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The Look of Love

The Look of Love

Romantic Illustration Through the Ages

by British Library and The British Library

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/02/2014

This new book is a celebration of love through the ages, gathering together more than 100 romantic illustrations from the flirtatious to the kitsch, the charming to the ironic. The vintage imagery is drawn from a huge range of sources - fashion magazines, medieval illuminated manuscripts, book covers, paintings and cartoons - and it ranges from exquisite depictions of courtly love in the Middle Ages to the pulp novels of the twentieth century; from elves in fairy-land to a honeymoon in space. Great lovers from literature - Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, Vishnu and Lakshmi - are lavishly represented alongside a host of first kisses, assignations in the garden, moonlight serenades, and walks down the aisle.
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
British Library Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilization and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers, and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.

Among the greatest treasures in the Library's collection are two copies of the Magna Carta from 1215; the Lindisfarne Gospels; Leonardo da Vinci's notebook; the first edition of the Times (London) from 18 March 1788; manuscripts of the Beatles' lyrics; and the recording of Nelson Mandela's speech given at his trial.

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