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1 Katz, Robert and Dars, Celestine The Fall of the House of Savoy - A Study in the Relevance of the Commonplace or the Vulgarity of History
London George Allen and Unwin 1972 004945011 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a very small mark to front endpaper) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xxii + 439 pages. Genealogical table of the House of Savoy. 6 maps. The House of Savoy arose as a powerful family around the year 1000. It remained so until its inglorious fall in 1946. Counts, then Dukes, then princes and kings, and at last king-emperors of all Italy and her ill-won foreign lands, the Savoys in the fullness of their reign laid legitimate claim to being the oldest ruling house in Europe. Indeed, they held sway over one or another domain longer than the Shang dynasty in China, longer than the pharaohs of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, and, by the calculations of the Book of Kings, longer than the House of David. Robert Katz surveys the entire history of the dynasty, concentrating especially on the 46 year reign of Victor Emmanuel III who 'was the truest symbol of the House of Savoy, notwithstanding its occasional flirtations with Flamboyancy. He embodied with uncanny perfection 900 years of earthbound cunning, parsimony,phlegmatism, fragility, incredible selfishness, and all the other foxy qualities nature gives to little things.'. Victor Emmanuel stood five feet and not quite a quarter of an inch tall and had to use a ladder to mount his horse. Katz gives a full account of the uninspired reign of the pathetic little king, a reign which left a power vacuum that encouraged rule by parliamentary dictatorship. He draws a fascinating picture of the complex relationship between Victor Emmanuel and Mussolini and shows how this relationship was largely responsible for Italy's destiny in World War II. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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2 Katz, Robert and Dars, Celestine The Impressionists
London Acropolis Books 1994 0873762623 First Thus Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
A Fine unmarked copy with pictorial laminated boards with VG dustjacket which has a small closed tear. A large format volume of 288 pages. Over 350 colour pictures. New Revised edition. No group of painters or period of art history has inspired as much fascination and admiration, or has been celebrated as the Impressionist school which flourished, centred in France, from 1874-1886. The book tells the story of these revolutionary painters and the dramatic times that shaped their vision. The first section - A History of Impressionism - examines the artistic trends which led away from the classical schools of painting and the French landscape tradition in the early part of the 19th century to the realist art of Courbet and on to the shocking debut of Manet in 1863. The second section - The Life and Works - considers the most important individuals in the history of Impressionism - including Pissarro, Manet, Renoir, Sisley, Bazille, Morisot and Casatt - drawing out from their biographical details the passions that linked them together as a functioning group and that ultimately pulled them apart. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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