British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War
After an introduction discussing the First World War as fought in colonial Africa, this study focuses on the little-known existence of black British soldiers, born and domiciled in the United Kingdom, who enlisted for military service during the War.
Culture, History, Place
Marking Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture in 2017, this volume of illustrated essays and articles covers topics ranging from prehistoric settlement to the city’s university librarian and poet, Philip Larkin, and contemporary music festivals. Bound in blue, gold-embossed linen. Slip-cased.
Gifts for the Gods
Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies and the British
Cats, birds and crocodiles are among the animals mummified in quantity by the ancient Egyptians and deposited as votive offerings. With contributions from 19 experts, this collection of illustrated essays details animals’ role in Egyptian religion and traces both the British fascination with such artefacts and the recent development of innovative techniques for studying them.
A Cultural History
Édith Piaf (1915–1963) began her singing career on the streets of Pigalle in 1929; at her death in 1963, she had become an icon of French chanson. In this study, Looseley examines ‘the cultural phenomenon known as Édith Piaf’ and argues that it was a deliberate invention.
The Della Robbia Pottery
From Renaissance to Regent Street
The Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead was founded in 1894 by Harold Rathbone. A junior member of a wealthy and influential family, Harold was free to pursue an artistic career and his pottery was inspired by his studies of Renaissance art in Italy and the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. In six essays, this slim volume explores the pottery, its inspiration and the distinctive output of ceramics created there before its closure in 1906.
Gregory of Tours
Glory of the Confessors
One of the less well-known works by Gregory, Bishop of Tours (575 to 594), this text is a series of anecdotes about ‘confessors’, whose faith was manifest in their exemplary lives, and their miracles. Translated, with introduction and notes for the Translated Texts for Historians series
Shipping Enterprise and Management, 1830–1939
Harrisons of Liverpool
Focusing on the shipping firm T & J Harrison, managers of the Charente Steam-Ship Company, this study examines the achievements of its decision-makers in the context of enterprise and economic growth in the shipping industry. Bears old cover price and off-mint. May smell musty.
Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire&Worcestershire
Beginning with an essay outlining the distinct features of public sculpture in the area, this fourth volume on the West Midlands covers public sculpture ranging in date from medieval times to 2005 and including church monuments by Roubiliac, Rysbrack, Nollekens, Flaxman and Chantry. The book is arranged alphabetically by location within each of the three counties.
Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (exc. Liverpool)
Covering an area that has eleven major cities and towns, excluding Liverpool (the subject of Vol 1) this detailed survey covers sculptures ranging from the relatively sparse number of medieval church monuments to W Goscombe John’s magnificent Port Sunlight War Memorial (1921) and Jaume Plensa’s Dream (2008–9) at the former Sutton Manor Colliery. The entries are arranged alphabetically by location.
Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860-1920
In response to theologians’ quest for the historical Jesus, a new genre of Gospel-inspired fictional reconstructions became increasingly popular during the Victorian period. By exploring how such writers as Oscar Wilde, George Moore and Marie Corelli used fiction to revitalize the Scriptures, Stevens shows that they not only helped to disseminate modernist theology to the reading public but also set down the template for a literary tradition within which later authors, from Robert Graves to Dan Brown, have worked.
Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster
Public Sculpture if Britain Volume Fourteen
The first volume on Westminster covers an area stretching from Marylebone Road, across much of the West End to Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament and down to Victoria and Millbank. It describes the whole range of commemorative monuments, fountains and free standing works of art, but excludes sculptures that are integral to buildings.
Fat, Gluttony and Sloth PB
Putting the current obesity epidemic in historical perspective, this study explores fatness in art, literature and the history of medicine, from the Venus of Willendorf to Monty Python’s Mr Creosote. Starting with the medical understanding of obesity, the authors discuss topics such as the history of food and drink; fat people on show; diet drugs; the deadly sins of gluttony and sloth; and how the desirable body shape has changed over time.
Requiring shallow, warm, clean waters to thrive, a coral is a colony of tiny sac-like polyps that over time produces calcified stony reefs of fabulous colour and complexity. This exhibition catalogue, inspired by the collection at the Manchester Museum, presents a series of essays examining various aspects of coral, including its use in jewellery and ornament; its symbolic importance throughout history; its unusual natural history; and the sensitivity of coral reefs to climate change and pollution.
Earlier British Paintings
In the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House
More than 300 paintings by British artists born before 1770, including Gainsborough, Hogarth, Hilliard, Kneller and Stubbs, are featured in this catalogue raisonné of the renowned collection of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Sudley House. The author – a former Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool – weaves an eloquent path through the history of collecting and taste as he describes each one. All are reproduced in black and white; a selection of the best are also printed in colour.
Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume One
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Fourteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. The first volume on Westminster covers the whole range of commemorative monuments, fountains and free-standing works of art, but excludes sculptures that are integral to buildings.