An Imperfect Science
Opened in 2019, the Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum, London, bring together the personal collection of Henry Wellcome and the Museum’s own medical holdings to provide the world’s most extensive display of the history of medicine. Arranged in ten chapters that reflect the interests of the curators, the book covers topics including protheses, military medicine, iron lungs and psychiatry, and illustrates artefacts as diverse as moles’ feet amulets (to ward off cramp) and a 21st century athlete’s running blade.
Schirmer's Complete Rhyming Dictionary
‘Rhymes’, wrote WH Auden, ‘are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household.’ In this dictionary, designed for songwriters and poets, Paul Zollo presents an amazing 96,000 of them in three parts for one-, two-, and three-syllable rhymes, with each section arranged alphabetically according to vowel sounds. There is also an introduction to their use and the various rhyming schemes.
The Impossible Zoo
An Encylopedia of Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Monsters
Folklore and mythology are full of fantastical creatures that never existed but still exert a powerful hold on our imaginations. This A–Z catalogue of fabulous zoology surveys humanity’s attempts to understand the natural and supernatural worlds through fictitious giant beasts, shape changers and composite monsters, including mermaids, manticores and those (such as the unicorn) that were engendered by misdescriptions of real animals. Off-mint.
A Dialect Atlas of England
The 200 pronunciation maps in this volume are based on the material of the Survey of English Dialects, which was collected from over 300 localities between 1948 and 1961. The maps follow a simple system for indicating pronunciations based on common sounds of the ordinary letters of the English alphabet, and are accompanied by an introduction to the language of dialects, a key to pronunciation, maps showing county boundaries and a general index.
En Cyclo Pedia
Everything You Need to Know About Cycling, from the Essential to the Obscure
International bicycle culture is celebrated in this stylishly illustrated A–Z of facts and stories. Entries range from how Brooks’s upmarket saddles are made to performance-enhancing drugs and the colour of a race leader’s jersey (not always yellow).
Complete Bike Book
A range of bikes designed for different purposes are examined in this comprehensive reference manual, including futuristic carbon fibre track racing bikes, fold-up commuter models and various types of mountain bike. Also covered are riding techniques, from efficient pedalling and safe cornering to coping with traffic; expert tips and tactics for racers and off-roaders; health, fitness and nutrition advice; and a comprehensive section on repair and maintenance, with illustrated, step-by-step tutorials.
The Eponym Dictionary of Birds
Written by the authors of Whose Bird, but greatly expanded to list both scientific as well as vernacular birds’ names, the Dictionary has over 4,100 entries and covers more than 10,000 genera, species and subspecies. It provides brief details of the eponymous names – including steel magnates and princes along with the explorers, scientists and ornithologists – from Aagaard (the Buffy Fish Owl, Ketupa ketupa aagaardi) to Zusi (Bogota Surnangel, Helioangelus zusii).
The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers
From Bjarne Aas (1886–1969), the great Norwegian designer of International Rule boats, to Douglas Zurn (b.1963), whose 2003 high-tech, Kevlar-epoxy 34z set new speed and fuel efficiency standards, the Encyclopedia presents an A–Z of some 500 yacht designers, illustrated with over 600 photographs and drawings of their most notable boats.
The Archaeological Excavation Dictionary
If you are digging abroad, or digging with foreign archaeologists, the Dictionary will help with many language difficulties: it translates over 2,000 words associated with excavation and survey into eight languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish and Arabic.
A Temple of Trivia Lists and Curious Words
Needing a break from his day job as a poet, Roddy Lumsden started the Vitamin Q website of puzzles, quizzes, lists etc in 2002 and after a while decided to publish a Vitamin Q book. This is it – with lists and curiosities such as alternatives to the Hare Krishna chant of ‘Call out Gouranga, be happy!’, 20 English rivers with creature names, 40 traditional British sweets that used to be sold in jars and 16 rules for square dancing (c.1875). A gift for pub quiz setters.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
Covering the origins, history and botany of raw ingredients and their culinary uses, this authoritative reference work begins with general chapters on the growing, harvesting and trading of foods. The main part of the Encyclopedia is an illustrated directory of edible plants describing almost 500 plant species in sections on fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs and spices, plants used in beverages, and sugars and oils. Finally, the reference section provides nutritional tables, a glossary and index.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects
From dolls to dog jackets and sarongs to shower curtains, this well-illustrated and comprehensive compendium presents over 150 projects suitable for all skill levels. Basic techniques are explained for hand and machine sewing as well as other craft skills, and glossaries of fabric, threads and tools are included. The accompanying CD contains full-size clothes patterns and templates that can be printed out.
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings
The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
The history of ancient Israel is told through the biographies of 83 leaders, from the founder Abraham (c.1450 BCE) and his son Isaac to Herod Agrippa, who died in 44 CE when the region was under Roman occupation. Seeking to reveal the historical figures behind the familiar names and traditional stories, Rogerson discusses debates about the accuracy and interpretation of the biblical accounts and the insights provided by other ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. Off-mint.
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').
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.
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 wealth 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.
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+
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Great Stories from History for Every Day of the Year
Some dates, such as the Ides of March, are especially well remembered as the occasion of world-changing events, but this book demonstrates that every day of the year is the anniversary of at least one notable incident - from the birth of Mata Hari (March 13th) and the death of Leonardo da Vinci (May 2nd) to the abdication of the last Roman emperor (September 4th) and the opening of the Suez Canal (November 17th). Off-mint.
A–Z of Arabic-English–Arabic Translation
This guide to common grammatical, lexical and semantic issues in Arabic translation is suitable for classroom use by university students and as a reference work for professional translators. The authors highlight common pitfalls in working both from English to Arabic and from Arabic to English, suggesting strategies for effective translation, offering guidance on correct usage and discussing idiomatic expressions in both languages. Each problem is illustrated with examples drawn from contemporary literature and media texts.
A Dictionary of Christian Denominations
Contrary to Jesus' wish that his followers 'may all be one', Christianity has become, over time, ever more schismatic. This dictionary provides information on over 1,000 significant denominations and movements, ranging from the mainstream historical churches to heretical sects that flourished briefly in the third or fourth centuries and groups that sprang up around charismatic leaders in the 19th and 20th centuries.