Monday, 28 December 2009

New books: The Swedish Crown Regalia

The Swedish Royal Collection has recently published a new book on the Crown Regalia, titled Skattkammaren – Kungliga slottet with text in Swedish, English, French, German and Russian.
The author, Ann-Christine Jernberg, works in the Royal Court’s information department and, as the five languages indicate, this book is mostly directed at tourists. The twelve crowns and the other items kept in the Treasury are briefly described, but the text offers no deeper perspectives and there are some very unnecessary mistakes.
This book’s greatest value lies in the large, clear photos of the items, most of them by the Royal Collection’s photographer Alexis Daflos. Some of them are however cropped in a rather unfortunate way. Among the illustrations are also some historical photos and reproductions of paintings.

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