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Tools : making things around the world
Comte, Hubert, 1933-
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Outils du monde. English
Publication Information:
New York : H.N. Abrams, 1998.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
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Includes index.
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TJ1195 .C62 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Where did the hammer, adze, knife and axe come from? In what societies did they emerge? How long have they been used over the centuries? Presenting over 300 tools from around the world, from ancient times to the present, this work answers these questions and many more.

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Library Journal Review

Comte, a lecturer in art history whose dissertation focused on the philosophy of tools, has created a beautiful coffee-table book that celebrates tools and gives equal billing to their users. Using the broadest possible definition, Comte covers human-powered tools, both modern and traditional, from a wide variety of disciplines: woodworking, stoneworking, agriculture, textiles, metalworking, leatherworking, and food preparation. The broad scope makes this title quite a departure from what is typically available. Most entries cover the history of a tool, its use, and something about its user, with photographs of tools and users (both vintage and current) gracing each entry. Artworks featuring tools (e.g., Brueghel's "Haymaking") as well as quotes from such diverse authors as Victor Hugo and Willa Cather make Comte's work particularly deep. This beautiful, thought-provoking book may be somewhat expensive for many libraries, but those that can afford it will not be disappointed.¬ĎJonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.