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Image: And they even found the perfect tree

23 November 2012

"And they even found the perfect tree": from the author's own collection, one of the period illustrations used by Bernd Brunner in his beautifully presented little book of cultural history Inventing the Christmas Tree, translated from the German by Benjamin A. Smith, and covering the subject in fewer than 100 pages but with a wealth of information that will be new to most readers (Yale, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-300-18652-9). The author's other books include "brief histories" of bears, and of the moon

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