The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint

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6.8 X 1.4 X 9.4 inches | 1.9 pounds
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About the Author

Jamie Camplin is a Cambridge-educated historian who retired in 2013 from a distinguished career as Thames & Hudson's editorial and then managing director. He is the author of The Rise of the Plutocrats: Wealth and Power in Edwardian England and the historical novel 1914 The King Must Die. Maria Ranauro studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art before joining the publishing department at the National Gallery, London, where she was responsible for the visual content of a number of seminal exhibition catalogues. She is now a senior picture researcher at Thames & Hudson.


"Bridging the gap between book and art lover perfectly, this work presents relevant information with stunning paintings to satisfy experts of both fields."--Library Journal
"Charming."--The Art Newspaper
" . . . a thoroughly delightful book . . . "
--Tulsa Book Review
"Beautifully produced, impressively informative, as thoughtful and it is thought-provoking, The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint is a unique and extraordinary study that is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of all dedicated bibliophiles and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community, college, and academic library collections."
--Midwest Book Review
"Although there is no shortage of books about books, The Art of Reading offers a welcome new perspective on the age-old tradition of reader as artist's muse."
" . . . [a] handsome, absorbing walkthrough of art history as seen through its paintings of books . . . "
--Chicago Tribune
"There is no shortage of writings on the subject of books and reading but this volume in color . . . combines both reading and art and is mesmerizing."
--The Florida Times-Union