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  1. Daily Life in Holland in the Year 1566 And the Story of My Ancestor's Treasure Chest
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  2. Daily Life in Holland in the Year 1566 And the Story of My Ancestor's Treasure Chest

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    Customer Ratings (12 reviews)
    Price R1596.00

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The creator of Gnomes and Secrets of the Gnomes captures the essence of everyday life in turbulent 16th-century Holland with words and images that are rich in detail and coloration. Poortvliet was inspired to create this text after discovering a distant ancestor's armoire containing a treasure trove of insights into the world of his forebears. 208 full-color illustrations.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

What a treat at Amazon's price! I ordered this book in anticipation of a trip to Holland and was AMAZed when it arrived. It is a beautiful book--even had I paid twice Amazon's price.
The author/artist's telling of the story of his ancestor's cabinet, using wonderful paintings of day-to-day life, clothing, customs is a stunning combination. I am still re-reading about 20 or 30 pages daily, taking time over the text and painting details I skimmed in my first quick overview. I am not an art expert, but I have always liked paintings in the old, Dutch style. The artist includes a few of his own renditions of some lesser and well-known 16th century artists' works. His own way with portraits displays a depth of character, particularly in the faces we see several times within the book. I particularly enjoy his portrayal of everyday life--including some of 16th century life's not-so-pleasant aspects. Also, some earthy, funny pieces.
Absolutely exquisite, and unbelievably detailed. I love looking through this book (though the torture instruments eeeked me out a little). I love his other work, especially his work on gnomes and The Sandman. Incredibly impressive effort from a true master.
I love this book, very nice drawings and illustrations, can only be recommended, it is very hard to get, so I feel lucky !
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