Inside the Machine
Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
This survey of commercial art and design created by the electronics industry between 1917 and 1965 to promote its products, traces the development of new components, including valves, transistors and circuit boards, from ‘laboratory to tabletop’. Slightly off-mint.
In 1933, Stephen Tallents, who had been working on posters for the Empire Marketing Board, joined the General Post Office (GPO) to revitalize its public relations and advertising campaigns. He was to become a major patron of art and design, commissioning work by designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Lewitt-Him and Frank Newbould. This volume describes the major personalities and themes of Tallents’s ambitious project.
A Life in Pictures
From his ‘lucky, lucky childhood’, a war baby growing up in his mother’s sweet shop, to experiencing ‘another burst of wonder’ as a grandfather, Michael Foreman tells the story of his life in prose suited to readers young and old, and in pictures from the books he has illustrated. Tracing his career through those story books, Foreman describes his collaborations with writers, especially Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo, who has written the foreword for this charmed life in pictures – and stories.
Graphic Art of the Underground
From the automotive art of ‘Kustom Kulture’ in 1950s' and 1960s' California, through drug-fuelled psychedelic graphics and the cartoons and freak art of illustrators such as Robert Crumb in the underground press, to punk graphics and the ‘lowbrow’ art of West Coast USA, this history uses LP cover art, flyers and concert posters to follow the shifting visual aesthetic and the artistic personalities of the counter-culture up to contemporary indie crafts. Sexually explicit content.
The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction
Movies, Art, Comics, Pulp Magazines, Fiction
The first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, was published in America in 1926, offering adventures that involved imagined but plausible technology. By the 1940s writers such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were proposing fascinating futures that would inspire iconic films in the 1950s and 1960s. This highly illustrated celebration of the genre charts its milestones from the novels of Jules Verne and HG Wells to Star Wars through pulp fiction, comic books, novels and movies.
The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Leonard S Marcus, a distinguished historian of children's literature, presents a short biography of Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886), illustrated with a great collection of his work, including many previously unpublished drawings. From doodling in the margins of his schoolbooks to his tragically early death, the book traces the career of the 'man who invented the modern picture book' and whose dynamic visual storytelling was to influence later illustrators, notably Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak. Slightly off-mint.
One Lump or Two
Tea, Twinings and Edward Bawden
During the 1920s and 1930s, Edward Bawden was commissioned to produce advertising illustrations for Twinings tea and coffee; drawings that were to accompany limericks by AJA Symons, the well-known author, dandy and epicure. As well as reproducing Bawden's advertisements and other drawings for tea companies, this tall, thin volume contains an essay by Peyton Skipwith and A Short History of Tea, originally issued by the Empire Tea Market Expansion Board in 1936.
Postcards of Lost Royals
Beginning with a photograph of the future Edward VIII posing with his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, this intriguing collection of postcards tells the stories of royals who lost their thrones – and sometimes, like Tsar Nicholas II and Maximilian I of Mexico, their lives – through revolution, war, the abolition of monarchies or abdication during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of a series surveying 20th century history, political iconography and propaganda through contemporary images, these 50 postcards are reproduced, with short commentaries, from originals in the John Fraser Collection at the Bodleian Library.
Try It! Buy It!
Drawn from the unrivalled collection of the British Library, this collection of over 200 newspaper, magazine and poster advertisements, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, celebrates the art and imagination of advertisers selling everything from Crane's liver pills and Scrubb's Ammonia ('try it in your bath') to ocean cruises. Among the long-forgotten embrocations and gas valves are brands that are with us still – among them, Pears' Soap, Marmite, Guinness and Bird's Custard ('makes children sturdy!').
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
The Life and Works of Alfred Bestall
Illustrator of Rupert Bear
Alfred Edmeades Bestall (1892–1986) is best known as the illustrator of Rupert Bear's adventures from 1935 to 1965. This biography, written by his god-daughter, who inherited his early work, diaries and journals, reveals the true breadth of Bestall's work and reproduces artworks for Tatler and other magazines, book illustrations and watercolours as well as Rupert pictures. The second half of the book comprises Bestall's sketchbooks and journals from Wales, Egypt, the Middle East and Europe. Foreword by Sir Paul McCartney. Off-mint.
Postcards from Utopia
The Art of Political Propaganda
Lenin working alongside subbotnik 'volunteers', Hitler in the shining armour of a Teutonic knight, a young girl soldier armed with the Thoughts of Chairman Mao during China's Cultural Revolution: through images such as these – creative artworks rather than the reality of photographs – communists and fascists marketed their visions of the perfect state. Part of series surveying 20th century history, political iconography and propaganda through contemporary images, these 50 postcards are reproduced, with short commentaries, from originals in the John Fraser Collection at the Bodleian Library.
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.