Tall Buildings of China
Half the world’s 50 tallest skyscrapers are in China, a testament to the country’s new-found prosperity and global ambition. This is a comprehensive guide to the contemporary design, engineering and technology that was used to create them, by a world expert on tall buildings. It features extensive colour photographs, architectural diagrams and cross-sections of giant towers in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and the emerging super-cities in the provinces.
The Rose Window
Splendor and Symbol
‘The most spectacular of all the creations of the Gothic era’, the rose window still has the power to transfix 21st-century tourists in cathedrals such a Notre-Dame, Strasbourg or York Minster. In this magnificent study, with photographs of almost 300 roses, Cowen takes a chronological approach, exploring the origins and evolution of the form up to the present day, while letting ‘each window speak for itself’. Other chapters discuss the iconography, glazing, geometry and construction of rose windows, and the book concludes with a gazetteer.
100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles
Touring, mountain, road and recumbent bicycles, BMX bikes, tandems and folding bikes... Each of 100 modern-era bicycles is photographed against an immaculate white background for these semi-matt postcards. There are technical details on the reverse sides and the whole set is contained in a smart red and white card box.
Type 57 Grand Prix – A Celebration
Winner of the French Grand Prix in 1936 and Le Mans in 1937, the Bugatti Type 57G Tank remains one of the most glamorous and recognizable of vintage racing cars. With design diagrams and archive photographs, this analysis of Jean Bugatti’s classic car describes its racing career and evolution through the Types 57, 57S and 59 as well as identifying the race-to-race body and chassis differences of the competition models.
The Kübelwagen and the amphibious Schwimmwagen, the standard issue milltary utility vehicles used by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS in the Second World War, were based on the Volkswagen, and originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Written by acclaimed military history author David Doyle, this is a fully illustrated guide to their design, history, construction and operation, including detailed technical diagrams and contemporary photos.
Oxfordshire's Best Churches
This guide explores the origins, history and building materials of Oxfordshire’s parish churches. The authoritative introduction examines the ways in which the buildings have developed over the last thousand years, and the gazetteer features 116 of the finest medieval and post-medieval examples in the county. Illustrated with over 300 colour photographs and floor plans, the survey provides descriptions of significant architectural features, sculpture and stained glass, and identifies often-overlooked details unique to each site.
The Mister Softee Story
Famous Fleets: Volume Five
Steve Tillyer presents the history of Mister Softee mobile ice cream, from its origins in Philadelphia, USA, to the introduction of the vans to the UK by Smiths of Gateshead motor vehicle body manufacturers and the subsequent involvement of Lyons Maid and Nestlé.
LMS Railway Road Vehicles
Famous Fleets: Volume Six
As well as the innovative Mechanical Horses, this survey of the London, Midland and Scotland Railway’s road vehicles from 1923 to 1947 includes buses and coaches, tractors and trailers, livestock transporters, and wartime conversions. Slightly off-mint.
Nostalgia Road: Volume Five
In the 1930s, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway needed to mechanize their delivery service: the solution, the Karrier Motors’ Mechanical Horse, was an important advance in road haulage – the forerunner of the articulated lorry, albeit with three wheels.
Bedford Light Commercials of the 1950s & '60s
Classic Marques: Volume Three
Continuing the Bedford story, the authors examine the 5-cwt to 35-cwt range of commercial vehicles produced by Vauxhall Motors during the 1950s and 1960s to meet the dramatically increasing demand as post-war Britain began to prosper.