The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques
Suitable for hobbyists and professionals alike, this authoritative reference work has new and revised entries and features over 500 colour photographs and 300 diagrams. From Anti-flux to Zisha, definitions of tools, materials and techniques are clearly explained through brief outlines and detailed articles by the authors, who, as well as teaching pottery, created their own works and wrote on the subject for over 60 years.
The Elvis Encyclopedia
Elvis's output was prodigious: over 50 singles, more than 100 albums and dozens of films and TV specials. As a leading music and movie star he came into contact with almost everyone of note in the entertainment industry and his humble origins and unprecedented success made his private life a particular source of fascination for fans. This book draws all these strands together in a comprehensive alphabetical reference work of all things Elvis.
I Before E (Except After C)
OId-School Ways to Remember Stuff
Judy Parkinson’s collection of mnemonics includes rhymes, acronyms and curious phrases such as 'My Very Exotic Mistress Just Served Us Noodles’ (order of the planets): all of them learning devices for subjects ranging from spelling to the periodic table (the latter sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General').
500 Wines for 100 Occasions
'Context is everything with wine', Observer wine correspondent, David Williams points out; even the most acclaimed or expensive wine might not be the appropriate choice for the food, the occasion, the climate or the company. This wine guide suggests choices for 100 different situations from a camping trip to a wedding anniversary with bottles to suit varying budgets and additional sections of general wine-buying advice.
The Cook's Encyclopaedia
Ingredients and Processes
If ‘the recipe calls for a Bresse chicken, but any chicken will do’ is the no-nonsense approach, Tom Stobart’s Encyclopaedia embraces the nonsense. With a quite astonishing amount of information, the A–Z lists a wide range of ingredients and processes, with information about their background, different varieties, and their characteristics. There are no recipes as such, but abundant details about preparations – such as how to make Thousand Year Eggs and sourdough starter.
Mammals of the World
This definitive volume identifies 519 mammal species that have been discovered or reclassified since the last comparable work was published in 1993, contributing to a total of 5,066 species named in the book. Ordered by subclass, order and family, the checklist includes the English and scientific names of each species and a summary of its distribution and habitat. The comprehensive indices allow for cross-referencing by common or Latin names and include lists of newly discovered and extinct species.
Dictionary of Classical Mythology
This expanded edition of an acclaimed reference work has substantial entries for the greatest gods and heroes, from Achilles to Zeus, together with information on a host of minor figures, such as nymphs, seers and river-gods. References are given to the passages of Greek and Roman literature where their stories appear, as well as examples of the ancient myths’ influence on modern works. The book also features more than 170 illustrations, largely redrawn from Greek vases.
How to Skin a Lion
A Treasury of Outmoded Advice
This little volume draws on the accumulated wisdom of the British Library’s medieval manuscripts, Victorian manuals and early 20th century self-help guides to provide a wondrous rag-bag of information on matters as diverse as curing sea-sickness (the ‘cure’ includes tea and gingernuts); reading the future from coffee grounds; how to put back a dislocated jaw; and skinning the eponymous lion.
The Complete Lyrics
One of the wittiest and most versatile songwriters of the 20th century, Noël Coward's lyrics were first collected into a single volume in 1965, but this highly illustrated version also includes over 200 previously unknown songs, the result of researches into Coward's personal archives. Including numbers from unfinished musicals and an abortive collaboration with Jerome Kern as well as all The Master’s famous songs, the lyrics are accompanied by production photographs, publicity material and excerpts from Coward's own manuscripts.
Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover?
100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations
Let sleeping dogs lie – but why? Julian Baggini, co-founder and editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine, presents a selection of 100 proverbs and familiar quotations that are often used without much thought. Baggini subjects them to thought-provoking scrutiny and discussion with the aim of making the phrases ‘speak their wisdom afresh’, while dispelling some of the misunderstandings that cling to them.
World Encyclopaedia of Racing Drivers
The Definitive Reference to the Lives and Achievements of 2,500 International Racing Drivers
Covering winners, losers, has-beens and hopefuls in a great range of races and championships, from Grand Prix to stock car racing, this is the definitive reference to the lives and achievements of some 2,500 international racing drivers. Arranged alphabetically, from Rauno Aaltonen (a rare cross-over from rallying to racing) to the 2005 Formula Atlantic winner, Charles Zwolsman Jr, the Encyclopaedia lists each driver’s principal race wins and gives a concise account of his or her life and career. Slipcased.
Titles and Forms of Address
A Guide to Correct Use
At a time when long-established conventions in speech and correspondence are being eroded, there are still formal and social occasions when it is necessary to know and understand correct usage. This guide from the publishers of Who’s Who sets out forms of address for men and women with ranks, honours and official appointments. It includes simpler forms appropriate to email and there is guidance on replying to formal invitations and the pronunciation of tricky proper names.
Cormorants, Darters and Pelicans of the World
Birds in the order Pelecaniformes share biological traits such as feeding predominantly on fish and incubating only a limited clutch of eggs (one or two) by the transmission of heat from the foot webs. This meticulous study, first published in 1993, provides a worldwide survey of the 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters and seven species of pelicans, examining their biology, behaviour, plumage, distribution and ecology, and including colour photographs and anatomical drawings.
Dictionary of Accounting
In clear, simple English, this dictionary covers more than 6,000 terms relating to accounting, from personal finance and investments to company accounts, balance sheets and stock valuations. Many entries include examples and quotations from journals showing the words used in context, and there is a supplement with sample financial documents and a list of industry contacts.
The Cat Selector
How to Choose the Right Cat for You
Designed to help you choose the breed of cat that will make your perfect feline companion, David Alderton’s book begins with practical advice on choosing a kitten (or an adult cat), before setting out the history and characteristics of each breed. There is an astonishing variety of breeds, each beautifully photographed and arranged by type, from colourful cats (white, cream, red, lilac, etc.) to talented cats such as the Abyssinian, which you can train to retrieve balls.
The Wonder Book of Would You Believe It?
First published in 1936, this is an engrossing kids' compendium of 'strange but true' facts about the natural world, from the movements of the stars down to the curiosities of insect life. Reprinted with its original 300 or more illustrations, the book offers a delightful glimpse of a bygone age. Reprinted without the 8 colour plates. Age 9+
Birds of the West Indies
Helm Identification Guides
More than 560 species of bird are known to occur in the West Indies, including migrants and vagrants (occasional visitors accidentally diverted off their usual routes), each of which is identified and beautifully illustrated in this comprehensive guide. Species notes explain each bird's range, habitat, nesting habits and other information, such as local names, and are accompanied by a distribution map. There is also a locality checklist charting the occurrence of each species island by island.
The Atlas of Military History
An Around-the-World Survey of Warfare Through the Ages
From Ancient Egypt to the war in Afghanistan, and from the horse and chariot to nuclear weapons, this well-illustrated reference work charts the significant conflicts in world history and the major advances in military technology. It is arranged chronologically within each of seven sections: Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia, Northern and Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. Slightly off-mint.
An Eternity of Eagles
The Human History of the Most Fascinating Bird in the World
This natural and social history of the eagle from an American writer and naturalist traces the evolution of our love-hate relationship with this magnificent bird, from Neolithic rock art and ancient mythology to medieval falconry and contemporary popular culture, and asks what modern-day threats such as habitat loss and pesticides mean for its future. More than 100 photographs and illustrations accompany the text, and novelist Annie Proulx contributes an introduction.
Letters to the Editor
A Miscellany from the Pages of Country Life
Few subjects arouse such strong feelings as the rituals of rural England, so it is no surprise that the letters pages of Country Life are a treasure trove of eccentric pursuits, well-meaning advice and splenetic outrage. Variety is to the fore in this collection, with topics as diverse as lizards as pets, whether dogs see ghosts, and shooting burglars.
Need to Know?
This is a handy guide to interpreting the marks that are crucial in assessing antiques. It includes the hallmarks on British gold, silver and platinum; the gold and silver of America, Africa and Asia; and marks on Old Sheffield Plate and pewter. A second section includes marks on pottery and porcelain from Britain, Europe and the Far East. Thousands of images support the text.
Covent Garden and Soho
The Illustrated A–Z Historical Guide
Featuring more than 200 illustrations, this book tells the stories behind the squares, streets, plaques and statues at the historic heart of two of London's most colourful and creative communities. There is murder, music and medicine; food, fashion and film; art, architecture and actors; and among the poets and publishing tales, we discover where OscarWilde entertained, Dickens dined and Dylan Thomas drank.
An Encyclopedia of the World's Faiths
Drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, this is a comprehensive survey of the modern religious world. Encompassing traditional faiths, indigenous religions and new religious movements, the book focuses on the historical development and teachings of each religion and examines how these traditions have evolved into contemporary beliefs and practices. This revised and updated edition also explores new approaches to spirituality, the spread of religious pluralism and the movement towards interfaith dialogue.
The Art Book
A fresh approach to art, this bestselling A–Z guide to the greatest painters, sculptors and photographers, from medieval times to the present day, is in its second, expanded edition with over 100 new works. From the performance artist Marina Abramović, to Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), over 570 artists are represented, each with a page devoted to a single, exemplary work, accompanied by an illuminating text on the piece and its creator.
The Lutterworth Dictionary of the Bible
With 1,450 articles written by scholars from the USA's National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, but including a broad range of opinion and approach, this dictionary aims to provide the student with accurate, relevant and interesting information about the history, traditions and literature of the Bible. The well-illustrated A–Z includes outlines of each canonical book and articles on key people, places and terms, non-canonical books and Biblical scholarship.
Dictionary of Christian Art
Western European art is imbued with Christian imagery, yet much of it is no longer understood in a secular age. This dictionary provides a clear and accessible guide to Christianity's often arcane symbolism. Over 1000 alphabetical entries cover artists, art and architectural terms; flora and fauna; parts of the body; saints, biblical and mythological figures; and liturgical objects and vestments. More than 160 reproductions include work by artists from Giotto through Leonardo and Michelangelo to Salvador Dalí.
Paasch's Illustrated Marine Dictionary
Originally Published as From Keel to Truck
Surveyor of ships to Lloyd's Register and with a lifetime of experience in shipbuilding and repair, Heinrich Paasch was the first to recognize the need for a universal dictionary defining the vocabulary of ships. This facsimile edition of his work, first published in 1885, provides an explanation of all the principal parts of a ship's structure and equipment for both sailing and steam vessels, including propulsion machinery, rigging and even knots.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
Before and During the Holocaust. Three volumes.
Profiling more than 6,500 Jewish communities, with over 600 photographs, 17 pages of maps, a chronology and glossary, these volumes are the product of three decades of work at Yad Vasham, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel. The alphabetically arranged entries provide details of the history, people and customs of communities, large and small, that thrived throughout much of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East during the early part of the 20th century, but were changed irrevocably by the Holocaust.
Smithsonian Answer Book
There are many apocryphal tales associated with snakes, from cobras hypnotizing their prey to so-called 'hoop snakes' forming themselves into rings and rolling downhill to chase their quarry. This accessible question-and-answer book sorts out the facts from the fiction, introduces the many different species, their habitats, anatomy and physiology, and explores the specialized behaviours of snakes, such as shedding skin, spitting venom and killing by constriction.
Top to Tail
The 360° Guide to Picking Your Perfect Pet
It may be useful to know, when choosing a pet dog, that the Afghan hound's beautiful coat needs daily grooming or that the friendly and loyal Labrador needs plenty of exercise and has a prodigious appetite. This guide to over 150 of the most popular breeds includes photographs of exemplary dogs, shot from all angles, and a useful key comparing them for size, friendliness, feeding, exercise and grooming requirements.
The Dictionary of Seventeenth & Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers
(Two volumes, slipcased)
In the 17th century, Holland and other northern provinces experienced a 'golden age' in trade and commerce, science and philosophy, particularly during the 40 years between 1637, when Descartes' Discours de la Methode was published in Leiden and the appearance of Spinoza's Opera posthuma in Amsterdam in 1677. The dictionary covers this exciting period in around 400 entries on Dutch philosophers, journals and universities, and includes foreign visitors and immigrants such as Descartes and Bayle. No jackets. Slip-cased.
The Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers
(Two volumes, slip-cased)
Ranging chronologically between John Locke (1632-1704) and Dugald Stewart (1753-1828), this dictionary covers a long 18th century and interprets 'philosophy' inclusively, with entries and bibliographies for around 600 philosophers, scientists, theologians and writers in many other disciplines. No jacket. Slip-cased.
The House of Commons 1690–1715
Volume I of this set comprises an introductory survey by DW Hayton that goes beyond biography of members to consider the scope and nature of parliamentary business. Volume II contains the constituency surveys; Volumes III–V present detailed accounts of 1,982 MPs.
Bradford's Crossword Key Dictionary
'Eight letters, the fourth letter is x'. In answer to such old refrains, this dictionary lists over 480,000 words, organized into chapters by length – from four to fifteen letters – and then sorted alphabetically according to each letter position within the word. So you can take your pick from flexible, flexibly, fraxinus, gloxinia, inexpert, quixotic and Vauxhall. There is also an introduction with tips on solving crosswords from the Dictionary's namesake, crossword expert Anne Bradford.
Buried in Books
A Reader's Anthology
'But how can I live here without my books?' wrote Balthazar Bonifacius Rhodiginus in 1656. 'I really seem to myself crippled and only half myself.' This compilation of literary extracts, quotations and bons mots is a must for all bibliophiles: it comprises more than 350 items describing the most bookish behaviour of the past few hundred years.
A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words
Compliment or complement? Stationary or stationery? This entertaining and sympathetic (or empathetic?) A–Z guide lists common mistakes, with their Embarrassment Rating, an explanation of why they are troublesome and tips on how to avoid perpetrating (or perpetuating?) them.