Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich was the son of a successful lawyer and a concert pianist. He received his education in Vienna, then moved to London and lectured at the University of London, as well as at Oxford, and Cambridge; he was also a research associate at the Warburg Institute, where he later became a director. His teaching career took him to Harvard, Cornell, and the Royal College of Art. During World War II, Gombrich worked as a translator for the BBC. In addition to being a member of a number of honorary and intellectual societies, Gombrich received numerous awards and honors both in the U.S. and Europe. He won accolades around the world for his thoroughly sound yet very accessible books on art and art history, including his celebrated THE STORY OF ART. His interest in artistic representation and art production expanded into psychology, history, and social thought, and his essays allow one "to feel in close touch with a rare and crucial thing, a large mind at full tilt, curious, ambitious and civilized." (Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 11/24/1996). He died in London at the age of 92.
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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.