Vatican: A Private Visit to a Secret World
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Part of Assouline’s special series, The Ultimate Collection, which is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Books in the collection are hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper; each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline’s Ultimate Collection.
More than just an enclave within the city of Rome, the Vatican is a complex city-state with a history stretching back nearly twenty centuries. From the Roman Catholic Church’s earliest developments under Emperor Constantine, to the notorious popes who nevertheless cultivated the artistic flowering of the Renaissance, to modern-day pontiffs who navigate the media and issues of social and political sensitivity, the Vatican has existed through historical upheavals and religious schisms, acquiring an unprecedented level of influence and carving out a presence for itself on the diplomatic stage.
Illustrated with archival images and dramatic photography, this handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume features insightful texts by renowned journalist Caroline Pigozzi, a specialist in Vatican history, and historian Giovanni Maria Vian, former editor in chief of L’Osservatore Romano newspaper, revealing hidden stories that have unfolded within these labyrinthine corridors.
About the Brand
Assouline Publishing was founded as a family company in 1994 by Proper and Martine Assouline. It has published approximately 1500 titles on subjects ranging from architecture, art, design, fashion, lifestyle, and travel and has brought the illustrated book market to life with products that are modern, luxurious, and creative.
Created with the goal of becoming the first luxury brand on culture, Assouline aims to supply everything needed for a contemporary library. An active contributor to the growth of the illustrated market and its integration into the worlds of luxury, fashion, and design, Assouline provides the highest quality book-objects, sharing a distinctive graphic identity and editorial savoir-faire that have captured imaginations while addressing new themes in a contemporary manner. With its style and vision, the brand is a true pioneer.
Released in December 2022
Author: Caroline Pigozzi, Giovanni Maria Vian
Publisher: Assouline Publishing Corporation
Book Details: 242 pages, 200 illustrations
Material: Handcrafted volume in a velvet clamshell case with metal plate tip-on
Dimensions: (L 47.5 x W 39.8 x D 8) cm
Weight: 9.7 kg
Packaging: White gloves and a signature canvas tote bag are included