The Times Desktop Atlas of the World
With over 110 pages of beautifully clear mapping, the Desktop Atlas provides the authority, outstanding quality and attention to detail of all Times atlases in a convenient, smaller format. The world and regional maps are accompanied by thematic sections including the list of states and territories with statistics of area, population etc; maps and statistical information on the continents and oceans; and world surveys of climate, environment, population and telecommunications; plus a comprehensive index of places. No jacket.
The Language Wars
A History of Proper English
For centuries bitter arguments have raged over the correct usage of English, with ideas of correctness often having more to do with morality and politics than language itself. In a witty, combative and thought-provoking book, Hitchings presents the most persistent disputes, asking where ideas of 'proper' English have come from and assessing their implications for our relationships, work and freedoms.
The Art of Discovery
Johann Burckhardt's discovery of Petra in 1812; Henri Mouhot overwhelmed by his first sight of the temples of Angkor Wat; the search for the elusive source of the Nile; or retracing a vanishing Route 66 across the USA... These are among the 20 journeys of discovery described here and accompanied by full-page reproductions of the maps that inspired or led the adventurers. 'With a map anything is possible,' writes Matteoli. 'We open it as we would a novel.'
The Marriage Feast at Cana
A jewel-like miniature, surrounded by colourful foliage with birds and drolleries, The Marriage Feast at Cana is from a 15th century Book of Hours from Savoy. The illumination is magnificently reproduced in colour 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.
The Illustrated Book of Children's Verse
This anthology is in four parts - fable poems, animal poems, bedtime poems and poems of the natural world - and includes such famous works as Lear's Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The Tyger by Blake and Robert Louis Stevenson's Land of Counterpane, illustrated by 19th century paintings of children and animals. The cover shows the girl and peacocks from A Moorish Garden by Frederick Leighton. Age 10+
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.
The Usual Suspects
and Other Cliches
Cliches: over-used, abused, and sniffed at by school teachers - or are they valuable linguistic shorthand, summing up in a few words what otherwise would take twenty? In this A-Z, lexicographer Betty Kirkpatrick explains the stories behind and the usage of more than 1,500 phrases, old and new, from what is 'essentially a lawless part of the English language'. First published as The Dictionary of Cliches in 1996. Second edition.
The Ultimate Book of Card Games
A useful reference work for every home, this compendium describes over 200 different card games including family favourites, gambling games, children's games and no fewer than 31 different types of patience. The book includes two-colour diagrams and illustrations, rules and strategies, and a useful index section organizing games by type, name, and number of players required.
I Used to Know That: Shakespeare
Stuff You Forgot from School
Everybody remembers Romeo and Juliet's love story and Hamlet's famous laments, but do you know who was the first character to be deemed 'dead as a doornail'? Or who Shakespeare's sonnets were written for? With a brief life of the playwright, bite-sized synopses of all his plays and chapters on his legacy to language, his poetry and common misquotations, this is an ideal refresher course on the Bard.
Compact Oxford Thesaurus
Third edition, revised.
An invaluable tool for anyone who writes for a living or for pleasure, this compact edition of the Oxford Thesaurus has some very useful new features. As well as the thousands of clearly laid out synonyms and antonyms, there are 'Word Link' panels with words related to the headwork (eg. as 'dermatology' is related to 'skin'), a section on how to use a thesaurus to best advantage and a final section of quick reference word lists. No jacket.
Secrets of Codes
'We are all proficient cryptoanalysts' writes Paul Lunde, and his entertaining and visually exciting book demonstrates how coded information pervades our lives, whether we are learning to speak or generating keys for digital encryption. This illustrated survey of how codes of every sort have been used to convey information - from early writing systems to cutting edge computing - investigates topics as diverse as the Rosslyn Chapel, Maya symbols and flag signals, cracking Enigma, mapmaking and the genetic code.
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
With an alphabetical listing of 7,000 main entry words, 60,000 alternatives and 6,000 antonyms (words opposite in meaning), this convenient dictionary is designed for students, people writing reports, letters and speeches and crossword fans. The listings include numbered senses for words with more than one meaning, British and American spelling variants and colloquial terms are marked '(informal)'.
I Told You I Was Ill
Woody Allen said, 'I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens'; but somebody was there to record these last words of the famous. Describing the circumstances of their dying, the collection ranges from the profound to the humorous - from Georg Hegel's withering statement to his student, 'Only you have ever understood me - and you got it wrong', to Oscar Wilde's parting threat, 'Either this wallpaper goes or I do'.
The I Used to Know That Activity Book
Stuff You Forgot from School
Just for fun, you understand, here are tests on English language and literature, history, geography, maths, science and general studies. You did know this stuff once - it's just a matter of bringing it out of those dusty cerebral filing cabinets. Do not look at the answers at the back until you are really stuck.
Mucha: Cowslip and Documents Decoratifs
One of Alphonse Mucha's series of girls with flowers, Cowslip is paired with a border based on his Documents Decoratifs to create a magnificently embossed foil cover for this journal. 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.
A Universal Language
From company logos to flags to punctuation marks, symbols are all around us, yet we rarely question their origins. In this concise, illustrated guide, Joseph Piercy delves into the secret histories of the signs we take for granted, and explains the origins of many political and cultural symbols such as the swastika, the shamrock and the Olympic rings.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
This is the first printed supplement to the Oxford DNB (2004) and includes entries on 819 men and women who shaped recent British history and who died between 2001 and 2004. The earliest person by birth date is the dancer and choreographer Dame Ninette de Valois (1898-2001), but the majority of subjects grew up in the interwar years. Among the notable figures in this supplement are Barbara Castle, John Peel, Francis Crick and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. No jacket.
The World in Numbers
'When I started collecting number-related trivia, I found that I just couldn't stop.' In this addictive compendium of numbers, Mitchell Symons shares some of his nuggets of information: the number of rivets in the Eiffel Tower (2,500,000), countries involved in the Second World War (57), the number of lenses in a dragonfly's eyes (30,000). The book is in 27 sections on subjects from Around the World (surface area 197,000,000 square miles) to Pure Trivia (number of museums devoted to strawberries: 1).
Teddy Bears, Tupperware and Sweet Fanny Adams
How the Names Became the Words
As you lie on the davenport in your cardigan, eating garibaldi biscuits, do you ever consider how people's names become words we use in everyday English? From Achilles to Zeppelin, this entertaining book investigates both familiar and unusual eponyms and describes the stories behind them. At last, we meet the man who gave the world the Hoover, the farmer responsible for macadamia nuts (John Macadam), and Dr Salmon, immortalized in salmonella.
A detail from Fulfilment, part of the Stoclet Frieze by Gustav Klimt, is reproduced on a background of gold spirals to form a stunning cover for this notebook. 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: The Flowers: Lily
Lily, from Alphonse Mucha's The Flowers series of colour lithographs is magnificently reproduced on the embossed foil covers of this journal. 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.
William Morris: Acanthus
The beautiful gold and green cover of this notebook is based on one of William Morris's best-love designs, the luxuriant leaves of Acanthus. 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.
Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary
You will need a fairly large pocket, because this is a substantial Italian/English, English/Italian dictionary, designed to meet the needs of students, tourists and anyone in need of quick and reliable translations, with the focus on everyday, idiomatic English and Italian. In addition to the main listings, this edition has an A-Z of Italian life and culture and notes on letter-writing, text messaging and online navigation in Italian.
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Cliches: What They Mean and Where They Come From
From Affluent society to Zero-sum game, Nigel Fountain lays bare the origins, meaning and misuse of more than 100 familiar phrases. Whether explaining the scientific basis of 'pushing the envelope' and 'quantum leap', the business credentials of 'bottom line' or the former military efficacy of 'heads-up', the book offers cogent arguments for cleaning up our vocabulary and simply abandoning some of the worst offenders.
From aboiement (the involuntary blurting of animal noises), to xanthodont (having yellow teeth), via gardyloo and slubberdegullion, this lexicon defines, with examples of their usage, some 300 of the most depraved and disgusting words in the English language, past and present. 'They are all first-rate words', insist the editors, 'and we present them to the reader with pride'.
A Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
For this short dictionary, Tuleja has selected foreign tems that are neither completely Anglicized nor merely pedantic. From Abendland (German: 'the West') to zolotaya seredina (Russian: 'the golden middle'), he a gives a translation, pronunciation and information on meaning and history; and there is much more - among the 'Special Categories' are classical phobias, a Sanskrit sampler, Italian musical terms and fearless leaders (caliph, czar, kaiser etc). Finally, there are indexes of words and phrases and subjects.
Goble: Pretty Set of Wings
The fairy on the pale gold embossed foil cover of this notebook is based on a painting from one of the many books of myth and fairy tales illustrated by Warwick Goble (1862-1943). The notebook 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.
Telling Dildrams and Talking Whiff-Whaff
A General Dictionary of Provincialisms
William Holloway (1786-1870) was an early environmentalist, social reformer and collector of ephemera. His General Dictionary of Provincialisms, first published in 1839, was an offshoot of his mania for collecting: it was a compilation of regional and dialect words and 'fast fading relics' which he hoped to rescue from oblivion. Reprinted in facsimile, it offers a wondrous selection of arcane vocabulary, from abel-whackets (a sailors' card game) to the onomatopoeic zwop. Foreword by David Crystal.
The Chambers Book of Games, Quizzes and Puzzles
for All the Family
This handy book of amusing games and puzzles contains the instructions for playing all the best-loved family card games from pontoon to cribbage, dozens of sudoku and crossword puzzles and a selection of trivia quizzes. The puzzles and quizzes are graded, from the simplest level appropriate for the youngest members of the family, to the complex and cryptic.
Jibber Jabber & Giffle Gaffle
A Collection of Salacious Slang and Popular Profanities Through the Ages
Elanor Clarke's 'considered, but somewhat tongue-in-cheek overview of old vernacular' is a collection of salacious slang and popular profanities through the ages. Arranged by theme, it begins with everyday words and phrases, from the Altogether (stark naked) to Yap (a 19th century word for prattling on), and ends with death and disease, including a colourful array of phrases for Kicking the Bucket (the latter in use since the 16th century).
The World's Heritage
A Guide to All 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO's 'bestselling guide to the most extraordinary places' presents all 981 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 Galapagos Islands in 1978 to the Namib Sand Sea in 2013. The guide covers a remarkable diversity of monuments and landscape, with cultural, natural and mixed sites, each described individually and the majority shown in photographs.
Great British Holidays
These evocative posters were originally created during the heyday of British rail travel by companies such as the Great Western Railway and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway seeking to promote their services by enticing day trippers and holiday makers to resorts along their routes. The eight posters - for Devon, Falmouth, Cromer, the Cambrian Coast, Edinburgh, Felixstowe, the Norfolk Broads and Colwyn Bay - are reproduced as semi-gloss, ready to frame art prints (12 inches x 16 inches including border).
Paasch's Illustrated Marine Dictionary
Originally Published as From Keel to Truck
Surveyor of ships to Lloyd's Register and with a lifetime of experience in shipbuilding and repair, Heinrich Paasch was the first to recognize the need for a universal dictionary defining the vocabulary of ships. This facsimile edition of his work, first published in 1885, provides an explanation of all the principal parts of a ship's structure and equipment for both sailing and steam vessels, including propulsion machinery, rigging and even knots.
Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets
'Strictly for newcomers' and now a classic, Sir Patrick Moore's practical guide to the night sky is for observers with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. After chapters on the Moon (with Moon maps), the Sun, the planets, stars and galaxies, it provides detailed maps of all the constellations, with notes on the main stars and other interesting objects.