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Author Garfield, Simon, author.

Title In miniature : how small things illuminate the world / Simon Garfield.

Publication Info. New York : Atria Books, 2019.
2018

Copies

Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  745.5928 GAR    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - MPLG-6  NEW 745.5928 GAR    AVAILABLE
 Nippersink PLD Adult Non-Fiction - NPLY-11  745.5928 GAR    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  745.5928 GAR    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  745.5928 GAR    AVAILABLE
Edition First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Description xi, 323 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by Canongate Books Limited.--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-312) and index.
Contents Introduction: The art of seeing -- The view from above -- Mini-break: 3000 BCE: Egypt's coffins -- Miniature villages and cities, some happier than others -- Mini-break, 1789: England's slave ships -- Portrait of a marriage -- Mini-break: 1851: Hamburg's talented fleas -- The Miniature Book Society's exciting annual convention -- Mini-break, 1911: England's playrooms -- The domestic ideal -- Mini-break, 1967: San Francisco's greatest hits -- The biggest model railway in the world -- Mini-break, 1992: Jerusalem's Temples -- The future was a beautiful place -- Mini-break, 1998: Las Vegas welcomes the world -- The perfect hobby -- Mini-break, 2016: London's artists -- Theater of dreams -- Mini-break, 2017: Germany's tiny chairs -- Our miniature selves -- Epilogue: This year's model.
Summary "Tiny Eiffel Towers. Platoons of brave toy soldiers. A doll's house created for a Queen. Diminutive crime scenes crafted to catch a killer. Model villages and miniscule railways. These are just a few of the objects you will discover in the pages of In Miniature. Bringing together history, psychology, art, and obsession, Garfield explores what fuels the strong appeal of miniature objects among collectors, modelers, and fans. The toys we enjoy as children invest us with a rare power at a young age, conferring on us a taste of adult-sized authority. For some, the desire to play with small things becomes a desire to make small things. We live in a vast and uncertain world, and controlling just a tiny, scaled-down part of it restores our sense of order and worth. As it explores flea circuses, microscopic food, ancient tombs, and the Vegas Strip, In Miniature changes the way we perceive our surroundings, encouraging all of us to find greatness in the smallest of things."--Amazon.com.
For some, the desire to play with small things becomes a desire to make small things. Tiny Eiffel Towers. Platoons of brave toy soldiers. Diminutive crime scenes crafted to catch a killer. Bringing together history, psychology, art, and obsession, Garfield explores what fuels the strong appeal of miniature objects among collectors, modelers, and fans. For some, controlling just a tiny, scaled-down part of our uncertain world restores a sense of order and worth. Learn how miniaturizing something can change the way we perceive our surroundings, encouraging all of us to find greatness in the smallest of things. -- adapted from slipcover.
Subject Miniature objects -- Social aspects.
Models and modelmaking.
ISBN 1501199587 (hardcover)
9781501199585 (hardcover)

 
    
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