Historium, curated by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson

Historium is the second (wonderfully oversized) book in Big Picture Press's Welcome to the Museum series which started with Animalium. More than an encyclopedia, the Welcome to the Museum books are about organization and exploration. Readers "walk" through galleries, but not before a preface that introduces readers to the creativity of humanity. Next, an introduction from the curators lets readers know how the items in the book/museum were chosen then answers the question, "What is archaeology?"

Africa, America, Asia, Europe, The Middle East and Oceania make up the galleries/chapters in Historium. From there, each continent is divided into three to five smaller galleries with a paragraph or two about each civilization, most which are defunct. Rather than photographs of the 130 artifacts, Richard Wilkinson, using photographs as resource material, draws them in minute detail. They are then reproduced on smooth, not shiny paper, and presented on a solid, colorful background.

Featuring items that range from the sacred items to the everyday tools, Historium is invaluable for the way in which it encourages readers to look at and think about the things that humans have created throughout the centuries.

Don't miss the first book in the Welcome to the Museum series:

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