Organized alphabetically by designer, this volume presents images and brief notes about 340 iconic sofas, from the modernist and geometric designs of Alvar Aalto and Walter Gropius in the early 20th century to Studio 65’s bright red Dalí-inspired ‘Bocca’ (lips) of 1970 and the sculptural forms created recently by Zaha Hadid.
Sentinels of the Sea
A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past
The extraordinary saga of the Eddystone Lighthouse serves as prologue to this engrossing and authoritative study of the history and construction of lighthouses, the development of their lights and lenses and the ‘splendours and miseries’ of the lighthouse keepers’ work. Among the period drawings, architectural plans and photographs evoking the bygone era of manned lighthouses are visual surveys and details of 100 of the most famous; and the book ends with their demise in the era of automation, radar and GPS.
Our Human Story
Exploring the human experience through the representation of the face in art, Debra Mancoff presents over 360 artefacts ranging from prehistoric figurines to Renaissance drawings, and from 16th-century African masks to 20th-century photographs, all selected from the British Museum’s collections. The book is arranged by theme, from birth and childhood, through love and beauty, faith, power and identity to death – the gallery of faces ending with an Aztec human skull covered in turquoise and lignite mosaic.
Animals in Art From the Ice Age to Our Age
Drawing on the British Museum’s collections, Christopher Masters presents a survey of animals in art across time and cultures, from the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god Anubis to Beatrix Potter’s drawings of the Flopsy Bunnies. The gallery of over 260 images is in sections on wild, domestic, exotic and symbolic animals and mythical creatures and presents a great diversity of artefacts, including drawings by Dürer, Meissen porcelain pug dogs, a Chinese iron sculpture of a carp, and a sleeping rat netsuke.
The Earth from the Air
An international bestseller when it was first published, The Earth from the Air is a visual record of the world's diversity. In evaluating recent developments this revised edition reveals the earth’s fragility and the impact of humanity, but most of all the beauty of the natural world. In addition to the images for which the original is renowned, this version includes 100 new photographs and seven new essays by experts on environmental issues.
A Cultural History
Mapping the cultural history of the self-portrait from the Middle Ages to the proliferation of self-images by contemporary artists, the art historian and critic James Hall explores a number of themes and the many motivations for making a self-portrait. Alongside paintings by famous self-portraitists such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Courbet and Edvard Munch, the discussion embraces many less well-known works by artists including Jan van Eyck, Perugino, James Barry and Frida Kahlo.
The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Provence
This celebration of small Provence towns takes the reader from the Alps and the Luberon to the vineyards of the Var and coastal resorts like Hyères. Photographs of terracotta roofs, fountains in village squares and Roman remains accompany brief guides to the history and culture of each place featured, including L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s antique markets, and Grasse, perfume capital of the world.
Street Photography Notecards – 16 Notecards with Envelopes
Since 1947 the co-operative Magnum Photos has chronicled the peoples, cultures, events and issues of the time. Presented in a cardboard case, each of the notecards in this collection features a different iconic street scene by photographers including Martin Parr, Thomas Hoepker and Martine Freck .
The Greeks in Asia
Surveying artistic, archaeological and literary sources, Boardman demonstrates the extent of ancient Greek cultural interactions with the much older civilizations of Central Asia, India and Western China. He discusses how the Greeks ‘came to leave a very distinctive imprint on the lives and arts of many distant peoples’, not least through the enduring influence of their art on the Buddhist Gandhara sculptural style.
Five Centuries of British Painting
From Holbein to Hodgkin
Andrew Wilton provides a highly illustrated overview of British art over the past five hundred years, from hesitant beginnings under the influence of Holbein up to 20th Century Modernism as embodied by the Bloomsbury Group. Slightly off-mint.
Fashion and the Art of Pochoir
The Golden Age of Illustration in Paris
In the early 20th century, the ancient hand-stencilling technique known as pochoir was re-imagined and innovatively integrated into the world of elite fashion publishing. Showcasing examples taken from the design books of leading French couturiers and high-end style magazines between 1908 and 1925, this detailed history of the artform includes biographical descriptions of the featured illustrators and designers.
Early Greek Vase Painting
11th–6th Centuries BC
John Boardman traces the development of Greek vase painting before the Classical period, from the ‘Dark Ages’, through the Geometric and Orientalizing styles, to the regional schools of the 6th century, which competed with the dominant Corinthian and Athenian painters.
Carpets of the Art Deco Era
This illustrated volume studies the influence of early 20th century avant-garde art and architecture on the design of carpets, from the roots of an abstract approach in the stylized natural forms of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau to the bold colour and shape of Art Deco. The survey reviews regional styles across Europe and America and includes designs by celebrated artists including Léger and Miró.
Design, Style and History
Formerly a family and tribal signifier and later a symbol of Indonesian independence and identity, Batik is now a fabric in demand worldwide. Fiona Kerlogue explores its origins, regional traditions and themes, and considers how modern influences such as industrialization and war have influenced its production. She presents an illustrated index of motifs and their meanings, plus an international listing of collections.
The Autobiography of a Snake
In the early 1960s Andy Warhol was a successful fashion illustrator and graphic designer and one of his early clients was the reptile leather company Fleming-Joffe Ltd. When the company won a prestigious award, Warhol created a slide show of ‘Noa the Boa, a snake with a passion for fashion’ for the presentation. This is Noa’s story, published for the first time from the original drawings now in the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Off-mint.
The Altering Eye
Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
In 1949 Georgia O’Keeffe donated 1,600 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz to the National Gallery, Washington: the ‘Key Set’ that became the touchstone for the Gallery’s collection, now comprising 15,000 American and European photographs. This magnificent volume presents 290 of its finest examples, from Fox Talbot’s Leaf Study (1839/40) to Adam Fuss’s daguerreotype For Allegra (2012) and includes work by virtually every great photographer, along with essays on the evolution of the medium and some of its most important practitioners.
This updated edition showcases the work of Australia's indigenous artists across all media. Illustrated throughout, it highlights the impact of urban living, the growth of supportive local art centres, and the rise of female practitioners, all testifying to Aboriginal art's continued dynamism and vitality.
Patterns of India
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 12 Gift Tags
Printed with abstract floral designs from Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India by Henry Wilson, this gift wrap book comprises ten brightly coloured and folded papers and 12 gift tags. Perforated for easy removal, each sheet measures 680x480mm.
Hirameki: Draw What You See
36 Placemats for Mealtime Doodling Fun!
A springboard for creative doodling, these paper placemats feature blots of colour that just need a few pencil strokes to become monsters, vehicles or birds. Ideal for mealtimes or rainy days, there are 4 mats of 9 different designs.
The Whole Story
Presenting the ‘big picture’, this broad overview of the major cultures and sites of archaeological importance begins in deep prehistory (4 million–10,000 BCE), continues through the shift from hunting to farming, the rise of civilizations, antiquity, and the medieval period, to the modern era, and ends with a chapter on how archaeology works. As well as richly illustrated descriptions of sites such as Lascaux, Stonehenge and the Great Wall, the entries cover regions, empires and peoples on every continent.
Best Games - 2 Books
These colourful books, printed on thick card, contain everything you need to play ten board games, with double-sided boards and counters to punch out, a die to assemble, clear explanations of the rules and a note of how long each game takes to play. Age 8+ and not suitable for children under 3. The two titles included in this set are: The 10 Best Games of All Time (Read more...) The 10 Best Games in the World (Read more...)
The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy
Organized by département – Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Nièvre and Saône-et-Loire – this celebration of the ancient communities of Burgundy presents more than 250 photographs and detailed captions. Each village is introduced with historical and architectural notes, and three additional chapters focus in turn on the region's gastronomic tradition, its Romanesque structures and its distinctive patterned roofs. Also included are a map and traveller's guide.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany
The granite-built communities of Brittany lie nestled within a varied landscape comprising jagged coastline, fertile plains and wild moorland. Arranged by département – Finistère, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor and Ille-et-Vilaine – this volume offers detailed historical and cultural notes about each of the featured locations, accompanied by more than 250 photographs of village architecture and scenes of village life, a map and a traveller's guide. Slightly off-mint
Lives of the Great Photographers
Juliet Hacking presents brief biographies of 38 major figures in the history of photography, arranged alphabetically from Ansel Adams to Madame Yevonde, the art and portrait photographer celebrated for her early use of colour. Each profile is illustrated by a portrait or self-portrait of the subject and one or two examples of his or her work.
Fit Men Wanted
Original Posters from the Home Front
Recruitment posters were a key tool in getting men and women to enlist during the First and Second World Wars and public notices of all kinds were further used to inform and direct the population’s behaviour. This collection of 62 detachable facsimile posters ranges from the blunt ‘Men of Hull Get a Move On’ to the surprising ‘Attack With Your Wastepaper’ and ‘Sultanas are News’.
The illustrations in this activity book, when the pages are held up to the light, reveal the inner workings of everyday objects so that external and internal views can be seen simultaneously. Among the topics explored are the human body, a car, a house and a tree. There are also pages where children can provide their own pictures of what lies inside. Age 4+
100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles
Touring, mountain, road and recumbent bicycles, BMX bikes, tandems and folding bikes... Each of 100 modern-era bicycles is photographed against an immaculate white background for these semi-matt postcards. There are technical details on the reverse sides and the whole set is contained in a smart red and white card box.
Mapping the World's Greatest Mountains
Combining the German Aerospace Center’s technology with the experiences of climbers, this volume profiles 13 mountains, each with a history of early ascents and a mountaineer’s personal account of climbing it, geographical information, photographs, 3D maps and ‘virtual’ images created from high-resolution satellite data.
Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds
The BP Exhibition
Beneath the waters of Abukir Bay, at the edge of the north-western Nile delta, lie the submerged remains of the ancient Egyptian cities Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. This volume, which accompanied the British Museum exhibition in 2016, describes the technical challenges that faced the underwater archaeologists; presents, with over 270 illustrations, the submerged buildings and artefacts, including jewellery and ceramics, that have been found; and discusses how these discoveries have transformed our understanding of the relationship between ancient Egypt and Greece.
Modernists and Mavericks
Bacon, Freud, Hockney & The London Painters
From the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties, London was home to a major art scene. Several key players – Auerbach, Bacon, Freud – were figurative painters rebelling against the prevailing Abstract orthodoxy. Others – Bridget Riley, John Hoyland – found their own distinctive forms of abstraction. Gayford’s study profiles the artists and explores their influences and connections. Drawing on first-hand interviews and illustrated with 114 paintings and photographs, it recreates the Soho bohemia these painters inhabited, with its friendships, feuds and legendary drinking sessions.
The D-Day Atlas
Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign
The colour maps drawn for this account of the 1944 D-Day landings, which includes commentary on operational planning, Europe’s defences, beachhead battles and the Allied break-out from the region, depict military units, their movements, weaponry, and geographical obstacles. There are line illustrations and archival photographs supporting the maps, an Allied High Command hierarchy chart, a complete list of Allied and German divisions, and a glossary of codewords connected with D-Day at the back.
Surveying a vast, ancient empire, this authoritative volume, illustrated with over 180 photographs, gives an account of what is known of the rise of the Incas and examines their politics, economics and religion, art and technology. Following the Inca roads, the authors travel the length and breadth of the empire and reconstruct the cities, especially Cusco, in their heyday. Finally, they describe the arrival of the Spaniards and the Incas’ demise.
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 previously unpublished photographs, his account of their 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 the ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
Why It's Not All Rocket Science
Scientific Theories and Experiments Explained
In 1983 Justin Schmidt recorded the degree of pain he felt when stung by different venomous insects, resulting in the ‘Schmidt Pain Index’. With chapters on medicine, psychology, society, and the universe, this book examines 100 experiments, ranging from the peculiar (like Schmidt’s) to the groundbreaking (the creation of Dolly the sheep), and appraises their significance for practical science.
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.
The Wonderful World of Optical Deception
From the illusionistic architectural spaces created by Renaissance mural painters to the op art of the 20th century, this compendium of optical tricks presents a range of images including depth inversions, vibration effects, impossible perspectives, camouflage and anamorphic art. Examples are drawn from the world of psychology, popular illustration and street art as well as the work of celebrated artists such as Escher, Picasso, Magritte and Bridget Riley.
Covering an extraordinary diversity of gardens across the world – classical Chinese aesthetics in Suzhou, cactus terraces in Lanzarote, a Persian oasis in Iran and Gertrude Jekyll’s Arts and Crafts garden at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire – this is a survey to inspire gardeners and designers. The book looks at 100 exceptional gardens, describing, illustrating and explaining in detail the key elements of each one from a design perspective.
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 ruled by a dynasty of Communist autocrats. Philippe Chancel, in this book published in 2006, 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.
Rome and the Sword
How Warriors and Weapons Shaped Roman History
Simon James takes an archaeologist’s approach to the study of Rome’s military history, telling the story of the sword – ‘the literal cutting edge of Roman power’ – from early times to the fall of the western empire. To supplement the battle narratives of ancient historical writers, he explains developments in sword-smithing techniques and military ideology, considers cultural reasons for changes in hardware and tactics and helps the reader to visualize the direct human experience of the ‘myriad individual acts of mayhem’ in battle.
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, Boudicca 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.
Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography
The profound influence of Le Corbusier (1887–1965) on architects and urban planners was due in part to his use of photography in the promotion of his architectural works and ideas. In six essays and over 400 photographs by Lucien Hervé, Thomas Flechtner, Guido Guidi and many others, including Le Corbusier himself, this volume explores the role of photography in the architect’s thinking and as a major tool for the promotion and dissemination of his ideas.
Japonisme and the Rise of the Modern Art Movement
The Arts of the Meiji Period
With superb examples drawn from the Khalili Collection, the world’s finest collection of works from the Meiji period (1868–1912), this volume examines the fashion for Japanese art and its influence on artists in the West. Illustrated with 220 photographs and reproductions, the essays discuss topics including the presentation and reception of Japanese art in Europe and its direct influence on works by Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, Whistler and other Impressionist artists.
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 Roman Fighter's Unofficial Manual
‘Having people fight and kill each other for entertainment requires some pretty flexible moral gymnastics’, writes Philip Matyszak. Here, he introduces the world of the gladiator, from entering the ludus (gladiator school) to the surprisingly wide range of career options if (a rather big ‘if’) you survive combat in the arena. The ‘manual’ includes quotes from the ancient authorities, a survey of the Empire’s best arenas and photographs of modern, reconstructed gladiators.
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 only how the civilization collapsed, but what collapsed. David Webster draws upon recent archaeological research and discoveries at sites including Copán, Tikal and Piedras Negras to examine the history and culture of the Maya, and to analyse the complex factors behind their decline. Slightly off-mint.
Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags
This set of wrapping papers revisits the 1950s with strong, colourful designs that are now enjoying something of a revival. There are ten folded sheets (680x480mm when unfolded) in ten different designs, with perforations for easy removal and twelve co-ordinating gift tags.
London 36 Postcards
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.
Floral Patterns of India
Gift Wrapping Paper with Tags
Taking inspiration from the decorative arts of India as illustrated in Henry Wilson’s The Floral Patterns of India (2016), this book comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper in ten different designs, along with matching gift tags. Unfolded, the sheets measure 680x480mm and are perforated for easy removal.
Floral Patterns of India
Gift Labels, Stickers & Tape
With more than 300 designs reproduced from Henry Wilson’s The Floral Patterns of India (2016), adapted for self-adhesive tape strips, round stickers and oblong gift tags, and printed in many different colours, this book provides the finishing touches for gifts, whether you are using plain coloured wrapping paper or matching Indian designs.
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.
An Illustrated Biography
When Gandhi joined the struggle for Indian independence, he was already in his forties and had achieved an international reputation for civil rights activism in South Africa. This biography of the leader uses contemporary accounts, a range of letters and documents, and archive photographs to tell the story of his life from teenage arranged marriage and legal studies to his great campaigns and assassination in 1948.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence
Ranging from Vaucluse to the Alps, the Graeco-Roman heritage of Provence is revealed in this tour. Brief histories of villages including Lacoste, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Entrevaux are illustrated with over 200 photographs depicting ancient churches, shady squares and cobbled lanes.
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 including 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 retains a hold on the public imagination. With 194 illustrations including portraits, sketches and photographs of castles and palaces in England, Scotland and France, this history recreates her life and world, from domestic details to the culture of the royal courts. 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.
The World of King Arthur
The myth of Camelot has been one of the most influential in the western tradition, with Arthur acting as a symbol of Christian rulership, national monarchy and romantic nostalgia. This illustrated survey of its long cultural history begins with the background of post-Roman Britain and follows the development of stories about Arthur and his knights, from medieval art and literature to Wagnerian opera and comic books.
Plague, Fire, Revolution
Samuel Pepys was born in London in 1633 and died there in 1703, having lived through revolution and Restoration, the Dutch raid, notable scientific advances, plague and fire. All of this he recorded in his diary and letters. The National Maritime Museum exhibition in 2015 presented 158 objects and paintings, and with essays by contributing scholars, this accompanying volume explores Pepys’s career and varied interests while illuminating aspects of 17th-century London life ranging from surgical procedures to Stuart portraiture.
Although his photographic training was minimal, photography was the first medium which Robert Rauschenberg explored, the first in which he gained recognition, and it remained integral to much of his work. This in-depth presentation of his photographs includes images documenting the creation of other works or destined to be integrated into the Combines series, as well as shots of family, friends (notably Cy Twombly), New York and people and places in Europe and North Africa.
Inventions that Didn't Change the World
It’s no wonder the ‘Combined Umbrella Handle and Railway Carriage Door Key’, or the ‘Continuous Stream Enema Fountain Syringe’, were never made, yet Victorian designers were ever hopeful of relieving life’s burdens. This fascinating collection of 240 illustrations, reproduced from the National Archives, features drawings of gadgets and appliances submitted to officialdom for copyright purposes but never realized as products. Domestic needs and health concerns are among the many aspects of Victorian life revealed by the quirky ingenuity on display.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
Tony Seddon traces the development of type design and typographic style through a detailed survey of 100 important typefaces, from Nicholas Jenson’s early use of Roman letterforms in the mid 15th century to Selva, a blackletter typeface designed in 2012. For each design, Seddon describes its creator and its development, and provides examples of the typeface and a large, annotated illustration of a capital and a lower-case letter showing their distinctive typographical elements and innovations.
The Beauty of Life
William Morris & The Art of Design
Poet, designer, printer and publisher, William Morris was a man of great energy, range and depth. This illustrated volume surveys his varied achievements and the work of Morris & Company (‘the Firm’), with essays on stained glass; the decoration of houses; the art of the book; and Morris’s chosen artistic successor at the Firm, John Henry Dearle. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Huntingdon Library in California, the book ends with a discussion of Morris’s influence in America.
Christopher Wren did not take up architecture until he was 30, yet by the time he was 70 he could rival any living European architect. This compact, accessible introduction charts his progress from his tentative beginnings with Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre to his great masterpieces, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, via unbuilt projects that illustrate his flexibility and pragmatism.
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.
My Beastly Activity Book
With prehistoric creatures to colour on nearly every page, this entertaining book takes young readers through planet Earth’s history, from the Big Bang to the arrival of Homo Sapiens. Activities include a spot the difference and a cut-out mobile, while the ‘Wikisaurus’ offers information on each of the creatures featured and about evolution in general. Age 7+
The Bazaars of Istanbul
Like the city itself, Istanbul's bazaar quarter is a meeting of opposites: East and West, ancient and modern, beautiful and chaotic. This well illustrated book introduces the smaller Egyptian and Book Bazaars before exploring the various sections of the Grand Bazaar. Celebrating the craftsmanship and merchandise, it ranges from antiques to gold, ceramics and textiles, and the more recent production of replica designer goods, before turning to the tobacco, coffee and food that are central to the Turkish culture.
The Letters of Paul Cézanne
Misunderstood by his peers but hailed by later generations as the father of modern art, Cézanne has long fascinated artists and art lovers, writers, poets and philosophers. This new annotated translation of his letters provides fresh insight into his views on art, politics, literature and friendship. Illustrated with more than 70 images, this book enriches our knowledge of the artist and the man, who emerges as wittier, wiser, more irascible, more philosophical, and above all, more fully human.
Artist, Writer, Friend
Beryl Bainbridge is celebrated as one of the finest novelists of recent years, but few know of her lifelong passion for drawing and painting. Psiche Hughes, a close friend from 1963 until the writer’s death in 1990, charts her Liverpool childhood, struggles to become a writer, family life and literary success. Generously illustrated with photographs, book jackets and Beryl’s own art, this biography explores her exuberant and sometimes macabre creativity both on canvas and on the page.
The Modern Explorers
This collection of 39 tales of expeditions celebrates the spirit of exploration in the 21st century. Covering seven different terrains and with a final section looking at lost civilizations, these illustrated accounts, most of which are first-hand, include stories of skiing solo to the South Pole, crossing the deserts of Egypt on foot, and seeking out the long-sought source of the Mekong River.
The Story of Costume
Fashion changed slowly in the centuries before the modern era and resulted in some odd and impractical styles, such as the long, pointed men’s shoes of the 15th century or the 19th century’s bustles and crinolines. This children’s history of costume tells the story of fashion from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the modern era through a series of 325 colour illustrations. Age 8+
The Essence of English Decoration
Arthur Sanderson set up as an importer of French wallpaper in London in 1860, but changing tastes and new technologies meant that he was soon producing his own designs and establishing a name that still stands for quality and taste in interior design today. This highly illustrated volume describes the development of the company and its products from the Arts and Crafts style of its early wallpapers to mid-20th-century, modernist-influenced designs and today's interpretations of classic patterns. Slightly off-mint.
The Sketchbook of 1824
Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) was the most visionary English artist of his day. Sadly, most of his notebooks were destroyed by his son, who thought them too revealing of his inner turmoil. This beautiful edition reproduces one of the few survivors in its original size and format, with an introduction and page-by-page commentary. Filled with sketches of sublime brilliance, it offers a unique insight into Palmer’s artistic and spiritual struggles.
The Great Builders
From Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446) and the breathtaking dome of Florence Cathedral, to the inventive structures of Norman Foster (b.1935) and the poetics of movement in bridges by Santiago Calatrava (b.1951), Kenneth Powell describes the careers of 40 great builders whose engineering skills have been crucial to their success. Written by a distinguished team of architectural historians, the book celebrates the work – and illustrates many individual structures – by figures such as Vauban, Wren, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry.
Writers & Artists Under English Skies
There can be no more English a topic of conversation than the weather, and the nation’s artists and writers have reflected on it – and under it – for centuries. Blending wide reading, acute personal observation and nature writing of rare beauty, this book follows the shifting cultural climate from the wintry world of the Anglo-Saxons to Turner’s fiery sunsets, via Chaucer’s ‘shoures soote’ and Shakespeare’s tempests. Illustrated with more than 60 historic images, many of them in colour.
Decorated Papers Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 10 Gift Tags
Reproduced from An Anthology of Decorated Papers by PJM Marks (2015), these ten richly ornamented and marbled papers, originally used by bookbinders, are now held in the British Library. The book contains ten sheets of wrapping paper (folded) with ten matching gift tags.
The Book of Kells Postcards
With one of the manuscript’s many depictions of Christ with a peacock on the cover, this boxed set contains 30 high-quality postcards, each showing a different detail from The Book of Kells, including miniature paintings of creatures among the lines of script, examples of the fine calligraphy and ornate initials, complex patterns, and portraits of biblical figures.
The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook
Illustrating how men’s and women’s accessories evolved over the 20th century, this sourcebook contains over 2,000 coloured artworks based on real examples. For each of seven periods, from 1900–1913 to 1986–1999, chapters begin and end with ‘the complete look’, and show the various types of accessory, including hats and footwear, jewellery, scarves, ties, gloves and bags. Detailed descriptions follow the illustrations and the book concludes with brief biographies of over 85 influential designers.
The Conquest of Everest
Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent
On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Everest: it was the first ascent of the mountain. Published in 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of that achievement, this volume presents the astonishing photographs taken by George Lowe, one of Hillary’s climbing team in 1953 and an experienced photographer. The book contains over 160 photographs, of Everest and other peaks, along with written contributions from fellow climbers and a foreword by Hillary, written in 2007.