The Complete Sourcebook of Methods and Media
From preparing canvas to framing and storing finished artwork, this source book is a practical, up-to-date guide to materials for artists, amateur and professional. Starting with oils, the book covers acrylic, encaustic and tempera painting, watercolours, gouache and drawing materials; there are chapters on pigments, colour mixing, brushes and other applicators and, finally, guidance on working safely with artists’ materials.
The Artist's Complete Book of Drawing Projects
Designed to hone skills, build confidence in your drawing and widen its scope, this practical workbook presents over 100 subjects, progressing from a still life of two pears to much more ambitious projects including a village scene, a sports car, and people on the beach. For each subject, Barrington Barber’s drawing is broken down into five steps, with his works-in-progress sketches and notes on techniques.
The Legend and Legacy of the Warriors of God
Both a religious order and a private army, the Templars were answerable only to the Pope and dominated the politics of the Middle East during the tumultuous age of the Crusades. This book traces the history and changing fortunes of the order, from its foundation in 1119 to its suppression amid accusations of heresy less than two centuries later.
Mapping the Oceans
Discovering the World Beneath Our Seas
Produced in association with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Mapping the Oceans records millennia of human efforts to navigate and chart the seas, first for trade and more recently for research. Illustrated with historic maps, paintings and prints, it explores the development of navigational instruments, the principles of latitude and longitude, marine biology, and the new technologies that have allowed scientists to probe the oceans’ depths.
The History of Britain
From Neolithic Times to the Present Day
Covering the story of Britain in eight chronological sections – on prehistory, Roman Britain, the age of invaders and settlers, medieval, early modern, Georgian and Victorian Britain and the 20th century up to and beyond the millennium – Richard Dargie offers a rapid and very accessible survey of these islands’ history, with timelines, text boxes on special topics and illustrations.
A Practical Course for Artists
Using famous examples from the history of art as well as his original drawings, the artist and teacher Barrington Barber provides inspiration and encouragement as well as practical information on materials and techniques, and he offers insights into the possibilities and the pitfalls of portraiture. After the basics of proportion and composition, the course covers topics including group portraits, dress and props, animals, self-portraits and the art of caricature.
A Practical Course for Artists
Designed for artists of all abilities, this course focuses on the human figure and the techniques required to draw the human body, clothed or unclothed, at rest or in motion. Barber begins with anatomy, from the skeleton to elements such as hands and feet, and goes on to explain how to tackle clothes, various poses, action and facial features, using his own drawings as step-by-step examples and gradually building up to more advanced techniques of figure drawing.
The Dictionary of Mythology
An A–Z of Themes, Legends and Heroes
From Scandinavia to the Pacific Islands, ancient cultures around the world have developed rich mythologies to answer humans’ most fundamental questions. This abridgement of Coleman’s sizeable reference work focuses on recurring themes, such as the significance of twins, dogs and rainbows in different belief systems. It also covers the mass of stories clustered around specific legendary figures, especially King Arthur, and events including Creation and the Trojan War.
Myths and Legends of the Ancient World
Jason’s quest for the golden fleece, Echo’s doomed love for Narcissus and the visits to Hades by Ulysses and Aeneas are among the 49 Greco-Roman myths retold here by expert storytellers of the 19th and early 20th century. Inspired by the versions of ancient authors, they recreate an age when mortal heroes mixed with vengeful gods and faced such dangerous creatures as the Sirens and the Minotaur.
The Travels of Marco Polo
Marco Polo spent 24 years exploring the Mongol empire on behalf of the Emperor Kublaï Khan. His richly detailed travelogue revolutionized medieval Europeans’ knowledge of the East; seven centuries later it continues to convey his wonder at the unusual creatures and customs he encountered.
Since 1609, when they were first published, Shakespeare’s sonnets have fascinated readers, both with the depth of the poet’s insight into the variety of love and the passage time and with the mysteries of the beautiful Young Man, the Rival Poet and the Dark Lady. This volume presents all 154 sonnets, with a brief introduction.
Based on the ordeal of a real castaway, Alexander Selkirk, Defoe's novel is narrated by Crusoe, who tells how he survived a shipwreck and 28 years on a desert island before being rescued by an English ship. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe remains one of the most convincing adventure stories ever written.
The Poetry of Lewis Carroll
As well as the famous ‘Hunting of the Snark’ and verses such as ‘The Mock Turtle’s Song’ from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this little volume brings together less familiar poems from the master of nonsense and wordplay, including ‘Hiawatha’s Photographing’, ‘The Crocodile’ and ‘Phantasmagoria’.
The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
Although famous now for his Gothic horror tales, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) was, first and foremost, a poet: The Raven and Other Poems brought him fame – but not fortune – when it was published in 1845. This collection covers the full range of Poe’s poetry, and includes a selection of prose poems.
The Poetry of Charles Baudelaire
Les Fleurs du mal was the first and most influential book of poems by Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867). Its themes of sex, death and the corruption of the city were considered scandalous when it was first published in 1857; only later was Baudelaire recognized as one of the greatest French poets of the 19th century. This volume presents all his published poetry, including the innovative poems in prose, in translations from classic editions.
On the Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection
A landmark of scientific investigation and discovery by the pioneer of evolutionary biology, Origin of Species (1859) presented Darwin’s revolutionary theory that the process of natural selection ensures the survival of those species most efficiently adapted to their environment. This is a reprint of the sixth (1872) edition, the last published in Darwin’s lifetime.
In this early masterpiece of detective fiction, Rachel Verinder is given the Moonstone, a large Indian diamond, on her 18th birthday. That very night, the jewel is stolen, and the curse of the Moonstone begins; a renowned detective is called in to unravel a mystery involving hypnotism, opium and Indian jugglers. First published in 1868.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
While he was drunk at a fair, the hay-trusser Michael Henchard sold his wife and child to a sailor for five guineas. Alone the next morning, he vowed to mend his ways and eventually, by hard work and good judgement, he became mayor of Casterbridge. Then, 18 years after being sold, his wife returns and Henchard finds he cannot escape his past.