Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (November 1, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I bought this book at the exhibition in LA. I own many books on the subject of wealthy collectors and I can assure you this one is a steal at this price! It is big and beautifully done with full page black and white period photographs and new color photographs. Many of the period photos have never been published before. The research the author has done is amazing and must have taken years. You will spend as much time reading the footnotes and bibliography as the text itself. I know alot about Hearst and his era and even I learned things from this book. So if you like this subject ( expert or not) and lovely books that document it, then buy this one.
This is a serious and beautiful book about an often misunderstood part of Hearst's life--his goals and passion as an art collector. Both the text and photos are excellent.
I was kind of disappointed, I thought there would be more pictures for the high cost of this book. The B/W pictures are neat, from when WR was alive, but unless your a hardcore fan of the Hearst empire, I'd skip this one.
Mary did a fine job of making a really nice addition to the exhibit of Hearst The Collector that is currently going on at the LACMA. Anyone interested in art and art collecting will find it a good read.
This book never got much traction and I'm not quite sure why? It may not be the definitive book on Hearst's possessions but it certainly has its place. The photos are well done and plentiful and offer a different look at Hearst beyond just San Simeon. I'm glad i made this purchase - admittedly, at a steep discount. Because this book is available at such an attractive price its well worth one's consideration. Hearst - the best example of Gilded Age living, West Coast Style.
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