The collections of the British Museum

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9780714116822: The collections of the British Museum

Surveys the collections of each department of the museum, including Oriental and Egyptian artifacts, prehistoric, medieval, and modern times; and coins, prints, drawings, and medals

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This book takes the reader on a breathless tour of the museum's major departments and collections. The inventory of objects is interwoven with a basic art historical text. In fact, even the book's design reminds one of a cramped, small-scale version of a textbook. Rarely is more than a sentence or two devoted to an object, although the picture captions add further brief descriptions. The audience for whom the book is intended is a mystery: not enough information is provided for it to be of use to scholars, yet the language seems to assume a certain knowledge. On the other hand, fundamental terms are occasionally painstakingly defined. The illustrations are plentiful and of high quality, but many of the objects mentioned are, annoyingly, not illustrated. While a book on the British Museum could be a useful tool in many libraries, in comparison with other exquisite collection catalogs recently published, this one is disappointing.
- Lynell A. Morr, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Lib., Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Verlag: London, British Museum Press (1993)
ISBN 10: 0714116823 ISBN 13: 9780714116822
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Buchbeschreibung London, British Museum Press, 1993. Original publisher's sewn paperback, pictorial front- & backcover, 5th edition [1989], large 8vo: frontispiece, 304pp., 344 plates & illustrations, general bibliography, galleries og the B.M., key to illustrations, index. - as new. Artikel-Nr. 123068

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