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.
The Earth from the Air
An international bestseller when it was first published, The Earth from the Air is a definitive record of the geography and people of the world. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Herbarium Reference Cards
One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook and Heal
For gardeners or cooks, these cards suggest growing tips, complementary foods and medicinal uses for 100 herbs and each one is illustrated on the reverse with an abstract design of its plant. The content and images are reproduced from the book Herbarium by Caz Hildebrand.
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 Most Beautiful Villages of Greece
This book introduces the history and architectural variety of villages in the mainland regions of the Peloponnese, Epiros and Pelion as well as the Cyclades, Aegean and Ionian islands. From tiny fishing harbours to hilltop settlements clustered round a Byzantine church, its 285 colour photographs show the influence of Venetian and Turkish invasions, quintessentially Greek whitewashed walls, and glimpses of everyday life.
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 technology developed by the German Aerospace Center with the experiences of great mountaineers, this volume profiles 13 mountains, including the ‘eight-thousanders’ Everest, K2, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the ‘killer mountain’ Nanga Parbat. The chapter for each peak comprises photographs, a history of early ascents, geographical information and a mountaineer’s personal account of their climb: in effect, a history of mountaineering, accompanied by 3D maps created from high-resolution satellite data and ‘virtual’ images of some of Earth’s most challenging terrain.
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.
The Spirit of Indian Painting
Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900
For Professor Goswamy, an Indian painting ‘presents to us a layered world of meaning’, and his analysis and commentary on each of these 101 paintings encourages the reader to explore them with ‘eyes, mind and heart’. The works are in four sections: Visions, depicting imagined sights such as gods, heroes or the Cosmic Egg; Observation, picturing real scenes and people; Passion, with works inspired by poetry or emotion; and Contemplation, expressed in paintings of holy men.
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.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) witnessed and photographed the events, people and places of the 20th century with an instinct for the decisive and creative moment, the significance of the scene and its composition. In this biography, Pierre Assouline retraces Cartier-Bresson’s life ‘to tell the story of one man’s vision’.
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.
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings
The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
The history of ancient Israel is told through the biographies of 83 leaders, from the founder Abraham (c.1450 BCE) and his son Isaac to Herod Agrippa, who died in 44 CE when the region was under Roman occupation. Seeking to reveal the historical figures behind the familiar names and traditional stories, Rogerson discusses debates about the accuracy and interpretation of the biblical accounts and the insights provided by other ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. Off-mint.
Typographic Gift Wrapping Paper
Inspired by different typographic periods and styles, from traditional copperplate to almost abstract modern designs, this book of colourful ‘typewrap’ comprises ten 680x480mm sheets folded into the book and perforated for ease of removal, and twelve mix and match tear-out gift tags.
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.
People and the Sky
Our Ancestors and the Cosmos
Since the late 19th century, when lighting was first introduced to city streets, urban populations have lost most access to the night sky. Our ancestors, on the other hand, were highly attuned to the stars, their constellations and diurnal rhythms enabling them to entertain, farm, hunt and navigate. This book looks at how ancient societies as far flung as Polynesia, China, the Americas and Europe relied upon the stars for their survival and happiness. Off-mint.
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 remains a compelling figure. This book recreates her dramatic life and the courtly, intrigue-ridden world in which she lived. Its 194 colour illustrations include portraits, sketches and photographs of the castles and palaces in England, Scotland and France where her tragic story was played out. 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.
Making Sense of Buddhist Art & Architecture
This guide to Buddhist architecture and iconography, from caves, pagodas, stupas and temples, to carvings, illustrations, mandalas and statues, interprets the forms and symbolism of 100 key historic sites and artworks with reference to the beliefs and narratives of the religion. Illustrated with full-page colour photography, each entry includes precise dates, dimensions and materials used, with a spiritual quotation and a sidebar indicating related works.
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.
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.
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
Any idea that our planet has been completely tamed is dispelled by the 39 thrilling expeditions in this book. Discover what it is like to be dragged, hanging from a balloon, through a rainforest, to inch up a sheer rock-face, or to trek through a desert as the water runs out. Illustrated with more than 250 breathtaking colour photographs, these gripping first-hand accounts demonstrate that the spirit of adventure is very much alive in the 21st century.
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.