Dorset from the Sea
The Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks Photographed from its Best Viewpoint
From Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks, the photographer Steve Belasco has cruised the Dorset coastline in small boats in all seasons and all weathers. His offshore photographs afford the best view of the natural Jurassic Coast with its spectacular rock formations and sandstone cliffs such as East Cliff (of Broadchurch fame), rocky bays such as Warbarrow and Brandy Bay; the seafronts of towns such as Weymouth and Swanage; and Chesil Beach. Foreword by Ellen MacArthur.
The Earth from the Air
An international bestseller when it was first published, The Earth from the Air is a visual record of the world's diversity. In evaluating recent developments this revised edition reveals the earth’s fragility and the impact of humanity, but most of all the beauty of the natural world. In addition to the images for which the original is renowned, this version includes 100 new photographs and seven new essays by experts on environmental issues.
Secrets and Celebrations
This photographic exploration of the capital’s highlights includes sections on historical landmarks, parks and gardens, transport, and cultural attractions. Extended captions explore the secret stories and significance of each photographed location, including the Globe Theatre and the Cutty Sark as well as less well known attractions such as the Duck Island cottage in St James’s Park and Kew’s Treetop Walkway.
The English Versailles
Boughton House in Northamptonshire, built for the Montagu family and home to the Dukes of Buccleuch since the 18th century, is one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. With contributions from experts including John Cornforth, Nicholas Barker and Gervase Jackson-Stops, this volume presents a richly illustrated study of the house and its contents, with chapters devoted to paintings, furniture, porcelain, silver, the amoury and the French influence that earned Boughton the epithet ‘the English Versailles’.
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.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy
Organized by département – Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Nièvre and Saône-et-Loire – this celebration of the ancient communities of Burgundy presents more than 250 photographs and detailed captions. Each village is introduced with historical and architectural notes, and three additional chapters focus in turn on the region's gastronomic tradition, its Romanesque structures and its distinctive patterned roofs. Also included are a map and traveller's guide.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany
The granite-built communities of Brittany lie nestled within a varied landscape comprising jagged coastline, fertile plains and wild moorland. Arranged by département – Finistère, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor and Ille-et-Vilaine – this volume offers detailed historical and cultural notes about each of the featured locations, accompanied by more than 250 photographs of village architecture and scenes of village life, a map and a traveller's guide. Slightly off-mint
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.
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
Based on his map – now in the British Library – featuring 366 pictures of events and people from London’s history, Barratt presents the facts and stories attaching to each day of the year, from 1 January 1660, when Samuel Pepys began his diary, to 31 December 1999, when the London Eye was opened. The book is illustrated with the etching for each date and includes a fold-out reproduction of the map.
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.
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.
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 1960s and 1970s, 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.
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.
For the Incurably Curious
For anyone who ever wondered which country rates highest in Gross National happiness, how many earthquakes hit Japan annually, or where Voodoo originates from, this atlas presents maps of continents, countries, regions and oceans with dozens of facts on subjects ranging from ancient history to football.
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 remain.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence
Ranging from Vaucluse to the Alps, the Graeco-Roman heritage of Provence is revealed in this tour. Brief histories of villages including Lacoste, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Entrevaux are illustrated with over 200 photographs depicting ancient churches, shady squares and cobbled lanes.
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
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.
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.
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 Senesi 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 Natural Beauty of Cornwall
The author, a local resident, takes us on a tour across this most varied and attractive county. Concentrating mainly on the third of Cornwall that is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, his elegant prose delves into geology, history, the rich cultural heritage and, of course, the stunning scenery. Numerous photographs complement the narrative in this personal but informative guide.
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.
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.
Known professionally as Yvon, Pierre Yves Petit’s evocative photographs of Paris between the wars were originally printed as postcards. Characterized by unusual viewpoints and cloudy skies, their subjects include rundown alleys, bookstalls and homeless people as well as the city’s grander architecture, sculptures and ordinary workers. Over 60 images are reproduced in this portfolio, with an introduction to his life and career.
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 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 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 urban environments. The Italian artist Matteo Pericoli travelled the 20-mile stretch of the Thames from Hammersmith 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 south of the river 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.
A Journey Around the Coastal Islands of England and Wales
Britain is an island nation in more senses than one: an island itself, it has hundreds of smaller islets and archipelagos off its shores. Travelling from the Bristol Channel to St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, then along the south and east coasts to Lindisfarne before returning via the spectacular coast of Wales, this illustrated tour of the English and Welsh coasts describes the geography, history and unique character of each island on the route.
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 identities cling like ghosts.