A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition

A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition

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by E. H. Gombrich
     
 

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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

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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 color—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.

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Editorial Reviews

Philip Pullman

"A brilliant piece of narrative, splendidly organised, told with an energy and confidence that are enormously attractive, and suffused with all the humanity and generosity of spirit that Gombrich's thousands of admirers came to cherish during his long and richly productive life. It's a wonderful surprise: irresistible, in fact."—Philip Pullman

Wall Street Journal

"In simple, vivid prose, Gombrich surveys the human past from pre-history to his own time. . . . Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best."—Anthony Grafton, Wall Street Journal

— Anthony Grafton

New York Times

"A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style, effortlessly explaining, without condescension, difficult matters like the achievements of Charlemagne, the monetary system of medieval Europe and the ideas of the Enlightenment. . . . This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights."—Edward Rothstein, New York Times

— Edward Rothstein

The Times

"A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich is a bedtime treat to share with my two children and proof that brilliance and perspicacity needn''t be stuffy."—Bettany Hughes, The Times

— Bettany Hughes

Irish Times

"Christmas gift of the year is surely . . . A Little History of the World. This is a magical work for children. . . . Perfect for bedrime reading."—John Banville, Irish Times

— John Banville

The Observer

"... ostensibly a book for children, designed to present a chronology of world history, but it''s a delight for all ages. The pages sparkle with the learned author''s wit and wisdom - and reading them, one feels as if Gombrich, one of the greatest ever art historians, is guiding one through time with a grandfatherly gleam in his eye."—Ben Schott, The Observer

— Ben Schott

Newsday

"A masterpiece of nonfiction writing for children. It is a wry and charming book, perfectly suited to the capacities of a 10-year-old, but also remarkably free of condescension. An adult can read it with pleasure. And, indeed, with instruction."—Scott McLemee, Newsday

— Scott McLemee

Times Literary Supplement

"I am going to buy ten copies of this book and give it to my ten favourite children... this is a book which teaches what it is to be civilised by its very tone, which is one of gentleness, curiosity and erudition."—A.N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

— A.N. Wilson

Daily Telegraph

"... a marvellous antidote to history without chronology: the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative... [Gombrich] excels in creating a sense of the continuities of history - the ways in which human nature has not budged over the millenium, and the smallness of the differences between people. A delight."—Robert Hanks, The Daily Telegraph

— Robert Hanks

Guardian Review

“Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read. . . . Tolerance, reason and humanity . . . suffuse every page of the Little History.”—Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review

— Amanda Vickery

New Statesman

"... the main body of the book retains an irresistible, boyish energy and enthusiasm... Here, in this little book are answers to many of the questions you never dared to ask."—Margaret Drabble, New Statesman

— Margaret Drabble

BBC History Magazine

"... an engrossing kaleidoscopic account of global history from the ancient Egyptians to the Treaty of Versailles."—Tristram Hunt, BBC History Magazine

— Tristram Hunt

Literary Review

"It certainly couldn''t be done more agreeably:.. a perfect birthday present for a child with an enquiring mind. I wish it had been available when I was young."—Allan Massie, Literary Review

— Allan Massie

The Washington Post - Philip Kennicott

“Sumptuously illustrated. . . . Perfect for reading to alert and curious children, but it’s even better as a secret pleasure, read alone, with no children in sight.”—Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
Newsday - Scott McLemee

"A masterpiece of nonfiction writing for children. It is a wry and charming book, perfectly suited to the capacities of a 10-year-old, but also remarkably free of condescension. An adult can read it with pleasure. And, indeed, with instruction."—Scott McLemee, Newsday
Patricia S. Schroeder

"Imagine the full story of human habitation on our planet being told in such flowing prose that you want to read it out loud. If you can't imagine that, read A Little History of the World and experience it!"—Patricia S. Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and Former U.S. Representative from Colorado 
Guardian Review - Amanda Vickery

“Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read. . . . Tolerance, reason and humanity . . . suffuse every page of the Little History.”—Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review
Booklist

 "A timeless and engaging narrative of the human race."—Booklist
Wall Street Journal - Anthony Grafton

"In simple, vivid prose, Gombrich surveys the human past from pre-history to his own time. . . . Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best."—Anthony Grafton, Wall Street Journal

New York Times - Edward Rothstein

"A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style, effortlessly explaining, without condescension, difficult matters like the achievements of Charlemagne, the monetary system of medieval Europe and the ideas of the Enlightenment. . . . This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights."—Edward Rothstein, New York Times
The Times - Lisa Jardine

"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
Irish Times - John Banville

"Christmas gift of the year is surely . . . A Little History of the World. This is a magical work for children. . . . Perfect for bedrime reading."—John Banville, Irish Times
The Observer - Ben Schott

"... ostensibly a book for children, designed to present a chronology of world history, but it's a delight for all ages. The pages sparkle with the learned author's wit and wisdom - and reading them, one feels as if Gombrich, one of the greatest ever art historians, is guiding one through time with a grandfatherly gleam in his eye."—Ben Schott, The Observer
Times Literary Supplement - A.N. Wilson

"I am going to buy ten copies of this book and give it to my ten favourite children... this is a book which teaches what it is to be civilised by its very tone, which is one of gentleness, curiosity and erudition."—A.N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
Daily Telegraph - Robert Hanks

"... a marvellous antidote to history without chronology: the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative... [Gombrich] excels in creating a sense of the continuities of history - the ways in which human nature has not budged over the millenium, and the smallness of the differences between people. A delight."—Robert Hanks, The Daily Telegraph
New Statesman - Margaret Drabble

"... the main body of the book retains an irresistible, boyish energy and enthusiasm... Here, in this little book are answers to many of the questions you never dared to ask."—Margaret Drabble, New Statesman
BBC History Magazine - Tristram Hunt

"... an engrossing kaleidoscopic account of global history from the ancient Egyptians to the Treaty of Versailles."—Tristram Hunt, BBC History Magazine
The Times - Bettany Hughes

"A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich is a bedtime treat to share with my two children and proof that brilliance and perspicacity needn't be stuffy."—Bettany Hughes, The Times
Literary Review - Allan Massie

"It certainly couldn't be done more agreeably:.. a perfect birthday present for a child with an enquiring mind. I wish it had been available when I was young."—Allan Massie, Literary Review
PopMatters

“Delightful…charming.”—PopMatters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Tom Beer

"[A] brisk, clear-eyed trot through the centuries."—Tom Beer, Maine Sunday Telegram
The Washington Post

“Sumptuously illustrated…Perfect for reading to alert and curious children, but it’s even better as a secret pleasure, read alone, with no children in sight.”—Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post

— Philip Kennicott

Maine Sunday Telegram

"[A] brisk, clear-eyed trot through the centuries."—Tom Beer, Maine Sunday Telegram

— Tom Beer

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Irish Times - Richard Aldous

"... a joyful book..."—Richard Aldous, Irish Times
Kensington Magazine - Elizabeth Reid

"Written for children, this book is a source of entertainment and revision for adults too. Devoid of pretension and condescension it demonstrates how fluid communication between the generations can be. Without resorting to technical jargon or a raft of dates Gombrich has produced a text that appeals to all ages and inspires further reading… Entertaining, information and enlightening, it will send the reader on a voyage of (re)discovery of the great story of our world."—Elizabeth Reid, Kensington Magazine
Eastern Daily Express (Saturday Magazine) - Trevor Heaton
“This is a lovely book which would be a fine addition to any bookshelf. Or better still, plonked into the lap of the nearest child.”—Trevor Heaton, Eastern Daily Express (Saturday Magazine)
The Oldie - Sonali Chapman
“A perennial favourite, this is the illustrated edition of Gombrich’s brilliant history and contains 200 pictures, nearly all of them full colour.”—Sonali Chapman, The Oldie
Lovereading - Sue Baker

“Now in a new fully illustrated format could there be any better book to inspire the historians of tomorrow?....We will all want this elegiac, deceptively simple and elegant history….a lovely piece of book production….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.”—Sue Baker, Lovereading
The Good Book Guide
“Now the publishers have added two hundred illustrations, mostly in colour, that enhance and extend the author’s primary intention to arouse curiosity and enthusiasm for the history of mankind. Beautifully produced, with elegant typeface and spacious design, this edition will keep young and old enthralled. A timeless gift!”—The Good Book Guide
Country & Town House (Books of the Year) - Mary Lussiana
“Every household should have this book….enriching and enhancing…It makes for an excellent introduction to the world’s history for knowledge-thirsty teenagers and upwards.”—Mary Lussiana, Country & Town House (Books of the Year)
Mail on Sunday (Christmas Books) - Charlie Higson
“……wonderful....”—Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday (Christmas Books)
Cassone
“The book is remarkable as an introduction to World history. Its style is unique…beautifully designed.”—Cassone
Art Newspaper - Oliver Barker

"A work firmly aimed at educating young readers… [I] marvelled at Gombrich’s uncomplicated presentation and brilliantly digestible prose when grappling with such awe-inspiring subject matter."—Oliver Barker, Art Newspaper
The Independent

“[T]his gem of a book. . . [has] a lovely, personal preface [and] reminds us how clever, eloquent and inspiring an account EH Gombrich gave us for ourselves.”—The Independent

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300176148
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Edition description:
Illustrated
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
228,958
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


E. H. Gombrich was the author of the international classic The Story of Art. Winner of the Erasmus Prize, the Hegel Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize, and the Goethe Prize, he was admitted to Britain's highest honor, the Order of Merit, in 1988.

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