Press Release: Europe

A History

Norman Davies

‘One of those great books… It deserves the greatest possible readership.’
The times

Illustrated in colour for the first time, Europe gives readers the unique opportunity to trace the story of the continent from prehistory to the present day. This beautiful new three-volume set from The Folio Society contains a wide range of images from reproductions of classical art and illuminated medieval manuscripts to news photography of the late 20th century.

Norman Davies wrote and researched painstakingly for nine years to fulfil a commission to put ‘the whole European history between two covers’. Within the three volumes of this Folio edition, the story is presented in an innovative and uniquely readable structure, bringing the places, events and characters vibrantly to life. With encyclopaedic learning, wit and acute judgement, Davies chronicles Europe’s rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its descent into war and tragedy in the 20th century.

A new introduction and chronology have been written exclusively for this edition by the author. In his introduction, Davies notes that the map of Europe has changed almost beyond recognition in the three decades since the book was conceived. The new chronology covers 1991 to 2019 and highlights the book’s continuing relevance in a new age of European upheaval.

The binding of each volume features an era-specific portrayal of Zeus and Europa: a Roman fresco from Villa Poppaea near Naples, a mid-16th-century oil painting by Titian and an acrylic illustration by the 20th-century British artist Ern Brooks. Inside each picture is granted its own page, displaying it to best advantage, and the three volumes are beautifully housed together in a single blocked slipcase.

Product information
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with printed cloth front boards. Three volume set. Vol 1: 456pp, Vol 2: 424pp, Vol 3: 552pp. 88 pages of colour plates, plus 138 integrated maps and figures. Ribbon markers. Printed and blocked slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝

UK £150.00 US $225.00 Can $290.00 Aus $330.00



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