- Series: The Most Beautiful Villages
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Edition Unstated edition (October 17, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500541876
- ISBN-13: 978-0500541876
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence (The Most Beautiful Villages) Hardcover – October 17, 1994
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From Library Journal
Jacobs, an art historian and travel writer (A Guide to Provence, Penguin, 1989), continues to demonstrate his knowledge of Provence in this work, the perfect complementary text to Palmer's compelling photography, seen most recently in The Water Garden (Thames and Hudson, 1993). Text and photographs illustrate the belief that Provence's multiple identities are best represented in its villages, which vary greatly in character and architecture, from the fascinating west through the tranquil center to the fortified Italianate east. The photographs of simple churches, fountains, shady squares, and cobbled lanes demand leisurely observation, always justifying the inclusion of each of the more than 30 villages chosen. Information on local festivals and markets, hotels, and restaurants is also included in this beautiful volume. Highly recommended for travel and architecture collections.
William R. Smith, Johns Hopkins Univ. Lib., Baltimore, Md.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Provence is a land apart, a territory of outstanding beauty and distinction that has exercised a fascination for outsiders since earliest times. It is the smaller communities that the true Provencal spirit can be found: in brilliant sunlight falling across the terracotta roofs of the hill villages, or in the velvety shade beneath the great plane trees in an ancient square. It is such scenes which are celebrated here in Hugh Palmer's stunning photographs and Michael Jacobs' evocative account of the most beautiful villages of this, the best loved of all French provinces. The variety of the villages of Provence is astounding. The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence is a celebration in 300 color illustrations of that variety, of a beauty and spirit that have continued to entrance outsiders to the present day. -- Midwest Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
I have purchased several other "Most beautiful villages of..." over the years but none is as exquisite as this one. A must for all Provence fans and travellers.
At the end of the book there is a useful information section for visitors: hotels and restaurants, market days and festivals.
I was disappointed that only a small number of photos were of the people of these villages, certainly the essential element of village life. There were no markets, only a few children and elders, and no fetes. Primarily the photos are of stone, fortunately well-composed ones. In terms of photography books on Provence, I prefer Gerald Sioen, who is much better at capturing the people in these villages. But "quaintness" is a rapidly fading quality, as the real world of "uncropped" experiences will attest, wither it is the A-7 or the TGV. Both Sioen and Palmer had to photograph the same ancient "Droguerie" in Cotignac, both capturing it in the same dabbled light.
Still, Provence remains a unique treasure of sensual enjoyment, and hopefully you can afford to buy both, or even better, receive them as Christmas presents from friends and relatives with their priorities in the right place.