A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor soon to be presented for sale on the first-class BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Allen Lane, 2010, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilizations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The books range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the twenty-first century which represents the world we live in today.

Neil MacGregors aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency, or how an early Victorian tea set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilization accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen in this way, history is a kaleidoscope shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the corners of the dust wrapper.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVI] 707 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I lure you to view a further assortment hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my History catalogue?

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