Portrait of Morecambe Bay
The largest area of intertidal sands and mudflats in the UK, Morecambe Bay is an important wildlife habitat, particularly for migrating birds. Jon Sparks’s photographic review of the area captures some of this activity but focuses more on the changing light and reflections of the flats, studies of adjacent landscapes, and views of towns along the shore, including Ulverston, Heysham and Morecambe itself.
Heart Beguiling Araby
The English Romance with Arabia
For certain Englishmen, the Arabian desert and its inhabitants exerted a powerful fascination. This book examines the lives of four Victorian Arabists – Richard Burton, Gifford Palgrave, Wilfrid Blunt and Charles Doughty – and explores the legend of TE Lawrence, who followed in their footsteps.
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die
Why visit a graveyard if you have no one to mourn? For Lorna Rhoads cemeteries can be repositories of stories, outdoor sculpture parks, habitats for birds and wildlife, gardens and oases of tranquillity. Her worldwide, illustrated directory includes burial grounds of all faiths, famous graveyards such Père Lachaise, Boothill and the Taj Mahal, war graves and memorial parks, catacombs, dolmens and even an underwater cemetery – the Neptune Memorial Reef for those lost at sea.
Travels to the World's Legendary Places
For over a century, National Geographic teams have been travelling the globe and describing exotic sites in words and photographs. For this book, 50 places have been chosen as the most desired, but often challenging, places to visit. Arranged by continent, from Cappadocia in Asia to the Marquesas Islands in Oceania, the description and photographs of each place are accompanied by travel tips and a ‘Nat Geo Flashback’ to an early expedition or a ‘Classic Shot’ by one of the magazine’s photographers.
London Map of Days
This calendar of events that have taken place in London over the centuries runs from 1 January 1660, when Samuel Pepys began his diary, through every day of the year to 31 December 1999, when the London Eye was formally opened. For every date it gives a fact, fiction or personality associated with some part of the metropolis. A fold-out reproduction of the map on which it is based is included at the back.
Hiring local guides to take him into the hinterlands of countries in the West, South and East of Africa, Peter Voss made repeated trips to the continent between 2011 and 2013. His resulting photographs, reproduced in this large-format portfolio, comprise candid portraits of the people of remote tribes living traditional lifestyles, including the peoples of the Omo River in Ethiopia, the semi-nomadic Masai of Kenya, the Somba people of Benin and Togo and the Himba of Namibia.
A Vision of Snowdonia
The subject of this photographic tribute covers an area of 827 square miles in the north west of Wales and boasts a varied landscape of heather moors, lakes, wooded valleys, craggy mountains and dramatic coastline. Capturing the majestic scenery at different times of the year and in different lighting conditions, each of the images is presented in a wide-view panoramic format and printed across a double-page spread.
Portrait of Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park, occupying the north-west corner of Wales, incorporates a varied landscape of moors, lakes, valleys, coastline and craggy mountain peaks. This collection of 140 carefully composed photographs is a study of the area through the seasons, contrasting, for example, the snow-capped peak of Snowdon itself in winter with the wild flowers in the Conway Valley in spring and the ancient woodland around Dolgellau in autumn.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964, the Forest of Bowland lies to the south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park but its different geology makes it a notably distinct environment. This portfolio is a photographer’s portrait of the area, ranging from moorland views and studies of the flora and fauna to picturesque buildings and life in villages such as Slaidburn and Newton-in-Bowland.
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
This portfolio of black-and-white photographs showcases the finest architecture in Paris and provides a brief history of each building. Every chapter is devoted to one of the city’s arrondissements, from the 1st, site of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, to the 20th, citadel of Modernism at La Défense, and includes a locator map and a short description of the area.
Impressions of New York
Prints from the New-York Historical Society
This illustrated catalogue features 165 woodcuts, copper engravings, lithographs, drypoints and mezzotints of New York City, including a 1692 view of ‘Nowel Amsterdam’ and Emily Trueblood’s 1995 linocut of the World Trade Center. The accompanying commentary reveals many of the stories behind the historic images.
Britain in Pictures
A young Julie Andrews as Cinderella, Colin Jackson in mid-flight over hurdles, Harold Wilson shrouded in pipe-smoke... This A–Z of outstanding personalities, captured in more than 400 reportage photographs, presents a century of sportsmen and women, actors and musicians, writers, artists, politicians, soldiers and royalty.
Twentieth Century in Pictures
Since the beginning of passenger air travel, photographers have recorded the rich and famous as they arrive at their destination. These 300 images from the Press Association's archives form a gallery of 20th-century celebrity, from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
In Search of Albion
From Cornwall to Cumbria: A Ride Through England's Hidden Soul
In this commentary on modern England, music journalist Colin Irwin travels the country in search of traditional events, festivals and gigs, drinking with eccentrics, singing with strangers, attending a concert in Dartmoor Prison, sedan-chair racing in Lancaster, and Christmas swimming in the Serpentine. Slightly off-mint.
The Moon Landings
One Giant Leap
The photographs that astronauts took during the Apollo missions provided a previously unseen picture of the moon but also transformed our perception of the Earth, viewed for the first time from space. This pictorial celebration, containing hundreds of photographs of the American space programme of the 60s and 70s, traces its success from its origins in the Cold War to the final triumph of Apollo 11, and considers its legacy to science and history.
Roland and Sabrina Michaud have spent most of their lives exploring Africa and Asia. Organized by region, this account of their travels features nearly 500 colour photographs depicting the temples of India, Chinese monasteries, and the tents of Mongolian nomads. Their commentary explains the background to the images and describes the sense of shared humanity they felt with people whose lives were very different from their own.
Scotland from the Sky
Founded in 1919 by First World War flyers, Aerofilms Ltd began photographing Britain from the sky as a commercial venture, finding the shipyards and factories of the Clyde among its first customers in Scotland in the 1920s. Published to accompany the BBC TV series, this photographic survey draws on Scotland’s National Collection of Aerial Photography and mixes historical and contemporary images to show changes in the urban and industrial environment, view notable landmarks from a new perspective and reveal traces of prehistoric settlement in the landscape.
Then and Now
Pairing photographs taken during the Belle Époque, from around 1870 to 1910, with modern colour photographs of the same locations today, the authors look at how Paris buildings, monuments and streets have fared over the last century or so. Many of the older photographs were commissioned by the city authorities to record the redevelopment of Paris, and they show side streets and outlying districts as well as examples of grand architecture such as Notre Dame and the Panthéon.
North Downs Landscapes
Exploring the Glorious English Countryside on London's Doorstep
Stretching approximately 100 miles from Dover through rolling Kentish farmland and along the southern fringe of London to Farnham in Surrey, the North Downs offer some of the most unspoilt countryside and spectacular views within easy reach of the capital. Illustrated with full-page colour photographs, this book follows the course of the Downs, explores their history, geography, geology, ecology and wildlife, and charts the campaigns to protect them from encroaching development.
Broads, Brecks, Staithes and Churches
Closer to the Netherlands than to London, Norfolk is England’s most easterly county, bounded on two sides by the North Sea and the Wash. For many, its abiding image is of flat expanses beneath huge skies. This photographic exploration reveals the rich variety of Norfolk’s landscape: its lanes and byways, the medieval splendour of Norwich Cathedral, the round-towered churches, the fens and saltmarshes, and the fragile habitat of the Brecklands.
For the Incurably Curious
Where are the world’s highest mountains, its longest rivers, its deepest oceans? Which country is the largest producer of cinnamon, and how heavy is the world’s heaviest insect? With distinctive maps and a wonderful miscellany of information on subjects from ancient history to football, economics to endangered animals, every page in this unusual atlas is a voyage of discovery. There are maps of the world (including one showing the early explorers’ routes), whole continents, regions, countries and the oceans.
The Lost Border
The Landscape of the Iron Curtain
For almost half a century, the Iron Curtain divided the nations of Europe. Then, almost overnight, it vanished. During the 1980s, the photographer Brian Rose followed its course, before going on to record its disappearance. His images capture the eerie concrete and barbed-wire barriers running through mundane towns and villages, the tumultuous scenes as the Berlin Wall came down, and the ghostly traces that are all that remain today.
Pennine Way Companion
A Pictorial Guide
Wainwright's classic guide to Britain's first long-distance path for walkers was originally published in 1968. This thoroughly updated, pocket-sized edition contains everything the modern rambler needs to follow the route from Derbyshire to Northumbria, through some of Britain's wildest and most beautiful landscapes: detailed maps, a running commentary, 300 drawings, a skeleton log, suggestions for those who prefer to tackle shorter sections ... and a little mild leg-pulling.
The Haunted Beauty
With superb colour photographs, Julian Beecroft’s book is a pictorial tour of the world’s least visited places, inaccessible for reasons ranging from military secrecy and political paranoia to the sheer difficulty of getting there. Places covered include isolated monastic settlements such as Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland; the closed cities of the former USSR; enclaves of elites and ghettoes of minorities; Cold War bunkers; and locations remote even today, such as the Berber towns of the Maghreb.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
Banaras, or Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In these 249 photographs, the award-winning photographer Christopher Roche has captured the colours and energies of Banaras’ streets and temples, its sadhus or holy men, and the religious rites on the burning ghats of this great spiritual centre.
Illicit Photos from the City's Heights
Featuring hundreds of unique views of London’s skyline, the photographs collected here were taken by a team of intrepid urban explorers who climbed without permission to the tops of gasholders, council blocks, communications antennae and corporate ‘starchitecture’. Motivated by a desire to picture the city’s hidden spaces before the developers ‘rip the heart and soul out of them’, the team’s hair-raising stories and images show the city’s ever-evolving topography and how we have come to inhabit its heights.
The Modern Art Colouring Book
This book of colouring patterns is inspired by shapes found in masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, such as the dots, spirals and paint splashes used by Close, Escher and Pollock respectively. Each illustration is different from the next, but all have a mesmeric quality, so colouring the design, whatever medium is employed, can be a soothing, relaxing activity.
A Personal Celebration of the National Parks
America was the first country to designate areas of outstanding beauty or interest as national parks, beginning with Yellowstone in 1872. The US National Park Service now oversees almost 400 protected sites, and this book celebrates the centenary of its foundation in 1916 by exploring 21 of the most spectacular environments, from the South Dakota Badlands and Grand Teton in Wyoming to the Yosemite National Park in California.
Beauty in Desolation
What is left when humanity has moved on? Across the world, ruined churches, derelict theatres, rusting fairgrounds, corroding factories, empty houses and dusty shops with nothing to sell are slowly being reclaimed by nature. The photographs and thought-provoking text in this book explore the eerie afterlife of buildings abandoned through war, natural disaster, or economic change. From California to Chernobyl, from Antarctica to Japan, these forgotten places embody the melancholy beauty of dereliction.
Beauty in Desolation
Why do some cities, towns and villages fall into disuse and ruin? This book explores the world’s lost settlements: the remains of ancient Greek and Roman, Aztec and Inca cities, gold-rush ghost towns and abandoned Soviet troop stations, and sites devastated by natural or man-made disasters. The photographs capture the strange beauty of these deserted places, whether rusting industrial hulks or crumbling ruins disappearing, like the Khmer temples in Cambodia, under encroaching jungle.
A Year in the Life of the Bowland Fells
Once the hunting reserve of princes, today the Forest of Bowland is both a recreational haven for the public and a biodiverse region of international importance. As well as the landscape of sweeping fells, Stansfield records the region's rarity - the green hairstreak butterfly - and its wonderful bird life, including the Whitendale eagle owls.
Tunnels, Towers and Temples
London's 100 Strangest Places
Taking a sideways look at London, David Long reveals the hidden stories and curious histories behind dozens of often quite familiar places. His book is arranged by themes such as Death, Religion, Establishment, Power and Transport, and whether descending into disused tunnels under the city streets, describing a 'psychogeographer's dream dwelling' (Canonbury Tower) or finding the last surviving streetlamp powered by sewer gas, Long provides engrossing details of London's strangest places - and the people responsible for them.
Yorkshire from the Air
England's largest county is also, for many people, its most beautiful, with landscapes varying from rugged northern moorland to the hills and valleys of the Dales. There are also dramatic coasts - at North Cliff and Flamborough Head - and magnificent historical sites such as Fountains Abbey, York Minster and Castle Howard. Hawkes's aerial photographs offer both fresh, birds-eye views of such landmarks and a new approach to Yorkshire's more mundane aspects - race courses, cooling towers and back-to-backs.
A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife
Illustrator Hermann Heinzel and photographer Barnaby Hall made their birdwatching expedition to the Galápagos Islands in the mid 1990s and this book, first published in 2000, is the record of their tour. Part one describes the range of habitats and wildlife on the islands; part two is a detailed field guide to the birds that they encountered, illustrated with hundreds of sketches, paintings and photographs; finally there is a checklist of all Galápagos bird species observed.
A Portrait of Blackpool and the Fylde
Most tourists seeking the bright lights of Blackpool pay little attention to the resort's rural hinterland, a flat wetland landscape in stark contrast to the Illuminations, the Tower and the trams. Jon Sparks's photographs explore the excitement and colour of the famous attractions as well as the peaceful countryside that lies just beyond the town.
A Winter's Tale
Beginning with early winter's deepening gloom, these 140 landscape photographs show Exmoor's journey through the bleakest time of year to spring's returning warmth. They record both the changes in the natural world, with its snow-covered fields, freezing sea fog and striking ice structures, and the traditional events with which local people mark the season – late-night Christmas shopping in Dunster, Minehead's Christmas Tree Festival and a village's candlelit carol service.
Tuscany is both the cradle of the Renaissance and a region of breathtakingly beautiful and richly varied landscapes, from the mountains of the north to the bare clay hills of the Crete Senese to the south. The 150 captivating colour photographs in this book show its many facets: the architectural wonders of Florence, Siena and Pisa, the vineyards of Chianti, the long, cypress-lined roads, the rocky coast, and the peaceful farms nestling amid rolling hills.
The People's Park
Land owned by the Convent of Westminster was appropriated by Henry VIII for use as a hunting ground in 1536; a century later the public were permitted entry to what became the capital's principal leisure park. This illustrated account explores its development up to the present day and reviews the most significant events in its history, such as the digging of the Serpentine in 1730 and the building of the Crystal Palace to host the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Full Steam Ahead
A Golden Age of Cruises
From the first ships that earned their livelihoods taking passengers on pleasure trips, the cruise industry has understood the importance of producing attractive advertising and glamorous images of their vessels and destinations. This history of leisure cruising is extensively illustrated with such materials, ranging from 19th- and early 20th-century posters and photographs of inter-war tourists in exotic destinations to pictures of historic ships' interiors and portraits of the gargantuan 'super cruisers' of today.
Portrait of Glamorgan
Ignoring the modern administrative boundaries, this book explores the 'old' county of Glamorgan stretching from the Gower Peninsula in the west to Cardiff in the east and north to the valleys of the Welsh coalfields. In addition to the views of the widely varying landscapes and natural features, this book explores the rich built heritage in churches, castles, towns and villages. Off-mint.
From the Great Grey Owl hunting in the snowy wastes of northern Finland to Emperor Penguins in Antarctica, the polar regions are not only home to some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet but also the most surprising and beautiful landscapes. This portfolio by Dutch photographer Jan Vermeer explores these unusual and extraordinary ecosystems in a series of striking images, and includes an introduction and explanatory captions in English and Dutch.
Portrait of the Pennines
From the White Peak in Derbyshire to Hadrian's Wall, Morrison's photographs progress northward along the 'backbone of England', and include views of the Edale Valley, rock 'sculptures' on Kinder Scout, Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale, the Ribblehead Viaduct and the fells around Hartside Top.
Northamptonshire in Winter
Northamptonshire boasts picturesque honey-coloured villages to rival the Cotswolds as well as miles of attractive rolling farmland. This photographic portfolio pictures the county through the winter months from the famous World Conker Championships that take place every October in the village of Ashton, through scenes of snow-covered fields and houses to hellebores and daffodils blooming at Coton Manor.
Kent in Winter
Away from the historic sights and characterful towns, the distinctive rooflines of oast houses and square-towered churches punctuate the attractive fields of the Kent countryside. Andreas Byrne's portrait of the county makes a study of the changing moods of winter on the landscape, from the golden hues of autumn along the River Eden to snow-covered lavender fields at Lullingstone and a dew-covered snowdrop.
Between the wars Pierre Yves Petit, known professionally as Yvon, produced some of the most hauntingly evocative photographs of Paris ever created. Shunning the bright light of noon, he captured the quais, the alleys, the bookstalls and the down-and-outs beneath the looming bulk of Notre Dame in the mist of dawn or dusk. Originally printed as postcards, more than 60 of these images are reproduced here at the scale and in the detail they deserve.
On the Trail of Old Traditions
There are more than 50 ethnic minorities in the People's Republic of China, most of them living in remote regions of the country. Photographer Alessandra Meniconzi has journeyed across China following the trail of traditional cultures and lifestyles from Yunnan's endless rice terraces in the deep south to the historic trading hubs in north-western Xinjiang. This magnificent collection of her colour photographs documents many traditional ways of life that could soon cease to exist.
Portrait of Southport
By comparison with its coastal neighbours, Liverpool and Blackpool, Southport has always promoted a more sophisticated character, its tourism built on the refined pursuits of golf, horse riding, promenading and up-market shopping. This photographic portfolio presents views of many of its fine Victorian buildings, streets and gardens as well as the pier and seafront and the dunes and wetland landscape beyond the town.
Portrait of Robin Hood Country
The Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood was never continuous woodland but rather wooded areas separated by open heath and rough grassland. As the lands were cleared, monastic houses and later great aristocratic estates were established and today much of the parkland associated with them is open to the public. This portfolio of images is a celebration of the landscapes and towns of the area.
Exploring the Capital's Rivers and Canals
In more than 220 photographs, Derek Pratt offers a rare view of London from the water, whether the Thames, its tributaries or the capital’s extensive canal system, and his introductions and captions delve into the history of the waterfronts, from the grand vistas of Hampton Court to the Royal Gunpowder Mills on the River Lee Navigation.
A Portrait of Leeds
Like many great cities, Leeds has undergone periods of expansion and degeneration and the story of the city's growth and industrial decline can be read in the renovated textile mills, terraced housing and impressive Victorian town hall. This photographic essay demonstrates how Leeds's past contributes to the buoyant modern city with views of its buildings from Anglo-Saxon churches to modern offices, redeveloped industrial areas and post-war concrete.
Symbols of China
A colourful and very accessible introduction to Chinese culture, this book comprises concise, well-illustrated and richly informative articles on aspects of the country ranging from natural wonders such as the magical Stone Forest to chop sticks. Beginning with cultural icons, including calligraphy, fengshui and the four auspicious creatures, the book has chapters covering architecture, festivals, daily life, arts and crafts, legends, famous historical figures and the performing arts.
The English Seaside
Grand hotels and beach huts, piers and Punch and Judy, Second World War coastal defences and sandcastles: Peter Williams's photographs reveal the tremendous diversity and vitality of the English seaside. Arranged as 42 topics, the photographs show the things we associate with traditional holidays beside the sea, such as deckchairs and fish and chip shops, but also focus on new artworks and architecture and the regeneration of our seaside towns.
A Cultural and Literary History
Utterly destroyed by fire twice over, in 1842 and 1943, Hamburg has shaken off a reputation as a drab, businesslike port to become a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural scene. This erudite, informative guidebook charts the city's traumatic history, describes its landmark buildings and varied districts, from the elegant Alster to the notorious Reeperbahn, and explores literary and artistic associations, including Heinrich Heine and the Beatles.
United and divided by a river, London is one of the few world cities to find its essence in two profoundly contrasting yet nearly touching urban environments. The Italian artist Matteo Pericoli travelled the 20-mile stretch of the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge to the Millennium Dome to draw both banks of the river. His 25-foot-long folding panorama is accompanied by essays by two of the city's foremost contemporary chroniclers, North Londoner Iain Sinclair and southside resident Will Self.
Holidays in Victorian England
Images of the Past
Margaret B was an ordinary middle-class English girl of the late Victorian era whose family made trips all over southern England. Their visits to places such as Brighton, Broadstairs, Exeter and Ilfracombe were recorded in Margaret's photographs. Accompanied by Thorburn's informative commentary, her pictures of the countryside and seaside, architectural splendours and quaint villages reveal the typical holiday for middle-class Victorians in an England untouched by cars and car parks.
London Hidden Interiors
Philip Davies's selection of 180 London interiors, all beautifully photographed by Derek Kendall, reveals the architectural riches – and eccentricities – hidden behind inscrutable London facades or tucked away in sidestreets: houses such as 11 Bedford Row, with its magnificent Georgian painted staircase; hidden gems such as the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Malet Street; and the complete 18th-century dining room by Robert Adam, removed from Bowood House in Wiltshire and reconstructed on the ninth floor of the Lloyd's Building.
Portrait of the Eden Valley
The River Eden starts among the fells of the Cumbrian Pennines, and travels northwards to meet the sea at the Solway Firth. On its journey it passes through stunning scenery, including peaks, moorland, wooded gorges and rolling farmland. This beautiful collection of over 140 photographs celebrates the diversity of the Eden's landscape - its characterful market towns, priories and castles, rare wildlife such as otter, red squirrel and black grouse, and ancient standing stones.
Off the Map
Lost Spaces, Invisible Cities, Forgotten Islands, Feral Places, and What They Tell Us About the World
In the world of Google Earth, it is easy to believe that every inch of the planet has been mapped. Happily, this is not true. This book ranges the globe to celebrate the anomalies that still frustrate the cartographer: islands that never existed; abandoned settlements; a secret military town in Russia; and renamed cities whose old identity clings like a ghost. A rich evocation of the strangeness of place, and a must for all map-lovers.