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Curl, James Stevens.
A Celebration of Death. An introduction to some of the buildings, monuments, and settings of funerary architecture in the Western European tradition.

New York Charles Scribner's Sons: 1980.

A wide-ranging survey, starting in ancient times, progressing through the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, then going on to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Curl then discusses the 17th and 18th century crisis of overcrowded cemeteries, the building of mausoleums and other memorial buildings, the development of cemeteries in Britain in the 19th century, J.C. Loudon and the Garden Cemetery movement, other great 19th century cemeteries in Europe and America, the development of cremation and other alternatives, and war cemeteries and memorials. A wide-ranging, far-reaching study, fully illustrated.

Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 404 pages, illustrated throughout in b/w, dj bibliography. Light wear, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9540
Price: $ 150.00      

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