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1087pgs, hardcover, excellent condition, This is the revised edition of a one-volume textbook that does it all, in a structured race from Altamira to Post-Modernism. The competitors are H.W. Janson's History of Art (Abrams, 1986. 3d ed.) and Gardner's Art Through the Ages (HBJ, 1986 . 8th ed.), edited by Horst de la Croix and Richard Tansey. All three are textbooks with a general library utility; despite overlaps, all three are excellent tools for reference or quick summary. The chief changes in Hartt are the inclusion of a 50-page survey of Far Eastern art, the "attempt . . . to give women something approaching their just treatment," and the doubling of the number of color plates to 360. The bibliography has been updated only by the inclusion of a very brief list of Far Eastern materials. Maps and time lines are good, but illustrations frequently fall into the gutter. The publisher has gone to a slightly lighter-weight, glossier paper, which gives an irritating amount of show through, but the binding appears reasonably sturdy. Hartt writes with feeling and clarity and a point of view, something unusual in a text. Although changes are minimal in most areas, this edition will receive heavy use. All three surveys must be supplemented in their treatment of more recent work.
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