hardcover Illustrated and slightly higher-priced. Published by Rizzoli.) If you are looking for an entry-level Celtic photobook with a decent number of beautiful scenery and artifact images, then Kruta's shorter version is sufficient. (Listed as Hardcover 2005 with a lower resell price. Published by Hachette.)
Unfortunately, most of the reviews, the "Look inside" and other links belong to a completely different book, "The Celts" by Sabatino Moscati and three other editors, one of whom is also Kruta, published to accompany an exhibition in Venice in 1991 and ca. 800 pages long! The specs on the condensed paperback: 720 pages, Rizzoli International Publications (March 15, 1998), ISBN-10: 0847821935, ISBN-13: 978-0847821938 --
The problem is that with this confusion, the vendors are likely to send you any book other than the one you want, so it's best to contact them directly.
The book is lavishly illustrated with quality illustrations and photographs. A good read as well as a good reference book.
However, this is not really an introductory text. It would be a wonderful companion to a number of syntheses (The Ancient Celts, The European Iron Age, Exploring the World of the Celts, etc.) but the quality and depth of each entry is variable. It is not a book that is conducive to sitting down and reading all the way through, but can be dipped into whenever the need arises.
Still, this one may be worth purchasing for the illustrations alone, as there are many colour pictures throughout.