A Tokyo Romance
Writer, historian and journalist Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo as a film student in 1975, aged 23. There he discovered a surreal mix of traditional and modern culture: temples and shrines alongside neon signs, Japanese pop, murky old bars and cabarets. He recalls his exploits in the world of avant-garde theatre, encounters with carnival acts and fashion photographers, and moments on set with Akira Kurosawa.
The Epic Voyages of Maud Berridge
The Seafaring Diaries of a Victorian Lady
Maud Berridge (1844–1907) made five voyages with her husband, Master Mariner Henry Berridge, from Gravesend to Melbourne and back. One of these, on the clipper Superb, was a trip of 14 months, rounding both the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and stopping off in Polynesia and San Francisco. Interweaving Maud’s diaries with contemporary reports and a modern commentary, her great-granddaughter has assembled an account of a Victorian captain’s wife’s adventures at sea.
The Caribbean and the World
From the moment Columbus gazed on the land he mistook for India, the islands of the Caribbean have been the subject of daydreams and fantasy. The result of ten years’ travel, this book strips away the myths to reveal the real Caribbean, a region that has produced some of the world’s most influential artists, activists, writers, musicians and sportsmen, as its people speak for themselves about their home and its place in the world.
White Boy Running
Having been raised in an Irish family in South Africa, the poet-novelist Christopher Hope grew up with a deep insight into apartheid. He returned to the country, after twelve years’ absence, during the 1987 whites-only election. Recalling a childhood road trip (as a white boy running through the landscape) he gives an objective account of the historic grievances of both Afrikaners and the black townships.
Stanfords Travel Classics
The Stanfords Travel Classics series reprints the finest historical travel writing, including this trio of remarkable books: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879); Edith Wharton’s In Morocco (1920), an account of her journey from Rabat, via Fez to Marrakech at the end of the First World War; and Sailing Alone around the World (1900), in which Joshua Slocum tells the story of his 1895 circumnavigation in a 100-year-old rebuilt sloop.
Rome on the Euphrates
The Story of a Frontier
The Euphrates, a vital ancient trade route, formed the eastern limit of the Roman Empire. The river is the focus of this detailed historical account by the doyenne of Middle East travel writers, which covers eight centuries of Rome’s involvement in the region. Writing during the Cold War, Stark emphasizes the futility of such arbitrary boundaries and shows how trading communities gain mutually from traffic and lose through war.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam, where they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Francis Willoughby. While leadership of the colony shifted from its democratic foundation towards autocracy, its impact on the indigenous people came to reflect that of empire more widely. As planters and traders were joined by soldiers and mercenaries, the land described by Aphra Behn as ‘delightful and wonderful’ became one of terror and slavery.
The Poetry of Netsuke
The history of Netsuke – the toggles associated with the Japanese kimono – stretches back for nearly half a millennium. Early examples served a purely functional purpose, but over time they evolved into miniature works of art, often with spiritual connotations. This illustrated compendium demonstrates the affinity between Netsuke and Japan’s ancient Haiku and Waka poetry tradition, analysing the art forms side by side and noting their shared characteristics of simplicity, restraint and master craftsmanship.
This volume accompanied the first international travelling exhibition of the work of the Japanese artist Minol Araki (1928–2010). Having found fame as an industrial designer, Araki became a prolific painter later in life, producing work that amalgamated traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with Western influences. The introductory essays are followed by highlights from his impressive body of work, including landscapes, flowers, birds and faces, and reproductions of his seals.
The Lure of Painted Poetry
Japanese and Korean Art
For some 2000 years, the educated elites of Japan and Korea learned classical Chinese poetry and adopted the Confucian aesthetic that informed it. Illustrated with almost 100 works from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, this catalogue explores the ways in which these poems were reflected in the decorative arts, including landscape and figure painting, ornamental screens, ceramics, metalwork, lacquerware and calligraphy, and the cultural links between the nations of Southeast Asia.
A Century On
Between 1899 and 1911, EH Wilson (1876–1930), the foremost plant hunter of his generation, travelled extensively in China. Initially searching for the dove tree, Davidia involucrata, he eventually collected and introduced many hundreds of plants into western gardens and arboreta. A century after Wilson, Flanagan and Kirkham, two modern-day plant hunters, retraced his routes to the high passes and exotic species of western China, often matching Wilson’s photographs of remarkable trees and landscapes with their own then-and-now images.
F Is for France
A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
This alphabetic celebration of France highlights interesting, famous and idiosyncratic aspects of its culture, history and people. From Absinthe to Zinedine Zidane, the miscellany reveals fascinating facts such as the most popular Champagne brand in France (Ruinart), and that 75 per cent of the population at the time of the revolution did not speak French as their first language.
A Season in the Wilderness
This classic of American nature writing records the author’s time as a ranger in the canyons of Utah. A rallying-cry for the protection of wilderness, it describes the stark beauty of the landscape: its terracotta earth, arching rock formations, wild horses and Pueblo Indian petroglyphs. First published half a century ago, this new edition includes an introduction by the writer and wildlife campaigner Robert Macfarlane.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu
The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
When the political chaos of 2012 allowed jihadists to surge across Mali, librarians and archivists secretly worked to hide thousands of Timbuktu’s precious ancient manuscripts. This book combines first-hand reporting of those modern events with the story of Timbuktu’s past as a medieval centre of learning and as the mysterious city that inspired decades of dangerous expeditions by Westerners in search of its fabled wealth. Slightly off-mint.
This portfolio of more than 100 photographs reflects the varied regions, natural scenery and architectural styles of rural France, including panoramic views of plains, valleys and mountains as well as detailed close-ups, remote châteaux and village scenes. Presenting images taken over many years of travel, the experienced landscape photographer Colin Baxter has created a personal collection that aims to capture the essence and atmosphere of the country throughout the seasons.
Beyond the Map
Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias
Not marked on any official map, new islands are emerging from the ocean, villages are disappearing beneath it, sea-forts declare independence and utopian communities are founded. This book explores 39 such extraordinary places, among them the elusive Minkies in the English Channel, map-makers’ trap streets and the new Arctic being revealed as a result of global warming.
No Horizon is So Far
Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antartica
An extraordinary real-life adventure, this book chronicles the journey of two former schoolteachers, Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft, on foot across Antarctica, towing their supply sledges over almost 2,000 miles of rough ice while three million schoolchildren tracked their progress on the yourexpedition.com website. Off-mint.
The Un-Discovered Islands
An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
This guide to islands that have never existed examines 24 products of imagination, deception and human error. Some have emerged from myth, others as phantoms, plain mysteries, or fakes. The island of Frisland was claimed as British territory by Elizabeth I but turned out not to exist, and there were fraudulent inventions such as Phelipeaux, in Lake Superior. Illustrator Katie Scott adorns the text with mythical beasts.
The Wager Disaster
Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas
In 1741, with Britain at war with Spain, HMS Wager was wrecked on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile. Drawing on survivors’ accounts, this book tells the story of the 36 men, led by Gunner Bulkeley, who mutinied and set off in an open boat with no chart. Their 2,500-mile journey to Brazil, through some of the world’s most dangerous seas, was an epic feat of navigation and survival.
Kipling and the Sea
Voyages and Discoveries from North Atlantic to South Pacific
Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) often travelled by sea and he had a keen interest in all things nautical. This selection of his letters, journalism, books and poems ranges from a brief account of his first journey from Bombay to England in 1871 to correspondence with Sir Percy Bates, Chairman of Cunard, in the 1930s, and illustrates Kipling’s impressive maritime knowledge and his deep respect for the ocean.
Lifting the Veil
Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt
The first European explorers of the Nile were followed by an eclectic crowd of tourists, soldiers, archaeologists and fortune-seekers. This account tells their stories in the context of the political history of the country, following visitors including Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Flaubert, EM Forster and Noël Coward as they scramble up pyramids or party at Shepheard’s Hotel in the years between 1768 and 1956, when the last British soldier left Egypt.
A Land Between Tradition and Modernity
Based on the journals that the author kept during his exploration of Anatolia, Istanbul and the Aegean coast, this travelogue blends Reichart’s own experiences with an overview of Turkey’s history, and reveals his profound fascination with its character and culture.
Sailing by Starlight
In Search of Treasure Island
Alex Capus traces Robert Louis Stevenson's last years, focusing on his seemingly inexplicable decision to settle on Samoa. He concludes that Stevenson had discovered a real-life ‘Treasure Island’ nearby – and that it was this discovery that inspired his most famous work. Literary Traveller series.
The Geckos of Bellapais
Memories of Cyprus
Coveted by a succession of foreign powers, Cyprus has been repeatedly occupied over the centuries. The poet Joachim Sartorius examines the history of the island, including its division after the Turkish invasion of 1974, and considers its culture, legends and architecture. Literary Traveller series.
Lady Chatterley's Villa
DH Lawrence on the Italian Riviera
In November 1925, in search of a healthy climate, DH Lawrence arrived in the Italian resort of Spotorno with his wife Frieda. Drawing on recently discovered letters, this book tells the story of the next six months, in which the aristocratic Frieda’s affair with a muscular Italian army officer would plant in Lawrence’s mind the germ of the idea that became Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
An Armchair Traveller's History of Finland
This guide to Finland’s people, history and landscape from prehistory to the present day explores its culture and its main historical figures, including Christian martyrs and Viking kings. The account offers advice on travel logistics, lists holidays and festivals and provides an overview of food and drink; and a gazetteer describes prominent cultural and natural landmarks.
A History of Travellers and Pilgrims
Since the 3rd century CE, the biblical Mount Sinai has been identified with the mountain peak above St Catherine’s Monastery at South Sinai in Egypt. Focusing on six periods of activity at the site, this history traces its evolution through the centuries, from the time of the earliest Christian anchorites to the arrival of intrepid tourists during the 19th century. Manginis also discusses Sinai’s natural environment, the mountain’s importance in Muslim tradition and the topographical investigations of western scholars.
When the foreign correspondent Patricia Clough bought a house in Umbria, it was the beginning of a long and not always easy introduction to a region of green hills and ancient villages. This personal account records her growing understanding and appreciation of the area's history and culture, its landscapes and wildlife, its food and wine – and her tussles with its bureaucracy.
A Traveller's History of Turkey
This Traveller's History is part of a series described by The Daily Telegraph as 'ideal before-you-go reading'. The concise, informative and useful history is for travellers who want a comprehensive view of the country's past and more detail than ordinary tourists' guides can provide. The book includes a chronology, gazetteer, a list of further reading and an index and is illustrated with maps, plans and line drawings.
An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia
This unique voyage around Apulia, the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, describes sites of cultural importance and links the region’s history to its topography, travelling from north to south and exploring the rugged landscape, cave towns and cities where successive conquerors have left their mark.
The Lost Pilots
The Spectacular Rise and Scandalous Fall of Aviation's Golden Couple
A pioneering flight from England to Australia in the 1920s earned Bill Lancaster and Jessie Miller international fame, but their lives unravelled a few years later when Lancaster was tried for murder. Their sensational story describes the financial and personal troubles that led to the death of Miller's lover and the desperate attempt by Lancaster to rebuild his reputation with a long-distance flight that resulted in disaster over the Sahara Desert.
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
This portfolio of black-and-white photographs showcases the finest architecture in Paris and provides a brief history of each building. Every chapter is devoted to one of the city’s arrondissements, from the 1st, site of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, to the 20th, citadel of Modernism at La Défense, and includes a locator map and a short description of the area.
A Tourist's Guide to the Campaign by Car, by Bike and on Foot
The six tours in this guide follow the route of Edward III’s victorious English army across northern France from St-Vaast-la-Hougue via Abbeville to the battlefield itself. Illustrated with colour photographs and maps, each tour has information on public transport and local facilities.
Sailors on the Rocks
Famous Royal Navy Shipwrecks
Peter C Smith investigates the circumstances in which 15 naval vessels have been driven ashore or lost on the coast, from the Coronation, destroyed by a gale in 1671, to the frigate Nottingham, which ran aground off Australia in 2002 despite its electronic navigation aids.
Hiring local guides to take him into the hinterlands of countries in the West, South and East of Africa, Peter Voss made repeated trips to the continent between 2011 and 2013. His resulting photographs, reproduced in this large-format portfolio, comprise candid portraits of the people of remote tribes living traditional lifestyles, including the peoples of the Omo River in Ethiopia, the semi-nomadic Masai of Kenya, the Somba people of Benin and Togo and the Himba of Namibia.
The German photographer Peter Voss is fascinated by India and, despite setbacks of illness and camera equipment ruined by heat and humidity, he has returned several times to capture ‘the wonderful scenes which are acted out on a daily basis’ in the holy cities along the banks of the Ganges. His photographs are of people and sometimes animals, in Allahabad and Varanasi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agra, and Kolkata: a world ‘where time seems to have stood still’.
Memories of London
and An Excursion to the Poor Districts of London
On his first (and only) visit to London in 1873, Italian author Edmondo De Amicis noted the magnificence of the metropolis and recorded his impressions in the witty observational style that would later become his trademark. His essay is paired with a contrasting contemporaneous account of life in the deprived areas of the city by the French travel writer Louis Laurent Simonin.
Empires of the Indus
The Story of a River
The Indus rises in Tibet to flow west across India before turning south through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries it has been a route of imperial conquest. Following the mighty river upstream, this award-winning travelogue takes the reader on a voyage through 2,000 miles of spectacular landscapes and fiercely contested territory, and back through 5,000 years.
The Spirit & Strength of China
Rising in a remote corner of Tibet, the Yellow River (Huang He) flows 3,395 miles through arid desert, the steppes of Inner Mongolia and the Lijiaxia gorges and past monasteries, dams, cities and industrial regions before reaching the gulf of Bo Hai. The Italian journalist and photographer Aldo Pavan followed the river from source to sea, ‘getting under the skin of China’, and in over 200 photographs he portrays one river and a tremendous variety of landscape, peoples and cultures.
The Places in Between
In 2002, shortly after the fall of the Taliban, Rory Stewart walked 300 miles through the remote highlands of Afghanistan. His account describes the landscape, society and his encounters with opium growers and mujahedin fighters. An afterword to this new edition reflects how more than a decade of foreign engagement has failed through a fundamental misunderstanding of the country’s traditions.
Off the Map
Lost Spaces, Invisible Cities, Forgotten Islands, Feral Places, and What They Tell Us About the World
In the world of Google Earth, it is easy to believe that every inch of the planet has been mapped. Happily, this is not true. This book ranges the globe to celebrate the anomalies that still frustrate the cartographer: islands that never existed; abandoned settlements; a secret military town in Russia; and renamed cities whose old identities cling like ghosts.
The Holy Mountain
An Anzac veteran, Sydney Loch (1888–1955) and his wife Joyce settled in Thessalonika, in the last village where women were allowed before the wall of the male-only Athos peninsula. Drawing on 25 years of living there and exploring the Holy Mountain, this is Loch’s account of the autonomous region inhabited only by Orthodox monks, living in monasteries on the flanks of the mountain and keeping Byzantine time, in which the day begins at sunset. First published in 1957. Small print
Blue Skies Travel Guide
This compact book displays the treasures of the Philippines, from the cultural riches of the capital, Manila, to rainforests and palm-fringed beaches, including a guide to activities such as island-hopping and whale- and dolphin-watching.Part of the Blue Skies Travel series, this illustrated guide is arranged in three sections. The first provides an introduction to the country, its people and its history; the second tours the main locations; while the third provides practical information on transport, business hours, consulates and emergencies.
Blue Skies Travel Guide
The large, remote Indonesian island of Borneo has an extraordinary flora and fauna. Its National Parks are explored here, along with information on forest trekking and where to see turtles and orang-utans in the wild.Part of the Blue Skies Travel series, this illustrated guide is arranged in three sections. The first provides an introduction to the country, its people and its history; the second tours the main locations; while the third provides practical information on transport, business hours, consulates and emergencies.
Innocence and War
Mark Twain's Holy Land Revisited
In 1867 Mark Twain joined a six-month tour of the Middle East amid a company of Presbyterians committed to bringing Christianity to the Ottoman Empire. Following in his footsteps, Ian Strathcarron travels through Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank to Jerusalem. He finds many parallels between the troubled region then and now, and rich ironies to match Twain’s observations of his travelling companions.
A former resident, Schürer explores the juxtaposition of Berlin’s past and present in history, architecture, the arts and entertainment, and religion, with a final chapter on the suburbs and Potsdam.This guide is part of the Innercities series, which takes the visitor beyond the tourist sights of the world’s great cities to explore their cultural and political life. Each book features chapters on history, architecture, literature, music and the performing arts, and a selection of colour photographs.
The Liquid Continent
Travels through Alexandria, Venice and Istanbul
First published as a trilogy, this travelogue explores the three great maritime cities of the eastern Mediterranean. Delving into their cosmopolitan histories and culture, shaped by Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Jews and many others, it reveals these ancient ports to be rooted in – and linked by – not the landmasses of Europe, Asia and Africa on which they stand, but a ‘continent’ of their own: the sea itself.
Napoleon & St Helena
On the Island of Exile
The remote South Atlantic island of St Helena is famous as the site of Napoleon’s 68-month incarceration as ‘Europe’s prisoner’. Willms draws insights from his own visit as he investigates what life was like there and dispels legends that the Emperor himself helped to create.
Travelling the South Seas
The first Europeans to see the islands of the South Pacific thought they had found Paradise, but the disruption and disease they brought devastated their ecology and indigenous cultures. Sailing to Vanuatu, Fiji and the Cook Islands, Hans-Christof Wächter discovers what has survived.
Travels to the World's Legendary Places
For over a century, National Geographic teams have been travelling the globe and describing exotic sites in words and photographs. For this book, 50 places have been chosen as the most desired, but often challenging, places to visit. Arranged by continent, from Cappadocia in Asia to the Marquesas Islands in Oceania, the description and photographs of each place are accompanied by travel tips and a ‘Nat Geo Flashback’ to an early expedition or a ‘Classic Shot’ by one of the magazine’s photographers.
Across the Arctic Ocean
Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey
In 1968 Wally Herbert and three companions set out from Alaska to walk across the North Pole to Spitzbergen. Illustrated with previously unpublished photographs, his account of their trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean is supplemented by personal reflections from his daughter Kari, Ranulph Fiennes, Victor Boyarsky and other polar explorers. The result is a record of an epic journey that, as the ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
The Rule of the Land
Walking Ireland's Border
On foot and by canoe, from Carlingford Lough to Derry/Londonderry, Lough Foyle and Magilligan Point on the northern coast, Garrett Carr follows the twisted border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Travelling along rivers and through divided towns, villages and farms in borderlands with a troubled past and an uncertain future, Carr aims to examine ‘how the land and its people have reacted to the border, and the ways in which the line is made manifest’.
Over the Top
The First Lone Yachtsman to Sail Vertically Around the World
Adrian Flanagan’s solo expedition took him down to Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean, then all the way north to cross the ice-filled waters of the Russian Arctic. This account of his adventure includes maps charting his progress on the 30,000-mile journey and diary entries recording challenges that included capsizing, a tropical cyclone, encounters with whales and polar bears and a brush with pirates.
Lionel Aggett's France
In this collection of more than 200 atmospheric pastel paintings, the artist Lionel Aggett depicts his travels from Mont St-Michel to Provence via the Seine, the Loire and the Dordogne. Moving at a leisurely pace through its towns and villages and along its inland waterways, he captures the glories of the French landscape in all seasons, taking in the waterfront at Honfleur, Monet's garden at Giverny, and the sunset over St Tropez.
Tuscany is both the cradle of the Renaissance and a region of breathtakingly beautiful and richly varied landscapes, from the mountains of the north to the bare clay hills of the Crete Senesi to the south. The 150 captivating colour photographs in this book show its many facets: the architectural wonders of Florence, Siena and Pisa, the vineyards of Chianti, the long, cypress-lined roads, the rocky coast, and the peaceful farms nestling amid rolling hills.
Mile by Mile London to Paris
The Entire Railway Journeys by Historic Golden Arrow and Modern Eurostar Mapped for the Interested Traveller
Using the same cartographic method as SN Pike in his legendary Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways, this book logs every mile on the historic Golden Arrow (Fleche d'Or) and modern Eurostar lines: gradients, stations, the sights to be seen from the train, the history along the route, and how both railways were built. The old and new lines are mapped on facing pages, interspersed with illustrated articles on topics such as the terminals, ferries and the Channel Tunnel.
A Cultural and Literary History
Utterly destroyed by fire twice over, in 1842 and 1943, Hamburg has shaken off a reputation as a drab, businesslike port to become a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural scene. This erudite, informative guidebook charts the city's traumatic history, describes its landmark buildings and varied districts, from the elegant Alster to the notorious Reeperbahn, and explores literary and artistic associations, including Heinrich Heine and the Beatles.
South Asia from Partition to the Present Day
Dispersed across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, midnight's descendants – the generations born since the midnight partition of British India in 1947 – are the world's fastest-growing population. This first comprehensive history of this complex and inter-connected region charts its uneven and often fraught path to modernization; the volatile relationship between India and Pakistan; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the bitter wars in Kashmir and Sri Lanka; and the area's increasing influence on global economics and geopolitics.
The Times Explorers
The exploration of uncharted terrain has always stirred the human imagination. Illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of The Times, this volume charts the achievements of the men and women who have pushed forward the boundaries of our geographical knowledge. Focusing on the world's most challenging terrains – mountains, ice plains, jungles, deserts, seas and deep caves – it retells the dramatic expeditions of explorers including Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Amundsen, Freya Stark and Edmund Hillary.
East Asia Before The West
Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute
Challenging Eurocentric theories of international relations, Kang analyses how the East Asian system functioned from the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368 to the start of the Opium Wars in 1841, a period which saw only two large-scale conflicts between China and its neighbours. After explaining how the 'tribute system' fostered diplomatic and commercial exchange, he ends by considering the contribution of the region's formal hierarchy to the increasing stability and integration of the modern East Asian world.
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
On 1 May 1915, ten months into the First World War, an ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house set sail from New York for Liverpool. Shadowing it across the Atlantic was a German U-boat... This bestselling history from the author of The Devil in the White City musters a vivid cast of characters as it follows the course of U-20 and RMS Lusitania to their fatal meeting off the Irish coast. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Great Race
Described by The Times as 'an epic tale told concisely and confidently', this book recounts the European 'discovery' and initial exploration of Australia, then concentrates on the rivalry between Matthew Flinders of England and Nicolas Baudin of France in the quest to chart the coast of the Great South Land and compile the definitive map of the continent. Working from first-hand accounts including diaries, Hill celebrates the courage and determination that fuelled their danger-filled voyages.
Known professionally as Yvon, Pierre Yves Petit’s evocative photographs of Paris between the wars were originally printed as postcards. Characterized by unusual viewpoints and cloudy skies, their subjects include rundown alleys, bookstalls and homeless people as well as the city’s grander architecture, sculptures and ordinary workers. Over 60 images are reproduced in this portfolio, with an introduction to his life and career.
Paris to the Past
Traveling Through French History by Train
This characterful guide takes the reader on a journey through French history via 25 train outings from Paris. An expedition to the great Gothic cathedrals of Reims and Chartres brings to life the scheming Abbot Suger; a day-trip to the château of Blois evokes the splendours of the Renaissance; and an excursion to Versailles recalls the shining glory of the Sun King. Engaging and informative, the book also features helpful tips on hotels and bistros. American-cut pages.
The Seventy Wonders of China
China is both the oldest continuous civilization on Earth and an emerging economic superpower. This impressive volume assembles a team of leading scholars from Asia and the West to provide an accessible introduction to the natural, historical and cultural wonders of this vast nation. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, the book celebrates China's rivers, mountains and deserts; its cities ancient and modern; its monuments such as the Great Wall; and its myriad art forms, from porcelain to jade carving.
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book provides an accessible overview of sculptural art in China, including the Terracotta Army, Buddhist sculpture, tomb carvings, architectural sculpture, exchange with foreign cultures and sculpture in China today. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
The Chinese Art Book
Examining Chinese art over several millennia, this unconventional volume presents reproductions or photographs of a vast range of artefacts and paintings, each one juxtaposed with another work on the facing page, and producing unexpected dialogues across time, culture and genre. Shitao's Riverbank of Peach Blossoms (c.1700), for example, is paired with a 2006 installation, Sketch the Sketch Lesson by Qiu Xiaofei, but the volume includes sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy and photographs ranging in date from prehistory to the 21st century.
Seadogs Aboard an English Galleon
English ships of the 1520s were built principally for coastal sailing but over the following century designs, and the life of the men aboard, changed rapidly as Elizabethan mariners ventured far beyond home waters. Drawn from accounts of hundreds of 16th century and early 17th century ocean voyages, including the words of Drake and Ralegh, this book explores how these intrepid seamen coped with tropical heat, violent storms, bad water, rotten food, disease, navigational problems and enemy fire.
First used in medieval Venice and prized for its manoeuvrability, the gondola evolved over the centuries into today's sleek, asymmetrical black boat. Illustrated with reproductions of views of Venice, Donna Leon's little book offers 'a new way to enter into the life of the city' through the stories of the gondola, its history, its makers and its songs. A CD of gondoliers' barcarole accompanies the book, recorded by Il Pomo d'Oro, with a special track by Cecilia Bartoli.
Life On The Line
People of the Arctic Circle
The photographer Cristian Barnett travelled eastward from Alaska, through Canada, Greenland and the countries of Scandinavia, completing the Arctic Circle in Russia, and capturing images of life and work along 'the line where each year there is one day when the sun does not set, and one when the sun does not rise'. Accompanying the portfolio of 182 colour photographs are an interview in which Barnett talks about his northern journeys and an Alaskan resident's reflections on the Arctic year.
Voyage autour du monde
Sur la corvette La Coquille. Tome 1
Aboard La Coquille on its 1822–25 voyage around the world was the surgeon, naturalist, ornithologist and herpetologist Rene Lesson (1794–1849). This first volume of his account of the voyage takes him from Toulon to the Pacific island of Bora Bora. This book is from the Archival Facsimile series of reprints of first or important editions in the British Library. Although published in 1987, this is a new copy. No jacket.
One of the world's foremost historians of China, Jonathan Spence presents a concise biography of Mao Zedong, deflating myths and showing how, through relentless energy and ruthless self-confidence, Mao was able to attain so much power and hold on to it for so long. Spence likens him to a 'Lord of Misrule', turning traditional Chinese society upside down in 'a long drawn-out adventure in upheaval'.
Thomas Jefferson Travels
Selected Writings 1784–1789
As well as their interest as writings from Jefferson's years as a diplomat in Paris and traveller in Europe, culminating in his reports of the French Revolution, this anthology reveals the vast scope of his interests in education, the arts and science.
My African Journey
Winston Churchill toured the British territories in East Africa in 1907, when he was Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, and his account of the journey reflects his serious interest in Africa, beyond the natural beauties of the landscape and the thrill of big-game hunting. His thoughts on settlement, race, government and, in particular, the role of the railways provide an intriguing insight into early 20th-century imperialism and African history. First published in 1909.
Greece is a nation of rocky outcrops scattered across the sparkling Aegean, fringed by sandy beaches and dotted with ancient temples and dazzling white churches. Paul Davies details the sights and transport links of all the major islands and many secluded gems, along with those of Athens. This is one of the Globetrotter Travel Guides. Written by some of the most experienced travel writers in the business, these practical, concise and well-illustrated guides vividly describe places of interest and suggest where to eat, stay, shop and relax. With a weatherproof sleeve, fold-out map and free pdf map for your mobile.
On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, in an expedition organized by the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club. But there were several earlier British attempts to conquer the peak in the 1920s and 1930s. This stunning large format book, published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their achievement, presents hundreds of photos taken by the members of all these expeditions and concise but informative text. Slightly off-mint.
Visions of Fuji
Artists from the Floating World
Mount Fuji, with its majestic cone and snow-capped summit, has inspired artists and writers for centuries. This volume discusses its continuing influence, focusing on its representation in the Japanese woodblock art of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Hundreds of reproductions show how the mountain has become an emblem of perfection, symmetry, spiritual balance and endurance, while the text follows the evolution of the artists' work.
A Secret Life of London's Waterways
Travelling across London by canal boat, from Walthamstow Marsh to the suburbs of Uxbridge, Helen Babbs witnessed abundant wildlife, and the impact of seasonal changes and developers on the city’s landscapes. In this blend of nature writing, social observation and memoir she recalls the practical challenges of her year-long journey, as well as the unusual perspective it offered her, to create a unique portrait of the capital’s history, politics and people.
The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China
Beginning with the reign of the Yongle emperor (1403–1424), this richly illustrated catalogue presents over 120 artefacts once owned by princes of the Ming dynasty during the period up to the death of the Jiajing emperor in 1566. Indicative of the fabulous wealth of the Ming rulers, the pieces described and photographed include gold and silver vessels, jewellery and jade, paintings, porcelain and clothing. The volume also contains essays on aspects of Ming art history and recent archaeological finds.
Malaysia offers a striking variety of attractions for the visitor, from the high-rise skyline of the capital Kuala Lumpur to pristine beaches and rainforest trekking. Illustrated with colour photographs on every page, this attractive book gives an overview of Malaysia's geography, history, people, religion, arts and cuisine, before exploring both parts of the country: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Special features cover a wide range of topics, from festivals to street art.
On the Trail of Old Traditions
There are more than 50 ethnic minorities in the People's Republic of China, most of them living in remote regions of the country. Photographer Alessandra Meniconzi has journeyed across China following the trail of traditional cultures and lifestyles from Yunnan's endless rice terraces in the deep south to the historic trading hubs in north-western Xinjiang. This magnificent collection of her colour photographs documents many traditional ways of life that could soon cease to exist.
The World's Greatest Cruises
Explore, Dream, Discover
Cruise ships today offer travellers the chance to enjoy exotic locations from the comfort of a luxury liner. This lavishly illustrated book describes 18 great journeys, with maps and information on regional history, culture and wildlife for routes including classic cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, island-hopping in the Aegean and Pacific, river cruising on the Danube, Nile and Mississippi and more adventurous voyages to the Arctic, the Northwest Passage and the Antarctic. (Previously published as Dream Cruises of the World)
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.