A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition

A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition

by E. H. Gombrich


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E. H. Gombrich's Little History of the World, though written in 1935, has become one of the treasures of historical writing since its first publication in English in 2005. The Yale edition alone has now sold over half a million copies, and the book is available worldwide in almost thirty languages.

Gombrich was of course the best-known art historian of his time, and his text suggests illustrations on every page. This illustrated edition of the Little History brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind's eye as he wrote the book. The two hundred illustrations—most of them in full color—are not simple embellishments, though they are beautiful. They emerge from the text, enrich the author's intention, and deepen the pleasure of reading this remarkable work.

For this edition the text is reset in a spacious format, flowing around illustrations that range from paintings to line drawings, emblems, motifs, and symbols. The book incorporates freshly drawn maps, a revised preface, and a new index.

Blending high-grade design, fine paper, and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300197181
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: Little Histories
Edition description: Illustrated
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 136,460
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

E. H. Gombrich was the author of the international classic The Story of Art. Winner of the Erasmus Prize, the Hegel Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize, and the Goethe Prize, he was admitted to Britain's highest honor, the Order of Merit, in 1988.


Praise for A Little History of the World, by E. H. Gombrich

“Brilliant, irresistible; a wonderful surprise.”—Philip Pullman

“A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style, effortlessly explaining, without condescension, difficult matters like the achievements of Charlemagne, the monetary system of medieval Europe and the ideas of the Enlightenment. . . . This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights.”—Edward Rothstein, New York Times

“In simple, vivid prose, Gombrich surveys the human past from pre-history to his own time. . . . Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best.”—Anthony Grafton, Wall Street Journal

“A timeless and engaging narrative of the human race.”—Booklist


“This Little Book . . . is a thing of ripping yarns told at a rattling pace. . . . Had I a dozen grandchildren (of any age) I'd order two dozen copies, one for the children, the other for their parents. Do not, from its title, underestimate this book.”—Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

“A magical work.”—John Banville, Irish Times


A lovely, lively historical survey. . . . A fine conception and summarizing of the world's checkered past for young and old.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Retains an irresistible, boyish energy and enthusiasm. . . . Here, in this little book, are answers to many of the questions you never dared to ask.”—Margaret Drabble, New Statesman


A 2006 Book Sense Highlight Best Book of the Year

Named a Favorite Book of 2005 by the Los Angeles Times

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