Glasgow Boys Masterpieces of Art
From the 1880s to around 1914, a group of young painters based in Glasgow challenged the traditional art of the Scottish Academy, favouring instead the naturalistic ideas of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and en plein-air painting. The realism and freedom of their portraits, informal scenes and landscapes was to revolutionize Scottish art. This book introduces the Glasgow Boys – among them James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and David Gauld – and presents over 85 reproductions of their work.
Medieval & Renaissance Interiors
In Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are an invaluable resource for understanding medieval and early modern life in castles, palaces and ordinary households, both urban and rural. Reproducing 140 little-known illuminations, mostly from the British Library’s collections, this book shows how these miniatures reflect medieval domestic interiors and how they provide information on topics ranging from the security of dwelling places to creature comforts such as heating and lighting, hygiene, beds and bedrooms, and the display of wealth and treasured possessions.
The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
By Winston Churchill’s own admission, his role in the Second World War would have been impossible but for ‘Clemmie’. This biography tells Clementine’s often ignored story, from her birth into an aristocratic yet loveless family to her meeting with Winston in 1908; then traces the couple’s personal and political upheavals during the First World War, through their ‘wilderness years’ in the 1930s, to Clementine’s crucial support of her husband in the struggle against Hitler and the difficult years after the war.
Holy Places, Sacred Sites
A Journey to the World's Most Spiritual Locations
Eduardo Rubio Méndez spent three years travelling the globe in search of God or the gods, and the places where people commune with them. This book contains more than 300 of his magical photographs of the world’s holiest sites, from Stonehenge to the Australian outback, from Gothic cathedrals to the banks of the Ganges, from Mayan temples to the great mosques of Islam – along with the worshippers who seek meaning, redemption, transcendence and consolation in these sacred spaces.
Tales from Gombe
Made famous by the long-term studies conducted by Jane Goodall, the chimpanzees of the Gombe National Park by Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania have revealed previously unknown behaviours, such as the use of tools and meat-eating, and have shown that the apes have complex social relationships and individual personalities. This large-format photographic study captures the chimps over a period of more than ten years and contains notes on the history of the community and the lineages of its prominent dynasties.
A Personal Memoir
The close and abiding friendship of Robert Harling and Ian Fleming was forged during the Second World War, when Harling was Fleming’s deputy in the commando unit dubbed ‘Fleming’s Secret Navy’. Described by Fiona MacCarthy in her foreword as ‘a master of obfuscation’, Harling fictionalized his own life and inspired characters – even elements of 007 – in Fleming’s fiction. This memoir of his friend provides an entertaining portrait of the creator of James Bond, but also a revealing self-portrait of Harling.
Although denied the privileged status of men, medieval women had a great variety of roles and vocations, and their lives were shaped by many different geographical, political, legal and religious factors. This volume draws on the riches of the British Library’s manuscript collection to explore, through texts and miniatures, the diversity within medieval women’s experience. Whether aristocrats or servants, it looks at women in their roles as lovers, wives, mothers, intellectuals, women of God and patrons of literature.
Malcolm Root's Transport Paintings
Best known for his atmospheric railway scenes, Malcolm Root has earned a reputation for meticulous attention to period and engineering detail in his nostalgic paintings. This collection of his work encompasses all forms of British transport in realistic historic settings from an Edwardian tram and an Empire flying boat in the 1930s to a Dodge fire engine going out on call in the 1950s and a Massey Ferguson tractor working the fields in the 1960s.
The Hermitage Dogs
Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum
Archaeologists have shown that dogs, ‘our first allies’, were living with humans as far back as 32,000 years ago. Drawing on the superb art collections of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book explores many aspects of that human-canine alliance including the role of dogs in ancient myth, the symbolism of the dog in art, many types of working dog, the dogs of the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and, finally, the companion dog – man’s best friend.
The Hermitage Cats
Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Through time and across cultures, from Gods in ancient Egypt to mousers in state service in the Hermitage Museum today, this book explores cats’ interactions with humans. Drawing on the museum’s sculptures, paintings and prints, it describes and illustrates attitudes to cats and their appearances in art, whether stealing game in 17th-century European still lifes or being buried by processions of triumphant mice in 20th-century Russian prints.
The Curious Map Book
The creation of maps is often a serious business in which accuracy takes precedence over the imagination. This delightful book offers 100 unusual maps, from the British Library collection, in which the equation is reversed and fantasy comes to the fore. Here are nations portrayed as humans or animals: the British bulldog, the ‘Lion of the Low Countries’, the Russian bear. Many satirize the politics of their time; some depict fictional countries; while others are board games or jigsaw puzzles.
Crown of Blood
The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
In 1553, 17-year-old Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England to prevent the accession of Henry VIII’s Catholic daughter Mary. Thirteen days later she was imprisoned in the Tower, and in February 1554 she was beheaded. This absorbing narrative history draws on previously overlooked sources to create a vivid and engaging portrait of an intelligent, charismatic and deeply religious girl caught up in the power politics of her age, whose courage shone through her final, harrowing ordeal.
A Short History of Disease
Over the centuries, disease has claimed more lives than natural disasters and warfare combined. Largely a social history, this book starts in prehistoric times, and moves from the Black Death of the 14th century to more modern conditions such as Ebola and MRSA. Incorporating individual case studies, the text also explores the human struggle to drive all disease to extinction.
Wrought Iron Design
The exuberant ironwork adorning many of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí's projects was a significant influence on the development of blacksmithing and is the starting point for this exploration of the art of contemporary wrought iron. Explaining the craft's history and techniques, the book provides over 600 photographs and drawings demonstrating an array of creative designs from small-scale domestic items to grand projects, serving as a showcase and inspiration for designers, architects, working practitioners and anyone interested in the art. Slightly off-mint
Classic Children's Tales
Published to mark the 150th anniversary of Frederick Warne & Co, this volume contains classic works by four of the greatest authors and illustrators originally published by the company. Reproduced as they would have first appeared, the six books are Beatrix Potter’s The Sly Old Cat; Sing a Song for Sixpence by Randolph Caldecott; Kate Greenaway’s A for Apple and Mother Goose; and Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs & Stories and The Book of Nonsense. There are short introductions to each author-illustrator and their work.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
In this richly illustrated monograph, Dr Faxon traces the life and work of the artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), from his literary and intellectual family background, through the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, to his later involvement with some of the most prominent figures in Victorian cultural life. With over 250 reproductions, the book follows Rossetti’s artistic development and the influence of the women so memorably depicted in paintings such as Monna Vanna and Astarte Syriaca.
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. Slightly off-mint.
Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles
The Classic Motorcycle
The relative simplicity of adding an engine to a bicycle frame meant that in the early 20th century hundreds of different manufacturers tried their luck with motorcycles. Those that established lasting businesses were then challenged after the Second World War by innovative new producers, particularly from Japan. With profiles of the most significant models, this reference book provides a comprehensive alphabetical listing of motorcycle manufacturers from the first powered two-wheelers up to the most recent classics of the mid 1980s.
The Farmer's Wife
The Life and Work of Women on the Land
Agriculture is widely perceived as a male endeavour, yet throughout history, farmers’ wives have been central to the running of many farms. In addition to their responsibilities for children and the home, women worked the land, milked the cows and took care of the business side. Illustrated with more than 250 historic photographs, this book records and celebrates the life and work of rural women from the Middle Ages until the coming of mechanization after the First World War.
The Weather Experiment
The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future
Modern weather forecasts owe their existence to the eclectic group of 19th-century mavericks who created meteorological science; they included such figures as Sir Francis Beaufort, who quantified winds, the pharmacist Luke Howard, who classified clouds, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who issued Britain’s first storm warning in 1861. This book describes how they developed their radical theories, devised new instruments and attempted to convince governments of the moral duty to give the public advance warning of storms.
In Bed with the Ancient Greeks
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
As the poet Theocritus wrote, ‘We are not the first mortals to see beauty in what is beautiful’. In this thorough survey of ancient Greeks’ attitudes to love, sex, marriage and adultery, Chrystal brings together mythology, literature and visual art with evidence from medical writings, sex manuals, and religious, philosophical and magical texts. The book ends with discussion of the Greek sexual vocabulary and an extensive bibliography listing ancient sources and modern scholarship. Sexually explicit.
Statesman or Scoundrel
Although best-known for his leadership during the First World War, David Lloyd George (1863–1945) made an enormous contribution to domestic politics both before and after the war, introducing pensions and national insurance during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, giving women the vote, and signing the Anglo-Irish Treaty. This biography and critical assessment of Lloyd George offers a new perspective on one of the most phenomenally talented – but also flawed – British Prime Ministers.
A Colourful History of Cosmetics
From prehistoric body art and ancient Egyptian anti-ageing preparations, through lethal white lead and crocodile dung (both used to make the face paler) in Roman times, medieval pomanders and the painted faces of 16th-century aristocrats, to radium night cream in the 1930s, Susan Stewart traces the history of cosmetics and the ideals of beauty that inspired men and women to take such terrible risks in the fight against time and the wrinkle.