Discover the Secrets of Our Planet's Iconic Structures
Continent by continent, the Polish graphic designer Micha? Gaszy?ski presents the world’s architectural and engineering masterpieces, each illustrated in his distinctive style and accompanied by facts and statistics about the buildings’ construction, architectural style and history. The book covers ancient monuments such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, places of worship, practical structures including the Suez Canal and Australia’s rabbit and dingo fences, the most remarkable skyscrapers and, beyond the planet, the International Space station.
After an introduction to the craft brewing industry and the various styles produced, award-winning drinks writer Dominic Roskrow gives his expert opinion on over 100 beers from around the world, with a full-page photo of the bottle or can and details of producer, area of origin, variety and alcohol by volume (ABV).
Learn to Draw Fantasy Art
This step-by-step guide provides an introduction to the techniques of professional illustration for fantasy art. In addition to basic drawing skills, it demonstrates how to capture a range of characters, including animals, demons and magicians, add settings and create atmosphere.
A Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, this collection of illustrated essays explores mankind’s fascination with the planet’s only natural satellite. Themed sections explore how the moon has been observed and charted throughout history and how it has influenced human culture from ancient myths and folklore to space-age fashion. A final section examines how scientific knowledge and cultural responses to the moon have developed in the years since the end of the Apollo programme. Slightly off-mint.
50 Journeys that Changed Our World
Spanning five continents and several centuries, the journeys in this book are united by their feats of endurance and lasting impact. Some, such as Columbus’s 1492 landfall in the Americas, changed the course of history; others, such as Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle, altered the way we see the world. Illustrated with historical and modern maps and photographs, they include Amelia Earhart’s transatlantic flight, the voyages of Zheng He, and the travels of Ibn Battuta.
The A to Z History of London
Since the early 1930s, when Phyllis Pearsall walked the streets of London preparing the first Geographers’ A–Z Street Atlas, the capital has undergone tremendous expansions and transformations. Using the graphic mapping of A–Zs since 1936, Philip Parker first outlines the city’s history, then examines themes that have preoccupied Londoners since the 1930s, including public housing, transport and cultural diversity; and looks at eleven locations, among them Canary Wharf and Nine Elms, that have changed dramatically.
The Holy Bible
Containing the Old and New Testaments
Writing in 1828, Lord Macaulay described the King James Bible as ‘a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power’, and for many people today, this 400-year-old translation remains the finest. Marking Collins’s 200th anniversary, this edition continues the company’s tradition of Bible publishing; it presents the complete Old and New Testaments, with a foreword by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. Bound in white covers with gold lettering.
60 Stories of Places Where Time has Stopped
Machu Picchu, lost for four centuries after the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire; Bodie, a ’49ers mining town, abandoned when the gold ran out; Nara Dreamland in Japan, an amusement park that couldn’t compete with Disneyland... These are among the 60 places described and photographed by Richard Happer. They range from single buildings to entire islands (St Kilda and Easter Island), each location abandoned after falling foul of economic downturn, technological progress, politics, natural disaster or war.
History of Britain in Maps
Including the earliest known map of pre-Roman roads and one showing Beeching's proposed cuts to the railways in the early 1960s, Philip Parker presents reproductions of around 90 maps and uses the complex information they contain to trace the history of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from prehistory to the 2016 EU Referendum. The book illustrates how maps reflect not only the cartographer’s skill and geographical knowledge, but also the preoccupations of their times and, not infrequently, the political motives of their makers.
The World's Heritage
The Definitive Guide to All 1007 World Heritage Sites
UNESCO's 'guide to the world’s most extraordinary places' presents all 1,007 sites on the World Heritage List, first mapped by continent, then arranged chronologically by the year in which they were inscribed on the List. From the Galápagos Islands (added 1978) to the rich biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (added 2014), the guide covers a remarkable range of monuments and landscapes, with cultural, natural and mixed sites, each described individually and the majority shown in photographs.
For the Incurably Curious
Where are the world’s highest mountains, its longest rivers, its deepest oceans? Which country is the largest producer of cinnamon, and how heavy is the world’s heaviest insect? With distinctive maps and a wonderful miscellany of information on subjects from ancient history to football, economics to endangered animals, every page in this unusual atlas is a voyage of discovery. There are maps of the world (including one showing the early explorers’ routes), whole continents, regions, countries and the oceans.
Black's Guide to Scotland
Picturesque Tourist Guide 1840
Published in 1840 by Adam and Charles Black of Edinburgh, this ‘Picturesque Tourist’ guide promises ‘engraved charts and views of the scenery, plans of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a copious itinerary’. Arranged as 14 tours, the guide also assures the reader of accurate, plain and intelligible accounts, with much information on tradition, history and associations – a swipe at the purple prose of rival guides. The present book is a facsimile reprint of the first edition. No jacket.
Brain of Britain
Ultimate Quiz Book
Starting as What Do You Know? in 1953, and changing its title in 1967, BBC Radio 4's Brain of Britain is probably ‘the most venerable of general knowledge quizzes anywhere’. With this book you can challenge your own brain with 2,000 questions (50 quizzes of 40 questions each) drawn from the programme’s archives. By way of introduction, the current presenter, Russell Davies, has written a history of Brain of Britain and shares his thoughts on ‘this quiz lark’.
World Railway Journeys
Across five continents, Julian Holland travelled on some of the world’s most remote and rugged railways, such as the Ferrocarril del Sur, climbing from Peru’s Pacific coast into the high Andes, but he also sought out less well-known railways kept alive by enthusiasts, tourists and heritage-minded governments. Here, he describes 50 journeys – under steam, diesel or electric power – along lines as varied as Le Petit Train Jaune in the French Pyrenees and ‘The Ghan’, crossing Australia from Adelaide to Darwin.
Exploring Britain's Lost Railways
Thousands of miles of Britain's railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the infamous 'Beeching Report' in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, some of the old trackbeds have been converted to footpaths and cycleways – hidden byways through beautiful, tranquil countryside. Richly illustrated with maps and photographs, old and new, this book explores 50 of these routes, outlining their history and describing what they have to offer today's walkers, cyclists and railway enthusiasts.
Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide
1853 Railway Handbook of Europe
‘The rigid regulations of the Continental Police, and the Passport custom, are the two greatest annoyances experienced by English travellers on the Continent.’ No intrepid Victorian would have ventured across the Channel without heeding the advice of Bradshaw’s guide. Packed with railway timetables, hotel recommendations, maps, period advertisements and practical information, this new, large-format version of the 1853 edition, as featured in the TV series Great Continental Railway Journeys, evokes an age when rail travel was an adventurous novelty.
Mapping the Second World War
Not to be confused with Michael Swift and Michael Sharp's study of the European theatre with the same title (Postscript 224148), this book makes use of Imperial War Museums' extensive collection of charts from all conflict zones, many carrying significant tactical markings. Notable among more than 150 examples are planning maps for the projected German invasion of Britain, RAF target maps of German cities, naval charts of U-boat sightings and sinkings, and an American target map of Hiroshima.
The Times Aviators
A History in Photographs
Decades before the Wright Brothers' first flight, many pioneers had claimed partial successes with flying machines and this illustrated history begins with some fascinating photographs of these 19th century aviators and their creations. Led by the historic images, the book takes the story on through the feats of record breakers such as Bleriot and Lindbergh and the aces of two world wars, to the first commercial flights and the modern era of fast jets and giant passenger airliners.
The Times Explorers
The exploration of uncharted terrain has always stirred the human imagination. Illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of The Times, this handsome volume charts the achievements of the men and women who have pushed forward the boundaries of our geographical knowledge. Focusing on each of the world's most challenging terrains – mountains, ice, jungles, deserts, seas and deep caves – it retells the dramatic expeditions of Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Amundsen, Freya Stark, Edmund Hillary and many others.
As the climate continues to change, we need more than ever to understand how weather affects the world around us. This practical, user-friendly guide explains basic phenomena such as wind, clouds and precipitation, along with extreme events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Packed with full-colour photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams, it also explains forecasting techniques – and their limitations – and examines global warming and our influence on the weather. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Ever since our ancestors first contemplated the majesty of the heavens, people have felt a profound curiosity about realms beyond the Earth. This authoritative, fully illustrated book provides an accessible introduction to the science of the universe. Starting with our own planet, it explores our neighbours in the solar system, before moving out into the vastness of intergalactic space. It also charts the history of astronomy. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Collins World Atlas
Beginning with a section of world maps and diagrams and data on topics including climate, earthquakes and volcanoes, urbanization and communications, this atlas contains full-page, accurate physical mapping of the continents, Oceania, the oceans and polar regions, with illustrated introductions to their physical and political geography. There is also a full listing of states and territories, 'world ranking' tables, and a complete index of place names.
The New Naturalist Library
Terns are small, graceful seabirds commonly seen around our shores in summer months. This guide to the five species breeding in Britain and Ireland draws on a wealth of new information to describe their features, behaviour, habitats, breeding patterns and migration, and the measures in place to protect their populations from coastal flooding, changes in land use and conflict with humans.