Books: Good for Giving

Were it not for the Christmas spirit, U.S. publishing would be a far less prosperous enterprise than it is. This year the trade is ready once again for the growing number of people whose gift problems seem to be most easily resolved by handsome, outsize volumes, preferably loaded with pictures. A sampling of the current product:

A CURRIER & IVES TREASURY, edited by Colin Simkin (Crown; $10), contains 80 prints in color, generous in size (10 in. by 14 in.), and calculated to hasten the pulse of anyone devoted to forthright Americana.

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