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1922 Modern Library Ancient Civilizations Van Loon Delightful Pix Egypt Israel

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,386) 100%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381850703761 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Ancient Man: The Beginning of Civilizations by Hendrick Willem Van Loon. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback: 208 pages. Publisher: The Modern Library; (1920). Ancient Man -- The Beginning of Civilization -- written and drawn by Hendrik Willem Van Loon, A.B., PhD. -- Member Utrecht Historical Society - formerly lecturer on Modern European History in Cornell University. Published in 1920 by Boni & Liveright, New York. This hardcover book covers from 3400 B.C. (The Egyptians), 2000 B.C. (The Jews), 4000 B.C. (Mesopotamia), 1500 B.C. (The Phoenicians), 1000 B.C. (The Persians). Maps and illustrations done by the author himself. The author's knowledge of the subject was considered at the time of publication (1920) superlative. Chapters: Prehistoric Man, TheWorld Grows Cold, End of the Stone Age, The Earliest School of the Human Race, The Key of Stone, The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead, The Making of a State, The Rise and Fall of Egypt, Mesopotamia-The Country Between the Rivers, The Sumerian Nail Writers, Assyria and Babylonia-The Great Semitic Melting Pot, The Story of Moses, Jerusalem-The City of the Law, Damascus-The City of Trade, The Phoenicians Who Sailed Beyond the Horizon, The Alphabet Follows the Trade, The End of the Ancient World. CONDITION: Inside of book is exceptionally clean and well -preserved. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, only defect that three consecutive pages have a very small dog ear where the page corners were likely turned back as a result of the books pages being "tangled up" against another book when being shelved. Otherwise the inside of the book is almost "like new". Cloth covers are very clean, not frayed or badly soiled, far above average condition. However as you can see, the leading edge of the front cover, and moreso the back cover, does show some slight fading/bleaching, and there's one very small stain to the back cover as well. However for its type, the condition of this book is certainly within the top five percentile relative to other copies of the same book. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Story of the world's first civilizations by the eminent geographer, Hendirk Van Loon. Describes the earliest development of civilization along the banks of the Nile and the Mediterranean and in the fertile valley of Mesopotamia. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: A children's book on ancient history, hand-drawn for the author's two children and to whom the book is dedicated. A wonderfully delightful history in story form for boys and girls. When I was a child, one of my favorite books was Heinrich Van Loon's Ancient Man, filled with his strange little drawings. Whether he was sketching Neanderthals or Babylonians, Van Loon's ancients all looked like insects. [French literary critic Guy Ducornet]. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: This is a wonderful book designed for the juvenile read, perhaps grades 4 to 9. The book was written to and dedicated to the author’s two sons. In fact, the author even penned the delightful illustrations interspersed throughout. The book covers the beginnings of the first classical Western civilizations; the Holy Land, Assyria, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Sumeria, Phoenicia, and ancient Egypt. Guaranteed to stir interest in any young reader in the classics – the book is easy to read, but imparts real knowledge. The book itself is a real classic. NOTES: The publisher, “The Modern Library” has had an enormous impact on the American literary scene. It is a classic story of American entrepreneurship, and the birth of one of the world’s major publishing houses. Two generations of students bought the product of “The Modern Library” avidly. The series was first started in 1917, and was essentially a crib on the British Everyman series. The purpose of this series was to make available to the general public the “classics” of literature…the great titles by the world’s greatest authors…in affordable, attractive bindings. Such works were oftentimes out of the financial reach of the average reader, books put out by other publishing houses at the time sold for around $2. The first books published by “The Modern Library” were 60 cents each. Though the price was increased to 95 cents in 1920 as costs had risen considerably, the price was to remain the same until 1946. In 1925 two young employees purchased the rights to publish the series from the original publisher. Immediately the two young publishers set about giving their purchase a new look. Bad titles were dropped, the smelly leatherette bindings were replaced in favor of cloth, and the distinctive logo – a running torchbearer – was devised. Between 1925 and 1927 the new owners devoted their time exclusively to “The Modern Library”. Not a penny was taken out of the business. Cerf and Klopfer went to the Department stores and bookshops themselves. They checked their books on the shelves themselves and made sure that the missing titles were replaced. Buyers knew that they were meeting the actual publishers and liked that. Hundreds of new outlets were found to carry their books, and sales began to soar. Their investment of $215,000 more than paid for itself within those first two years. The Modern Library, in fact, was doing so well that the new owners found themselves with more time than what they knew to do with. They played a lot of golf and bridge, but even then there was time to spare. Cerf says, in his autobiography, he missed the exciting days of the publication of a new book. Cerf and Klopfer decided that, as a sort of hobby, they would publish deserving and underappreciated quality books they liked and at random. Thus in 1927, the publishing giant “Random House” was born. Most people think that The Modern Library is an offshoot of Random House when in fact the opposite is the truth. Random House made its debut with a pamphlet announcing the publication of seven limited editions from the Nonesuch Press, and the course of publishing history was changed. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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