By Shaun Usher
This mind-blowing selection of greater than a hundred twenty five letters bargains a never-before-seen glimpse of the occasions and other people of history—the brightest and most sensible, the main infamous, and the endearingly daily. Entries contain a transcript of the letter; a brief contextual advent; and, in a hundred situations, an enthralling facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic association creates a studying adventure wealthy in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each one flip of the web page. Colorfully illustrated with images, pix, and proper artistic endeavors, this good-looking hardcover is a visible deal with too, making Letters of Note an completely particular present, and an immediate vintage.
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