The Splendor of Birds
Art and Photographs from National Geographic
Throughout its endeavours to advance knowledge of the natural world, the National Geographic Society has created a remarkable archive of paintings and photographs. Hundreds of these images, showcasing the diversity of birds around the world, are reproduced in this large-format portfolio. Dating from 1888 to 2018, they include close ups and in-flight shots, with the majority showing the birds in their natural habitats. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. American spelling.
Visions of Our Solar System
Increasingly sophisticated imaging equipment and probes sent to the outermost reaches of the solar system have amassed a wealth of visual information since the beginning of the space age. Michael Benson has selected the best, often assembling raw black-and-white frames and stitching together multiple views, filtering and re-colouring, to create the crisp detailed images in this portfolio. The chapters cover the Sun and each of the Solar System's planets in turn, from Earth and its Moon to Uranus and Neptune.
Tir a' Mhurain
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
In 1954, when the world was living under the shadow of nuclear war, the acclaimed modernist photographer Paul Strand spent three months among the people of the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, a community whose traditional way of life was under threat from a plan to build an American missile base. This collection of black-and-white portraits of Scottish people, landscapes and architectural details documents his stay.
Scotland for Gardeners
The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres
Arranged by geographical area and illustrated with colour photographs, this comprehensive guide to Scottish gardens includes a detailed description of each location, recommendations on the best time of year to visit and what to look out for, an introduction to the history of gardening in Scotland and information about specialist nurseries, garden centres, wildflower walks and public parks.
The Poor Man's Picture Gallery
Stereoscopy Versus Paintings in the Victorian Era
Popular Victorian paintings were often reproduced as engravings, but photographers also recreated the scenes with actors, to produce stereoscopic cards for commercial sale. Originally published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate Gallery, this slipcased volume explores the relationship between paintings, popular illustrations and cartoons (such as those published in Punch), and 3D stereo photographs. It also includes a stereoscope to view the examples, which are mainly drawn from the collection of Queen guitarist Brian May.
A Year in the Country
Wall Calendar 2020
Late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of country life and work on the land offer a glimpse of the past and Britain’s rural heritage. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
Facing the World
Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
Actually starting long before Rembrandt, with Palma Vecchio (c.1480–1528), this catalogue of 150 self-portraits accompanied a collaborative exhibition by the National Galleries of Scotland and galleries in Karlsruhe and Lyon. After three essays discussing the motivation and progress of the self-portrait from a medieval goldsmith inserting himself in an altar to the ubiquitous selfie, the book brings together an extraordinary range of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, with commentary on each artist and how they pictured themselves.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Then and Now
Pairing photographs taken during the Belle Époque, from around 1870 to 1910, with modern colour photographs of the same locations today, the authors look at how Paris buildings, monuments and streets have fared over the last century or so. Many of the older photographs were commissioned by the city authorities to record the redevelopment of Paris, and they show side streets and outlying districts as well as monumental buildings such as Notre Dame and the Panthéon.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Bletchley Park and Blenheim Palace, Lindisfarne Priory, the Martyrs’ tree in Tolpuddle, and a water pump in Broadwick Street, Soho, are a few of the historically meaningful places that were nominated by the public and selected by Historic England’s experts for the Irreplaceable project. Arranged by ten themes, from science and discovery to protest, the book offers a richly illustrated, multi-faceted history of the country, explored through the landscapes and built environments around us today.
German Photographic Cultures Across the Iron Curtain
From 1955, when Edward Steichen’s touring exhibition The Family of Man opened in West Berlin, and Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel (‘War Primer’) was published in the East, to the 1980s, this study examines five documentary projects by photographers Karl Pawek, Evelyn Richter, Rudolf Schäfer, Bernd and Hilda Becher and Michael Schmidt, looking at their work in relation to a world transformed by the Holocaust and the ideological, cultural and technological impact of the Cold War.
The Nude in Photography
The first photographic nudes of the mid 19th century took their cue from classical sources, but as the medium developed, artists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston developed new ways of looking at the human form. This well-curated survey is drawn from the collection of the J Paul Getty Museum and contains 78 works by artists ranging from Thomas Eakins and Man Ray to Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.
The English Meadow
A Portrait of Country Life
Modern farming almost eliminated meadows from our countryside but these ‘beautiful, therapeutic reservoirs of a unique eco-system’ are now gradually returning. Drawing on the author’s experience of creating and managing a flower meadow, this book surveys different meadow types and the tools, crafts, buildings and wildlife associated with them; it also shows how churchyards, rooftops and roadside verges are helping the resurgence of wild grasses and flowers. Appendices list notable English meadows, rural museums and conservation organizations. Slightly off-mint.
Old England, Scotland & Wales
Drawn from the Francis Frith Collection photographic archive, this volume of over 400 photographs from the period 1865 to 1928 shows urban and rural Britain, people at work and play and tourist attractions such as Stonehenge and Bodiam Castle. The book includes chapters on childhood in Victorian and Edwardian times, the new world of leisure opening up during that period, and the shops and markets in the ‘empire of trade’. Text in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
The Nude in Contemporary Photography
The Erotica series presents selections of the nude work of contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur, from Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan. Each volume contains around 500 photographs, including both monochrome and colour images, mostly reproduced full-page. This second volume in the series presents selections of the nude work of 17 contemporary photographers, with introductory notes on each photographer and a short personal statement. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.
Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR
A Railwayman's Memoirs
Rod Fowkes spent the first 20 years of a long railway career in the London Midland Region and his illustrated memoir recalls operations at the country’s biggest marshalling yard at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, during the 1950s and 1960s.
Classic Modern Traction in Action
Diesels and electrics of the 1950s to the 1980s increasingly kindle nostalgia among railway enthusiasts. Taken during the 1980s, the 150 colour photographs in this collection give a snapshot of the network at that time, with modern traction operating across the country, mostly in BR blue or InterCity liveries; and, as they capture the trains within their working environments, the pictures also reveal changes in lineside features and infrastructure.