Despite its proximity to London, Hertfordshire retains its own character and history. Aimed at residents and visitors, this alphabetical guide describes the city of St Albans, the new town of Welwyn Garden City, stately homes such as Hatfield House, charming villages, and local personalities such as George Bernard Shaw, Graham Greene and Laurence Olivier.
Know-It-All: Classical Music
The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers and Forms, Each Explained in Under a Minute
This primer begins with the development of early polyphony from plainsong before moving through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras to the Minimalism of today. It explains the predominant forms of each era, from the motet to the symphony; summarises the achievements of major composers; and presents profiles of contemporary performers.
The Art Book
Big Ideas Simply Explained
From prehistoric fertility figures and cave paintings through the medieval and Renaissance periods and up to the modern sculpture of Louise Bourgeois, this volume presents an overview of the major artistic movements. Illustrated examples of each genre are accompanied by explanations of their place in art history and notes on significant artists. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Gin Dictionary
An A–Z of All Things Gin, from Juniper Berries to the G&T
From the ins and outs of ABV to how to mix a good Zanzibar, this comprehensive, illustrated guide to the world of gin includes entries on popular ingredients for flavouring the spirit, varieties from around the world and an array of renowned cocktail recipes including the French 75, the Negroni and the Gimlet.
The Cannabis Dictionary
Everything you Need to Know About Cannabis, from Health and Science to THC and CBD
As more countries and states start to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, this guide by a respected journalist gives a brief introduction to the subject and an A–Z of key information, including cultivation, cannabidiol and varieties of the plant. The book also explores marijuana’s potential societal and psychological impact, and the expanding role of big business.
Organized alphabetically by designer, this volume presents images and brief notes about 340 iconic sofas, from the modernist and geometric designs of Alvar Aalto and Walter Gropius in the early 20th century to Studio 65’s bright red Dalí-inspired ‘Bocca’ (lips) of 1970 and the sculptural forms created recently by Zaha Hadid.
The Definitive Encyclopedia of Three-Wheeled Vehicles from 1940 to Date
Since the earliest days of motoring, trikes have been manufactured by companies as varied as Reliant, Harley Davidson, Isetta and Messerschmitt. This A–Z reference book tells the story of an unusual branch of the motoring world, with over 1,600 illustrations of 1,122 different designs, including bubble cars, tuk tuks, and high speed models as well as flying and amphibious vehicles.
The Dictionary of Mythology
An A–Z of Themes, Legends and Heroes
From Scandinavia to the Pacific Islands, ancient cultures around the world have developed rich mythologies to answer humans’ most fundamental questions. This abridgement of Coleman’s sizeable reference work focuses on recurring themes, such as the significance of twins, dogs and rainbows in different belief systems. It also covers the mass of stories clustered around specific legendary figures, especially King Arthur, and events including Creation and the Trojan War.
Encyclopedia of Herb Gardening
Intended to inspire both novice and experienced horticulturalists, this illustrated volume explains how to create a herb garden, whether in a window box or on a grander scale. It covers every stage of the process – from the initial planning and design, via soil preparation and choosing appropriate plants and tools, to successfully maintaining the space – and offers advice on preserving, storing and using herbs. Barcode on front of book.
Spanning 13.8 billion years, Big History brings together science and humanities to trace the progress of the universe across eight thresholds: the Big Bang, the birth of stars, forging of elements, planet formation, the emergence of life, human evolution, the development of civilizations and, finally, the rise of industry. Each topic within this vast sweep is explained in over 150 concise, richly illustrated double-page spreads, and the book ends with timelines of world history.
Appetite for Definition
An A–Z Guide to Rock Genres
Since the 1950s, when the term ‘rock and roll’ came into common use, more than 200 distinct rock genres have been named. King’s guide explores the branches of this ‘family tree’, with recommended crossover tracks illustrating the genres’ interconnections. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Vonnegut Encyclopedia
Revised and Updated Edition
Best known for his satirical novel Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) created a large body of work over five decades. This alphabetical guide explains his complex web of interconnected characters, concepts and settings, and includes an introduction by Vonnegut himself. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.