The World of Beretta: An International Legend Hardcover – November 7, 2000
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About the Author
He resides in Hadlyme, Connecticut, and commutes to a pied-à-terre in the Italian section of San Francisco, where books like this one are written over months of uninterrupted concentration, and following years of detailed research and product testing.
Peter Beard is widely known in Europe and the United States, where retrospectives of his photography and art have been held in Milan, Paris, Berlin, New York (The Time Is Always Now Gallery), and Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Vogue, Life, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He is the author of The End of the Game, Eyelids of Morning, Longing for Darkness, and Zara's Tales from Africa. This is his fifth book with R. L. Wilson.
Mauro Pezzotta has photographed numerous spreads for Beretta over the years, and resides in Lonato, Brescia, Italy. His photography has appeared in several magazines and in several books, including Brescia. He concentrates on the subjects of Italian guns, architecture, fashion, food, and wine.
- Publisher : Random House (November 7, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375501495
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375501494
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.28 x 1.17 x 8.83 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #814,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have deducted one star from this five star book because it has no index, a necessity for any reference book. I was also a little disappointed with the quality of the illustrations. Most are surprisingly low resolution, and therefore do not resolve well when you zoom in to examine fine details.
Some illustrations are collages, many of which contain 3 or 4 dozen items. In the print version of this book, each item in a collage was virtually impossible to see, but the collages are usually high res in the Kindle version, so one can zoom in. Here the problem is the captions. A few of these run for more than a page! Now a sensible procedure with illustrations of this complexity would be to number each item in the collage and then identify these items by their numbers in the caption. Instead, Wilson chose to identify the items by their position in the illustration. You have no idea how confusing this can be until you try to zoom in. The process goes something like this: you identify an item using the caption. You zoom in, and the thing you are trying to see is not where you expect it to be. So you zoom out and you realize that you missed a semicolon in the caption's extremely small print. You swear at Wilson, zoom in...But you get the idea.
But believe it or not, these are quibbles. This book is unique, and probably deserves five stars. Just don't get lost while trying to navigate through the collages.