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A Little History of the World (Illustrated Edition) by E.H. Gombrich

A Little History of the World (Illustrated Edition)

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Now in a new fully illustrated format could there be any better book to inspire the historians of tomorrow? And not to leave out historians of today or us lesser cousins, the mere history lovers, we will all want this elegiac, deceptively simple and elegant history. The new format is a lovely piece of book production in size, shape and weight – not too big, not too small – and it even smells beautiful. Presented in a cloth binding, the illustrations are well-chosen and with the addition of good, clear maps it all fits into a well-designed whole. Yale has done the author proud, producing something that, in the age of electronic publishing, shows just what’s so special about the printed book.

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A Little History of the World (Illustrated Edition) by E.H. Gombrich

E.H. Gombrich's Little History of the World, though written in 1935, has become one of the treasures of historical writing since its first publication in English in 2005. The Yale edition alone has now sold over half a million copies, and the book is available worldwide in almost thirty languages.

Gombrich was of course the best-known art historian of his time, and his text suggests illustrations on every page. This illustrated edition of the Little History brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind's eye as he wrote the book. The two hundred illustrations - most of them in full colour - are not simple embellishments, though they are beautiful. They emerge from the text, enrich the author's intention, and deepen the pleasure of reading this remarkable work.

For this edition the text is reset in a spacious format, flowing around illustrations that range from paintings to line drawings, emblems, motifs, and symbols. The book incorporates freshly drawn maps, a revised preface, and a new index.

Blending high-grade design, fine paper, and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history.


'His enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible... With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth.' - Lisa Jardine, The Times

About the Author

E. H. Gombrich, author of the international classic The Story of Art, was born in Vienna in 1909. He moved to London in 1936, where he later became Director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at London University. Winner of the Erasmus Prize, the Hegel Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize, and the Goethe Prize, he was admitted to Britain's highest honour, the Order of Merit, in 1988. He died in November 2001.

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Publication date

1st October 2013


E.H. Gombrich

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Yale University Press


304 pages


Biography / Autobiography

General & world history



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