A Little History of the World Illustrated Edition E. H. Gombrich

Little Histories
Publication date:
04 Oct 2011
Yale University Press
304 pages: 241 x 197mm
205 color illus.

In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in over thirty languages across the world.First published in English in 2005, has sold over half a million copies and become one of the treasures of historical writing. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science.Given his subsequent career, it is not a surprise that Gombrich’s text suggests illustrations on every page. This new illustrated edition brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind’s eye as he wrote the book. With a revised preface, new maps, two hundred illustrations (most in colour), high-grade design and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history.

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E. H. Gombrich was the author of the international classic The Story of Art. Winner of the Erasmus Prize, the Hegel Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize, and the Goethe Prize, he was admitted to Britain's highest honor, the Order of Merit, in 1988.

"If you are on a Gombrich spree you might like also to get hold of his A Little History of the World, which will make you and any children you have handy writhe, ripple and froth with pleasure." "The publishers tell us that Philip Pullman calls it 'irresistible'. So it is... as an outline of how we have come to be where we are I doubt it could be bettered... a perfect birthday present for a child with an enquiring mind. I wish it had been available when I was young." - Allan Massie, "Another charming work of history for children which is shortly to be published by Yale and first appeared in 1935... It's as fresh now as it was then. If I were Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, I'd order a copy for myself. Then I'd make it prescribed reading for every primary school in the country." - Melanie McDonagh, "This is a lovely book which would be a fine addition to any bookshelf. Or better still, plonked into the lap of the nearest child."—Trevor Heaton, "Wonderful"—Charlie Higson, "A perennial favourite, this is the illustrated edition of Gombrich’s brilliant history and contains 200 pictures, nearly all of them full colour."—Sonali Chapman, "Now in a new fully illustrated format could there be any better book to inspire the historians of tomorrow?... We will all want this elegiac, deceptively simple and elegant history... a lovely piece of book production... Yale has done the author proud, producing something that, in the age of electronic publishing, shows just what’s so special about the printed book."—Sue Baker, "Beautifully produced, with elegant typeface and spacious design, this edition will keep old and young enthralled. A Timeless gift!"—"Every household should have this book... enriching and enhancing... It makes for an excellent introduction to the world’s history for knowledge-thirsty teenagers and upwards."—Mary Lussiana, Country and Town House"The book is remarkable as an introduction to World history. Its style is unique... beautifully designed."—Stephen Fry

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"His enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible... With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history-and for truth." - Lisa Jardine, The Times "The book charms, amuses and informs superbly... In A Little History, Gombrich triumphantly proves he is as much a story teller as a professor." - Andrew Roberts, Daily Express

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