The Banknote Book
Volume 2: Gabon – Nicaragua
Replacing the old Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, the three volumes of Spink’s Banknote Book provide novices as well as experienced collectors with detailed information on each country’s banknotes, with colour images of the notes (front and back), bank officials’ signatures, notes on the national monetary system and valuations. Altogether the volumes cover over 200 countries, including British dependencies, but not the United Kingdom itself.
The Banknote Book
Volume 1: Abyssinia – French Sudan
Replacing the old Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, the three volumes of Spink’s Banknote Book provide novices as well as experienced collectors with detailed information on each country’s banknotes, with colour images of the notes (front and back), bank officials’ signatures, notes on the national monetary system and valuations. Altogether the volumes cover over 200 countries, including British dependencies, but not the United Kingdom itself. This first volume includes the introduction.
The World Mapped Like Never Before
In 50 world maps that ‘distil innumerable terabytes of data’ and ‘millions of hours of expertise’, this atlas describes natural phenomena – Asteroid Strikes, Solar Energy, or Ants – and human artefacts and activities as varied as Undersea Cables, Guns and Twitter Relationships. Whether showing Bird Diversity or Happiness, these innovative maps illuminate the interconnectedness of nature and society: in Bonnett’s own example, the Ocean Rubbish map portrays the seas’ natural circulatory systems as well as our throwaway culture. Off-mint.
How to Sound Really Clever
600 Words You Need to Know
The sequel to How to Sound Clever, this compendium presents over 600 useful and slightly more unusual words. Each entry is presented with clear definitions and guidance on pronunciation and usage, along with the word’s linguistic roots and everyday examples. Associated idioms such as ‘feet of clay’ are explored through stories from history, mythology and daily life.
Ring a Ring O'Roses
The Origins and Meanings of Old Rhymes
From the simple explanation of ‘Jack be nimble, Jack be quick’ to the impenetrable nonsense of ‘Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle’, Diana Ferguson presents familiar nursery rhymes, discusses their origins and interpretation and reveals the often multiple identities of characters such as Little Tommy Tucker and Lucy Locket.
The World's Heritage
The Definitive Guide to All 1007 World Heritage Sites
UNESCO's 'guide to the world’s most extraordinary places' presents all 1,007 sites on the World Heritage List, first mapped by continent, then arranged chronologically by the year in which they were inscribed on the List. From the Galápagos Islands (added 1978) to the rich biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (added 2014), the guide covers a remarkable range of monuments and landscapes, with cultural, natural and mixed sites, each described individually and the majority shown in photographs.
Collins Easy Learning Italian Dictionary
Designed specifically for anyone starting to learn Italian, this dictionary has several invaluable features for the novice. As well as clearly laid out headwords, translations and examples of usage in the Italian–English, English–Italian listings, there are sections on pronunciation, Italian verbs and ‘Italian in Action’, which includes lists of common words and phrases and information on topics such as writing letters, email and texts.
When the Earth was Flat
All the Bits of Science We Got Wrong
Alchemists in search of gold; palaeontologists in search of a specious ‘missing link’ in the evolutionary chain; troops breaking step on bridges: Graeme Donald delves into the history of these and many other instances of scientific wrong-headedness, tracing the perpetrators and explaining how they got it wrong. He also debunks a plethora of popular beliefs, from opera singers breaking glass to suicidal lemmings.
How to Read Water
Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
The ripple pattern around a stone in a pond exactly mirrors the pattern around an island in the ocean. Pacific Islanders can navigate using such ‘ripple maps’. In this guide to understanding the behaviour of water, Tristan Gooley explains how ripples and currents, colour and light, tides and the abundance of organic life can help us divine what is happening on, around and to different bodies of water.
The Times Atlas of Britain
Clear, authoritative and comprehensive, this first atlas of Britain to be published for 40 years gives an exceptionally accurate view of every part of the United Kingdom. National maps of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are supplemented by detailed maps of every county, and plans of major cities. The atlas includes up-to-date information on administrative divisions, population, climate, economic activity and energy production, while superb colour photographs and historical maps convey the nation’s culture and traditions. No jacket. Slightly off-mint.