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Gift books: oversize, overstuffed, outrageous

By Richard Dyer
December 4, 2005

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The largest and most expensive book published in the 17th century is one of the largest and most expensive gift books published in time for the Christmas season 2005 -- ''Atlas Maior of 1665," prepared and published by the Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu (Taschen, $200). The 593 pages reprint a hand-colored copy of the atlas that is in the national ... (Full article: 1725 words)

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