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THE LAST WILDERNESS by the Canadian Nature Federation and Freeman Patterson (Rizzoli; $50)

One hundred and forty photographs equal one editorial. It argues eloquently for the preservation of Canada's vast but endangered forests, locales where fish school in crystalline water and polar bears wander over surfaces as yet unmarked by the snowmobile.

THE PRADO by Santiago Alcolea Blanch (Abrams; $95)

No wonder connoisseurs call it the museum lover's museum. The Madrid structure has works by virtually every consequential artist, from the medieval masters to the Italian, Flemish and Dutch schools to Spain's most prominent painter, Picasso, whose monumental Guernica has come...

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