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This is an auction for CIVILISATION by Kenneth Clark. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! On one level this is a companion piece for the classic 1960s BBC documentary series of the same name; on another a stand-alone introduction to Western art and civilization. Civilization is defined as a culture's ability to celebrate and reflect upon its very existence. Clark believed that a successful culture required more than just patronage of the arts; above all, it required the embrace of internationalism, the free-flow of ideas across borders. This book has transcended its 1960s context, where the perceived "enemy" was the hand-wringing, self-loathing basher of Western society."

"Starting with chapter 1, 'The Skin of Our Teeth' and culminating with chapter 13's 'Heroic Materialism', Clark produces a joyful, sometimes wary look at the painting, architecture, sculpture, philosophy, music, science, and even engineering that have contributed to the evolution of Western civilization. Clark's writing most definitely does not fall into the dry, verbally bloated academic style but, instead, his words have a warmth and an inviting, conversational tone, and his thoughts are timeless."

"FIVE STARS!!! If I had to chose five books for eternity, this would be one. I first read it as a college grad when it was published in the 1970s. It helped establish my view of Western civilization and art. I have scoured used book stores for copies to give to others and I am pleased it is again available. I treasure this volume and would be lost without it."

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BBC hardback 1970.

359 pages + 48 colour illustrations and 238 black & white illustrations.

Good 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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