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Could have been a wonderful book.
on July 26, 2014
I borrowed this book from the library ... my usual practice before buying a fairly expensive book. The book looks gorgeous and the illustrations are fabulous, and I was interested in the subject matter. My 2 stars is based entirely on the illustrations ... if I could have rated them separately they would receive 5 stars.
However, I found the book impossible to read. The entire text (and there's lots of it) is in small reverse print on black, closely spaced on wide columns. There are no captions next to the illustrations (as others have commented). To access descriptions you have to consult the glossary at the back, which is in even smaller reverse text. Then comes an index, which can be no more than 6pt ... yes, still in reverse text. I'm amazed nobody has commented on this.
The copy I borrowed was published in 2009. Perhaps the ridiculous typesetting was rectified in later versions. Consistent use of page numbers would have been a nice touch too.
I would love to have read the text which one review described as 'wonderful', but I would have needed a magnifying glass.