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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date July 3, 2008
Pages 272
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781846681127
ISBN-10 184668112X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $34.05
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:

A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills from a blue and white porcelain bowl. Familiar images that captivate us with their beauty—but as Timothy Brook shows us, these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an expanding world. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur from North America, and it was beaver pelts from America that financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China—prized for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time, including Vermeer's.

In this dazzling history, Timothy Brook uses Vermeer's works, and other contemporary images from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to trace the rapidly growing web of global trade, and the explosive, transforming, and sometimes destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization really began.

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from Gardners Books (July 3, 2008)
9781846681127 | details & prices | 272 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $34.05
About: A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl.
from Penguin Group Canada (January 10, 2008)
9780670067855 | details & prices | 256 pages | List price $30.00
from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (December 26, 2007)
9781596914445 | details & prices | 272 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $27.95
About: Analyzes how the works of Vermeer reflect seventeenth-century life and the birth of globalization, in a historical study that identifies significant objects in key paintings while explaining how they also serve to document their time's growing web of trade throughout the world.
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Reprint edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (December 23, 2008)
9781596915992 | details & prices | 272 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $18.00
CD/Spoken Word
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With Malcolm Hillgartner (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (December 2, 2014)
9781491586600 | details & prices | 6.75 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.99

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