Books: Glowing Celebrations of Nature, History and Art 21 Volumes Make a Shelf of Season's Readings

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This monumental survey deserves to be published to the strains of the triumphal march from Aida. The Art of Ancient Egypt by Kazimierz Michalowski (Abrams; 600 pages; $125) embraces some 5,000 years and 30-odd dynasties. Cheops, Tutankhamen, eleven Ramseses, a dozen Ptolemys and Cleopatra enliven a history that contains the seeds of the Western imagination. Polish Professor Michalowski links chapters on anthropology, language, society and craft with more than 100 pages of diagrams and maps. Some 900 pictures, including 145 in color, illustrate masterpieces of sculpture and painting seldom seen in print. Here, scholarship and grandeur are inseparable.

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