Pens Ink & Places
Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012. The book reveals the remarkable variety of Blake’s work, with examples that range in scale from book illustrations for The Fables of La Fontaine to wall-sized drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and across subjects from Claridge's Hotel (for a champagne advertisement) to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker.
The Good Citizen's Alphabet
And History of the World in Epitome
A is for Asinine, Z is for Zeal in this alphabet written, with ‘no purpose beyond fun’, by the philosopher by Bertrand Russell. It was originally given to his friends Stefan and Franciszka Themerson as a Christmas present in 1952 and only later published with drawings by Franciszka. Russell’s playful satire on 26 political and rhetorical words is reprinted here, along with his six-line History of the World in Epitome (for use in Martian infant schools) – a title almost as long as the text.
Lifting the Lid on Women's Lives
This social history examines the lives of late 19th- and early 20th-century women at home and at work through the changing appearance of the buttons that decorated and fastened their clothes. Lynn Knight explores the role of these accessories as emblems of security, identity and independence and explains how each example represents an era or a vanished way of life, from Victorian mourning attire to Biba’s large statement buttons of the 1970s.
Crossing the Channel
British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
During the period between the restoration of the French monarchy at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, hostility in politics between Britain and France gave way to mutual admiration in the arts. This magnificent catalogue of a 2003 exhibition at Tate Britain deals mainly with painting and brings together works by major figures such as Constable, Delacroix, Turner and Vernet to explore how artists from each country influenced their counterparts on the other side of the Channel.
Whose Eyes are These?
This inventive picture book uses geometric illustrations to introduce nine creatures of land and sea. For each, the opening spread shows only a large pair of eyes; next, their owner is pictured with a brief, humorous description; and the final challenge is to find the animal camouflaged in its natural habitat. Age 4+
A Keepsake Activity Book
This activity book, which includes a sheet of silver star stickers, presents over 20 illustrations to be completed using the sort of tiny treasures – buttons, feathers, leaves, ribbons – that can be discovered around the home. It encourages children to develop their skills of observation and imagination, and shows how to create a unique collage on every page. Age 4+
Impressionists in London
The EY Exhibition: French Artists in Exile 1870–1904
This finely illustrated catalogue to the Tate Britain and Petit Palais exhibitions of 2017–18 celebrates the numerous French artists who fled the Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune of 1870–71 for exile in London. Here they absorbed London’s architecture, society and skylines into their socially conscious artworks. Stellar talents such as Monet and Pissarro feature alongside less well known artists including James Tissot, Charles-François Daubigny and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
The Hunting of the Snark
The Bellman, with his crew of Barrister, Beaver and Butcher, Baker and Banker, sets off in search of the Snark again, but this time his strange quest is recorded in drawings by the Tove Jansson, the creator of Moomin. The pictures, originally drawn for a Swedish-language edition in 1959, breathe new life into the English text of this wonderful adventure. Slightly off-mint. Felt tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Give Me Tomorrow
This catalogue for the 2012–13 Tate St Ives retrospective of American painter Alex Katz (b. 1927) spans the full breadth of his career, highlighting paintings created at his seaside retreat of Lincolnville, Maine. It also includes three essays and an artist Q and A. Slightly off-mint.
Laughter Is a Devastating Weapon
Born Helmut Herzfeld in 1891 and anglicizing his name in protest against German nationalism in 1916, John Heartfield became a political artist unrivalled in the 20th century, who pushed political satire to surrealist extremes in anti-Nazi and anti-capitalist graphic art and photomontage. This volume presents a short biography of Heartfield and reproductions of his finest work, setting the original artworks alongside the published versions.
To Strive, to Seek, to Find
Tennyson was the most successful English poet of the Victorian age, adored by a vast readership that included the queen herself. Yet his success was neither the triumph of pure genius nor an accident of history – as this meticulous biography demonstrates, he skilfully crafted his own career. Charting his progress from Romantic radical to Poet Laureate, it shows how he transformed personal tragedy into poetry, and how he ultimately became a prisoner of the fame he so ardently desired.