A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 12, 1977

When I am dead, I hope it may be said:

"His sins were scarlet, but his books were read. "

That sentiment, written by British Author Hilaire Belloc, may well be echoed by the authors and publishers who send some 60 volumes per week to the TIME Books section in the hope that their works will be reviewed. As Christmas approaches, the incoming stream becomes a torrent in anticipation of our annual section on gift books, which appears in this issue. The new volumes—on subjects ranging from Peruvian highways to Sumerian icons, from precious plants...

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