Books: Good to Look At

To give a man a book does not mean that he will read it, but it is almost certain to induce at least a look between the covers. Knowing this, publishers try to get their most handsome volumes into the stalls just before Christmas (about 25% of all trade sales in the U.S. are made in December). This season has already brought a flood of books not only good to read but good to hold and to look at. A sampling of the best:

AMERICAN SCIENCE AND INVENTION, by Mitchell Wilson (437 pp.; Simon &...

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