Books: Holiday Hoard

Anybody who gets a gift book for Christmas may conclude that a thousand pictures are almost too much for words. As usual, the gift volumes offered this year emphasize photographs and reproductions; and they are, on the whole, delights to the eye. A few of the volumes also challenge the mind, thanks to out-of-the-way subjects, and many of them certainly challenge the checkbook. These are the standouts, graded by price:

Over $30

THE KARIYE DJAMI by Paul A. Underwood. 1,208 pages. Pantheon. $55 for the boxed set of three volumes. After the Turkish conquest of...

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