A Game by Martin Wallace
In this revised edition of the classic card-based game, players must think strategically to rebuild the city following the Great Fire – the cost of creating monuments, rehousing people and generating commerce must be repaid before the game ends. The 121 cards feature coloured artwork of famous locations and buildings; a game board and tokens are included. 2–4 players. Young adult.
Fantasy Flock 1000 Piece Puzzle
Designed by renowned artist and naturalist Julie Zickfoose, this 1,000-piece jigsaw features seven migratory birds of America in flight, against a dramatic backdrop of cumulonimbus cloud that highlights the perils of their journeys. Chosen specifically by the artist for their beauty and diversity, the species that are shown include the scissor-tailed flycatcher, black-headed grosbeak and hooded warbler.
Adrian Allinson: Windsor Castle
500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
With Windsor Castle in the distance, an idyllic riverside scene in the foreground and detailed travel instructions, the 1934 poster shown on this jigsaw was one of many designed to entice Londoners to use public transport to explore the attractions beyond the city centre.
River, Wood, Heath and Down
Created by Rosemary and Clifford Ellis, former Head of the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, the images on these 20 blank notecards represent the first of their many posters for London Transport. The designs (five of each) feature a bird associated with each of the four habitats: a heron, a woodpecker, an owl and a kestrel.
Richard T Cooper: The Londoner's Transport Throughout the Ages
Beginning with horse-drawn carriages and progressing to buses, trains and the Underground, this 1,000-piece jigsaw shows how transport has changed. It includes a frameable print of the image, which was created in 1928 by artist Richard T. Cooper.
London Zoo Art for London Transport
A Book of Postcards
Designed to encourage the use of public transport to visit the zoo, the 30 posters reproduced in this postcard collection feature a range of exotic animals, from aquatic creatures to those of the jungle, as well as information about the closest stations.
Dora Batty: Whitsuntide in the Countryside
Best known for her graphic illustrations, Dora Batty’s posters for London Transport were designed to encourage people to spend their holidays in the countryside surrounding the city. This 500-piece jigsaw is one of many such posters now available as a jigsaw.
Art for London Transport
A Folio of Notecards
The influential graphic artist Edward Kauffer (1890–1954) is perhaps best remembered for the artwork he created for the London Underground. Two of his poster designs, Flowers of the Hills and Flowers o' the Corn, feature in this 10 notecard and envelope folio.
Long Distance Walker's Notebook
‘I like to write about my walks and by doing so live them over again,’ wrote Alfred Wainwright: inspired by the great fell-walker and reproducing his drawings from books such as the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells and the Pennine Way Companion, this notebook is a great encouragement to record your own expeditions. The book includes brief, up-to-date information for walkers and lists long distance walks in the UK, Europe and North America. Off-mint.
RHS Colouring Diary
This perpetual diary is ideal for keeping track of gardening tasks and what bloomed when. The book features full-colour reproductions of paintings from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library, along with black and white line drawings to colour and create your own artworks.
22 Posters of Inspirational Architecture
London’s post-war Brutalist and Modernist buildings represent a utopian vision for better living and the geometric purity of their design is emphasized in this collection of striking colour artworks. Among the buildings included are Lasdun’s Sulkin House and Seifert’s NLA Tower.
Featuring Christian Lacroix’s iconic Butterfly Parade design, this couture A4 hardback notebook is ideal to use as a journal, photograph album or scrapbook. It features 128 un-ruled pages, die-cut endpapers, silver and gold gilded page edges and a chevron striped ribbon marker.
British Library Maps Writing Set
Spanning half the globe, from Britain and Europe, eastward to the coast of California, the map reproduced in shades of cream and grey on these textured cards dates from the era when Australia was ‘New Holland’ and India was ‘Hindoostan’. The map also lines the envelopes and covers the rigid, lidded box. Twelve cards with ungummed envelopes.
The Grammar of Spice
In her book The Grammar of Spice, Caz Hildebrand matches spices to patterns drawn from Owen Jones’s sourcebook, The Grammar of Ornament (1856). These cards feature the patterns for 16 different spices. The cards and white envelopes are presented in a blue and ochre card box.
100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles
Touring, mountain, road and recumbent bicycles, BMX bikes, tandems and folding bikes... Each of 100 modern-era bicycles is photographed against an immaculate white background for these semi-matt postcards. There are technical details on the reverse sides and the whole set is contained in a smart red and white card box.
The National Gallery: Masterpieces
20 Cards to Pull Out and Send
The National Gallery in London houses one of the world’s greatest art collections and this book of pull-out postcards presents 20 of its finest masterpieces. Among the paintings reproduced on these good quality matt cards are the Madonna and child with a host of angels from The Wilton Diptych (1395–9), Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus (1601) and Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers (1888).
The National Gallery Landscapes
20 Cards to Pull Out and Send
This set of postcards features high quality, matt reproductions of some of the finest landscape paintings in the National Gallery’s collection, including works by Edouard Manet, Georges Seurat, JMW Turner, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and John Constable.
Hight Street Ravilious Notecards
These larger size notecards (5"x7") feature reproductions of 'Letter Makers' and 'Cheesemonger', two shop fronts from High Street, a book of lithographs by Eric Ravilious with text by architectural historian JM Richards, originally published by Country Life Books in 1938. The set comprises four of each design, with envelopes.
The Black Cat Notebook
Published in 1905, the original Black Cat Book was a volume of children’s rhymes by Walter Copeland, teeming with black cats and kittens drawn by the English illustrator Charles Robinson (1870 –1937). The cats are restricted to the covers and endpapers in this notebook, leaving the lined pages free for your thoughts.
Fantastic Forgeries: Paint Like Van Gogh
A Step-by-Step Course to Painting Van Gogh's Classic Artworks
Each of the eight tutorials in this art techniques guide is an extended dissection of a famous Van Gogh composition, with a list of required materials and colours, a drawing template and illustrated instructions for each step of the painting process (Sunflowers has 32 steps illustrated). Also included are The Bedroom, Wheatfield with Crows and Fishing Boats on the Beach.
I Like Birds: Greetings Cards
There are four striking bird designs in this set of greetings cards – Oystercatchers, Puffins, Gannets, and Stilt and Stints. The 15x15cm cards are blank inside, for use on any occasion and have matching envelopes in four colours. Presented in a sturdy card box, there are 16 cards in total. There is no glue on the envelopes.
A Kew Colouring Frieze
Sue Mason’s finely drawn frieze takes us on a colouring-in journey through the exotic habitats where wild animals roam and spice plants grow – tamarind and giraffes in tropical Africa, vanilla and iguana in Central America, cardamom and peacocks in Sri Lanka, and six more scenes of animals and the spices’ foliage and flowers in a continuous, pull-out frieze.
Can you rise to the challenge of dot-to-dot puzzles in three dimensions? Here are 30 views of city life, famous buildings and spectacular skyscrapers, each made up of around 800 dots in three colours. When you have joined all the dots, you can put on the 3D glasses (they come with the book) and view your masterpiece in three dimensions. Off-mint.
Extreme Maze Challenges to Complete and Color
With three inventive puzzle types – Bridge, Multi-floor, and Warp – these large and intricate mazes will challenge the most experienced solver, and in case you complete them in record time, these complex shapes can also be coloured in. Fortunately, there are solutions at the back of the book.
Icons of Style
Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Françoise Hardy and Debbie Harry are among 20 women – film stars, models, musicians and a president’s wife – who have turned heads and set trends. Their portraits are reproduced in black and white or colour in this set of good quality, semi-matt postcards, presented in a pink paper wallet.
Royal Horticultural Society: In Bloom Writing Set
Decorated with illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library – a delicate pink flower on the writing paper and a small purple spray on the envelopes – this set consists of 32 sheets of fine quality paper, with 16 matching white envelopes in a traditional folding case of decorated card.
Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags
This set of wrapping papers revisits the 1950s with strong, colourful designs that are now enjoying something of a revival. There are ten folded sheets (680x480mm when unfolded) in ten different designs, with perforations for easy removal and twelve co-ordinating gift tags.
London 36 Postcards
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.
Floral Patterns of India
Gift Wrapping Paper
Taking inspiration from the decorative arts of India as illustrated in Henry Wilson’s The Floral Patterns of India (2016), this book comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper in ten different designs, along with matching gift tags. Unfolded, the sheets measure 680x480mm and are perforated for easy removal.
Floral Patterns of India
Gift Labels, Stickers & Tape
With more than 300 designs reproduced from Henry Wilson’s The Floral Patterns of India (2016), adapted for self-adhesive tape strips, round stickers and oblong gift tags, and printed in many different colours, this book provides the finishing touches for gifts, whether you are using plain coloured wrapping paper or matching Indian designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remarkable Plants Five-Year Journal
With hard covers featuring Parrot Tulips from Album van Eeden (1872) and bound in dark green linen, this attractive five-year journal is based on Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World by Helen and William Bynum and is lavishly illustrated with drawings and prints from the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 12 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 ten sheets of wrapping paper (folded) with ten matching gift tags.
The Book of Kells Postcards
With one of the manuscript’s many depictions of Christ with a peacock on the cover, this boxed set contains 30 high-quality postcards, each showing a different detail 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.
Eric Ravilious Piccadilly Circus Writing Set
Piccadilly Circus is one of the Boat Race Day series of ceramic decoration designed by Eric Ravilious for Josiah Wedgwood and Sons in the late 1930s and now in the Wedgwood Museum. The oval picture is reproduced on the wallet, while the writing paper is pale cream with a tiny Eros at the top, and white on the reverse.
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.
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.
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.
Based on Original Fuji, Meguro, one of the most popular prints from 100 Views of Edo by Ando Higoshige (1797–1858), a delicately coloured Japanese landscape embossed on foil provides the cover of this notebook. It is one of a luxurious series with 176 ruled pages of cream paper, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.