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May 2010

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Congratulations to the winners of the raffle at our booth at the Festival of Books. The winner of the California book bundle (The California Missions, Saints of California, Song of the Swallows, Juanita, Pedro, and Emmet) was Elena H. of Los Angeles, and the winner of the Aztec book bundle (The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire, The Aztec Calendar Stone, and A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses) was Lupita S. of Los Angeles.

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In This Issue:

Building the Medieval World

Leonardo da Vinci

Visual Planning and the Picturesque

Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies

An ABC of What Art Can Be

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Building the Medieval World
Christine Sciacca

"A beautiful and stunning tome, Building the Medieval World is great for anyone with an interest in medieval history or culture, the history of Western architecture, or the most beautiful works of art humans have ever created."
The Bloomsbury Review

Building the Medieval World illustrates the creative ways in which medieval artists represented architecture, offering insight into what these buildings meant for medieval people. Such structures were not just made to be inhabited—they symbolized grandeur, power, and even heaven on earth.

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Building the Medieval World
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man
Martin Clayton and Ron Philo
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

"Highly recommended."
Library Journal

Leonardo da Vinci spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body. His "Anatomical Manuscript A" is the only group of such drawings in which he approached complete coverage of the human form, and it represents his finest work in this area. This book presents a complete discussion of all the drawings in Manuscript A—each one extensively annotated with Leonardo's notes, questions, and memoranda to himself in "mirror-writing" (backward writing legible only when held up to a mirror, the motivations for which have been the subject of much speculation). Each drawing is reproduced twice: once in its original form and once with a new English translation in place of Leonardo's original notes.

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Visual Planning and the Picturesque
Nikolaus Pevsner
Edited by Mathew Aitchison

This previously unpublished work by Nikolaus Pevsner, one of the twentieth-century's most widely read scholars of art and architectural history, was begun in the mid-1940s. It is a surprisingly fresh plea for a visual approach to urban design and common sense in architecture, one that sought to incorporate and mediate rather than idealize and exclude.

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Visual Planning and the Picturesque
Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies:
Terminology for Art, Architecture, and Other Cultural Works
Patricia Harpring
Series edited by Murtha Baca
Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies

Praise for the series:
"These handbooks... contain much which is of immediate practical value and provide an excellent introduction to some of the key themes that must be tackled as we create and attempt to integrate electronic resources
."
Journal of the Society of Archivists

This detailed book is a "how-to" guide to building controlled vocabulary tools, cataloging and indexing cultural materials with terms and names from controlled vocabularies, and using vocabularies in search engines and databases to enhance discovery and retrieval online.

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An ABC of What Art Can Be
Meher McArthur
Pictures by Esther Pearl Watson
An ABC of What Art Can Be

"A fun, gifty book for aspiring artists."
Publishers Weekly

This colorful ABC book explores many different ways to make art—whether its weaving or making pottery or working on your computer. Ages four and up.

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