First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ERNST H. GOMBRICH
EINE KURZE WELTGESCHICHTE FÜR JUNGE LESER / A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WORLD
With new illustrations by Kat Menschik
History/ Children, 350 pages
A Classic and international bestseller translated into more than 30 languages.
“The truly fairy tale of the evolution of mankind.” Die Zeit
In 1935, with a doctorate and no job, the 25 year-old Gombrich was invited by Walter Neurath (later founder of Thames & Hudson) to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Written in an intense six weeks, Eine Kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was first published in Vienna the same year. An immediate success, it has since been translated into seventeen languages, tailored for the different markets. The original German edition was reissued in 1985 with an Epilogue bringing the story to the present, and Gombrich further revised it shortly before his death, aged 92, in 2001.
In forty chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. There emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, the spread and limitations of science, tribes evolving towards society.
This is not a text dominated by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to man's achievements and an acute witness to his frailties. What has made the Little History an international success? The key is its tone - completely clear, straightforward, relaxed, unpompous, humane - Gombrich makes immediate contact with the curious of all ages. It is the product of a pan-European sensibility, and is wholly free of nationalistic preoccupations. The broad sweep of mankind's history seems freshly intelligible when told in this profoundly generous spirit.
Rights sold: Bulgarian (Ciela), Chinese Simplified Characters (Guanxi Normal University Press), Chinese Complex Characters (Business Weekly), Croatian (SysPrint), Czech (Argo), Danish (Sesam), Dutch (Prometheus), English language World (Yale UP), French (Ed. Hazan), Greek (Patakis), Hebrew (Books in the Attic), Hungarian (Kossuth); Indonesian (Marjin Kiri), Italian (Salani), Japanese (Chuo Koron Bijyutsu), Korean (BIR Publishing); Latvian (Janis Roze), Lithuanian (Zara), Macedonian (Prosvetno Delo); Norwegian (CappelenDamm); Polish (Rebis); Portuguese (Portugal: Tinta-da china; Brazil: Martins Editora Livraria), Romanian (Pro Editura Si Tipografie), Russian (Amphora), Serbian (Geopoetica), Slovak (Vydavatelstvo Slovart), Swedish (Daidalos), Catalan (E. Empuries), Spanish (Castilian: Grup Editorial 62, Catalan: Grup Editorial 62), Thai (silkworm Books); Turkish (Kitabevi), Ukrainian (Calvaria); Vietnamese (Nha Nam);
Ernst H. Gombrich, author of the international classic "The Story of Art" and other bestsellers, was probably the best-known art historian of his time. He was born in Vienna in 1909 and died in London in 2001. He moved to London in 1936 to work for the Warburg Institute where he later became Director. He worked also for the BBC, and was made Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at London University. Among his many honours were the Erasmus Price, the Hegel Price, the Wittgenstein Price and the Goethe Price. He was knighted in 1972 and appointed a member of the Order of Merit in 1988.