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 Illustrated with unpublished photographs, his own account of the trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean is supplemented by personal reflections from his daughter Kari, Ranulph Fiennes, Victor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 our ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
The Spirit of Indian Painting
Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900
For Professor Goswamy, an Indian painting ‘presents to us a layered world of meaning’, and his analysis and commentary on each of these 101 paintings encourages the reader to explore them with ‘eyes, mind and heart’. The works are in four sections: Visions, depicting imagined sights such as gods, heroes or the Cosmic Egg; Observation, picturing real scenes and people; Passion, with works inspired by poetry or emotion; and Contemplation, expressed in paintings of holy men.
Paint with the Watercolour Masters
A Step-by-Step Guide to Materials and Techniques for Today's Artists
This practical guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners introduces the methods and materials of watercolour painting and places the art form into historical context, using as examples the works of artists including Glover, Dürer and Sargent. In addition to advice on tools and supplies, there are demonstrations of specific techniques, with detailed instructions for experimenting with the methods of masters such as Cézanne, Turner and Mondrian.
Garden Design Close Up
From Derek Jarman’s postmodern beach to the Italian Romantic and Chinese Classical, 100 gardens from around the world have been chosen for their diversity of style, size and planting. Homing in on specific features of each example, this sourcebook is divided into thematic chapters – Art, Plants, Lifestyle and Environment – and features the work of world-class designers alongside gifted amateurs, providing ideas and inspiration that can be adapted to suit any outdoor space.
Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization
Throughout history, humans have rebuilt settlements destroyed by earthquakes, so that today as many as 60 of the world’s largest cities lie in areas of major seismic activity. Robinson considers how we live with this risk and respond to its challenges: he identifies opportunities for post-disaster renewal and analyses the wider political and economic ramifications of earthquakes, with case studies ranging from the great uprising by ancient Sparta’s subject peoples to debates about nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.
Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill
Jerry Dantzic was commissioned to photograph Billie Holiday during a week-long engagement at Sugar Hill jazz club in Newark, New Jersey, in 1957. Allowed into her inner circle, Dantzic was able to capture intimate moments backstage and at the singer's Manhattan apartment, as well as atmospheric shots of her performances. The 100 images in this portfolio present a poignant portrait of the troubled star two years before her death at the age of 44.
For more than half a century, North Korea has been a pariah state, ruled by a dynasty of Communist autocrats and closed to the outside world. Philippe Chancel obtained rare permission to take photographs there. His calm, restrained images convey an eerie unreality: the meticulously choreographed celebrations, the heroic statues of the Dear Leader, and the broad, empty boulevards. The accompanying essays chart the country’s political history and explore the aesthetic of Chancel’s photographs.
The Complete Sourcebook
This comprehensive and detailed sourcebook comprises over 2,000 specially commissioned illustrations, many in colour, charting the history of the shoe from the Egyptian sandals of 2500 BCE to the baseball boots of the 21st century. Each example is carefully described, including details of materials, decorations and fastenings. The reference section provides short biographies of leading designers and companies, and a visual timeline shows the development of footwear through the centuries.
The Romans Who Shaped Britain
This vividly drawn history of Britannia puts the people of the province ‘back at the heart of the story’. Combining evidence from ancient texts and modern archaeology, the authors reassess familiar rulers and rebels, such as Claudius and Hadrian, Boudica and Caratacus. They also discuss the influential roles played by many lesser-known figures and stress the importance of considering the actions of both Romans and Britons within the changing political and economic contexts of the wider empire.
A Short History
Dismayed by historians’ focus on the British imperial era, Andrew Robinson, the author of books on Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray, presents a non-academic study of India, from the Indus Valley civilization of the third millennium BCE, to the present day. Robinson tackles significant aspects in India’s story, rather than aiming to be comprehensive, and treats individuals, ideas and cultures as equal in importance to the rise and fall of kingdoms, political parties and economies.
The Great Explorers
The achievements of 40 of the world’s greatest explorers are celebrated in this collection of essays, from the epic maritime voyages of 500 years ago to Gertrude Bell’s travels in Mesopotamia, and from Nain Singh’s Tibetan journey to Jacques Cousteau’s deep-sea dives. Written by a team of distinguished travel writers, historians and broadcasters and extensively illustrated with historic images, the selection follows the pioneers on land, at sea, across deserts and polar ice, and into space.
The Fall of the Ancient Maya
Solving the Mystery of the Maya Collapse
While the downfall of the Maya has variously been attributed to earthquake, famine, plague and war, this account of their demise, which critically evaluates many of the proposed causes, asks not so much how this civilisation collapsed, but whatSlightly off-mint.
20th Century Jewelry
The Complete Sourcebook
This encyclopedic guide for enthusiasts, designers and students features 1,500 illustrations charting every kind of jewellery developed in the 20th century. From the Art Nouveau designs of the beginning of the century to the classical retrospective creations of the 1990s, the pieces are depicted in colour and briefly described in a separate key, with a reference section providing visual timelines, a concise bibliography, and biographies of the leading designers and companies.
Magnum Photos: London
These iconic images from photographic agency Magnum span more than 80 years and reflect diverse aspects of life in London, from red buses and the excited crowd watching the 1937 coronation parade to a tranquil morning swim in Hampstead in 2014. The collection includes work by such celebrated photographers as Robert Capa, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold and Martin Parr.
The Atlas of the Real World
Mapping the Way We Live
Cartograms are digitally modified maps that enlarge or reduce areas of the globe to reflect statistical data. This flexibound atlas contains 382 such cartograms in full colour, depicting a broad range of topics: population, transport, natural resources, trade, food sources, health, wealth and poverty, war, crime, the environment and pollution. This revised second edition includes 16 new maps on the world’s religious beliefs. The result is a powerful and surprising visual presentation of the way people live around the world. Slightly off-mint.
Ravilious & Co
The Pattern of Friendship
An ‘outbreak of talent’ was how Paul Nash described the group of students he taught at the Royal College of Art in 1924–5. Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx formed the core of a network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Nash. This group biography explores their lives and relationships from the 1920s to Ravilious’s death in 1942 and, with reproductions of over 200 examples, it examines their painting, illustration and a variety of work in commercial design.
Madness in Civilization
A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine
The many different manifestations of mental illness are the subject of this panoramic work of social history. Its eminent author provocatively argues that we remain far from understanding the roots of madness and that modern psychiatry has much to learn from the responses of past societies. Scull explains how madness has been understood, through the lenses of medicine, pharmacology, religion and psychology, as a frightening challenge to the social fabric, and as a profound influence on the arts.
An Illustrated Biography
Bapu, ‘father of the nation’, the Mahatma: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948) was relentless in his pursuit of equality, justice and India’s independence, leading non-violent protest from the 1930 Salt March that challenged a British monopoly, to 1948 and his final fast to improve Muslim and Hindu relations after Partition. Using contemporary accounts and 275 illustrations, Kapoor’s biography examines the contradictions of Gandhi’s character as well as his unparalleled achievements.
People and the Sky
Our Ancestors and the Cosmos
Since the late 19th century, when lighting was first introduced to city streets, urban populations have lost most access to the night sky. Our ancestors, on the other hand, were highly attuned to the stars, their constellations and diurnal rhythms enabling them to entertain, farm, hunt and navigate. This book looks at how ancient societies as far flung as Polynesia, China, the Americas and Europe relied upon the stars for their survival and happiness. Off-mint.
Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape from Charlemagne to Piero della Francesca
Ranging from the 9th century to the 15th, this collection of short biographies introduces 70 notable men and women from Europe and the Middle East. Dispelling popular myths about the medieval world’s ‘backwardness’, the book highlights the achievements of familiar figures such as Joan of Arc, the Venetian traveller Marco Polo and Persian polymath Avicenna, as well as lesser-known individuals such as the clockmaker and leper Richard of Wallingford. More than 170 colour illustrations complement the text.
Mary Queen of Scots
‘No man saw her without love,’ wrote a contemporary French chronicler, ‘or will read her story without pity.’ More than four centuries after her death, Mary, Queen of Scots remains a compelling figure. This book recreates her dramatic life and the courtly, intrigue-ridden world in which she lived. Its 194 colour illustrations include portraits, sketches and colour photographs of the castles and palaces in England, Scotland and France where her tragic story was played out. Off-mint.
The Strife of Love in a Dream
Describing Poliphilo’s quest for his beloved Polia, Colonna’s arcane allegorical romance of 1499 is unapologetically pagan, suffused with eroticism and composed in highly stylized Italian. This translation, featuring the 174 original woodcuts, is the first complete rendering of the work into English. It allows the modern reader access to a text that provides valuable insights into Renaissance ideas about gardens and architecture – and recently inspired the bestselling novel The Rule of Four. Off-mint and American-cut pages.
‘Even in his own lifetime Handel passed from being an individual to an institution’: in this acclaimed biography the conductor Christopher Hogwood assembles documentary evidence to take us back to the original Handel. After tracing the composer’s career from his early years in Germany to fame as an opera composer in London, Hogwood ends the book by surveying the posthumous development of the Handel legend. This revised edition features a new afterword that provides analysis of recent advances in Handelian scholarship. (First published in 1984.)
The Greeks Overseas
Their Early Colonies and Trade
Described by the TLS as ‘a masterly summary’, this is a classic study of the earliest Greek trading posts and colonies. Boardman explains what archaeology has revealed about the Greeks’ travels as far afield as southern Egypt and northern Spain; he also highlights how much Greek arts and culture owed to foreign influences. This fourth edition features an extra chapter on recently discovered evidence and fresh theoretical approaches to the interpretation of this important period of European history.
Fashion Since 1900
The Complete Sourcebook
This largely pictorial volume is divided into ten sections, focusing on each decade of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Colour illustrations chart the changing face of fashion, showing underwear, leisure wear, day wear, evening dresses, bridal gowns and accessories for each period, with notes on dates, materials, styles and designs. Short biographies of relevant couturiers and designers are provided, with an illustrated chart of how styles developed through the century. Slightly off-mint.
The Basilica of St Francis in Assisi
The Basilica complex in Assisi is not only the burial place of St Francis but also a treasure house of art by great painters of the 13th and 14th centuries, such as Giotto and Lorenzetti. Featuring 335 colour illustrations, this book forms a guided tour of the Upper Church, where frescoes illustrate the saint’s life and depict biblical scenes, and the Lower Church, with its magnificent chapels and the crypt housing St Francis’ remains.
Making Sense of Buddhist Art & Architecture
This guide to Buddhist architecture and iconography, from caves, pagodas, stupas and temples, to carvings, illustrations, mandalas and statues, interprets the forms and symbolism of 100 key historic sites and artworks with reference to the beliefs and narratives of the religion. Illustrated with full-page colour photography, each entry includes precise dates, dimensions and materials used, with a spiritual quotation and a sidebar indicating related works.