Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment: Paris 1785 by James C. Thompson (Commonwealth Books, 160 pages, February 18)
Here we have a beautifully-illustrated history of Jefferson's time in Paris- a decadent society INDEED in those days. Through reproductions of period maps, Parisian scenes, and portraits of those men and women who guided Jefferson through the physical and ideological landscapes of that city, Thompson charts the intellectual and moral development of the man who would become the third president of the United States.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Seymour Chwast (Bloomsbury USA, 144 pages, February 18)
From the man who brought us the graphic-novelizations of such tales as The Divine Comedy and The Odyssey comes a new illustrated telling of Hank Morgan's dealings with the medieval folk. Looks awesome.
Bizarre London: Discover the Capital's Secrets and Surprises by David Long (Skyhorse Publishing, 256 pages, February 4)
Here are just a few of the tasty little tidbits you'll find in this book:
"The Ghost of a She-Wolf," "The Bawdy House Riots," "Pin-Makers, Mole-Takers and Rat
Catchers," and "London's Most Haunted
House." Need I say more? Looks like fun.