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Complete Flags of the World: The Ultimate Pocket Guide (Paperback)
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Explore the fascinating world of flags!
Find intriguing stories and factoids on the design of country, province, state and special flags. Read how these flags are used as heraldic symbols, cultural and national emblems, and how designs and meanings have evolved.
This is the perfect guide to vexillology for anyone interested in the origin, history and symbolism of flags. Inside this flag book you’ll find:
• Highly detailed full-color flag illustrations for each main entry.
• Comprehensive text explaining the significant elements of their design, colors, symbols and insignia.
• Beautifully illustrated introductory spreads that trace the history of banners, standards and flags, and explain the terms used to describe them.
• Sections on signal flags and flag protocol, as well as a concise glossary of terms.
• A flag identification guide and alphabetical flag directory enable easy navigation.
A wonderful gift for flag enthusiasts! This guide to flags helps you identify flags and understand their symbolism. Learn about how flag designs have evolved over centuries and how to identify flags by their distinguishing features. This educational guide to flags details more than 400 examples and covers everything from geography, communications, politics, sport, history and art.
Find out what makes the U.S. stars and stripes so unique, and the ancient medieval cantons of Switzerland noteworthy. Detailed notes and annotation reveal the origins, design development and significance of colors, symbols, crests and coats of arms, and the reasons for recent changes to the flags.
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DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products. Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.