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Old Masters and New: Essays in Art Criticism
by Kenyon Cox
Republished from the original 1905 edition -
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Possibly the most influential art critic in the United States, this collection of essays is part of the bedrock of art history. The book is divided into two parts: the "Old Masters," from Perugino and Michelangelo to Rembrandt and William Blake, and the "New Masters," most particularly Saint-Gaudens. His discussion of Rubens, Whistler, and Sargent are still frequently cited.

Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism
by Bertrand Russell
Republished from the original 1919 edition -
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One of the most highly-regarded political thinkers of the 20th century, Bertrand Russell''s "Proposed Roads to Freedom" presumes that the Bolshevik Revolution (still very much under way as the book was published) would usher in a new social order which would spread throughout the world. In this rarely-seen book, republished for the first time, Russell weighs the respective advantages and disadvantages of Socialism, Marxism and Syndicalism.

"My own opinion - which I may as well indicate at the outset - is that pure Anarchism, though it should be the ultimate ideal, to which society should continually approximate, is for the present impossible, and would not survive more than a year or two at most if it were adopted. On the other hand, both Marxian Socialism and Syndicalism, in spite of many drawbacks, seem to me calculated to give rise to a happier and better world than that in which we live. I do not, however, regard either of them as the best practicable system. Marxian Socialism, I fear, would give far too much power to the State, while Syndicalism, which aims at abolishing the State, would, I believe, find itself forced to reconstruct a central authority in order to put an end to the rivalries of different groups of producers. The best practicable system, to my mind, is that of Guild Socialism, which concedes what is valid both in the claims of the State Socialists and in the Syndicalist fear of the State, by adopting a system of federalism among trades for reasons similar to those which are recommending federalism among nations."

The Mind and Manners of Wild Animals
by William T. Hornaday
Republished from the original 1922 edition -
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Few natural scientists have achieved the stature of William T. Hornaday, Director of the New York Zoological Park (now the Bronx Zoo). He was a prolific author, active advocate for the protection of endangered species and habitats, friend of influential patrons, and a leading proponent of the Boy Scouts of America.

In this book, published in 1922, Hornaday reflects on his personal involvement with a wide range of animals, both wild and captive; he discusses the personality traits and behaviorisms of apes, elephants, bears, deer, birds, snakes and other species. Of special interest is "The Laws of the Flocks and Herds," which is a kind of political manifesto declaring the rights and privileges of the animal kingdom - still very much espoused by modern animal rights activists.

Tea-Cup Fortune Telling
by "Minetta"
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Experts in the reading of tea leaves believe that this book is the only one necessary to accurately foretell the future. Perceptive individuals seeking to expand their sensitivity will appreciate the encyclopedic format and advice of noted consultant "Minetta."

The book is divided into sections: Divining by the Cup discusses the theory and best practices for giving consultations; The Symbols describes the significance of tea-leaf accretions in an alphabetical format; The Zodiac integrates astrological elements into the art and craft of tea-leaf readings; and Numbers reveals the mystery and relevance of numerical accretions in the tea-cup.

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