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This is an auction for A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SMILE by Angus Trumble.

'Satisfyingly rich, consistently surprising and gloriously irreverent.'
- Daily Telegraph

'A beautifully written book.'
- New Scientist

'Thanks to Trumble's curiosity, breadth of knowledge and naughty sense of humour, the overall effect is delightful.'
- Psychology Today" reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! This book was a lot of fun to read. Trumble is obviously very knowledgeable in the field of art history but he brings a wit and whimsy to the subject that transforms the material and makes reading this book a delightful experience. I enjoyed every minute of it."

“Supreme enlightenment is reflected in the smile of the Buddha, yet the Victorians thought of smiling as obscene, and 19th-century English and American slang equated smiling with drinking whisky. Trumble deftly combines art, poetry, history, and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many nuances of the smile. Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from 18th- and 19th-century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the meanings of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry, bringing his expertise as a writer, historian, and thinker to bear on the art of smiling in this warm and perceptive work."

"FIVE STARS!! I loved this book. It was full of useless information (the most fascinating kind) and was obviously a labour of love."

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Large format (trade) paperback 2004.

226 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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