A History of Deception, 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies
Judgement Days that never happened, too many pieces of the True Cross, spirit mediums, the forged evidence against Dreyfus, a fake Modigliani nude, and pseudocides ... Exploring the ‘vast swamp of morally dubious incidents’, this history reflects on how the unsuspecting are duped, as well as the dishonesty and ingenuity of the deceivers. All the most notorious forgers and confidence tricksters are here, along with some well-intentioned trickery such as Britain’s Operation Mincemeat during the Second World War.
Vatican Art Deck
Exploring the treasures of the Vatican’s museums, palaces and the Basilica of St Peter, this set of 100 cards covers ancient sculpture and details of Renaissance architecture as well as frescos and paintings by Michelangelo, Raphael, Fra Angelico, Titian, Caravaggio, Poussin and many others. Each card measures 162 x 162 mm, with a reproduction or photograph on one side and a description of the work by the art historian Anja Grebe on the reverse. Boxed set.
Historic Maps and Views of New York
The 24 images in this collection begin with the earliest known map of the area – hand-drawn in the seventeenth century and depicting plantations and American Indian settlements – and trace New York’s evolution into a modern city, as seen in a satellite photograph. They include historic drawings of Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and a proposed plan for Central Park, and are designed to be easily removed and framed. Separate pages with extended captions detail the historical context of each map and view. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Rolling Stones All The Songs
The Story Behind Every Track
Keith Richards claims he wrote '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' in his sleep, only discovering the now-familiar riff when he listened to a cassette tape that had been accidentally left running. The writing and recording of all 340 of the Stones’ tracks are explored in this compendium, which is illustrated with contemporary photographs of the band, their gear, and other musicians and people associated with the recordings. Off-mint.
Bob Dylan All the Songs
The Story Behind Every Track
From You’re No Good in 1962 to the Shadows in the Night album of 2015, these are the stories of every recording session, album and single release of Bob Dylan’s long career, illustrated with over 500 photographs of Dylan and musicians who have played with him or interpreted his songs. Off-mint.
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.
The Visible Spectrum and Beyond
The light penetrating our eyes, an incoming call on a mobile phone, or an X-ray at the dentist: all are different kinds of light, or electromagnetic radiation. This illustrated guide to the electromagnetic spectrum explores the nature of light wavelength by wavelength – radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma-rays – revealing the properties, characteristics and practical applications of each type of radiation with incisive explanations, diagrams and hundreds of full-colour photographs.
The Story of the Holy Father
Pope Francis is revered the world over for his humility, charisma and reforming agenda. This Vatican-endorsed biography recounts his parents’ emigration from Italy, his childhood love of soccer, his calling to the priesthood and his formative encounter with poverty as a missionary in Chile. Illustrated with more than 250 photographs, the book contains 50 removable documents including facsimiles of his baptismal certificate and handwritten notes as Pope.