Complete Flags of the World (Smithsonian Handbooks)
Vexillology, or the study of flags is a fascinating and ever-changing subject. The Complete Flags of the World presents a detailed and compelling overview of the history behind the development of world flags. Each national flag is fully described with text and annotations that describe its history, the development of its design, the significance of colors, symbols, and crests. Even the smallest countries are given a full page, and the story of each flag is analyzed consistently to make comparisons simple. The attractive format and handy pocket size will make this an ideal gift or reference for anyone who is interested in flags.
quite exhaustive collection of information
By arzewski - January 12, 2009
All about flags. Colors, details, aspect ratios, dimensions. It was quite all very interesting. Great trivia sources, for example, which are the only two countries that have a perfectly square flag ? which is the only country to have a flag completely of one color ?
The book also goes into details explaining the coat of arms and the history it references. I found it interesting in knowing that the text in the south african coat of arms is from a now-extinct language.
One thing I did notice: the editorial pressure of not offending the People's Republic of China must have been such that the flag of TIBET was NOT included (Hong Kong was...) It is such an interesting flag... so it did catch my attention... read more
A Great book ! although lacking in some areas
By Nir Sullam - March 24, 2011
This book is very very good. It is not a professional book but it serves its purpose. There are some areas where it lacks some information - Someone mentioned that Italy's counties/provinces' flags are not included, well, this is true for many countries who have these - Argentina for example has no flag other the national one although it has many provinces which are huge in area. The info for each flag is scarce however it is very interesting and in many flags you get a closeup of the main emblem like in the Mexican flag where you can see what is drawn inside. I like the page where you get some info regarding the typology of the flags like all the flags who are tricolored or tribanded. I bought this book for my 8 y/o son who is a fantaic of flags and often finds errors in flags drawings and publications. I am already waiting for his findings... The price of this book is ridiculouos ! it costs less than the shipping to my country ! The paper quality... read more
Great reference but it could still be better
By J. A. Falco "Capo" - August 20, 2010
The book is well organized and illustrated, and I really like the fact it has many subnational flags; taht is one reason I purchased it, but for some reason it is missing subnations flags for a few larger countries, like Italy (e.g Italy's 20 regions have flags for example, many well known, like Sicily which are not included directly with Italy). Also I would like to see a larger section on civic, or city, flags.
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