Modernists and Mavericks
Bacon, Freud, Hockney and 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 Medieval World Complete
This survey of one of the great ages of European civilization is illustrated with photographs of paintings, sculpture, buildings and objets d’art. Chapters covering the beginning and the end of the Middle Ages frame six sections on religion and the Church, nations and laws, daily life, art and architecture, scholarship and philosophy, and the world beyond Christendom. The book includes biographies of key personalities from Charlemagne to William Wallace, timelines, maps and a gazetteer.
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.
The Garden Visitor's Companion
After reflecting on the reasons why people visit gardens and especially why gardeners visit other people’s plots, Louisa Jones looks at ten types of garden, including historic gardens, cottage and kitchen gardens, plantsmen’s collections, outdoor art and Mediterranean, Japanese-inspired and minimalist gardens. She discusses the key elements of each type and how the visitor should approach them; then invites ten experts to choose their favourite gardens from around the world.
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 unpublished photographs, his own account of the 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 our 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.
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.
Garden Design Close Up
From Derek Jarman’s postmodern beach to the Italian Romantic and Chinese Classical, 100 gardens from around the world have been chosen for their diversity of style, size and planting. Homing in on specific features of each example, this sourcebook is divided into thematic chapters – Art, Plants, Lifestyle and Environment – and features the work of world-class designers alongside gifted amateurs, providing ideas and inspiration that can be adapted to suit any outdoor space.
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.
This guide to the art of 3D animation includes hundreds of illustrations, step-by-step photographs, movie stills and production photographs from Aardman's award-winning films. Advising on the basics of the stop-motion technique and simple modelmaking, the book also explores set design, creating movement and CGI technology, and offers an insight into Aardman's process with a case study of the making of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
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 a pariah state, ruled by a dynasty of Communist autocrats and closed to the outside world. Philippe Chancel 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.
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 Great Explorers
The achievements of 40 of the world’s greatest explorers are celebrated in this collection of essays, from the epic maritime voyages of 500 years ago to Gertrude Bell’s travels in Mesopotamia, and from Nain Singh’s Tibetan journey to Jacques Cousteau’s deep-sea dives. Written by a team of distinguished travel writers, historians and broadcasters and extensively illustrated with historic images, the selection follows the pioneers on land, at sea, across deserts and polar ice, and into space.
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 Copan, 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 Queens of Egypt
From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra
Some ancient Egyptian queens, including Nefertiti, wife of the radical reformer Akhenaten, and Hatshepsut, who rose from the position of a conventional consort to that of female pharaoh, are still renowned today. These women are set alongside lesser-known queens in this collection of biographies, which reveals their uniquely varied roles and their importance across 3,000 years of their country’s history. The book also features timelines, genealogical tables and photographs of sites and artefacts.
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings
The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
The history of ancient Israel is here 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.
20th Century Jewelry
The Complete Sourcebook
This encyclopedic guide for enthusiasts, designers and students features 1,500 illustrations charting every kind of jewellery developed in the 20th century. From the Art Nouveau designs of the beginning of the century to the classical retrospective creations of the 1990s, the pieces are depicted in colour and briefly described in a separate key, with a reference section providing visual timelines, a concise bibliography, and biographies of the leading designers and companies.
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
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.
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. Slightly off-mint.
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.
Madness in Civilization
A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine
The many different manifestations of mental illness are the subject of this panoramic work of social history. Its eminent author provocatively argues that we remain far from understanding the roots of madness and that modern psychiatry has much to learn from the responses of past societies. Scull explains how madness has been understood, through the lenses of medicine, pharmacology, religion and psychology, as a frightening challenge to the social fabric, and as a profound influence on the arts.
An Illustrated Biography
Bapu, ‘father of the nation’, the Mahatma: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948) was relentless in his pursuit of equality, justice and India’s independence, leading non-violent protest from the 1930 Salt March that challenged a British monopoly, to 1948 and his final fast to improve Muslim and Hindu relations after Partition. Using contemporary accounts and 275 illustrations, Kapoor’s biography examines the contradictions of Gandhi’s character as well as his unparalleled achievements.
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.
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 such as the clockmaker and leper Richard of Wallingford. More than 170 colour illustrations complement the text.