The String Book
Ancient Egyptian surveying equipment, medieval archers’ bows, the rigging of sailing ships and musical instruments are examples of the many uses of string explored in this miscellany. In addition to stories, discoveries, games and scientific theories about string, there is also an illustrated guide to tying 40 of the most useful knots.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
From the first ‘roman’ type cut by Nicolas Jenson in the 1470s to a 21st-century typeface inspired by Gutenberg’s original ‘blackletter’ font, this typographic reference demonstrates the development of letterforms from hand-cut metal punches to fonts designed for setting by linotype and phototype machines and modern digital software. The history and development of each typeface is given and key letters are illustrated and annotated to identify notable characteristics.
A Visual Guide
Beginning with chapters explaining how ‘the weather engine’ works and the role of water, this guide uses diagrams, photographs and satellite imagery, along with concise and informative text, to cover all aspects of weather and climate, including extreme phenomena such as lightning, ice storms and tornadoes, and ending with chapters on global climate and changing climate from the age of the dinosaurs to the threats of ozone depletion and global warming. Slightly off-mint.
Movie Star Chronicles
A Visual History of the World's Greatest Movie Stars
From Amy Adams to Catherine Zeta-Jones, this book profiles over 330 of the most famous names in cinema. Including idols of the silent era as well as today's biggest box-office draws, each biography provides an appraisal of the actor's career, including television and directorial credits, with film stills and a colour-coded timeline charting key performances and awards. The alphabetical listings are interspersed with feature articles on significant themes and picture spreads celebrating some of the best-known stars.
In Search of Lost Frogs
The Campaign to Rediscover the World's Rarest Amphibians
In 2010, an international team of researchers, led by the author of this book, set about searching for rare species of frogs, toads and salamanders that had not been seen for decades. This illustrated record of their quest describes the expeditions to inhospitable environments in South and Central America, India and Africa and details their successes and failures in finding lost species, as well as their identification of new species, such as the so-called 'Monty Burns' toad discovered in Colombia.
Flags of the World
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this A–Z of nations and their flags contains basic information, a summary history and an example of each country’s postage stamps as well as the illustration and full description of its flag. The book also provides introductory sections on topics such as flag history, anatomy and styles; world maps; and illustrated lists of international organizations, sub-national flags, and alphabet and numeral signal flags.
The Bartender's Bible
The 'juniper jewel' has had a long, rollercoaster history, from the 12th-century monks who first steeped herbs in alcohol, through the disreputable 'Gin Lane' days of the 18th century, to today's craft distilleries. This stylishly illustrated book explains what gin is, its ingredients and how it is made. It includes a catalogue of 175 brands from around the world; 18 in-depth profiles of the great distilleries, from Beefeater to Bombay Sapphire; and 10 classic cocktail recipes. Slightly off-mint
Garlic: The Mighty Bulb
Cooking, Growing and Healing with Garlic
Natasha Edwards, who grew up on her parents’ garlic farm on the Isle of Wight, introduces the many properties of ‘the mighty bulb’ in cookery and as medicinal marvel. As well as 50 recipes for dishes and drinks, including the famous Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves and Garlic Bloody Mary, the book provides detailed information and guidance on using garlic in natural remedies, and a final chapter explains how to grow your own. Foreword by Clarissa Dickson Wright.