Magnum Photos: London
These iconic images from photographic agency Magnum span more than 80 years and reflect diverse aspects of life in London, from red buses and the excited crowd watching the 1937 coronation parade to a tranquil morning swim in Hampstead in 2014. The collection includes work by such celebrated photographers as Robert Capa, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold and Martin Parr.
A Puzzling Colour by Numbers Book
There are 20 portraits of cats in this book of Querkles; they are hidden in puzzles made up of hundreds of overlapping circles, the segments of which have been numbered from 1–5. All you have to do is colour or shade the circles and segments, making 1s the darkest and 5s the lightest, to reveal your feline work of art.
Charles Paine: Art for London Transport
In the early 1920s, Charles Paine (1895–1967) designed iconic posters for the London Underground and the tram service. These semi-matt notecards feature reproductions of the illustrations from posters for the Zoo, Kingston, Hampton Court and Hampstead Heath, which are now in the London Transport Museum’s collection. 20 blank notecards with white envelopes.
Colouring from Nature
Dating back to the 1870s, and familiar to generations of French schoolchildren, the Deyrolle educational charts show varieties of plants and animals, from butterflies and mushrooms to cereal crops and silkworms. This book presents 60 of the best-known colour posters with 60 black-and-white illustrations inspired by them, to colour in.
Map of the World 1000 Piece Puzzle
Based on a vintage bihemispheric map of the world with collaged images evoking the adventure of travel, this absorbing puzzle measures 20 x 27" when complete. The pieces are made from at least 90 per cent recycled paper, and are packaged in a sturdy 8½ x 10 x 2⅛" box. Not suitable for children under three years of age. Age 6+
Cooper Hewitt Object of the Day
Drawing on the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, these semi-matt postcards show 30 everyday or decorative objects as diverse as cutlery and typewriters, with information about the designs on the reverse of the ‘stub’ photographs to keep.
The Kama Sutra Colouring Book
A compendium of advice on love, sex and family life, the Hindu text known as the Kama Sutra was probably compiled in the second century CE from earlier texts, and it is best known for its practical advice about sexual positions. This adult colouring book provides intricate line drawings based on illustrations of those chapters. Sexually explicit.
Albion's Glorious Ile
The Shyres of England & Wales in IV Volumes
Each of these four volumes begins with verses from Poly-Olbion – a 17th-century poem by Michael Drayton – accompanied by black-and-white maps of the various regions of England, showing geographical features represented by gods, nymphs and faeries. These are colouring books, but not in the contemporary sense: the black-line images should be carefully washed over with watercolours, according to cartographic tradition. Slipcased.
RHS Peonies and Butterflies Postcards
Presented in a sturdy, drawer-type box, these large postcards (160x115mm) feature 30 different designs based on illustrations in the RHS Lindley Library. While most of the postcards depict two or more peonies in shades of white, pink and red and a variety of butterflies, a few have an all-over design of smaller flowers and butterflies.
Based on a design by Molly McGrath, whose inspirations are the geometry, colours and curves of Moroccan architecture, this notebook has a black, laser-cut board forming a lattice over the vivid pink, orange and pale-green cover. The 128 pages are lined in neon orange, with orange endpapers and decoration at the foot of each page.
Tails from the Booth Notecards
Mutt Shots in a Flash
Enjoying the conceit that canine pals or partners might go into a photo booth to have their mug shots taken, this amusingly styled set provides twelve different photostrips of dogs posing for the camera, with notecards on which to mount them and write a message or greeting, and matching envelopes.
Tails from the Booth
Set of 3 Notebooks
What happens when you put two dogs in a photo booth? Lynn Terry tried it and the result, Tails from the Booth (2015), became a huge success. Here some of the canine mug shots adorn the covers and (in sepia tone) the pages of three notebooks: one plain paper, one lined, one squared.
Super Mario Bros Notecards
12 Die-Cut Notecards
The ultra-low 8-bit resolution of the original Super Mario Bros game of 1985 provides the retro artwork for this set of twelve notecards featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. The cards can be transformed into self-standing cutouts and come with matching envelopes.
Reproduced from Fifty English Steeples by Julian Flannery, 16 pristine, meticulously accurate line drawings celebrate some of the finest medieval parish church towers and spires in England. Each of the high-quality, matt, pale-cream cards (white inside) has a different tower or spire. They are presented in a pale cream and purple box, with white envelopes.
Patterns of India
Three motifs – of flowers, lotus blooms and tassels – from Henry Wilson’s Pattern and Ornament in the Art of India (2012) are featured on the covers of these notebooks. The notebooks have 64 pages; one has ruled paper, one is plain, and the smaller notebook is also plain.
Herbarium Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with Gift Tags
The wrapping papers in this set were inspired by the colourful and almost abstract illustrations of herbs in Caz Hildebrand’s book Herbarium (2016). It comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper, all different designs, folded into the book and perforated to tear out easily, plus matching gift tags.
Decorated Papers Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 10 Gift Tags
Reproduced from An Anthology of Decorated Papers by PJM Marks (2015), these ten richly ornamented and marbled papers, originally used by bookbinders, are now held in the British Library. The book contains 10 sheets of wrapping paper (folded) with 10 matching gift tags.
The covers of these notebooks feature three decorated papers from the British Library collection: a late 19th century blue and white Japanese block printing; a colourful, dynamic example of 20th century European marbling; and an early 20th century Italian block printing in blue, black and gold. There are two larger notebooks (one lined, one plain) and a plain pocket-size book.
Cats in Movies
A frantic tabby flees down the runway in North by Northwest; the marmalade Lawrence of Arabia with startling blue eyes leads the way across the desert... These notecards feature ‘stills’ from 20 great movies, all with feline stars. The paintings by the very distinctive cat artist Susan Herbert (1945–2014) are drawn from her bestselling Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats (2015). There are 20 blank notecards with envelopes. Boxed.
The Book of Kells Postcards
With one of the manuscript’s many depictions of Christ with a peacock on the cover, this boxed set of high quality postcards shows 30 details from The Book of Kells, including miniature paintings of creatures among the lines of script, examples of the fine calligraphy and ornate initials, complex patterns, and portraits of biblical figures.
100 Faber Postcards
Selected from the Faber Archive, 100 classic book covers are reproduced in this boxed set of postcards. One could have fun thinking of who to send Lord of the Flies to, and when might Anyone Can Cook be appropriate; or you could simply admire the distinctive cover designs and lettering by artists including Edward Bawden, Charles Mozley, Edward Ardizzone, David Jones, Barnett Freedman and Berthold Wolpe.
Classic Comic Postcards
20 Cards to Colour and Send
Lonely Heart, Captain Atom or Adventures into Darkness... All kinds of mayhem are featured in these prints from classic American comics of the 1950. They have been chosen as likely subjects for colouring in, but look striking as they are in black and white. The book contains 20 large-size (170x120mm), snap out postcards.
Gift Wrapping Paper Book
With their imaginative, modern designs, high-quality paper and careful printing, these wrapping papers will make presents look very special, but they are also suitable for all kinds of craft projects. Each book contains an introduction and 12 large sheets (50x70cm) of wrapping paper - one each of 12 designs - folded into the book and easily removed along perforations.
Gift Wrap French Flowers
These books contain wrapping papers that are well-printed, semi-gloss reproductions of period fabric designs: paisley motifs from 19th-century Scotland; traditional American quilt designs; French ‘Fauve' birds and butterflies from the 1920s, lush floral designs, and intricate floral patterns from provincial France. Each book contains 10 folded sheets of 10 different designs(50x70cm) and information on their artistic context. Text in English, French and German.
Vincent Van Gogh
Make Your Own Art Masterpiece
With this colouring book you can take inspiration from van Gogh's paintings to create your own unique artwork. Choose from landscapes, street scenes, interiors and portraits, including Self-Portrait With a Bandaged Ear, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and Starry Night Over the Rhone. The book also provides a brief biography, captions and a guide to the colours originally used in each painting.
Make Your Own Art Masterpiece
In this book, the intricate Art Nouveau works of Alphonse Mucha have been adapted into 45 detailed line drawings that you can colour yourself, choosing either to copy the original or produce your own interpretation. Each picture is accompanied by a sample section of the original painting, and the pages are perforated so your creations can be easily removed and framed.
Heraldry: Coats of Arms, Crests and Seals
A Colouring Book
In this book a wide range of historic coats of arms, crests and seals are presented in outline form, ready for you to colour in. There are over 90 outline drawings, labelled with the names of the original holders of the arms, but the choice of colours is up to you.
Gift Wrap: Paisley
A simple way to make your gift wrapping a work of art is to use paper designed by an artist. This book contains wrapping papers that are well-printed, semi-gloss reproductions of variations of the paisley pattern that were designed in 19th-century France and Scotland, and sport the distinctive teardrop motif. With introductions to the patterns' artistic context in English, German and French; and 10 folded sheets of 10 different designs (50x70cm).
Queen Elizabeth II
From bridesmaid to great-grandmother, this selection of photographs from the Press Association archives presents scenes from the life of possibly the most photographed woman in the world: Queen Elizabeth II. The photographs span a period of 80 years, from 1931 to 2011, and are mostly informal, whether Her Majesty is trooping the colour or the corgis. 20 snap out postcards.
A Book of Days
Every page embellished with medieval ornament and miniatures from manuscripts in the British Library collections, this Book of Days can be used to record birthdays, anniversaries and annual events. It is arranged with one week to one page, always with a facing painting. The cover shows the Annunciation, set in a field of flowers, from the 15th century Book of Hours, Use of Sarum.
Mackintosh: Rose Motif
The stylized cabbage rose was a favourite motif of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, appearing in designs such as the glazed doors in the Glasgow School of Art. The motif decorates the embossed foil cover of this journal - one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Mucha: Summer 1896
In Alphonse Mucha's Seasons (1896) series of colour lithographs, Summer is represented by a girl wearing scarlet poppies in her dark hair. She is magnificently reproduced on the embossed foil covers of this journal – one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Steinlen: Tournée du Chat Noir
With a gold, scarlet and black cover based on Theophile Steinlen's original poster for Le Chat Noir – the first ever cabaret, opened by Rodolphe Salis in Paris in 1881 – this is one of a series of journals that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.