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The Suit
Form, Function and Style
Christopher Breward
“Breward is knowledgeable about his subject, insightful in his analysis, and imaginative in the connections that he makes. The result is a thoughtful and at times lively riffle through the male wardrobe from Restoration England onward.”—Literary Review  
“A dialectic between peacock fashions and their renunciation.”—Metropolis

Cloth $27.00

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Philosophers at Table
On Food and Being Human
Raymond D. Boisvert and Lisa Heldke
“Delightful, deep, but never pedantic. The great philosophers of the past are widely considered and their theories analyzed, but the goal is not to provide a historical excursus on what thinkers of the past wrote about food. The authors compare their work to plumbing in the sense that they try to understand the nuts and bolts of how things work and above all how ideas and values greatly shape the way we understand and interact with the world.”—Huffington Post
Paper $22.50

 

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South Pole
Nature and Culture
Elizabeth Leane
“A detailed, compelling portrait of a place at once central and marginal, fantastically inhospitable and beautiful, and a mecca for physicists, government claimants, and extreme tourists.”—Nature  
South Pole is an enticing cultural and natural history of this real and yet elusive place.”—Sydney Morning Herald

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Gold
Nature and Culture
Rebecca Zorach and Michael W. Phillips Jr.
The authors cast gold as a substance of paradoxes. Its softness at once makes it useless for most building projects yet highly suited for the exploration of form and the transmission—importantly—of images, such as the faces of rulers on currency. It has been the icon of value yet also of valuelessness, something King Midas learned the hard way. Ultimately, they show that the questions posed by our desire for gold are really questions about value itself.
Paper $22.50


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A New Edition
The Idea of North
Peter Davidson
“A masterpiece.… It’s the kind of book which provokes a gasp of recognition.”—Scottish Sunday Herald
“A work of genuine erudition, guiding readers northward out of their home ground and into unknown territory.”—Verlyn Klinkenborg, Discover  

Paper $19.95