An Illustrated History
After briefly surveying ancient constructions such as Maiden Castle and Gwalior Fort in India, Jeremy Black goes on to present a history of fortifications based on their depiction on maps and plans. From Norman castles – Pontefract is shown in a plan from 1561 – the book shows how buildings as bases for attack or defence changed as ever more powerful armaments were developed, up to the trenches and defences such as the Maginot and Siegfried Lines in the 20th century.
1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary
The more words we have at our command, the more accurately and concisely we can communicate in speaking or writing. To help us on our way, Joseph Piercy presents his personal choice of 1,000 interesting, frequently misused or simply beautiful words from the ‘linguistic maelstrom’ of the English language. He presents them as an A–Z, from Aberrant to Zephyr, with definitions, derivations, commentary on their precise meanings and an example of usage.
The Superior Person's Book of Words
Peter Bowler’s 'superior person' has command of words such as egregious, quotidian and uxorious, and 'we yield to him in debate, not because his arguments are more cogent, but because they are less intelligible'. This A–Z of 500 words could set the reader on the road to superiority. The definitions are accompanied by the all-important notes on usage, lest one lose lexical credibility.
The Right Word
Making Sense of the Words That Confuse
Homophones – words that sound the same but have different spellings and different meanings – can be a problem for both native English speakers and those learning the language. This clear, cross-referenced guide sets out homophones from a/A/eh to You’ll/Yule, with definitions for each word and examples of usage, plus a listing of words such as Flaunt and Flout that are often confused.
The Queen's English
And How to Use It
Written by the President of the Queen's English Society, this practical, light-hearted guide covers the basics of grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as style, rhetoric, vocabulary and the use of foreign phrases. The author also considers the psychology of the reader, the evolution of language, spoken English and the perils of using words incorrectly.
Dury and Andrews' Map of Hertfordshire
Society and Landscape in the Eighteenth Century
Andrew Dury and John Andrews, two London map-makers, published their map of Hertfordshire in 1766. After examining the context of the map’s production and its place in cartographic history, this illustrated study describes the creation of a digital version and how it can cast new light on aspects of the county’s landscape, society and industry. The accompanying DVD contains a collection of maps and other materials illustrating issues raised in the book.
Black's Guide to Scotland
Picturesque Tourist Guide 1840
Published in 1840 by Adam and Charles Black of Edinburgh, this ‘Picturesque Tourist’ guide promises ‘engraved charts and views of the scenery, plans of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a copious itinerary’. Arranged as 14 tours, the guide also assures the reader of accurate, plain and intelligible accounts, with much information on tradition, history and associations – a swipe at the purple prose of rival guides. The present book is a facsimile reprint of the first edition. No jacket.
The Accidental Apostrophe
...and Other Misadventures in Punctuation
When it comes to punctuation, many experts leave it to the writer’s judgement – but what use is that if you’ve never been taught the difference between a colon and a semicolon, or where those pesky apostrophes go? This accessible, light-hearted guide clarifies the rules, shows how punctuation can help you get your meaning across clearly, and explains what you can get away with and what simply won’t do.
The Curious Map Book
The creation of maps is often a serious business in which accuracy takes precedence over the imagination. This delightful book offers 100 unusual maps, from the British Library collection, in which the equation is reversed and fantasy comes to the fore. Here are nations portrayed as humans or animals: the British bulldog, the ‘Lion of the Low Countries’, the Russian bear. Many satirize the politics of their time; some depict fictional countries; while others are board games or jigsaw puzzles.
My Grammar and I Activity Book
(Or Should That be 'Me'?)
From identifying parts of speech to spotting the grammatical error in whole sentences (including ‘I think therefore I am’), Daniel Smith presents 103 ‘grammatical games’ to keep you in touch with the formal rules of the English language. Covering such thorny topics as compound nouns, reciprocal pronouns, the subjunctive, tautology and the dreaded apostrophe, the quizzes range from simple to very taxing, with answers at the end of the book.
The Times Mapping the Railways
The 121 maps reproduced in this volume tell the story of the railways in Britain in a unique and visual way, from proposals and plans produced by the early pioneers to specially commissioned maps showing recent re-openings and newly built lines. Including passenger route planners from the height of the steam age and Beeching's controversial network revisions of the 1960s, the book charts two centuries of profound change and provides insights into both railway and cartographic history.
Mapping the Second World War
Not to be confused with Michael Swift and Michael Sharp's study of the European theatre with the same title (Postscript 24148), this book makes use of Imperial War Museums' extensive collection of charts from all conflict zones, many carrying significant tactical markings. Notable among more than 150 examples are planning maps for the projected German invasion of Britain, RAF target maps of German cities, naval charts of U-boat sightings and sinkings, and an American target map of Hiroshima.
Maps and Sketches from Georgian and Early Victorian Birmingham
By 1770, Birmingham – once a small market town – was the third most populous city in England. Its rapid expansion as a commercial and industrial centre left it with a rich legacy of Georgian and Victorian public buildings. Lavishly illustrated with period maps and engraved views, this book charts the city's development and records its assembly halls, churches, factories and pubs, both extant and long vanished. The text is complemented with verse by Ian Henery, Poet Laureate of Walsall.
British Town Maps
Towns are complex, sophisticated creations that have stretched cartographers' ingenuity over time. Well-illustrated in colour, this book tells the story of the mapping of urban Britain from the late Middle Ages until modern times. Some of the maps it reproduces are well known, while others languished in archives until revealed by the 20 years of research on which this project, and the accompanying online Catalogue of British Town Maps, is founded.
The Golden Age of Maritime Maps
When Europe Discovered the World
Portolan charts – from the Italian portolano, meaning 'relating to ports' – were used by sailors from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Painted on vellum, they show every coastal feature, with the seas criss-crossed by rhumb lines. This book reproduces 142 of these maps in superb detail, while experts trace their origins among the Jewish cartographers of Majorca, the influence of Islamic and Indian mapmakers, and the maps' dissemination as Europeans began to explore the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
The 25 Rules of Grammar
The Essential Guide to Good English
Grammar does matter, and Joseph Piercy argues cogently that understanding and using grammatical rules is not pedantic, but essential if we want to make ourselves understood. Presented with a very light touch, a scattering of anecdotes, and quotes from literature, his 25 rules and essential tools are lucidly explained with examples and summaries. The book ends with a quiz, a glossary and a selection of 'A Grammarian Walks into a Bar' jokes.