The first of two volumes (V.2 [357527-6], $25) comprising a colorful visual and textual introduction to art history worldwide. Volume 1 begins with prehistory and prehistoric art in Europe and culminates with Gothic art. The artwork covered includes paintings, sculptures, architecture, drawings, photographs, works in metal, ceramics, and textiles all discussed within the social, religious, and intellectual context of their creation. The two volumes include 1,350 photographs, more than half in color and some not previously published. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.