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The Callanish stone circle on the Isle of Lewis, from Magic Stones featured in this issue

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MAGIC STONES The Secret World of Ancient Megaliths Jan Pohribny During a 17-year pilgrimage around Europe, from the far north of Scandinavia to the Mediterranean islands, the award-winning Czech photographer Jan Pohribny captured the magic of megalithic architecture of tombs and temples and standing stones. Beginning with the enigmatic single standing stones – with examples from the Czech Republic, Wales and Majorca as well as the famous menhirs of Brittany – the book contains over 250 magnificent photographs, with an introduction by the archaeologist and broadcaster Julian Richards. Merrell 2007 £29.95 HB 304pp Illus



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Right: Ring of Brodgar in the Orkneys, 2500-2000 BCE

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Featured Titles 2-3/48/Order Form British Isles 4-5 Archaeology 6 Ancient History 6-7 Medieval History 8 Modern History 8-9 Social/Local History 10-11 Industrial History 11 Contemporary History 12 Scotland 13 Phillimore Local Histories 14-15 Reference 16-17 Science 18 Gardens/Nature 19 Food & Drink 20 Collectables & Crafts 20-21 Military History 22-23 Art 24-27 Limited Quantities Only 28-29 Biography 30-31 Fiction/Poetry 32 Literary Biography 33 Literature/Classics 34-35 Music/Performing Arts 36-37 Religion 38-39 Transport 40-41 Travel/Exploration 42 Mind, Body & Spirit 43 Social & Cultural Sciences 44-45 Philosophy 44 Diversions/Sport 45 Eastern Studies 46 Architecture/Design 47

LONDON’S DEAD A Guided Tour of the Capital’s Dead Ed Glinert Anarchists at the King Bomba cafe in Old Compton Street, Lord Haw-Haw hanged for treason in Wandsworth Prison, ten workmen dead during the building of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in the 1840s, 51 drowned in the Marchioness disaster in 1989... Ed Glinart tells the stories of remarkable deaths in London. The book is arranged by the capital’s traditional postcodes – EC1 to W14 (where Marcus Garvey suffered a stroke at 53 Ralgarth Road in 1940) – and ends, fittingly, with the Underground. HarperCollins 2008 £12.99 HB 310pp Illus



CHURCHES Explore the Symbols, Learn the Language and Discover the History Timothy Brittain-Catlin An architect and architectural historian, Timothy Brittain-Catlin presents a richly detailed and beautifully illustrated guide to the wealth of social, religious and cultural history embedded in our churches and cathedrals. He explains how to identify and interpret every element of church buildings and decoration – from the location of the village church to heraldic symbolism in stained glass windows – and concludes with a look at churches worldwide and works by 20th century architects, such as Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame-du-Haut. HarperCollins 2008 £14.99 HB 256pp Illus



Right: Detail from the church of St Michael and All Angels, Brighton


FEATURED TITLES THE ART OF STREET JEWELLERY Christopher Baglee; Andrew Morley During the 19th century, as manufactured produce began to replace some home-made or locally-produced food and wares, the race to advertise began; and in the 1870s the colourful enamel sign emerged as the advertisers’ favourite medium. In this definitive work on the subject, Baglee and Morley describe the history, manufacture and evolving styles of enamel signs. The book illustrates over 2,400 of them, with familiar brands like Cadbury’s, Pear’s Soap and Michelin alongside products such as Swastik Lamps and Zebra Grate Polish that have long since disappeared. New Cavendish 2006 £35.00 HB 240pp Illus 295x245mm



VILLA GARDENS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN From the Archives of Country Life Kathryn Bradley-Hole Despite its essential Britishness, Country Life has for over a century featured exceptional gardens of Continental Europe. The Ottoman splendour of Mustapha Supérieur, Edith Wharton’s garden at Hyères, the Villa Cypris on Cap Martin, the garden created by William Walton on Ischia in the Bay of Naples... This impressive book draws on the magazine’s archives to present photographic portraits, with commentary by Kathryn Bradley-Hole, of over 30 gardens in Algeria, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Aurum 2006 £40.00 HB 208pp Illus 305x250mm



Right:The Great Staircase at Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, Italy Left: ‘Wings over the World’, Imperial Airways (now the National Audit Office), Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1

LONDON ART DECO Arnold Schwartzman Hailed as the first truly international design movement, Art Deco flourished through the 1920s and 1930s, with each country developing its own style in terms of design, materials and techniques. In Britain, Art Deco reflected imperial status and the national love of architectural detail. Many of the capital’s greatest examples are captured here by graphic designer and photographer Arnold Schwartzman. Ranging from factories and corporate buildings to fine decorative detail, these images catalogue a distinctive moment in London’s architectural and design history. Hudson Hills 2006 $45.00 HB 156pp Illus 212x225mm

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BRITISH ISLES BRITAIN’S BEST MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES From the Greatest Collections to the Smallest Curiosities

GRIMSBY The Story of the World’s Greatest Fishing Port Peter Chapman Between 1800 and 1900 Grimsby’s population soared from 1,000 to 63,000 and went on rising. From the coming of the railway, the construction of the docks and the town’s booming prosperity as the world’s greatest fishing port, to the decline in the fishing industry and exodus of many inhabitants in recent decades, this book tells the story of an irrepressible town that, although reduced in stature, is far from finished. Breedon 2007 £12.99 PB 160pp Illus

Mark Fisher In the lofty galleries of the British Museum exhibits range across the millennia and across cultures; in the Lowestoft Maritime Museum, a flint-built cottage below the lighthouse houses a collection ‘crammed with fishing history and salty lore’. Both are among Fisher’s selection of the 350 most worthwhile museums and art galleries in Britain. Arranged by region, his entries are essays that explain the history and the purpose of each collection as well as noting its star attractions. Penguin 2004 £20.00 PB 844pp Illus




TREASURES OF BRITAIN The Architectural, Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Britain Ed. John Julius Norwich The main part of this book is a magnificently illustrated, richly detailed A-Z gazetteer of over 2,000 entries describing churches and cathedrals, castles and historical houses, museums and galleries, gardens, landscapes and coastal features in England, Scotland and Wales. The gazetteer is accompanied by introductory chapters on the development of the landscape, outline histories of architecture The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight and art in Britain, and personal lists of the 20 best country Village, from Britain’s Best Museums houses, gardens and churches by John Julius Norwich, Penelope Hobhouse and Simon Jenkins respectively. WW Norton 2002 $50.00 HB 704pp Illus 287x189mm



AN INTRODUCTION TO INN SIGNS Eric R Delderfield The Sorrel Mare, The Coach and Horses, The Shoulder of Mutton and Cucumber... Very little of British life escapes representation in inn signs – national heroes, historic events, fictional characters and even reminders of the Roman occupation are all to be found. Covering over 1,400 inn signs, this book explains their history and origins – from kings and queens to insects – and also serves as a directory of British inn trivia. David & Charles 2007 £8.99 PB 176pp Illus


lages across the country. The colour and monochrome images are each accompanied by an epitaph, an anecdote or an extract from poetry or prose to create an intriguing and atmospheric reminder of the inevitability of death. English Heritage 2007 £25.00 HB 176pp Illus 275x232mm




Simon Marsden, acclaimed photographer of the fantastic, has documented some of his favourite examples of gravestones, memorials, stained glass windows and gargoyles for this collection of the most striking funereal art to be found in the churches and churchyards of towns and vil-

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Paul Dickson East Anglia boasts some of the finest landscapes and historic towns in the British Isles, from the rugged beauty of Blakeney Point on the Norfolk coast to the architectural treasures of Cambridge. This illustrated, informative handbook describes 27 walks through the region, including routes through Norwich, Sutton Hoo, Wicken Fen and Orford Ness. Ring bound. The National Trust Walks series. National Trust 1999 £9.99 PB 144pp Illus




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BRISTOL AT WORK John Penny From wine importing in the 12th century to aero engines, this study of Bristol’s industrial past reveals an astonishing range of trades and manufactures for which Britain’s erstwhile second city has been internationally renowned. The lives of the owners, workers and consumers of products such as Fry’s chocolate, Wills’s cigarettes and Harvey’s sherry, as well as motor cars, aircraft and ships, are described in this richly illustrated history. Breedon 2005 £16.99 HB 195pp Illus 283x200mm



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NATIONAL TRUST WALKS Peter Wenham This illustrated collection of 24 walks ranges across the great variety that London and its surrounding countryside have to offer walkers, from the Thames Path in central London and the Wandle Trail, passing through Merton Abbey Mills and Morden Hall, to the Blackwater Valley and the ancient woodland of Hatfield Forest. Ring bound. The National Trust Walks series.

Richard Offen; Margaret Willes; James Parry Illustrated with beautiful photographs, this National Trust book looks at how invasion, industry, fortifications and two world wars have all left their marks on the maritime landscape.

KING’S ROAD The Rise and Fall of the Hippest Street in the World Max Decharne From the mid 1960s to the late ’70s, King’s Road in Chelsea was the place to be – as the focal point for swinging ’60s London and later as the breeding ground for punk rock. This in-depth history looks at the cultural landmarks of the street, covering in lively anecdotal detail events like the Sex Pistols calling the Queen a ‘moron’, the establishment of Granada TV, and the opening of ‘Granny Takes a Trip’, the first psychedelic boutique of the ’60s.

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THE LIVING COAST Past, Present, Future



A 1947 Dodge protrudes from the front window of the boutique Granny Takes a Trip, 488 King’s Road, circa 1969

LONDON: The Photographic Atlas The first edition of this atlas combined vertical aerial photography with world-class cartography to create an incomparable image of one of the world’s greatest cities. This new edition has been updated to include higher resolution images and ‘superscale’ (1:1,500) coverage of major landmarks such as the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The maps are in sections on Central London (1:3,000), Inner London (1:6,000), Outer London (1:12,000), with a cartographic section covering the whole of Greater London (1:24,000), the index and an introduction by Peter Ackroyd. A production fault means that two map pages are missing, but the aerial photographs are complete. Collins 2004 £60.00 HB 416pp Illus 360x260mm



COVENT GARDEN Its Romance and History Reginald Jacobs First published in 1913, this account begins with a ‘convent garden’ belonging to Westminster Abbey in the 17th century

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and ends three centuries later, with Covent Garden as the world’s most famous vegetable market. The book examines the area’s historic landmarks, including the Royal Opera House and St Paul’s Church, as well as the eminent inhabitants – including Charles Lamb and Samuel Johnson– who contributed to Covent Garden’s unique character. Nonsuch 2007 £10.00 PB 144pp



CRIMINAL LONDON A Pictorial History from Medieval Times to 1939 Mark Herber With illustrations ranging from engravings of beheadings to modern police mugshots, all with detailed explanatory texts, Mark Herber’s book examines the history of London’s criminal world in chapters on criminals in action, thieftakers and police, riots, the courts, the criminals and their victims, famous executions, punishments and London prisons from the Clink to Borstal. Phillimore 2002 £20.00 HB 208pp Illus 274x203mm






Ed. Anne Cuthbertson This is the 52nd edition of this essential guide to over 1,000 hotels, guest houses, farms and holiday lets that accept pets as well as their owners. Along with the listings and proprietors’ own (mostly illustrated) advertisements, arranged by region, the guide includes information on taking your pet to France, pet-friendly pubs and holidays with horses. FHG Guides 2009 £9.99 PB 448pp Illus


Based on local sources and photographic archives, and written by local historians, this series presents vivid portraits of English towns over the last century. The photographs, with detailed captions, show the local life – work, leisure, shopping or coping with wartime – in days gone by, and in settings often changed beyond recognition.


PUBS & INNS OF BRITAIN 2009 Ed. Anne Cuthbertson Arranged by region, this guide comprises listings and proprietors’ advertisements for hundreds of pubs and inns, many offering accommodation overnight or for short stays. There are also lists of dog-friendly and family-friendly pubs and over 40 readers’ discount vouchers for museums and tourist attractions. FHG Guides 2009 £7.99 PB 224pp Illus


WILTSHIRE LIFE AND TIMES Comp. Glenn Phillips; Trevor Porter; Holly Robinson To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Wiltshire Times, this collection illustrates the stories that made the headlines in the county in the 20th century.


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Ed. Anne Cuthbertson Bed and breakfast, small hotels, farmhouses and guest houses: this guide for holidaymakers and business travellers describes a great variety of places to stay overnight or for short breaks – in the words of the proprietors themselves. The book comprises hundreds of illustrated entries from all sorts of establishments, arranged by region, with details of prices, contact details and, in many cases, a website address. FHG Guides 2009 £8.99 PB 368pp Illus



CASTLES FROM THE AIR An Aerial Portrait of Britain’s Finest Castles



THE GREAT ENGLISH EARTHQUAKE Peter Haining On 22 April 1884, the nation was shaken by a major earthquake, which devastated parts of Essex, caused damage as far north as Cheshire and rattled windows in Exeter and Calais. Fearing widespread panic and civil disorder, the authorities and national press played down the severity of the damage. This account, based on local reports, personal statements and extensive research, is the first history of a remarkable event. Robert Hale 2002 £9.99 PB 219pp Illus



CITIES OF THE IMAGINATION In her introduction to one volume in this series, Anita Desai wrote “a ‘great city’ is one that possesses a reality that verges on the mythical”. These cultural and literary companions aim to capture that quality, exploring the history, literature and arts of a city, the links between the modern city and its past, and its social and cultural life today. Signal 2004/5 £12.00 PB 227/300pp

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IMAGES OF CAMBRIDGE Comp. Mike Petty This photographic portrait of Cambridge – town and gown – in the 20th century draws on resources of the Cambridge Evening News and the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Central Library. Breedon 2006 £14.99 HB 212pp Illus 300x200mm



YORKSHIRE AT WAR This Getmapping Atlas consists of aerial maps of the city centre (scale 1:1562.5) accompanied by notes on the colleges, libraries and other important institutions, and smaller scale (1:3125) aerial maps of the whole of Oxford and environs, including Blenheim Palace, Brize Norton airfield and Abingdon. With reference cartographic maps and index.

Yorkshire Post Yorkshire’s war was the nation’s war in microcosm. Hull, Sheffield and York experienced the ‘blitz’, tanks rumbled through Halifax and everywhere people suffered dispiriting restrictions and shortages. This collection of photographs from the Yorkshire Post – from Land Army girls, munitions factories and royal visits to returning PoWs and VE-Day celebrations – recapture the war years from a Yorkshire perspective.

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OXFORD: The Photographic Atlas



DERBY London Road, Derby, c.1900 Street by Street Maxwell Craven Compiled by local historian Maxwell Craven and illustrated with archive photographs, this is a detailed gazetteer of Derby’s streets, with entries listing each street, its origin and former names, as well as the date it was laid out and built up. The book includes information on notable, famous and occasionally infamous Derby citizens, while archaeological evidence provides details of lost houses, churches, factories and pubs. Breedon 2005 £14.99 HB 176pp Illus




DUBLIN Siobhan Kilfeather Foreword by Terry Eagleton.

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CAMBRIDGE Martin Garrett Foreword by Jill Paton Walsh.


Alan Akeroyd; Caroline Clifford Written by the town’s archivist and local history librarian, this well-illustrated social history of the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell reveals a traditional East Anglian county town with strong medieval roots and longstanding prosperity. But in common with other market towns, Huntingdon has needed to adapt and develop in response to the changing needs of the modern world.


Comp. Terry Farrell Photographs from the Lancashire Evening Post show Preston as it was between the 1930s and ’70s, including pictures of the Guild Carnival that celebrates the town’s ancient heritage, its buildings, industries, cultural life and celebrities. Breedon 2006 £14.99 HB 214pp Illus 285x205mm

HUNTINGDON Eight Centuries of History

Paul Johnson; Adrian Warren; Dae Sasitorn Representing the height of technology in their time, and demonstrating the builders’ understanding of how best to exploit the lie of the land, Britain’s castles are both visually impressive and historically informative. This volume of aerial photographs includes a detailed commentary charting developments in castle building, from pre-Norman times to the decline of the castle as an architectural form in the 15th century, and describing its lasting role in military defence even as late as the Napoleonic wars. Promotional hardback reprint. BCL 2006 HB 216pp Illus 353x267mm




Wayne Anthony; Richard Felix With restless spirits haunting hospitals, office buildings and inns, and peculiar phenomena such as a phantom carriage moving slowly down a cobbled lane, Derby may well be the ghost capital of England. Supernatural specialist Wayne Anthony and local historian Richard Felix join forces to give full account of Derby’s undead population and their historical roots, along with an extensive glossary of ghosts and related terminology. Breedon 2005 £12.99 HB 144pp Illus

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ARCHAEOLOGY FINDING TIME FOR THE OLD STONE AGE A History of Palaeolithic Archaeology and Quaternary Geology in Britain, 1860-1960 Anne O’Connor In the mid-19th century, curious stone implements were found alongside the bones of extinct animals. Humans were evidently more ancient than had been supposed – but just how old were they? Answers were drawn from branches of geology, palaeontology and archaeology: there were several clocks for Stone Age time and it would prove difficult to synchronize them. Delving into the backgrounds and characters of the researchers as well as their researches, this study explores a century of colourful debate over the age of our earliest ancestors. Oxford UP 2007 £79.00 HB 424pp Illus



STONEHENGE A New History of the World’s Greatest Stone Circle Aubrey Burl The archaeologist Aubrey Burl, Britain’s leading expert on stone circles, offers a seminal new view of the changing cults and evolving architecture of Stonehenge. Burl recounts the history of antiquarian and archaeological responses to the site – from medieval myth-making to carbon dating in 1950 – then examines more recent efforts to understand mysteries, such as the dating of the outlying Heel Stone, the astronomical alignment of the circle and the vast Neolithic graveyard on Salisbury Plain. Constable 2006 £20.00 HB 274pp Illus


UNEARTHING THE PAST The Great Archaeological Discoveries That Have Changed History

The Heel Stone at Stonehenge

£8.99 THE MEGALITHIC EUROPEAN The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe

Dr Douglas Palmer; Dr Paul Bahn; Dr Joyce Tyldesley This very accessible and richly illustrated book presents a selection of the most important and interesting discoveries of archaeology over the last few centuries. Forty-five sites ranging from Upper Palaeolithic huts made from mammoth bones in Ukraine to the wreck of the Titanic are arranged in sections exploring key themes in archaeology: prehistoric ancestors; tombs and burial sites; cities and dwelling places; art, intellect and religion; war and human conflict; migration and colonization; and scientific techniques used in archaeology.

Julian Cope Europe’s megalithic monuments are the oldest and greatest mysteries in the world. The sheer scale of these early temples led the ancient Greeks to believe they were constructed by giants. In this impressive volume, Julian Cope discusses why and how they were erected and what they meant to our prehistoric ancestors. The book comprises a series of essays and a gazetteer of over 300 sites, with some 800 photographs and illustrations, reconstructions of ancient sites and directions to every monument. Slip-case.

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THE BULL OF MINOS Leonard Cottrell Perhaps the best known of Leonard Cottrell’s numerous books on archaeology, The Bull of Minos tells the story of the important discoveries made by Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans. These pioneering archaeologists brought to light the ruins of Troy, the treasure-laden tombs of the Mycenaean kings and the palace at Knossos on Crete, to reveal the extraordinary cultures which were remembered in the later Greek myths. Sutton 2003 £8.99 PB 254pp Illus



SCOTTISH MONASTIC LANDSCAPES Derek Hall This study and gazetteer of the major monastic orders in Scotland and their significant influence on the landscape shows how entrepreneurial the monasteries were and how they were responsible for the first real revolutions in agriculture and industry. Derek Hall examines the impact of their intensive sheep and cattle farming, lead mining, salt panning and coal mining and suggests that the 18th and 19th century industrial revolution in Scotland was based on the much earlier exploitation of these resources by the monasteries. Tempus 2006 £19.99 PB 224pp Illus


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Julian Cope at Aghnacliffe Dolmen, County Longford, Ireland


ANCIENT HISTORY THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD From the Stone Age to AD 600 Robin W Winks; Susan P Mattern-Parkes From the Palaeolithic era to the rise of Islam, this book is an investigation into the origins of Mediterranean civilizations that draws on a range of primary source material to introduce key issues in the study of ancient history. The book covers political developments and the workings of societies and armies, and addresses questions such as what constitutes a city and how people perceived themselves and foreigners. Oxford UP 2004 £32.99 HB 256pp Illus



JEWISH SLAVERY IN ANTIQUITY Catherine Hezser This study examines ancient Jewish discourse on slavery in the context of Graeco-Roman literary, legal and documentary writings and on the basis of the social,

economic and political circumstances under which Jews lived. Hezser refutes the traditional belief that Jews abstained from slavery after the Babylonian exile and shows that both Jewish slave-ownership and Jewish enslavement to Jews and non-Jews were common and widely discussed in Hellenistic and Roman times. Oxford UP 2005 £67.00 HB 440pp



EARLY GREEK VASE PAINTING 11th – 6th Centuries BC: A Handbook John Boardman Covering the earliest developments in Greek vase painting, as Near Eastern influence brought the secrets of telling a story in pictures, this is a fully illustrated study of the artists’ most directly narrative mode. Art historian Sir John Boardman aims ‘to present the vases in terms of the people by and for whom they were made, rather than placing them in some imaginary niche in the History of Man and his Arts’. Thames & Hudson 1998 £9.95 PB 288pp Illus

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Zhang Wenli This brief but informative guide provides an overview of the army of more than 7,000 terracotta soldiers discovered by chance in 1974, over two millennia after they were set up to serve the first Qin Emperor in the Underworld. Zhang Wenli explains the construction of the four pits and analyses the figures’ arrangement, dress and hairstyles, as well as their weapons, horses and chariots. Scala 1996




ANCIENT GREECE A Political, Social and Cultural History Sarah B Pomeroy; Stanley M Burstein et al Using excerpts from a range of literary texts, together with 19 maps, 80 photographs and a detailed glossary, four leading scholars have produced this handsome textbook: a singlevolume history of the Greek world from the second millennium BCE to the Hellenistic era. Recent researches in such areas as archaeology and comparative anthropology are integrated with more traditional political and military history to tell ‘one of the most improbable success stories in all of world history’.

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HELEN OF TROY Goddess, Princess, Whore

GREEK ATHLETICS IN THE ROMAN WORLD Victory and Virtue Zahra Newby Romans have traditionally been viewed as hostile to Greek athletics, but Zahra Newby demonstrates that Roman culture of the first three centuries CE was strongly influenced by this legacy of the classical past. Basing her argument on the plentiful visual evidence, along with epigraphic and literary sources, she first considers the reactions of the Roman West before turning to the East, where the conquered Greeks used athletic traditions as a way of continuing to assert their cultural identity. Oxford UP 2005 £97.00 HB 314pp Illus

Bettany Hughes The mythical figure of Helen has resonated through three millennia of Western culture, but what can we know of the ‘real’ Mycenaean princess behind Homer’s heroine? Bettany Hughes examines the traces Helen left in the ancient Mediterranean world and considers the many different lights in which she has been viewed – whether as a role model and embodiment of female beauty, or a whore, femme fatale and ultimate origin of the enmity between East and West. American-cut pages.



Left: Bronze statue of an athlete cleaning his strigil, Ephesus, first century CE

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PLINY’S CATALOGUE OF CULTURE Art and Empire in the Natural History Sorcha Carey Pliny’s collection of facts and anecdotes about art and artists, in books 33 to 37 of the Natural History, has strongly influenced later scholars such as Winckelmann, the ‘father of art history’. Sorcha Carey argues that our ideas about Pliny’s perceptions of Greek art can be refined by considering these ‘chapters on art’ as just one part of a profoundly Roman text – Pliny’s encyclopaedic project to catalogue a world under the sway of Rome. Oxford UP 2006 £33.00 PB 208pp Illus

LIFE IN ROMAN BRITAIN Tony McAleavy The colourful Gateway series uses historical analysis, maps and images to recreate worlds long gone. This volume takes us back to the Roman conquest of Britain and describes the lives of both Britons, whose country was dramatically changed by its new masters, and the Romans themselves – soldiers and civilians. Among the topics covered are the Vindolanda letters, rebellions led by Boudicca and Caratacus, the visits of Hadrian and Severus, and the decline of Roman power. English Heritage 2000 £8.95 PB 64pp Illus





ROMAN BRITAIN Martin Millett What was the impact of the Roman conquest on native Britons? Archaeologist Martin Millett moves away from the accounts of Roman authors to assess the evidence provided by artefacts dating from the time of the occupation and before. He offers new insights into the cultural diversity of the population, the evolution of Celtic art and the Romans’ influence on civil administration and religious practice. Batsford 2005 £14.99 PB 144pp Illus 247x189mm





SASANIAN PERSIA The Rise and Fall of an Empire Touraj Daryaee This is the first book in English on the history of the Sasanians, last of the ancient Persian dynasties, nemesis of the Roman Empire and still important in modern Iranian culture. Covering the whole span of Sasanian history from the dynasty’s foundation by Ardashir I in 224 CE to its defeat by the Arabs in the seventh century, this concise but comprehensive account draws on documents in several languages to describe the Sasanians’ religion, economy, administration and social history. IB Tauris 2009 £29.50 HB 226pp Illus



PERSIAN FIRE The First World Empire and the Battle for the West Tom Holland In the fifth century BCE, a superpower was determined to bring order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. This is the story of how the Greeks took on Xerxes, the seemingly invincible Persian king as, in the words of Hegel ‘the interest of the whole world’s history hung trembling in the balance’. Abacus 2007 £9.99 PB 418pp Illus


Liv Mariah Yarrow Examining the period from 146 BCE (the end-point of Polybius’ Histories) to the age of Augustus, Yarrow analyses the accounts of six non-Roman historians – Posidonius, Diodorus Siculus, Pompeius Trogus, Nicolaus of Damascus, Memnon of Heraclea and the anonymous author of 1 Maccabees. The study shows how they accept the authority of the growing Roman Empire, offering neither endorsements nor resistance, but looking instead to pragmatic models of harmonious coexistence. Oxford UP 2006 £75.00 HB 396pp

Beryl Rawson Debunking Aries’ claim that there was no concept of childhood before the 16th or 17th century, Beryl Rawson presents evidence that ‘children were, in principle and often in practice, welcome and valued and visible in Roman society’. She reconstructs attitudes to children from representations in literature and law, art and architecture, funerary dedications and public and private ritual. The book falls into two parts, dealing respectively with children’s place in ‘Rome’s cultural symbolism’ and the realities of their lives. Oxford UP 2005 £32.00 PB 440pp


HISTORIOGRAPHY AT THE END OF THE REPUBLIC Provincial Perspectives on Roman Rule


CONSERVATION INFORMED CONSERVATION Understanding Historic Buildings and their Landscapes for Conservation Kate Clark ‘All conservation,’ writes Kate Clark, ‘depends upon a clear understanding of what matters, and why.’ Her book, intended for conservation advisers, architects, engineers, surveyors, archaeologists, site managers and owners, provides guidelines for understanding historic buildings and their landscapes and, specifically, how to apply that understanding to conservation projects such as repair, alteration, development or management. A final section describes analytical techniques ranging from historical research to geophysical ‘keyhole’ or remote sensing. English Heritage 2001 £10.00 PB 124pp Illus 295x210mm


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CONSERVING THE PAINTED PAST Developing Approaches to Wall Painting Conservation Ed. Robert Gowing; Adrian Heritage English wall paintings range from delicate frescoes in Roman villa ruins to decorative and figurative schemes in churches, cathedrals and domestic buildings. These vulnerable works of art suffer not only from environmental changes but also from the well-meaning but often irreversible treatments of the past. This volume, comprising 18 papers from an English Heritage conference held in 1999, covers topics ranging from rock art to professional training for conservators and illustrates a variety of issues and approaches. James & James 2003 £40.00 PB 156pp Illus 295x210mm







MEDIEVAL HISTORY IN SEARCH OF THE DARK AGES Michael Wood King Arthur, Alfred the Great: some of the most familiar figures in British history lived during the mysterious period between the end of the Roman occupation and the Norman Conquest. Michael Wood’s classic book, which accompanied his groundbreaking television series, demonstrates that the Dark Ages were a rich and formative period in the development of English political life. This revised edition takes advantage of recent archaeological advances such as the re-excavation of Sutton Hoo. BBC 2003 £12.99 PB 250pp Illus 245x190mm



THE ROAD TO HASTINGS The Politics of Power in Anglo-Saxon England

PROPERTY AND PIETY IN EARLY MEDIEVAL WINCHESTER The Anglo-Saxon Minsters of Winchester: Part III Alexander R Rumble This volume from the Winchester Studies series comprises an edition and translation, with extensive commentary, of 33 Anglo-Saxon and Norman documents relating to the topography and minsters of early medieval Winchester. The documents record the physical effects on the city of the foundation and expansion of the three neighbouring minsters, and of the removal of the New Minster to Hyde (c.1110). They also record various aspects of the tenth century reform of Benedictine monasticism, of which Winchester was the leading centre. Oxford UP 2002 £177.00 HB 256pp


Paul Hill The dramatic confrontation between Harold of England and William of Normandy at Senlac Ridge in 1066 was the result of almost a century of political and dynastic struggles. This book explores the prolonged death-throes of Anglo-Saxon England: it sets the Battle of Hastings against a background of political developments, succession crises, negotiations, royal promises and military campaigns in a period stretching from the reign of Aethelred II (9791016) to that of Harold II (1066).


MOTHERS, MYSTICS AND MERRYMAKERS Medieval Women Pilgrims Sarah Hopper ‘Some women travel on pilgrimages away from town in order to frolic and kick up their heels in jolly company... the surest thing for the soul’s profit and the body’s honour is to avoid the habit of trotting here and there’: so a 14th-century noblewoman dissuades her contemporaries from travel. Yet this history of female pilgrims – from the fourth century Spanish nun Egeria to Chaucer’s Wife of Bath – reveals how, by journeying to holy sites, medieval women could temporarily escape their confined existence. Sutton 2006 £20.00 HB 206pp



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THE STORY OF DOMESDAY BOOK Ed. RWH Erksine; Ann Williams As one of the real treasures of medieval English history, the Domesday Survey has attracted intense scrutiny from historians over the years, but this authoritative collection of 16 special studies by outstanding scholars represents the latest thinking on this fascinating document. Broad themes such as life under the manorial system, the social structure of the period, and the state of agriculture, are coupled with more narrowly focused topics, such as the monetary system and weights and measures used at the time. Phillimore 2003 £17.99 PB 280pp Illus



BY FIRE AND SWORD The Rise and Fall of English Supremacy at Arms, 1314-1485


HENRY V Keith Dockray Shakespeare portrayed him as an embodiment of Christian virtue and military valour; in the mid-20th century, KB McFarlane judged him perhaps ‘the greatest man that ever ruled England’: but can Henry V’s heroic reputation ultimately be justified? Sceptical of so much adulation of Henry, Keith Dockray looks in depth at historians’ perspectives, from contemporary ‘lives’ to Christopher Allmand’s 1992 biography. He then turns to Henry’s personality, the events of his reign and his troubled legacy at home and in France.


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Gen. Ed. Richard Sharpe The result of years of meticulous scholarship by manuscript and book historians, the volumes in this series identify and catalogue booklists from a variety of historical collections. Each book contains an editor’s introduction and indexes of incipits and second folios, books and printed books, authors and anonymous works. The texts are in new Latin editions, with English introductions and notes. Cellophane jackets. The British Library in association with The British Academy 1999/2001 £60.00 HB 328/254pp

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Peter Reid During the years from 1314 to 1485, England was almost continuously at war, and the period saw the unprecedented superiority of England’s army over those of its enemies. Peter Reid attributes that superiority to England’s preparations and style of warfare, the country’s ability to sustain long campaigns, and the involvement of the whole nation in support of the king’s military endeavours. From defeat at Bannockburn and the subsequent rebirth of an English army to its demise at Bosworth Field, Reid provides a compelling account of the medieval English way of war. Constable 2007 £25.00 HB 564pp



DOVER PRIORY Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 5 Ed. William P Stoneman This volume contains the first of the longer Benedictine catalogues to appear in the Corpus. The library of the Dover Priory is remarkable for the ‘precocious sophistication’ of the catalogue made in 1389 by the precentor of the priory, John Whytefelde, who provided a dictiones probatoriae for every volume and incipits for every one of about 1,500 titles. This volume is devoted to Whytefelde’s work. [58669]

PETERBOROUGH ABBEY Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 8 Ed. Karsten Friis-Jensen; James MW Willoughby This is the second volume of the longer Benedictine catalogues (following Dover Priory). A remarkable range of evidence for the library at Peterborough survives: the largest catalogue, the so-called Matricularium, lists some 1,900 titles in nearly 350 volumes. This complex document is presented here (in Latin), with the editors’ introduction and indexes of incipits, manuscripts, authors and anonymous works. [58702]

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A HISTORY OF THE BLACK DEATH IN IRELAND Maria Kelly This is the first full-length study of the devastating effect of the Black Death on Ireland, where it surfaced in 1348. The pestilence spread quickly and virulently across the country, wiping out whole communities in its path and, at a conservative estimate, killing one-third of an already declining population. Maria Kelly’s vivid and perceptive account also documents the plague’s aftermath, and the fundamental realignments in Irish society which it occasioned. Tempus 2004 £12.99 PB 248pp Illus



MODERN HISTORY SCOURGE AND FIRE Savonarola and Renaissance Italy Lauro Martines ‘The drama of Savonarola’s years in Florence,’ writes Martines, ‘transcends its time and place, because it links high politics and religious activity in a time of epochal crisis.’ Not properly a biography, this account focuses on those years – from the French invasion and the demise of Medici power in 1494 to Savonarola’s execution in 1498 – during which the history of Florence and the activities of the ‘fundamentalist’ friar are inseparable. Pimlico 2007 £8.99 PB 336pp Illus



TORQUEMADA AND THE INQUISITORS John Edwards investigates the personalities of Torquemada and some of his fellow Inquisitors – whether the fanatical psychopaths of popular imagination or merely soulless bureaucrats – who condemned thousands to prison, torture and death. Placing their activities within the context of Spain’s turbulent history, the book describes some of the most significant episodes in the Inquisition’s 350-year hunt for heretics and witches to burn and literature to ban. Tempus 2005 £25.00 HB 256pp Illus



THE SICKLY STUARTS The Medical Downfall of a Dynasty Frederick Holmes Examining contemporary records of post-mortem examinations and other


DANGEROUS NATION America and the World 1600-1898 Robert Kagann, who served in the State Department from 1984 to 1998, demonstrates that, despite the common belief that early American foreign policy was based on isolationism and neutrality, other countries considered America aggressive and dangerous. In this history of Americans’ perception of themselves and others he explodes the myth of the ‘City upon a Hill’ and shows that the divide between Europe and America opened up long before the bitter disagreements over Iraq. American-cut pages. Atlantic 2006 £25.00 HB 528pp


ALBION ASCENDANT English History 1660-1815 Wilfrid R Prest Between the Restoration and the battle of Waterloo, England gradually emerged as the core nation of the most formidable superpower the world had yet seen. Wilfred Prest investigates this remarkable transformation from domestic instability and external weakness to global economic and military predominance. Geographically the main focus is on England and Wales, but Prest also analyses the broader British context as well as interrelations between England, Europe and the wider world. The Short Oxford History of the Modern World.


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writings, Holmes reconstructs the medical history of the Stuarts, from James I’s dementia to Anne’s morbid obesity. Sutton 2005 £8.99 PB 292pp Illus




CHARLES II AND THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM The Merry Monarch and the Aristocratic Rogue David C Hanrahan The relationship between Charles II and George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, was among the most entertaining and shocking of royal friendships. The young Buckingham, whose father was a favourite of James I, went into exile with Charles during Cromwell’s rule and the two remained friends, although Charles once sent his friend to the tower and on another occasion pardoned him for murder. David Hanrahan tells the engrossing story of this friendship and explores the power of the royal favourite. Off-mint. Sutton 2006 £17.99 HB 248pp Illus



A ROYAL AFFAIR George III and his Troublesome Siblings Stella Tillyard Although best remembered as the ‘mad’ king who lost the American Colonies, the young George III combined a humdrum exterior with a strong sense of duty. This narrative history recounts George’s attempts to be a father figure to his scandal-prone brothers and sisters, including Caroline Mathilde, whose adulterous liaison rocked the Danish throne. Against a background of Europe on the brink of war and revolution, this is the story of a king trying to hold both family and state together. Chatto & Windus 2006 £20.00 HB 386pp Illus



THE CONQUEST OF NATURE Water, Landscape and the Making of Modern Germany David Blackbourn Part morality tale, part engineering thriller, David Blackbourn’s ambitious work tells the story of how the German people transformed their landscape, from the waterlogged swampland of the mid-1700s into one of the most industrialized and powerful countries in the Western world. Blackbourn’s epic narrative, in which he shows how the Germans set out to ‘conquer’ that most fundamental element – water, brings together politics, culture, economics and ecology

and ends with the present day debate about ‘renaturing’ Germany’s waterways. American-cut pages. WW Norton 2006 £29.95 HB 466pp Illus



THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF EMPIRES Britain, India and America c.1750-1783 PJ Marshall Professor Marshall provides a unified interpretation of British imperial history in the later 18th century. He brings together into a common focus Britain’s loss of empire in North America and the winning of territorial dominion in parts of India, and argues that these developments were part of a single phase of Britain’s imperial history rather than marking the closing of a ‘first’ Atlantic empire and the rise of a ‘second’ eastern one. Oxford UP 2005 £36.00 HB 398pp



REFORM IN GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY 1750-1850 Ed. TCW Blanning; Peter Wende In the study of late 18th century Europe, the concept of ‘reform’, both in theory and in practice, has been neglected compared to the attention lavished on ‘revolution’. Yet it was reform, not revolution, which characterized the experience of both Great Britain and Germany from 1750 to 1850. This volume of nine essays takes a comparative approach to show why, in a crucial period of history, these countries preferred change that was gradual and consensual to radical and violent revolution. British Academy/Oxford UP 1999 £25.00 HB 180pp



QUEEN VICTORIA First Media Monarch John Plunkett Queen Victoria’s reign coincided with the advent of modern mass-media – cheap newspapers and illustrated periodicals, photography, the worldwide telegraph network and film – and saw the birth of the delicate working relationship of media and royalty. In this study Plunkett shows how the now familiar issues of access, privacy and over-exposure were first negotiated. Using previously unexamined material, he argues that the rise of the media helped to reinvent the position of the monarch in national life. Oxford UP 2003 £19.99 HB 256pp Illus


Tristram Stuart Over 300 years ago, European travellers began to bring back tales of Indian religion and philosophy, and Western culture was changed forever. Although the word ‘vegetarian’ was not coined until the 1840s, the question of meat-eating rapidly became an integral part of the ongoing debate on mankind’s relationship with nature. In this groundbreaking work of cultural and intellectual history, a prominent critic of the modern food industry shows how the question came to be a major part of our fundamental moral outlook. HarperPress 2006 £25.00 HB 628pp Illus


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WITH HIS FACE TO THE FOE The Life and Death of Louis Napoleon, the Prince Imperial Zululand 1879 Ian Knight In Zululand in 1879, a patrol of British troops in the vanguard of an invading column was ambushed by Zulu warriors and fled, leaving three men dead. One of the three was Prince Louis Napoleon, the last of the Bonapartes. In this book, an expert on the Anglo-Zulu War tells the romantic and melancholy story of the exiled Prince Imperial and investigates the curious combination of circumstances that brought him to southern Africa, wearing the uniform of a British officer. Spellmount 2007 £16.99 PB 310pp Illus



THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, 1858-1900 The Politics of Senate and Convocation FMG Willson In 1858, the University of London opened its non-medical examinations to candidates irrespective of how or where they prepared themselves, thus consolidating the ‘external’ system. At the same time, graduates could join the newly-established Convocation, which chose a quarter of the governing body, the Senate. Willson analyses the delicate and often stressful relations of Senate and Convocation, covering topics such as the struggle over women’s degrees, the University’s parliamentary seat, and the campaign to change the institution into an orthodox university. Boydell 2004 £60.00 HB 478pp

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ENGLAND, 1870-1914 The Oxford History of England: Volume 14 Sir Robert Ensor Covering the 44 years from the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war to the eve of the First World War, Ensor surveys a period which saw the ‘conversion of English government into a democracy’, great advances in education and literacy, the slump in agriculture, the first threat to manufacturing industry from foreign competition, and worldwide imperial expansion. First published in 1936. Book club reprint. Oxford UP 1985 HB 660pp





SOCIAL HISTORY LONDON:THE WICKED CITY A Thousand Years of Vice in the Capital Fergus Linnane From the 11th-century brothels licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to today’s saunas and massage parlours, this history of prostitution in the capital investigates a flourishing industry which has been continually studied, deplored and banned, but has survived all attempts to suppress it. In these pages the reader encounters Hogarth’s Mother Needham, Mother Clap’s ‘sodomitical house’, Casanova (who praises Covent Garden’s bath houses as ‘a magnificent debauch’) and the 80,000 prostitutes of Victorian London. Robson 2007 £8.99 PB 428pp Illus


THE REAL OLIVER TWIST Robert Blincoe: A Life that Illuminates an Age John Waller The hard and eventful life of Robert Blincoe (1792-1860) is a true rags-toriches story from the Dickensian age. Abandoned in the workhouse at the age of four and shipped off at seven to work in the Manchester cotton mills, Robert survived gruelling conditions and physical abuse to finally become an employer himself. John Waller’s perceptive biography reveals how these experiences led Blincoe to become a supporter of political reform, and a fervent campaigner against the ills of child labour.


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MADAMS: Bawds and Brothel-Keepers of London


Fergus Linnane Exploring the seamier side of social history, this is the story of the resourceful women who turned brothelkeeping into one of London’s major industries. From the first legal whore houses in 1161 – owned by the Bishop of Winchester – to the ‘Luncheon Voucher Madam’ Cynthia Payne in the 1970s, it draws on court records, pamphlets, newspapers, diaries and letters to provide an original, often humorous and very candid view of the impresarios of the sex industry. Sutton 2005 £20.00 HB 246pp Illus



OXFORD Crime, Death and Debauchery Giles Brindley provides a highly original alternative history of Oxford by concentrating on the city’s seedier side. This detailed collection of infamy and scandalous behaviour includes murders, duelling, robbery, suicide, gambling, rioting and executions, as well as probing the perennial tensions between town and gown. Sutton 2006 £14.99 PB 216pp Illus



ALL FOR LOVE Seven Centuries of Illicit Liaison Val Horsler ‘Love has always defied rules that seek to constrain it’: Val Horsler uses legal documents, private letters and diaries preserved in the National Archives to chronicle the history of Britain’s sex scandals. From Chaucer’s bawdy tales, Piers Gaveston and the Paston letters to the

Profumo affair, the ‘summer of love’ and the Lady Chatterley trial, this study of our forebears’ attitudes to transgressive sexuality exposes the liaisons of aristocracy, demi-monde and ordinary people alike. National Archives 2006 £19.99 HB 232pp Illus



THE SPIRIT OF DESPOTISM Invasions of Privacy in the 1790s John Barrell How was the social and cultural life of Britain affected by the fear that the French Revolution would spread across the Channel? John Barrell argues that the conflict between the ancien régime in Britain and the emerging democratic movement was so fundamental that it invaded areas normally regarded as ‘outside’ politics. He shows how the fear of revolution produced a culture of surveillance and suspicion which penetrated every aspect of private life – from coffee house conversation to the tax on hair powder. Oxford UP 2006 £65.00 HB 278pp Illus


Sian Rees In July 1789, 237 female convicts left England for Botany Bay, New South Wales, aboard the Lady Julian, destined to provide sexual services and a breeding bank for the men already there. Using contemporary sources, including trial records, letters, and the ship’s steward’s first-hand account, Rees presents the story of an extraordinary group of women, and their voyage halfway around the world. Review 2002 £7.99 PB 248pp Illus


Allan Brodie; Andrew Sargent; Gary Winter The evocative photographs that make up this pictorial history of the seaside holiday are taken from English Heritage’s National Monuments Record, and cover the period from Victorian times to the 1950s, before cheap flights and package tours took Britons abroad. Among the many aspects of the seaside experience depicted are the piers, towers, arcades and winkle stalls, and all the classic resort entertainments, including Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides, pleasure boats and funfairs. English Heritage 2005 £17.99 HB 184pp Illus 215x272mm



Anthony Adolph ‘All Irish families, without exception, have cousins all over the world.’ This book is designed to help people with Irish roots living outside of Ireland, or people in Ireland, to trace their ancestors. Part 1 explains how to begin the search; Part 2 comprises chapters on the Irish in various countries (England, Wales, Scotland, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand); Part 3 describes researching family history within Ireland; and Part 4 is about tracing ancient Irish roots.

Steven Hollowell The question of whether the enclosure of the open fields was of ultimate benefit to English society is still contentious, but the long drawn out process generated a wealth of documentary evidence which is of immense value to historians of the period. This is an excellent introduction to the processes involved in the enclosure movement, and a thoroughly practical guide to surviving sources and how they can be interpreted. Phillimore 2000 £15.99 HB 178pp


Lewis Lyons Since the beginning of history, people have been punished for their sins or crimes. Lewis Lyons identifies and discusses a wide range of punishments, from shaming to imprisonment to the most unspeakable tortures, and situates each in the cultural context of the legal codes of the time and place concerned. In humanitarian terms we have progressed a long way and in most countries imprisonment is now


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A COMPANION TO LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH John Campbell-Kease A guide to the most fruitful sources of information for the local historian, this book offers a commentary on significant national and parochial material from written and other sources, from c.500 CE to the present day. The first three sections outline the history of England and identify the archives and records which document it. Section four contains 16 chapters on specialist topics such as archaeology, place names, buildings and handwriting. Finally, there is an exercise in writing local history, using an imaginary place. Published 1989.


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THE TROPHIES OF TIME English Antiquarians of the 17th Century Graham Parry From the first publication of William Camden’s Britannia in 1586 to the much revised and enlarged edition of Britannia published in 1695, Graham Parry surveys the development of antiquarianism through the careers of individual antiquarians and discusses the printed works ‘which contributed so much to the intellectual vitality of the 17th century’. Alongside major figures such as Camden, Robert Cotton and John Aubrey, Parry introduces a number of lesser scholars, among them Richard Verstegan, John Weever, William Burton and Aylett Sammes. Oxford UP 2007 £21.00 PB 388pp


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the strongest punishment the law allows; but 31 countries still have the death penalty. Off-mint.

3D EXPO 1862 A Magic Journey to Victorian England

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Michael Tongue With the aid of rare stereoscopic photographs and a built-in stereo viewer, this book is our ticket to the International Exhibition at the Crystal Palace, South Kensington, in 1862. Michael Tongue puts the Exhibition in historical context and also explains how the stereographic photographs were made before we set off through the galleries of national exhibits, art works and the wonders of modern technology circa 1860. Each 3D image is accompanied by excerpts from the official guide, conjuring up the spirit and atmosphere of the great event.



THE INSTRUMENTS OF TORTURE Revised and Updated Michael Kerrigan This is a chilling examination of the techniques and tools employed in torture from the classical world to the present day. The different methods of inflicting pain are grouped by type ranging from incarceration, stretching and suspension, to beating, electrocution and mental cruelty. From the Inquisition to Abu Ghraib prison, this book – illustrated with engravings, woodcuts and photographs – provides a disturbing account of ingenuity and inhumanity. Spellmount 2007 £18.99 HB 192pp Illus 240x186mm



IN CASE OF FIRE The Illustrated History and Modern Role of the London Fire Brigade Neil Wallington This is an absorbing account of the London Fire Brigade, past and present, written by a man who has spent over 25 years in its service. In a superbly illustrated large-format volume, Wallington documents momentous changes in equipment and organization over the years. He also discusses the changes in society’s expectations of its firefighters and, with the threat of both terrorism and of natural disasters, the vital importance of emergency planning in a modern city. Jeremy Mills 2005 £20.00 HB 334pp Illus 264x193mm



THE RURAL ECONOMY OF GLOCESTERSHIRE William Marshall Originally published in 1789, this book formed part of an ambitious project to make a complete survey of the agricultural economy of England, undertaken by William Marshall single-handedly. Marshall conducted his survey not only by observation and interview but also by farming and experiencing agricultural work for himself. His reports are made vivid by this firsthand knowledge and also by his painstaking recording of detail, covering everything from cheese-making methods to ‘provincialisms’ (local dialect terms). Nonsuch 2005 £14.00 PB 224pp




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Steam fire engine from New York City on exhibition at the Crystal Palace


JEWISH DISPLACED PERSONS IN CAMP BERGEN-BELSEN, 1945-1950 The Unique Photo Album of Zippy Orlin Ed. Erik Somers; Rene Kok On 15 April 1945, Bergen-Belsen was liberated by British troops. Almost overnight, one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps became a centre for displaced Holocaust survivors. This portfolio of photographs, accompanied by articles from leading researchers and writers, contrasts the horror of the past with hope for the future, as thousands of people awaited departure for the new State of Israel. In the words of historian Hagit Lavsky, ‘Life in the camp was a greenhouse for a new Jewish identity’. Washington UP 2004 $35.00 PB 240pp Illus




MERTHYR TYDFIL: IRON METROPOLIS Life in a Welsh Industrial Town

Marilyn Palmer; Peter Neaverson Covering Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset and Devon, this is a study of the physical evidence for the region’s once extensive and internationally renowned textile industry, which produced woollen cloth, silk, linen, lace, rope and sailcloth from the Middle Ages onwards. Most of the book is devoted to the history and design of the surviving buildings, and also shows how they have found new roles in the modern world.

Keith Strange In 1750, Merthyr was an insignificant rural hamlet, but a century later it was the biggest town in Wales, with a larger population than Cardiff and Swansea combined. This phenomenal growth was due entirely to the rise of the Welsh iron industry, which brought in its wake all the social problems associated with rapid urbanization. Keith Strange’s perceptive social history of the town in this period brings into vivid focus what life was like for locals when iron was king. Tempus 2005 £17.99 PB 192pp

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WORKING THE WELSH COAST or ‘No Dogs Allowed on the Beach!’

JL & Barbara Hammond This classic study of the government of England before the Reform Bill focuses specifically on the life of the poor in rural districts during the period 1760-1832. It describes the catastrophic effects of Enclosure on the pre-industrial village and illustrates in detail what was happening to the rural poor under a government in which they had no share. First published 1911. Nonsuch 2005 £18.00 PB 352pp

Mike Smylie Surrounded on three sides by the sea, the people of Wales have always had strong maritime traditions and these have played a vital part in the development of Welsh national culture and identity. This well-researched and lively account of the author’s trip around the coast in 2000 reveals the rich heritage of seaside communities, and the skills and trades adopted by generations of Welsh people who have made a living from the sea. Tempus 2005 £17.99 PB 256pp Illus



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THE COLLIERIES AND COALMINERS OF STAFFORDSHIRE Richard Stone From the Industrial Revolution to the closure of Silverdale, the last deep pit, in 1998, this illustrated account describes Staffordshire’s mining industry and its contribution to the county’s history. Richard Stone draws on original sources and personal anecdotes to tell a story of enterprise and innovation, hardship, communal achievement and comradeship. A tribute to generations of pitmen, the book recalls a vanished way of life and concludes with the reminder that beneath Staffordshire today, millions of tons of coal reserves lie untouched. Phillimore 2007 £15.99 HB 134pp Illus 248x170mm

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Maisie Steven This account of the author’s childhood and adolescence in Glen Urquhart, near Loch Ness, during the 1930s and 1940s, has become something of a classic of Highland writing. With an excellent eye for detail and a lively style, Maisie Steven recreates the deep sense of community and belonging which were integral to growing up under the three spheres of family, church and school, but she is also not afraid to speak of the hardships and restrictions of the era.




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Barrie Trinder The first edition of this acclaimed work, published in 1973, placed the Shropshire coalfield at the very epicentre of the early Industrial Revolution. In this new, completely restructured edition, revised in the light of a further 30 years of painstaking research, Dr Trinder amply confirms his original thesis and adds a wealth of new material to provide an insightful social and economic history of the area from 1660 to 1860, with a 21st century perspective. Phillimore 2000 £25.00 HB 286pp Illus



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Richard Overy This single-volume reference work contains more than 200 full colour maps, diagrams and timelines, providing a comprehensive overview of history’s most complex century. Major themes such as the rise and fall of empires and dictatorships, the interplay of key conflicts and events, and the complexities of religion, economics and environmental change are clearly explained in a highly effective combination of graphics and concise authoritative text. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.

AN Wilson ‘A portrait of an age, rather than a formal history’, Wilson’s book begins in 1901, as Edward VII becomes king and Great Britain commands the mightiest empire the world had ever seen: it ends with the coronation of Elizabeth II and Britain, although victorious in the Second World War, ruined as a world power. How this dramatic decline in power and influence came about is one of the questions AN Wilson seeks to answer, looking particularly at the dominant roles of the economic challenges of the 1930s and the Second World War. Hutchinson 2005 £25.00 HB 609pp Illus



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HITLER’S HITMEN Guido Knopp; Trans. Angus McGeoch Eichmann, Friesler, Bormann, von Shirach, von Ribbentrop and Mengele were Hitler’s closest supporters: the men who willingly carried out his orders. Historian Guido Knopp sets out to answer the question of how six apparently ordinary men could carry out brutal policies with such enthusiasm and diligence, and he reveals how a lethal combination of blind allegiance to a flawed leader and the poison of racial hatred drove them to such extremes. Sutton 2006 £8.99 PB 304pp



LIFE BETWEEN MEMORY AND HOPE The Survivors of the Holocaust in Occupied Germany Zeev W Mankowitz tells the remarkable story of the 250,000 survivors of the holocaust – the She’erith Hapleitah or Surviving Remnant – who converged on the American Zone of Occupation between 1945 and 1948. From the first thoughts and preparations for liberation in the camps in 1944, up to early 1947, Mankowitz examines the initial responses of the survivors to their tragedy and traces the development of a dynamic community that thought of itself as a living bridge between destruction and rebirth. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge. Cambridge UP 2002 £50.00 HB 336pp



CHINA A Wolf in the World? George Walden ‘Nothing on the scale of what is happening in China has happened in the history of humanity.’ George Walden, who was one of only a few Chinese-speaking Westerners present during the Cultural Revolution, looks back on the last 40 years and argues that, at a time of increasing Chinese assertiveness and power, the rest of the world must address their delusions and misperceptions about China so as to apply to the future the lessons of the past. Gibson Square 2008 £14.99 HB 304pp




EMPIRE, WELFARE STATE, EUROPE History of the United Kingdom 1906-2001 TO Lloyd In the 20th century the UK lost an empire, built a welfare state and began to accept the idea of being part of Europe. On the international stage its relative power declined, but at home life became more secure for the majority of the people. This book surveys these two great currents of change and examines their political and economic implications. Revised and updated, this fifth edition includes a new chapter dealing with New Labour. Part of the Short Oxford History of the Modern World (Gen. Ed. JM Roberts). Oxford UP 2002 £24.99 PB 558pp



A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES SINCE 1900 Andrew Roberts If the 20th century presented the greatest trials and perils for the English-speaking peoples, it was also the century that would mark their triumph. In this much-acclaimed narrative, the conservative historian Andrew Roberts describes four world-historical struggles that have engaged the English-speaking peoples since 1900 – the confrontations with German nationalism, German fascism, Soviet communism and Islamic fundamentalism – and the mid-century handover of world leadership from British Empire and Commonwealth to the American Republic. Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2006 £25.00 HB 736pp Illus



COLD PEACE Stalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945-1953 Yoram Gorlizki; Oleg Khlevniuk In this study of Stalin and his entourage in the years following the Second World War the authors offer a fresh perspective on the ‘aging and distrustful despot’. Stalin’s behaviour, they argue, contrary to common perceptions, followed a clear political and administrative logic. His system of rule is analysed within the domestic and international contexts of the devastation of the war and the massive recovery programmes it made necessary, and the increasingly hostile relationship with the West. Oxford UP 2006 £21.99 PB 258pp



RETURN TO DIVERSITY A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II Joseph Rothschild; Nancy M Wingfield This is the third edition of Rothschild’s political history of East Central Europe during and since the Sec-

ROYALS AND THE REICH The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany Jonathan Petropoulos Using unprecedented access to royal archives, Petropoulos tells the story of Queen Victoria’s great-grandsons, the Princes of Hesse, and the role they played in Hitler’s Third Reich. He reveals how, lured by prominent positions in the Nazi régime and highly susceptible to nationalist appeals, the Princes – along with many other German aristocrats – The Duke of Windsor inspects SS troops in October 1937 became enthusiastic supporters of Hitler; and he follows the fortunes of the Hessen family, through the princes’ betrayal by Hitler and post-war trials, up to the present. Oxford UP 2006 £20.00 HB 524pp Illus


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ond World War, now with a new chapter on the post-Communist era by Nancy Wingfield covering events through the 1990s. Renowned for its depth of analysis, scope and objectivity, the study covers coalition politics, ethnic discord and issues of democratic development in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. Oxford UP 2000 £18.99 PB 338pp



CRESCENT BETWEEN CROSS AND STAR Muslims and the West after 9/11 Iftikhar H Malik Against a backdrop of intense Islamophobia and neo-conservatism following the tragic events of 9/11 and 7/7, military invasions of Muslim countries and restrictive legislation on immigration and civil liberties have seriously affected inter-community relationships. This volume explores the historical roots of Western views on Islam, then focuses on recent scholarship and polemics which have spawned anti-Muslim sentiments, and discusses issues such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, Muslim secularism and the politics of gender. Oxford UP 2006 £11.99 HB 374pp



IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY Inside Baghdad’s Green Zone Rajiv Chandrasekaran This is a prize-wining exposé of the attempt by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority to rule Iraq from a walledoff enclave in central Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s régime. It describes the ill-prepared attempt to build American democracy in the war-torn Middle East, from the risky disbanding of the Iraqi army to such travesties as the man put in charge of revitalizing Baghdad’s stock exchange – a 24-year-old who had never worked in finance. Bloomsbury 2007 £12.99 HB 356pp




ABOUT SCOTLAND People. Places. Heritage Ed. Iseabail Macleod This handy reference guide covers all things Scottish: history, the arts, industry, commerce, science, medicine, sport, politics, religion, geography, architecture, popular culture... From the Abbotsford baronial mansion on the river Tweed to the Ythan River in Aberdeenshire, the entries are simple and accessible, and the book concludes with a calendar of Scots annual festivals and a guide to further reading. Colin Baxter 2007 £7.95 PB 320pp


THE SCOTTISH MOUNTAINS Alan Gordon; Hamish Brown From the snow-covered peaks of Ben Challum and Ben More in the winter to the heavy reds and browns of the Glencoe Hills in autumn, Scotland’s mountain landscapes are among the most striking in Northern Europe. This collection of outstanding photographs by Alan Gordon – mountain images, taken from high among the hills – demonstrates the impressive range of Scottish uplands, their seasonal colours and the ever-changing play of light. Text by Hamish Brown. Colin Baxter


SCOTTISH CATHEDRALS Richard Fawcett Scotland’s rich heritage of cathedral churches often takes visitors by surprise. From the first surviving cathedrals of the early 12th century through to those built for the Episcopalian and Roman Catholic churches of the modern period, they tell a fascinating story of architectural thought and changing forms of worship over 900 years. Richard Fawcett presents an up-to-date account of the architecture, history and religious life of all Scotland’s cathedrals, with plans of the medieval buildings and a gazetteer. Historic Scotland series. Batsford 1997 £15.99 PB 128pp Illus



COUNTRY HOUSES OF SCOTLAND John Connachan-Holmes This historical survey covers a selection of 100 of Scotland’s best country houses, from the earliest 17th-century examples to the struggle for the structures’ survival in the changed social conditions of the last century. Not least among these houses are numerous Palladian masterpieces of such architects as Robert Adam, but the book also emphasizes the variety and diversity of the buildings’ design. A gazetteer lists dates, architects and locations for all of the houses discussed. House of Lochar 1995 £25.00 HB 176pp Illus



THE HEBRIDEAN TRAVELLER Denis Rixson Quoting from the writings of early travellers in the West Highlands and Hebrides, Rixson creates a remarkably detailed picture of this remote area. He first discusses perceptions of the Highlands as remote and alien before exploring the reality of the area’s history, religion, industry and culture and topics such as maps and charts, sport and sea travel and marvels, miracles and curiosities. Birlinn 2004 £14.99 PB 356pp Illus



GOLDEN CITY Scottish Children’s Street Games and Songs James TR Ritchie This is a classic book of children’s lore, collected from Edinburgh children and first published in 1965. Here, in glorious profusion, are the rhymes, rhythms and language of childhood; the words used for counting out

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Sunrise on the Saddle, looking east along the south Kintail range

Liv Kjorsvik Schei After centuries of Norse, Scottish and British rule, the Orkneys are still a world of their own, separated from Britain by the Pentland Firth and by a different rhythm of life. Liv Schei and photographer Gunnie Moberg present a lively, beautifully illustrated account of the history, people and traditions of this ‘place apart’, sketching the islands’ general development from the prehistoric settlements that have made Orkney an archaeologist’s paradise to the present day. Colin Baxter 2007 £12.95 PB 304pp Illus



Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, Orkney

SHETLAND Jill Slee Blackadder As the most northerly point of Britain, Shetland is nearer to the Arctic Circle than to London, and closer to Bergen than Edinburgh. This cluster of windswept islands, 100 miles long, boasts a rich human heritage and a varied natural history, which are both fully

explored in this lively volume from the Island Guides series. With accompanying maps, colour photographs and drawings, Jill Blackadder documents the history, landscape and nature of the many inhabited and accessible islands of this unique place. Colin Baxter 2007 £17.95 HB 256pp Illus



and choosing sides, the rules of chasie, tig and hide and seek; the skills required for bools (marbles) and peeries (tops); skipping and ballbouncing routines; a variety of peevers (hopscotch) patterns; and the tunes of the singing games. Mercat 1999 £9.99 PB 182pp

famous works such as The Gododdin and The Dream of the Rood, the collection includes poems by and for St Columba, the homesick verse of Gaelic poets on crusade, poems in praise of strong drinkers and epics of battle.




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THE TRIUMPH TREE Scotland’s Earliest Poetry, 550-1350

WHERE THE WHAUPS ARE CRYING A Dumfries and Galloway Anthology

Ed. Thomas Owen Clancy From the works of Aneirin and Taliesin to the 14th century Gaelic poet O Mail Chiarain, this anthology brings together poetry written in five languages – Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Old English and Norse – and presented in new translations. With informative notes on each poem, the book offers a spectacular window on Scotland’s past. Alongside

Ed. Innes MacLeod This richly varied anthology comprises writing by authors particularly associated with an area of Scotland described by John Buchan as ‘blessed, honest-smelling hill country’. As well as Buchan, other Scottish authors such as Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle are well represented, but there are also extracts from such diverse writers as JM Barrie, Defoe, Keats and Dorothy L Sayers, together with legends, local anecdotes and letters sent home by the earliest emigrants to North America and Australia. Birlinn 2001 £14.99 PB 454pp




VICTORIAN TRAVEL ON THE WEST HIGHLAND LINE Mountain, Moor and Loch Originally published in 1894, this is an engaging guide to one of the world’s most scenic railway lines. It describes a leisurely tour from the Clyde to Glencoe by way of Loch Lomond and Ben Nevis, with many historical and anecdotal diversions. Rich in detail and illustrated with pen and ink drawings, it offers a glimpse of travel in a bygone age. House of Lochar 2002 £6.99 PB 162pp Illus

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Colin Baxter ‘The best small country in the world’, Scotland has panoramas worthy of a whole continent. Between the lonely valley of Liddesdale on the border with England, and the remote island of Muckle Flugga at the northernmost tip of Shetland, the traveller encounters an extraordinary range of awe-inspiring landscapes. In this book, Baxter presents a collection of over 180 photographs capturing the diversity of the land and the changing moods of light and weather across the whole of Scotland. Colin Baxter



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TITLES LOCAL HISTORY PHILLIMORE FEATURED Founded in 1897, Phillimore & Co have been at the service of local and family history for over 100 years and have built up a solid reputation for publishing authoritative treatments of specific counties, towns, industries, and other topics of regional interest. Each volume presents a concise, detailed and very accessible history, written by an acknowledged authority, and well illustrated with photographs, line drawings and maps.

THE NORTH DOWNS Peter Brandon On the ‘fresh air side of the capital’, the North Downs and the bordering sandstone hills – from the White Cliffs of Dover to Farnham – have been Londoners’ country refuge for centuries. This relationship with the city is a major theme of Brandon’s study of the landscape and society of the North Downs. Another is the ancient landscapes of the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs area and its special contribution to the economic, spiritual and cultural development of early modern England. Phillimore 2005 £25.00 HB 288pp Illus



KEW PAST David Blomfield Kew is situated at the lowest point where the Thames could be regularly crossed on foot, and the site has been continuously occupied from prehistoric times. Since the 14th century the area has been home to numerous royals, nobles and gentry, but Blomfield also writes of the fishermen, market gardeners, shopkeepers and commuters who have made up the local population over the years. His well-illustrated history shows that there is much more to Kew than the Royal Botanic Gardens. Phillimore 2004 £15.99 HB 144pp Illus 247x182mm



THE RIVER GREAT OUSE AND THE RIVER CAM A Pictorial History from Brackley to King’s Lynn Josephine Jeremiah The Great Ouse rises in Northamptonshire and flows 161 miles to reach the sea at King’s Lynn, taking in the Cam on its way, and passing through a wide cross-section of English countryside and urban and industrial development. Veteran river-watcher Josephine Jeremiah here presents a rich collection of photographs which illustrate life on the river and its banks, past and present. Phillimore 2006 £15.99 HB 120pp Illus 247x183mm



EPSOM PAST Charles Abdy From its early days as a manor belonging to Chertsey Abbey (founded in 666) to redevelopment after the Second World War, Charles Abdy provides a comprehensive, illustrated history of Epsom, with additional chapters devoted to the cluster of mental hospitals built by

the LCC in the 1890s; the races; the town’s old buildings; and its most famous inhabitants, including Mrs Beeton, Lord Rosebery and Frank Hampson, the creator of Dan Dare. Phillimore 2001 £15.99 HB 132pp Illus



ILFORD: A History Sue Curtis Now a thriving town and a commuter suburb within Greater London, near the Essex border, Ilford was in earlier times two villages – Great Ilford and Little Ilford, on either side of the River Roding – in the manor of Barking. These predominantly rural communities were transformed by London commuters during the late 19th century. Beginning with the prehistory of the area, this illustrated history tells the story of Ilford down to the prosperous multicultural town of 2002. Phillimore 2004 £15.99 HB 134pp Illus 245x180mm



A CENTENARY HISTORY OF NOTTINGHAM Ed. John Beckett et al Celebrating the centenary of the city charter granted in 1897, this is the most comprehensive account of Nottingham’s long history. It includes contributions from 22 scholars, describing how the AngloSaxon settlement developed into a flourishing 18th century provincial town based around the hosiery industry before falling into a period of decline in the 19th century and recovering to form the sizeable modern city. Among the wider themes discussed are leisure, politics, family life, housing and education. Phillimore 2006 £30.00 HB 598pp Illus



HYTHE: A HISTORY Martin Easdown; Linda Sage Originally the Roman settlement Portus Lemanis, and one of the historic Cinque Ports, Hythe has a long history as a naval town with coastal defences dating back to the Roman Stutfall Castle. Illustrated with an exceptional collection of vintage photographs, this book covers the 2,000 years of Hythe’s story, up to 2003 and improvements in the Royal Military Canal – now recognized as the third most important linear monument in the country after Hadrian’s Wall and Offa’s Dyke. Phillimore 2004 £15.99 HB 132pp Illus 247x184mm





Gertrude Jekyll First published in 1904 and based on ‘notes and memories’ of her early life, growing up near Godalming, this book records ‘the ways and things of the older days’ – cottages and farm buildings, furniture and utensils; the cottagers themselves, their clothes and customs and gardens; rural industries; and Godalming town. The photographs, computer enhanced for this new edition, were taken by Jekyll herself, many of them showing the ordinary household equipment she collected as she realised that it, and the lifestyle it belonged to, were disappearing. Phillimore 1999 £25.00 HB 258pp Illus 245x185mm Cottagers and



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HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB Arts and Craft Utopia? Mervyn Miller Founded by Dame Henrietta Barnett after a long campaign to protect the open land north of Hampstead Heath from indiscriminate development, Hampstead Garden Suburb was planned by Raymond Unwin, and Edwin Lutyens was responsible for the Central Square. The result was a unique blend of informality and meticulously detailed Queen Anne and Georgian style. In this book, first published in 1992, Miller gives the definitive account of the Suburb, setting the architectural and planning achievements in context, both historically and socially. Phillimore 2006 £30.00 HB 280pp Illus 275x203mm



A HISTORY OF KIDDERMINSTER Nigel Gilbert Kidderminster has had a long and colourful history, but the town has fallen foul of modern town planning. Nigel Gilbert’s detailed and well-illustrated study describes what architectural vandalism has obscured: a history stretching back to the Roman period, intriguing questions surrounding an eighth century monastery and ‘a proud record of nonconformity and awkwardness’ in more recent centuries. Phillimore 2004 £17.99 HB 246pp Illus 245x163mm



HARROGATE PAST WR Mitchell Harrogate was originally a tiny hamlet in the Royal Forest of Knaresborough, and owes its subsequent development to its mineral springs, first discovered in 1571, which brought successive waves of tourists to the town. The Victorians added many fine buildings, but Harrogate reached its social heyday in Edwardian times, and later cleverly reinvented itself as a flo-

THE DISCOVERY OF DARTMOOR A Wild and Wondrous Region Patricia Milton Home to the Hound of the Baskervilles, ‘the only spot in the world with horizontal rain’, and now a National Park and tourist attraction, Dartmoor has inspired generations of writers, artists and filmmakers. This celebration of the moor covers its history from the Middle Ages to the present day, recounting changing perceptions and the dichotomy between capitalists who saw opportunities to exploit its agricultural and industrial potential and those who wanted to preserve the picturesque waste. Phillimore 2006 £18.99 HB 244pp Illus 245x180mm




ral resort and conference centre. This well-illustrated and highly readable account of Harrogate’s history is by the long-time editor of The Dalesman magazine. Phillimore 2001 £15.99 HB 134pp Illus



SOLIHULL PAST Sue Bates Solihull was founded as a new town in the 12th century by the lords of the manor of Ulverlei and situated in the Forest of Arden. Initially a succesful market town, it declined during the 14th and 15th centuries and remained a quiet village until the mid 19th century when the railway arrived. Sue Bates presents a complete history of the town, illustrated with a splendid selection of archive photographs. Phillimore 2001 £14.99 HB 130pp Illus 246x182mm



Jo Draper ‘Dorchester has been Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s Casterbridge and is now growing into the Prince of Wales’s Poundbury, a blueprint for the future.’ Jo Draper traces the town’s changing fortunes and its role as a market town for a large rural area, from the earliest settlements – evidenced in earthworks such as Maiden Castle – to the redevelopment of Poundbury in line with Prince Charles’s A Vision of Britain. Phillimore 2001 £14.99 HB 134pp Illus 246x183mm


BRIDPORT PAST Gerald Gosling Listed second, after Dorchester, of the Dorset boroughs in Domesday Book, Bridport was a thriving town in the Middle Ages. Its prosperity was largely based on the making of ropes, nets and sailcloths – and having served Drake and Hawkins, the industry survives to this day. Gerald Gosling traces the town’s history, from its medieval origins to the mid 20th century, with chapters on its harbour, churches and chapels, industry and its experience of the First and Second World Wars. Phillimore 1999 £14.99 HB 134pp Illus 246x182mm


Norman Jacobs Illustrated with vintage photographs and advertisements (‘No-Passport Day Excursion to Boulogne’ – 40 shillings), this history of Clacton evokes the heyday of the English seaside holiday. From 1872, when the Royal Hotel stood alone on the cliff top, it follows the building of the town, the boom years, Butlins and the post-war downturn; but there are also chapters on a much older Clacton – for this relatively new town stands on one of the oldest sites of human habitation in Britain. Phillimore 2002 £15.99 HB 134pp Illus 245x184mm




CLACTON PAST With Holland-on-Sea and Jaywick



LUDLOW: An Historical Anthology David Lloyd; Peter Klein From the Domesday Book account of Stantone (the site of medieval Ludlow) and the 14th century Fitzwarine Romance, set in Ludlow Castle, to Christopher Hussey’s Country Life articles on the town’s architecture and a photographic townscape of 1982, this book brings together a great range of written accounts and artistic depictions of the ancient Shropshire town. Set within the authors’ lucid commentary, they form a richly detailed history of Ludlow from its origins to the present day. Phillimore 2006 £17.99 HB 126pp Illus 275x203mm



TORQUAY AND PAIGNTON The Making of a Modern Resort Henry James Lethbridge The two small settlements facing Tor Bay underwent rapid development in the years following the 1790s, when local landowners, who had a precocious eye for the tourist trade, deliberately created what became widely known as the English Riviera. Henry Lethbridge explores this transformation in fascinating detail, and chronicles the people and the social forces behind the twin resorts’ highly

A HISTORY OF WOKING Trigg’s Lock on the Wey Alan Crosby Woking owes its Navigation, the boundary modern origins to a cemetery of Woking parish, in 1902 company which exploited the potential of cheap land within easy reach of London to promote speculative buildings around a railway station in the midst of an empty heath. The town’s eccentric development continued with the building of two prisons, a huge lunatic asylum, Britain’s first crematorium, a retirement home for actors and actresses, a mosque and an Oriental institute. Crosby explains all in this second edition of his illustrated town history. Phillimore 2003 £20.00 HB 210pp Illus 272x205mm




SOUTHSEA PAST Sarah Quail Southsea, ‘the gem of England’s Watering Places’, was originally a residential suburb of Portsmouth and, although there were sea bathing facilities there in the 18th century, it was not until the railway arrived in 1847 that it began to develop into a seaside resort. In this illustrated history, Sarah Quail tells the story of Southsea, from new suburb to its heyday in the interwar years, and the challenges it has faced since the demise of the British seaside holiday. Phillimore 2000 £14.99 HB 132pp Illus 247x183mm



MANSFIELD: A Pictorial History David J Bradbury At the time of the Domesday Survey, Mansfield was an important regional centre, where a major royal estate and the Sherwood Forest were administered. In the late 18th century the market town was transformed by the coming of water-powered spinning mills, iron foundries and sand quarries. Local historian David Bradbury has chosen 174 representative illustrations to chronicle the town’s long and varied history.


Malcolm Elliott From King Lear, who gave the county town its name, to the discovery in 2002 of a hoard of over 3,000 gold and silver coins, this book highlights the most newsworthy moments from Leicestershire’s history. The Civil War siege, the notorious Green Bicycle Murder and the shocking Kegworth air disaster of 1989 sit alongside happier events such as the casting of Great Paul at Taylor’s bell foundry in Loughborough and the annual Hallaton Bottle-kicking. Phillimore 2004 £15.99 HB 132pp Illus 245x195mm


Richard Stone Once the royal centre of the Kings of Mercia, Tamworth has yet to regain its Dark Ages importance, but the centuries have been full of interest – from the building of Tamworth Castle to the Second World War prisoner-of-war camp. Richard Stones’s history also deals with Tamworth’s illustrious inhabitants – the Marmion, Ferrers and Peel families. Phillimore 2003 £15.99




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TAMWORTH: A History Trevor Brighton The Peak District was transformed by the Romantics: a foreboding wilderness inhabited by troglodytes became home to Rousseau the ‘prophet of Nature’, with Arkwright’s mills making it a cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Trevor Brighton examines the forces behind this change in the region’s fortunes, including the ramblers, writers and artists who have explored it, the history of one of its biggest attractions at Chatsworth, and its designation in 1953 as Britain’s first National Park.

fashionable Victorian heyday, their decline in the mid 20th century and welcome renaissance in the postwar period. Phillimore 2003 £18.99 HB 215pp Illus

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The dining hall at Clacton Butlin’s in June 1938, just two weeks after the camp opened


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George Street,Tamworth, in 1912



REFERENCE WORD ORIGINS A Classic Exploration of Words and Language Wilfred Funk Originally published for an American readership in 1950, Funk’s guide to over 2,000 English words and phrases not only demonstrates clearly how they originated and how their meaning has changed down the centuries, but also displays his erudition by including relevant entertaining facts which help to fix each etymology in the memory. Gramercy 2008 $11.99 HB 432pp



PARDON MY ENGLISH! An Exploration of Slang and Informal Language

A MAN ABOUT A DOG Euphemisms and Other Examples of Verbal Sqeamishness Nigel Rees Many of the 2,467 euphemisms collected and discussed by Nigel Rees are used in everyday language to avoid mentioning death (‘pushing up the daisies’) and matters lavatorial (‘spend a penny’) or sexual (‘how’s your father’), or to stay on the right side of libellous (‘tired and emotional’). But among the less familiar phrases are curious PC coinages such as ‘differently hirsute’ (bald) and pretentious job descriptions, including the ‘ambient replenishment assistant’ (shelf-stacker). HarperCollins 2008 £7.99 PB 422pp



ALL GONG AND NO DINNER 1001 Homely Phases and Curious Domestic Sayings

Michael Munro From the 16th century (when ‘lazybones’ and ‘the clap’ first appear) to the modern age of ‘bling’ and ‘silver surfers’, from ‘Brum’ to South Asia (where ‘TK’ means ‘OK’) and from quaint euphemisms to ‘some very rude words’, this collection of slang expressions looks into the shadier recesses of the English language. It explains the meanings of nearly 6,000 words and phrases and identifies the groups of people who might use them. Chambers 2007 £8.99 PB 372pp




Nigel Rees ‘Hang the expense – throw the cat another kipper’, ‘put another dog on the bed’... such homely phrases and family sayings are the stuff of this wonderfully entertaining compendium. A by-product of the BBC radio show Quote... Unquote, they are arranged by themes such as bed and sex (‘how’s your father?), personal characteristics (‘all mouth and trousers’) and time (‘heavens, eleven o’clock and not a whore in the house dressed’), with explanations of origins and meanings – although these are not always obvious, as in ‘I should cocoa!’. Collins 2007 £12.99 HB 414pp



BEYOND WORDS How Language Reveals the Way We Live Now

Jonathon Green Now in a revised, second edition with over 13,000 new headwords, Jonathon Green’s magisterial survey provides an exhaustive A-Z guide to over 400 years of slang, from its early roots in the Elizabethan underworld of beggars and thieves to the richly varied and constantly evolving language of today. All types of slang terms and expressions are included – criminal jargon, the language of sex, drink and drugs, insults and swear words, rhyming slang and back slang – with no omissions for the sake of political correctness.

John Humphrys In this follow-up to Lost for Words John Humphrys reflects on the curious language of bureaucrats and politicians (who can claim that books are ‘absolutely essential to the library experience’) and the hype of advertisers – are ‘changes to your Nectar card’ ever actually ‘exciting’? He also laments the decline of grammar teaching and highlights changing attitudes to formality: ‘I once toyed with using Margaret Thatcher’s first name... but I chose life instead’.

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EYES LIKE BUTTERFLIES A Treasury of Similes and Metaphors Comp. Terence Hodgson Collecting some of the most striking and memorable similes and metaphors – the very antithesis of cliché – in the pages of modern English literature, Terence Hodgson urges us to pause and marvel at their sheer delight and inventiveness, from Sonya Hartnett’s ‘the sun felt soft as a cat’ to Edmund White’s ‘the terrible decaying Camembert of my heart’. Chambers 2006 £9.99 HB 290pp



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Jonathan Crowther Offering a glimpse into the arcane world of Araucaria, Phi, Quark, Serendip et al, Jonathan Crowther (Azed of The Observer) presents a biographical A-Z of over 80 of his fellow crossword setters. His book does not pretend to help solve crosswords, but delving into the mindsets of the compilers might just help. There is also a selection of 43 puzzles, mostly chosen by their setters, all previously published, and ranging from straightforward ‘plain’ puzzles to fiendishly complex thematic crosswords. Solutions at the back. HarperCollins 2006 £17.99 HB 342pp



THE WEEK-END BOOK Ed. Francis Meynell Poetry, astronomy, etiquette, ornithology, tying knots... From a world without television, here is a miscellany of pastimes (games to play, songs to sing), practical information (how to make baked egg custard, how to mix concrete), informative articles on topics from the stars (by Fred Hoyle) to English hedges, and poetry. First published in 1924, when it sold out within days,


The Week-End Book went through 34 editions up to 1955. This new edition presents a selection of pieces from Week-End Books 1924-55, with a new introduction by John Julius Norwich. Duckworth 2005 £10.99 HB 368pp Illus



HARTLEY’S FOREIGN PHRASES And Phrases in Current English Usage Comp. JLA Hartley French has given to English the language of gastronomy, Italian the language of music, and Latin the language of the Church and the Law; others such as German, Spanish, Portuguese and Yiddish have made their own notable contributions. Borrowings from these languages are discussed, often with memorable anecdotes and quotations, in this eclectic dictionary of words and phrases used in everyday English speech (angst, shtum, melodrama, massage), as well as in rather more esoteric contexts (feoffment, Zimbelstern, media vuelta). Stacey 2007 £19.95 HB 402pp



A DICTIONARY OF EUROPEAN ANGLICISMS A Usage Dictionary of Anglicisms in Sixteen European Languages Ed. Manfred Gorlach English, which imported thousands of words from French and Latin (mainly after 1066), is now by far the world’s biggest lexical exporter and the trade is growing as English continues to dominate fields ranging from pop music to electronic communication. This dictionary not only shows which words have been exported where, but how the process of importation can change a word’s form and function, sometimes subtly, sometimes remarkably as in the transformation of painkiller to ‘jack of all trades’ in Bulgarian. Oxford UP 2005 £28.99 PB 352pp





Ed. Gareth King Designed for the increasing numbers of learners of modern Welsh, this dictionary contains thousands of examples of usage accompanying the definitions of words. Other features that will help the student are a full pronunciation guide; a guide to mutation; the separate listing of plurals formed by vowel changes; a grammar reference section; and boxes explaining difficult points of grammar throughout the Welsh-English and English-Welsh listings. Slightly off-mint. Oxford UP 2000 £9.99 PB 532pp

Ed. Boping Yuan Meeting the specific needs of the English-speaking learner of Chinese, this compact dictionary provides a guide to tones, a glossary of grammatical terms and radical and character indexes as well as Chinese-English and English-Chinese listings giving over 45,000 words, phrases and translations.



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COLLINS ATLAS OF GLOBAL ISSUES A Visual Guide to the World’s Greatest Challenges


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Ed. Michael Allaby This clear, accessible dictionary contains over 5,200 entries on all aspects of ecology and related disciplines, including biogeography, genetics, soil science, geomorphology, atmospheric science and oceanography. It is a valuable reference for students of biology, ecology, environmental science and conservation studies, and for the general reader with an interest in the natural world and concern about its future. This third edition has been completely updated and includes over 200 new entries. Oxford UP 2006 £11.99 PB 480pp



Produced in 2007 in association with the World Bank, this is a complete statistical guide to the most critical issues facing the world. Using world maps, graphs, photographs and a clear and authoritative text, the book evaluates wealth, population, education, healthcare, economy and environment, and offers an unbiased overview of the state of the world. Appendices include an extensive glossary and a list of development goals for the new millennium.





Alan Wall Using examples from the classics, this Need to Know? guide helps you understand what makes a great novel and how you can achieve great results yourself. Covering all the essential techniques for anyone serious about writing fiction, Alan Wall shows how to make writing, whether short stories or full-length novels, convincing and effective; and gives advice on every aspect of the creative writing process, from fashioning the first character to getting published. Collins 2007 £9.99 PB 192pp

John Seymour; Will Sutherland This concise verson of Seymour’s classic New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency (1976) is an illustrated guide to growing your own fruit and vegetables, eating healthily, managing waste and saving energy. No jacket. Dorling Kindersley 2007 £12.99 HB 255pp Illus




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Ed. Una McGovern The residents of Trollope’s Barchester, popular sleuths from Agatha Christie, or the terrible Usher twins of Edgar Allen Poe... The whole range of literature in English is represented in the 6,500 characters skilfully summed up in this dictionary. As well as the A-Z of character entries, the book contains eight essays on topics including diarists, ghosts and the characters of Shakespeare and Dickens. Plus a biographical index of authors with lists of their works and characters. Chambers 2005 £15.00 PB 818pp



THE MAN WHO ATE BLUEBOTTLES And Other Great British Eccentrics Catherine Caufield; Illus. Peter Till Attempting to discover which is the most repulsive-tasting creature William Buckland ate bluebottles, mole and even the embalmed heart of Louis XIV. He is one of nearly 100 eccentrics memorialized in this survey of history’s more unusual Britons. Among the assembly: Joshua Norton (‘Emperor of the US’) and Orde Wingate, who conducted military strategy sessions in the nude and cleaned himself with a toothbrush. Icon 2006 £7.99 PB 224pp


miscellany of concepts and phenomena to be investigated for stupidity. Along with his own reflections on topics from the comic hiatus to catastrophe, the ha-ha to Pinocchio, van Boxsel marshals a wealth of quotation from the likes of Pascal and Samuel Butler, producing what the Literary Review described as ‘a fascinating and slightly deranged work’. Translated from the Dutch by Arnold and Erica Pomerans. Off-mint.


THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF STUPIDITY Matthijs van Boxsel In this strange ‘encyclopedia’, Matthijs von Boxsel tackles a bewildering



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY REFERENCE ATLAS OF THE WORLD Using physical, political and regional maps and beginning with a substantial section of thematic world maps illustrating subjects such as landforms, climate, biodiversity and trade, this Atlas draws on the wide resources of the National Geographic Society to present a truly comprehensive and up-to-date reference work. As well as maps, charts and statistics on the countries of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, there are maps and information on Antarctica, the oceans and space. No jacket. National



LEMMINGS DON’T LEAP 180 Myths, Misconceptions and Urban Legends Exploded Edwin Moore Prepare to discover that some of your most fondly-held beliefs are demonstrably untrue: Albinoni’s Adagio is not by Albinoni, Sherlock Holmes never wore a deerstalker, powdered glass is not poisonous – and there are no characters with dubious names in Captain Pugwash. But, as it happens, there really are startlingly few famous Belgians. Chambers 2006 £7.99 PB 196pp



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A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HERALDRY AC Fox-Davies Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871-1928) was a barrister by profession and a passionate campaigner against the bearing of arms without lawful authority. In this classic guide he presents a popular, illustrated exposition of the origins and practice of heraldry, the meaning of the various symbols (birds, animals, fish, monsters, flowers etc) and the significance of crests, crowns, mottoes, badges and marks. First published in 1909, the book remains a valuable guide to the intriguing and complex study of heraldry. Skyhorse 2007 $19.95 PB 647pp Illus




BURKE’S PEERAGE Baronetage and Knightage, Clan Chiefs, Scottish Feudal Barons (Three volumes) Ed. Charles Mosley This illustrious reference work was first published in 1826 as ‘a general and heraldic dictionary... exhibiting, under strict alphabetical arrangement, the present state of those exalted ranks, with their armorial bearings, mottoes etc and deducing the lineage of each house from the founder of its honours’. The 107th edition – probably the last before the work transfers to an online subscription service – now includes knights, dames, Scottish and Irish chiefs and Scottish feudal barons, and represents a ‘tangible marker’ for those families affected by reforms in the Scottish feudal land tenure system and the House of Lords. Altogether the three volumes cover over 5,500 families and 1,000 years of history. As this item weighs more than 10kg, we will calculate the overseas postage as though it contained nine volumes, and not three. Due to its size, we will ship it separately to other titles ordered. Boydell 2003 £399.00 HB 4,500pp 285x205mm

Eric Deeson Designed for students and teachers, this dictionary contains some 4,000 entries, most of them providing more than a simple definition. There are clear explanations of concepts, sometimes illustrated and often giving ideas about applications and history; longer entries on key themes such as atom, electric or thermal physics; and the AZ is followed by a number of appendices, including a selection of the best physics websites. HarperCollins 2007 £8.99 PB 538pp



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Rebecca Rupp The modern Periodic Table lists a total of 118 elements, but for over two millennia we understood the whole of matter to be made from just four. From Greek philosopher Thales’ first speculations on the elements in the sixth century BCE, through a series of episodes in world history, this entertaining book shows how water, air, earth and fire have been (and continue to be) fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. Profile 2005 £16.99 HB 373pp

Peter Bond Technically detailed and illustrated with over 400 colour photographs, this guide was published to mark 50 years of space flight. It begins with a survey of the world’s space agencies before charting all the major missions, historic current and future launchers, launch sites and civilian, military and scientific shuttles and satellites. The final sections look at deep space exploration, human space flight and future prospects. HarperCollins 2008 £20.00 PB 384pp Illus



GRANITE LANDSCAPES OF THE WORLD Piotr Migon Using examples of granite regions around the world, Piotr Migon shows how the specific characteristics of the rock itself influence natural landscapes and why natural processes shaping the Earth’s surface act so distinctively on granite. The book examines typical granite landforms, such as boulders, tors and inselbergs, and certain specific environments such as deeply weathered tropical terrains, coasts and cold-climate uplands. Finally, Migon reviews some of the most characteristic human transformations of granite landscapes. Oxford UP 2006 £122.00 HB 416pp Illus



THE WATCH ON THE HEATH Science and Religion before Darwin Keith Thomson ‘The watch must have had a maker’: picturing nature as the creation of a supreme designer, William Paley’s famous watch analogy epitomizes the age of ‘natural theology’, when scientists of conventional piety argued that the rational study of nature could confirm religious belief. The dilemmas of British intellectuals such as David Hume and Erasmus Darwin, and their attempts to win acceptance for their ideas, are the subject of Thomson’s fascinating study of the period between 1665 and 1800.



THE SOLAR SYSTEM Exploring the Planets and Their Moons from Mercury to Pluto and Beyond Ed. Giles Sparrow The planets, moons, asteroids and comets are explored in this lavishly illustrated, highly accessible guide to the solar system. Beginning with the Sun, successive chapters travel to each of the planets in turn, finally reaching Pluto and Charon some three billion miles away. Along with the factual information, graphics and spectacular photographs, the book covers theories on topics such as Martian canals, meteor mysteries and the ice asteroids of the Kuiper Belt. Thunder Bay 2006 HB 256pp Illus 214x287mm


The European Space Agency XMM-Newton (X-ray Multi-Mirror) observatory, launched into Earth orbit in 1999


FRED HOYLE’S UNIVERSE Jane Gregory The English astronomer Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) was one of the most widely acclaimed scientists of the 20th century, a downto-earth Yorkshireman who combined a brilliant scientific mind with a relish for communication

and controversy. Through the life of Hoyle, this book chronicles the triumphs, jealousies and feuds of a rapidly developing scientific field, with a cast of colourful astronomers keeping secrets, losing their tempers, and building their careers here on Earth while contemplating the nature of the stars. Oxford UP 2005 £20.00 HB 408pp Illus



THE STORY OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM Mark A Garlick From the genesis of the Sun around 4,660 million years ago and the emergence of the planets, moons, asteroids and comets a few million years later, to the Solar System’s inevitable end billions of years hence, this is the story of the Universe’s vast ‘recycling mechanisms’ in action around us. Garlick’s accessible guide to our present state of knowledge also includes discussion of the unique features of each of the planets and their satellites. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Cambridge UP 2002 £32.00 HB 154pp Illus 275x235mm



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ANALYSIS An Introduction Richard Beals This self-contained text, suitable for advanced undergraduates, provides an extensive introduction to mathematical analysis, from the fundamentals to more advanced material. It begins with the properties of the real numbers and continues with rigorous treatments of sequences, series, metric spaces and calculus in one variable. Further subjects include Lebesgue measure and integration on the line, Fourier

analysis and differential equations. The book provides a large number of examples and nearly 500 exercises. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Cambridge UP 2004 £26.99 PB 261pp

NONLINEAR ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS An Introduction to Dynamical Systems Third edition


DW Jordan; P Smith The third edition of this very successful textbook in the qualitative theory of nonlinear differential equations has been completely revised to bring it into line with current interest and research, including an expansion of the material on bifurcation and chaos. The book is directed towards practical applications of the theory, with several hundred examples and problems covering a wide variety of mechanical, biological and electrical applications. Oxford Applied and Engineering Mathematics.


NUMERICAL ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION An Introduction to Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Simulation Grégoire Allaire; Trans. Alan Craig The object of this course, based on Allaire’s teaching at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, is to introduce mathematical modelling and numerical simulation, two disciplines which have gained in importance in all areas of science over recent decades. Mathematical modelling is the art (or science) of representing a physical reality as abstract models which are accessible to analysis and calculation. Numerical analysis allows us to calculate the solutions of these models on a computer. Oxford UP 2007 £32.00 PB 454pp





AJ Leggett Reissued in the Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences series, this book aims to give the nonspecialist reader a general overview of what physicists think they do and do not know in some representative frontier areas of physics. After sketching the historical background, Leggett discusses problems in cosmology, high-energy physics and condensed-matter physics, focusing on the fundamental problems at the heart of the subject. First published in 1987. Oxford UP 2006 £23.00 PB 192pp


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INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRAIC NUMBER THEORY Saban Alaca; Kenneth S Williams Algebraic number theory is a subject that came into being through the attempts of mathematicians to try to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem and that now has a wealth of applications – to Diophantine equations, cryptography, factoring, primality testing and public-key cryptosystems. This introduction is suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduates in mathematics. The material is presented in a straightforward manner, with numerous examples to illustrate the theory, biographies of mathematicians who have contributed to the field and over 320 exercises. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge. Cambridge UP 2004 £26.99 PB 428pp




HOSTAS: The Complete Guide


Rosemary Barrett Hostas are the perfect perennial, adding colour, texture and form to any garden design. Their foliage ranges from blue-green to green and yellow and there are several variegated species with cream or yellow and green leaves. This book is a richly illustrated guide to the cultivation and propagation of hostas, with chapters on landscaping with these versatile plants, companion plantings, growing hostas in containers and a catalogue of recommended varieties. David & Charles 2004 £14.99 PB 143pp Illus


Ethne Clarke In autumn, a well-planned garden can be full of interest, with fiery leaf colour, structural seed heads, tawny grasses and ripe fruits taking centre stage. In this celebration of autumn flowers, fruits and foliage, Ethne Clarke first describes seasonal tasks – harvesting fruits and drying herbs as well as digging – before discussing the planting and maintenance of borders and structural features such as hedges and topiary. The book ends with a selection of plants for autumn. Photography by Jonathan Buckley. David & Charles 2004 £20.00 HB 168pp Illus 258x225mm



Left: A pot filled with spiky grey dianthus draws the eye to the planting behind



COLLINS WILDLIFE GARDENER Stefan Buczacki In this practical, illustrated guide, one of Britain’s most distinguished garden writers describes how gardeners, by fostering and preserving native plants using environmentally friendly and organic practices, can provide much-needed habitats for insects, reptiles, birds and mammals. Buczacki explains how to make simple changes to existing gardens to attract wildlife and how to establish and maintain dedicated wildlife gardens, including wildflower meadows, woodland, hedgerows and ponds.

Charlotte de la Bédoyère Easy to grow, weather-resistant and beneficial for wildlife, native plants are suitable for any garden. This practical guide offers expert advice on buying and collecting seeds, preparing the ground, and the cultivation and propagation of wild flowers. With an illustrated directory of the most commonly found species as well some rare examples, it also features a list of indigenous plants – detailing type, height, flowering times and habitats – compiled by the Botanical Society of the British Isles.

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO HOUSEPLANTS Valerie Bradley The secret of keeping houseplants is to get to know the plants’ natural growing conditions and give them an appropriate place in the house. This book includes a guide to what will grow best in various rooms, as well as a general guide to planting, care and propagation. The major part of the book is a detailed, beautifully illustrated directory of over 250 houseplants. Collins & Brown 2006 £19.99 HB 288pp Illus 240x210mm



GARDENS OF PERSIA Penelope Hobhouse This sumptuously illustrated volume by the internationally acclaimed garden expert and writer is the first book to fully explore the evolution of the Persian paradise garden, from its ancient beginnings to 20th century examples. Penelope Hobhouse combines practical horticultural knowledge with a profound understanding of history to show how buildings, water and plants are combined to give the gardens of Persia a romantic beauty and a spiritual quality that have inspired garden designers across the world. Cassell 2006 £18.99 PB 192pp Illus 280x230mm



PHILIP’S WILD FLOWERS OF BRITAIN AND NORTHERN EUROPE Bob Gibbons; Peter Brough Covering virtually all the species likely to be encountered in northern Europe, including Scandinavia, this guide presents one of the most comprehensive collections of colour photographs of European plants ever published. The carefully selected photographs are complemented by descriptions of over 1,900 species, including information on flowering Wood Crane’s-bill (Geranium sylvaticum) times, and accompanied by distribution maps and line drawings. The book also includes an illustrated guide to a selection of ‘botanical hotspots’ to visit in the UK, Eire, northern Europe and Scandinavia. Philip’s 2007 £25.00 HB 370pp Illus 280x212mm



THE WRONG KIND OF SNOW The Complete Daily Companion to the British Weather Antony Woodward; Robert Penn Two writers passionately interested in the vagaries of the British weather present a day-by-day account of the year, packed with meteorological detail, amusing anecdote and insight into how the weather continually shapes human destiny. From the sinking of the Mary Rose to the most famous wind-assisted goal in football history, this is the story of a nation forever surprised by leaves on the line and the wrong kind of snow, but still convinced of the virtues of ‘fresh air’. Off-mint. Hodder & Stoughton 2007 £14.99 HB 400pp Illus



IN SEARCH OF REMARKABLE TREES On Safari in Southern Africa Thomas Pakenham, no stranger either to Africa or to remarkable trees, presents the results of his safari in Southern Africa in search of the rare, the ancient, the extraordinary and the beautiful. Along with stunning photographs of often vast and sometimes bizarre specimens, his investigations bring up fascinating insights into the nature of Africa’s flora, from the absurd sausage trees of Zambia to Mozambique’s dramatic Kosi palms, whose 80-foot stems topple and die the moment its fruits are ripe. Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007 £25.00 HB 208pp Illus 297x245mm



Left: Halfmen tree in central Namibia

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MUSHROOM MISCELLANY Patrick Harding Mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi have been a source of fascination since ancient times, and folklore, facts and fables have accumulated around them. In this beautifully illustrated Miscellany, mycologist Patrick Harding leads a fungal foray through the world of these strange organisms, with chapters on dry rot, St Anthony’s fire and mushrooms that glow in the dark as well as more beneficial fungi, including medicinal moulds and the 850g Piedmont truffle that sold for £28,000. Collins 2008 £14.99 HB 208pp Illus





FOOD & DRINK FARMHOUSE COOKERY Laura Mason The National Trust owns over 150,000 hectares of farmland, managed by nearly 2,000 tenant farmers. Laura Mason’s celebration of farmhouse cookery draws on the experiences of these farmers and their families to present a wonderful selection of recipes from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She emphasizes the close links between local landscape and food in a mouthwatering selection of recipes including Ulster Broth, Carlisle Steak, Apple Pancakes with Cider Sauce, and Gooseberry Jelly.

FROM PETTICOAT TAILS TO ARBROATH SMOKIES Traditional Foods of Scotland Laura Mason; Catherine Brown One of the Taste of Britain series, described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his preface as ‘an exciting journey to find Britain’s edible treasure’, this volume goes north of the border into the land of oatcakes and haggis, Irn-Bru, Aberdeen Angus cattle and mealie puddings. The authors explain the culinary history and traditions of each raw ingredient or product, how it is prepared (unless it is a trade secret), and where to find it. Harper 2007 £9.99 HB 172pp

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A PLAIN COOKERY BOOK FOR THE WORKING CLASSES Charles Elme Francatelli Written by Queen Victoria’s Chief Cook and first published in 1852, this book was intended to instruct the lower orders on how to ‘obtain the greatest amount of nourishment at the least possible expense’. The 241 recipes range from boiled potatoes and onion soup to baked sucking pigs and home-brewed beer, and there are chapters on cooking for invalids, medicinal beverages and, presumably for those whose thrift had paid off, soups for distribution to the poor.

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO AMERICAN FOOD AND DRINK Ed. Andrew F Smith From the history of maple syrup to the truth behind Girl Scout Cookies and how to make a proper (and near-lethal) Zombie cocktail, this comprehensive reference work provides a sumptuous look at America’s eating culture and its history. Along with the entries on individual foods and drinks, topics like prohibition, obesity and alcoholism are covered, and the book concludes with extensive appendices on food- and drink-related museums, periodicals, organizations and websites.

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THE SPICE ROUTES Chris & Carolyn Caldicott Having retraced the journeys of Phoenician seafarers, Arab dhows and caravans, Marco Polo and Dutch and British spice traders, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott present an exotic blend of history and culture together with tantalising recipes from the Mediterranean, India, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In recounting how spices were traded across the globe and how commonplace commodities like cumin, ginger and pepper formed the foundation of vast personal fortunes and imperial ambitions, the authors redefine the term ‘Cook’s Tour’. Soma 2001 $35.00 HB 192pp Illus



THE STORY OF WINE New Illustrated Edition Hugh Johnson First published in 1989, The Story of Wine received international acclaim and was translated into 11 languages. This new edi-

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[61846] tion includes recent developments in viniculture, yet retains all the fascinating details of wine’s evolution and the integral part it has played in the social and political history of civilizations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Written with authority and enthusiasm, it explains how wine has been made, bottled, transported and enjoyed from ancient times to the present day. Mitchell Beazley 2004 £30.00 HB 256pp Illus



Early 18th century German and Dutch cutlery

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THE SPANISH KITCHEN Regional Ingredients, Recipes and Stories from Spain


Clarissa Hyman A strong sense of regional identity is one of the defining features of Spanish home cooking. Each of the 17 chapters in this beautifully illustrated guide concentrates on a particular part of the country and a specific local ingredient. From Andalucian Veal with Malaga Raisins and Basque La Rioja specialities in Cook España, Drink España Fried Bonito with Prawns to Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes and Orange and Avocado Salad from Tenerife and Valencia, it features a selection of recipes that celebrate the flavours of Spain. Conran Octopus 2005 £20.00 HB 160pp Illus 255x225mm




COOK ESPAÑA, DRINK ESPAÑA A Culinary Journey around the Food and Drink of Spain John Radford; Mario Sandoval Celebrated young Spanish chef Mario Sandoval and wine expert John Radford present a gastronomic tour of the food and wine of each of Spain’s 17 provinces. A cultural background to each province precedes a number of speciality recipes – such as Castilla-La Mancha’s Partridge with Glazed Ceps and Plums and the Catalan Pan-Toasted Black Rice Socarrat with Baby Octopus – along with a survey of the region’s wines.




FEEDING DESIRE Design and Tools of the Table 1500-2005 Sarah D Coffin; Ellen Lupton; Darra Goldstein Tracing the evolution of eating utensils from the Renaissance to the present day, this collection of seven essays examines the design of cutlery, the development of dining etiquette (forks were still considered effete in England as late as 1600) as well as changing ideas about food, fashion and hygiene. With over 200 colour and monochrome illustrations ranging from ornately crafted status-symbol pieces to contemporary ergonomic designs, this volume accompanied a major exhibition at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Assouline 2006 £39.95 HB 288pp Illus 310x242mm

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THE ART OF FLOWER AND GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY Clive Nichols explains the techniques that have made him one of the world’s leading flower and garden photographers in this lavishly illustrated guide. The book covers a wide range of subjects including composition, lighting, selective focus, close-up work and the harmonious use of colour, and includes chapters on photographing the garden’s inhabitants – both people and wildlife. Finally, there is advice on digitally perfecting images after the shutter has been released. Argentum 2007 £20.00 PB 160pp Illus 270x250mm



THE WORLD OF LITH PRINTING The Best of Traditional Darkroom and Digital Lith Printing Techniques Tim Rudman Although digital cameras have revolutionized photography in terms of speed and economy, the traditional skills of lith printing offer unique creative possibilities to photographers who prefer an actual rather than a virtual darkroom. This beautifully illustrated guide explains the processes involved and the materials required – from special papers to toners and bleaches – to achieve the striking atmospheric images depicted in the book’s nine guest portfolios and 27 open gallery submissions. Argentum 2006 £20.00 PB 160pp Illus 280x240mm


BRITANNIA AND MUSCOVY English Silver at the Court of the Tsars Ed. Olga Dmitrieva; Natalya Abramova The Moscow Kremlin Museums house some of the world’s finest surviving English silver of the 16th and 17th centuries, including diplomatic and traders’ gifts that exemplify Anglo-Russian relations in that period. As well as impressive items of silverware from the collections, this catalogue includes examples of English firearms, diplomatic gifts and a variety of Russian artifacts. Several essays, on topics including diplomacy at the Court of the Tsars and the history of the Kremlin, set the objects in historical context. Yale UP 2006 £50.00 HB 304pp Illus 254x236mm


£19.99 Right: English perfuming pot and stand, c.1663

THE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW A-Z OF ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES Judith Miller Drawing on the combined knowledge of Judith Miller and the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team of experts, this is an easily accessible dictionarycum-encyclopedia. Illustrated with over 1,500 colour photographs and covering everything from Alvar Aalto’s furniture to the ceramics produced by Zsolnay, the 3,000 entries define terms, describe techniques and materials and profile key craftsmen and manufacturers, with special features on period styles and iconic designers. Dorling Kindersley 1993 £20.00 HB 416pp Illus




THE STANLEY BOOK OF WOODWORK Mark Finney Step-by-step, this introduction to woodworking shows how raw timber can be transformed into beautiful and functional furniture. From choosing the right tools, it goes on to explain a range of techniques including planing, cutting joints, gluing and finishing. Finally a series of six projects – a work bench, bookcase, child’s desk, chest, bedside cabinet and a small table – with detailed, well illustrated instructions, enables the lessons learned to be put into practice. Batsford 2006 £15.99 PB 160pp Illus 250x250mm



THE ART OF THE PEN Calligraphy from the Court of the Emperor Rudolf II Lee Hendrix; Thea Vignau-Wilberg Produced for the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II around 1561, the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta is a ‘Model Book of Calligraphy’, demonstrating contemporary and historical scripts. The 46 pages reproduced here show the creativity and brilliance of its creators: miniature paintings of fruit, flowers, insects and other natural minutiae complement texts (right), some executed in mirror writing and micrography, intended as much for virtuosic display as for practical use. Thames & Hudson 2003 £7.95 HB 64pp Illus





THE BIBLE AS BOOK: THE FIRST PRINTED EDITIONS Ed. Kimberly van Kampen; Paul Saenger Dedicated to the investigation of Bibles printed prior to 1520, this volume covers a relatively short span of time – from Gutenburg to Erasmus – that saw the production of over 100 Latin editions of the Bible as well as vernacular versions. The 12 essays discuss issues ranging from how the printed Bible emerged from the manuscript tradition and mechanical innovations to the reception and use of Bibles by readers. With an introduction by Anthony Kenny and an index of the incunable editions cited. British Library 1999 £40.00 HB 208pp Illus 246x176mm



MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS Beautifully illustrated with reproductions from manuscripts in The British Library, these volumes introduce elements of medieval life through the study of miniatures and illuminated pages. The authors, curators at the Library and medieval scholars, set the pictures firmly within the historical context of medieval life and culture. Each book includes a list of the manuscripts illustrated, a bibliography and index. British Library 2000/2 £7.95 PB 64pp Illus

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Pamela Porter In chapters on the art of war, knights, chivalry and training for war, arms and armour, armies and battle, castles and sieges, this study looks at how warfare was depicted in medieval manuscripts and reveals a wealth of social and historical background. A final chapter examines how gunpowder transformed medieval warfare after the mid 1320s. [58710]

ASTROLOGY In Medieval Manuscripts


Sophie Page Manuscripts such as Thomas Norton’s Ordinall of Alchemy and Bede’s De temporum ratione, with their horoscopes, tables of the positions of the planets and illustrations of the constellations’ nature and influences, reveal a rich and complex art of astrology that permeated medieval life. With a glossary of astrological

Alixe Bovey Dragons, griffins, sciopods and blemmyae... medieval illuminated manuscripts teem with weird creatures decorating margins or the spaces at the ends of lines. Bovey describes the origins and symbolism of these monsters and hybrids in a study that offers a special insight into the medieval imagination. [58712]

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Tom Conroy From the 16th to the mid 20th century, the ‘finishing’ of bookbindings comprised thin gold lines and ornaments embossed into the leather, with or without gold (‘gold-tooling’ and ‘blind-tooling’), by means of bronze or brass tools. Made by craftsmen, with designs handed down over generations, these tools have become objects of value in themselves. After a full introduction to all aspects of finishing tools, this volume provides a directory of makers, covering toolcutters in Britain, continental Europe, North America and Australia. No jacket – gold-tooled. Plough 2002 £35.00 HB 300pp Illus 278x213mm



THE ENGLISH MEDIEVAL BOOK Studies in Memory of Jeremy Griffiths Ed. ASG Edwards; Vincent Gillespie; Ralph Hanna This collection of essays is published in memory of Jeremy Griffiths (1955-97), the manuscript consultant and cataloguer who was also co-founder and co-editor of English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700. The essays reflect Griffiths’s intense interest in manuscript sources for literature and intellectual history in medieval England, covering topics including the Augustan canons, the definition of the ‘household book’, the Rede (Boarstall) Gower (British Library, MS Harley 3490) and the lost library of Syon Abbey. Plus tributes to Jeremy Griffiths. British Library 2000 £22.00 HB 263pp





MILITARY HISTORY ENEMIES AT THE GATE English Castles Under Siege from the 12th Century to the Civil War

THE COMMAND OF THE OCEAN A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815

Julian Humphrys Although sieges are often treated as the poor relation of battles by historians, in most medieval and early modern conflicts the capture of fortified places was often the chief objective of a campaign. Here, Humphrys covers 500 years of siege warfare in England, from the 12th century to the siege of Pendennis in 1646, examining the development of fortifications and the techniques used to breach them, and looking at the impact of siege warfare on a number of England’s most interesting castles. English Heritage 2007 £14.99 HB 192pp Illus



Jonathan R Dull The Seven Years’ War was the first global conflict, spanning five continents and the critical sea lanes that connected them. This book gives a full account of the French navy’s role in the hostilities and the most complete survey of both phases of the war: the French and Indian War in North America (1754-60) and the Seven Years’ War in Europe (1756-63). By considering both phases from every angle, Dull shows how the two conflicts are so interconnected that neither can be fully understood in isolation. Nebraska UP 2005 £26.99 HB 445pp


Peter Warwick At midday on 21 October 1805, off Cape Trafalgar on the south-west coast of Spain, Lord Nelson, with 27 Royal Navy ships of the line, attacked the 33 ships of the combined French and Spanish fleets. By 5pm, the British had won a resounding victory, but lost their greatest admiral. Evoking the ferocity and carnage of early 19th century naval warfare, this book follows the whole course of the battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants from all sides. David & Charles 2006 £8.99 PB 320pp


ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD Nelson’s Own Hero Max Adams Best remembered for his key role in the defeat of Napoleon, Admiral Lord Collingwood devoted his life to the navy, seeing service around the globe – in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Boston soon after the Tea Party. Collingwood’s own letters and log books form the basis of this biography of a great Newcastle hero, revealing his skills as both diplomat and


strategist and his long acquaintance with his friend (and sometime rival in love) Nelson. Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005 £20.00 HB 333pp Illus


DON TROIANI’S AMERICAN BATTLES The Art of the Nation at War, 1756-1865 Don Troiani From the first muster of militia in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636 to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox in 1865, this is a pictorial history of the battles fought on American soil. In a series of vivid paintings Troiani recreates scenes of conflict in carefully researched, painstaking detail. Each of the pictures is accompanied by narratives from prominent military historians, while the artist has contributed a commentary on the challenges he faced in depicting a nation’s heritage of war. Greenhill 2006 £35.00 HB 248pp Illus 304x228mm








NAM Rodger By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain’s Navy was the most powerful in the world. In this awardwinning history, Rodger tells the story of how Britannia came to rule the waves. As well as the great voyages and battles, from the Dutch Wars to Trafalgar, he describes how ordinary men (and sometimes women) lived and worked at sea; brings to life the press gangs, pirates and figures such as Pepys, Nelson and the infamous Captain Bligh; and shows the central place of the Navy in British life. Allen Lane 2004 £30.00 HB 907pp Illus


AUSTRALIAN HAWK OVER THE WESTERN FRONT A Biography of Major RS Dallas DSO, DSC, C de G avec Palme

FOR KING AND COUNTRY Voices from the First World War Ed. Brian MacArthur Some five million British servicemen went to fight in the First World War between 1914 and 1918 and few families were untouched by the war’s effects. This book tells the stories of those men in their own words, as written in letters, diaries, memoirs, songs and poems. As well as describing the physical realities of warfare, these passages also chart the shift from the idealism of 1914 and Rupert Brooke’s Should I Die, to disillusionment and despair. Little, Brown 2008 £20.00 HB 472pp Illus


Andrew Hellwig Born in Mount Stanley in the Australian outback, Roderic Stanley Dallas (1891-1918) arrived in England in 1915, determined to join the Flying Corps. From his first sorties with the RNAS in 1916 to 1 June 1918, when he was shot down over Liévin, ‘Stan’ had at least 48 victories in aerial combat. In this biography, Adrian Hellwig quotes extensively from Dallas’s letters, logbook and service record and combat reports to tell the story of Australia’s greatest air ace. Grub Street 2006 £18.00 HB 222pp Illus


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SCRIMGEOUR’S SMALL SCRIBBLING DIARY: 1914-1916 Comp. Richard Hallam; Mark Beynon ‘I was very sorry to miss the cricket week, as I had been looking forward to it for months, but am perfectly contented, as I have been looking forward to war ever since I was a baby...’ When 19-year-old Alexander Scrimgeour died aboard HMS Invincible at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, he left diaries and letters that give a compelling account of naval warfare through the eyes of a young midshipman: a resonant voice from the lost generation. With an introductory essay by Professor Andrew Lambert. Conway 2008 £20.00 HB 306pp Illus



David Wragg With the outbreak of war in 1939 the Royal Navy embarked on a massive programme of expansion. By 1944 it had grown from 129,000 to 863,000 men. Meanwhile the fleet had increased from 12 to 61 battleships and cruisers, 7 to 59 aircraft carriers and 100 to 846 destroyers. This concise reference provides a history of the Navy’s wartime activities and engagements and details of the warships, naval bases, training, ranks and insignia.



THE WAR AT SEA IN PHOTOGRAPHS 1939-1945 Stuart Robertson; Stephen Dent From candid photographs of life on board ships and submarines to iconic images such as that of the crippled Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma, this book is a visual record of Second World War naval operations. Introductory passages look at war photography and survey the comparative strengths and tactics of the navies involved; then chapters for each year of the war present a rundown of significant naval movements followed by excellent reproductions of archive photographs, with detailed captions. Conway 2007 £25.00 HB 240pp Illus 295x246mm






NAPOLEON’S WARS An International History 1803-1815

BITTER OCEAN The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945

Charles Esdaile Was Napoleon a reckless warmonger with an insatiable thirst for military adventure, or a social and political visionary, brought down by petty reactionaries? Charles Esdaile, one of Britain’s foremost Napoleonic historians, provides a genuinely international context for Bonaparte’s career. Covering his every campaign – less wellknown aspects of the conflict, from the Baltic to the Balkans, as well as the struggle in Europe and Russia – this is a detailed reassessment of the one-man driving force behind decades of war in Europe. Allen Lane 2007 £30.00 HB 622pp Illus

David Fairbank White The Battle of the Atlantic was a six year struggle to safeguard transatlantic merchant shipping – the vast convoys that provided a supply line for Britain and for the Allied Forces fighting in North Africa and Europe. Drawing on archival research and personal accounts, and written with verve and scrupulous attention to detail, this history reconstructs the epic clash both above and beneath the waves. Simon & Schuster 2006 $26.00 HB 350pp Illus



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CODEBREAKER IN THE FAR EAST Alan Stripp How many people realise that Bletchley Park was not devoted exclusively to solving Enigma and other German codes? Here, Alan Stripp describes how the cryptanalysts of Bletchley Park and its Indian and Far Eastern outposts broke a series of Japanese codes and cipher systems of dazzling variety and complexity. Their achievements made a major contribution to the Allied victory in Burma, perhaps shortening the war by two or three years.

FLEEING HITLER France 1940 Hanna Diamond In June 1940, as Hitler’s unstoppable army advanced on Paris, thousands abandoned their homes to flee south and became refugees in their own country. Consisting mostly of women, children and the elderly, the migrants endured terrible deprivation as well as repeated attacks from German warplanes. Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs and diaries, Hanna Diamond has painstakingly pieced together the story of this desperate flight, which became a defining moment of the War for many French people. Oxford UP 2007 £16.99 HB 255pp Illus

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UNIFORMS OF THE GERMAN SOLDIER An Illustrated History from World War II to the Present Day Alejandro M de Quesada From Hitler’s Wehrmacht to the post-war Bundeswehr, the German Army uniform has changed greatly over the last 75 years, yet Prussian and German traditions have remained strong throughout the uniform’s history and can still be found in the insignia and equipment of today’s soldier. Using more than 400 photographs – both portraits and pictures of troops in action – this book charts the general evolution and explores interesting aspects of German uniform, insignia and equipment. Greenhill 2006 £25.00 HB 224pp Illus 257x187mm



HITLER’S U-BOAT BASES Jak P Mallmann Showell In 1940, Hitler ordered a series of submarine bunkers to be built in Germany and occupied France. This guide examines the sites, the reason for their location and the materials and methods used in their construction. Written by the son of a U-boat engineer, it uses indepth research, previously unpublished accounts and rare photographs and drawings to look inside the monolithic reinforced concrete structures that sheltered, serviced and supplied the U-boat ‘wolf packs’. Sutton 2007 £12.99 PB 201pp Illus



THOSE OTHER EAGLES Christopher Shore A companion volume to Aces High, (volumes one and two) which recorded the exploits of fighter pilots who achieved five or more aerial victories, this book is a tribute to the British, Commonwealth and Free European fighter pilots who claimed between two and four victories in aerial combat, 1939-1982. Drawing on official records, personal log books, diaries and interviews, the book presents biographies and aerial combat records (claim notes) for around 1,800 pilots from Britain and nearly 20 other nations. Grub Street 2004 £50.00 HB 672pp Illus


American GIs. This tribute to a remarkable generation weaves together contemporary eyewitness accounts from letters and diaries to give a compelling picture of life on the British Home Front. David & Charles 2006 £8.99 PB 320pp Illus

[62301] the WAAF, from new recruit to a Section Officer with a successful Air Force career, and of her marriage to a Battle of Britain fighter pilot. Illustrated with family photographs, her memoir presents a personal view of the changing role of women throughout the Second World War. Tempus 2006 £14.99 PB 160pp Illus



ADOLF HITLER’S HOME COUNTIES HOLIDAY SNAPS Luftwaffe Target Reconnaissance German Aerial Photography 1939-1942 Nigel J Clarke Originally taken by Luftwaffe reconnaissance flights to identify targets for bombing raids, these photographs comprise the first aerial survey of London and its surrounding counties. They illustrate the tremendous changes in the landscape, allowing us to measure the loss of hedgerows and the progress of coastal erosion, and they show the changes in the built environment such as the disappearance of airfields and factories and the transformation of London’s docklands. Nigel J Clarke 1996 £12.00 PB 112pp Illus



VOICES FROM THE HOME FRONT Personal Experiences of Wartime Britain, 1939-45 Felicity Goodall The nation was at war: the British people gritted their teeth and waited stoically for peace. In the meantime, they dug for victory, knitted for victory, collected scrap metal, trained to repulse the expected German invasion and made welcome refugees, evacuees and


A HARD WAY TO MAKE A WAR The Allied Campaign in Italy in the Second World War Ian Gooderson In September 1943, the AngloAmerican allies took the offensive against the German and Italian Axis, taking Sicily and crossing the Straits of Messina, and it was in Italy, in May 1945, that Nazi forces made their first surrender in Europe. This in-depth account of the campaign discusses the decision-making and planning, as the Allies learned to work together to force their way up the length of Italy, and also considers the role of Sicily and the Italian Campaign within the overall war strategy. Conway 2008 £20.00 HB 352pp Illus



PRAEGER ILLUSTRATED MILITARY HISTORY SERIES Written by leading military historians and well illustrated with maps, battle plans and archive photographs, each volume in this series gives a detailed account of a major First or Second World War campaign or battle, describing its origins, the opposing forces and commanders, battle plans and the aftermath. Originally published by Osprey, the books are designed for the military history enthusiast and many include chapters on wargaming. No jackets. Praeger 2004 £19.95 HB 96pp Illus 252x190mm

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JUTLAND 1916 Clash of the Dreadnoughts

Muriel Gane Pushman Just 18 years old in September 1939, Muriel Gane was keen to enlist and help the war effort. This is her account of life in

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VERDUN 1916 ‘They Shall Not Pass’

SLESSOR: BOMBER CHAMPION The Life of Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor Vincent Orange During the First World War John Slessor (1897-1979) made the first aerial attack on a Zeppelin. Having become a devout proponent of strategic bombing during the interwar years, Slessor played a major role in policy in the Second World War and, as author of the Global Strategy Paper (1952), profoundly influenced the Cold War. With full access to Slessor’s private papers and official documents, Vincent Orange presents the first full biography of this outstanding airman and strategist. Grub Street 2006 £20.00 HB 251pp Illus



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POLAND 1939 The Birth of Blitzkrieg Steven J Zaloga


KURSK 1943 The Tide Turns in the East Mark Healy


ARNHEM 1944 Operation ‘Market Garden’ Stephen Badsey



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ART JAPANESE PAINTINGS In the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Janice Katz The first catalogue of the Ashmolean’s fine collection of Japanese paintings, this volume presents a selection of works including screens, hanging scrolls, fan paintings, albums, album leaves and lacquer paintings. The 60 finest paintings are presented in colour reproductions, with detailed commentaries, while the supplementary works are reproduced in monochrome. An introductory essay by Oliver Impey discusses the formation of the collection and Janice Katz writes on its two Edo period albums and the various schools and periods of Japanese painting. Ashmolean Museum 2003 £35.00 HB 254pp Illus 280x240mm



Left: Black Bear Cub in Snow by Mori Shuho, 1799


IN PRAISE OF THE NEEDLEWOMAN Embroiderers, Knitters, Lacemakers and Weavers in Art Gail Carolyn Sirna From the woman sewing in the background of the enigmatic Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of her Sisters (c.1595) to Penelope at her loom in Romare Brearden’s The Return of Ulysses (1976), the image of a woman engaged in needlework is a perennial theme in Western art. This volume brings together around 85 reproductions of paintings, including works by Vermeer (The Lacemaker), Mary Cassatt, Renoir and Dalí, with commentaries by the embroiderer and needle arts teacher Gail Carolyn Sirna telling the story of each picture. Merrell 2006 £19.95 HB 192pp Illus 275x208mm



STAINED GLASS OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL MA Michael After recent restoration the stained glass of Canterbury Cathedral, some of which dates back to the 12th century, can now be seen in its full detail and original vibrant colours. This book includes stunning reproductions of the finest windows, including the Becket Miracles, with explanations of their imagery and historical context, as well as the unique styles of the artists. A final chapter tells the story of glass restoration at the Cathedral from the early 19th century to the present. Scala 2004 £25.00 HB 224pp Illus 280x230mm



Helen Langdon presents a directory and introductory guide, not only to the great museums and galleries of the world, but also to a selection of lesser known churches, palaces and villas. Arranged alphabetically by country, with introductory essays on artistic traditions, a biographical index of over 600 artists and around 200 colour reproductions, this compact reference work covers the whole range of Western art from the Early Renaissance to the present day. Pallas Athene 2002 £16.99 PB 528pp Illus 197x116mm



EARLY SEA PAINTERS 1660-1730 Frank B Cockett This book introduces a relatively unknown but fascinating group of early sea painters working in England between about 1660 and 1730. British marine painting ‘began’ with the arrival of the Van de Veldes from Holland in 1673, and the Dutch artists completely overshadowed native painters of maritime subjects. Cockett profiles those almost forgotten artists, among them Isaac Sailmaker, Jacob Knyff and L d. Man, discussing their careers and their techniques and presenting over 100 reproductions of their works. ACC 1995 £25.00 HB 143pp Illus 280x220mm



GAINSBOROUGH William Vaughan One of the most appealing artists of the 18th century, Gainsborough is renowned for such elegant portraits as The Blue Boy and Countess Howe and also pioneered a new form of landscape with a moody sensibility that prefigured the Romantic movement. In this well-illustrated World of Art study, Professor Vaughan draws on recently discovered material to provide a fresh perspective on both the life and art of this master. Thames & Hudson 2002

THE AMBASSADORS’ SECRET Holbein and the World of the Renaissance John North Holbein’s renowned portrait The Ambassadors depicts two French diplomats surrounded by enigmatic objects, which John North interprets in a radically new fashion. His discussion of their allegorical meanings covers cosmology and astrology, alchemy and the cabbala, colonization and international relations in the age of Henry VIII. It reveals the precision of the painting’s planning and a previously unidentified central theme. Phoenix 2004 £8.99 PB 462pp Illus


Dawson W Carr; et al The result of a collaboration between the Prado and the National Gallery in London, the Velázquez exhibition (2006-7) presented 46 paintings, among them The Water-Seller of Seville, The Immaculate Conception, Mars and portraits of the Spanish Hapsburgs. The catalogue, with reproductions and detailed discussion of each work, is accompanied by five essays on aspects of Velázquez’ art, including Javier Portús’ study of the complex moral and artistic context for the creation of The Rokeby Venus. National Gallery 2006 £35.00 HB 256pp Illus 300x240mm


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THE TREASURY OF BASEL CATHEDRAL The Metropolitan Museum of Art Timothy Husband; Julien Chapuis The medieval treasures of Basel Cathedral – gold and silver liturgical objects, jewel-encrusted crosses and reliquaries and illuminated manuscripts – survived wars, earthquake and iconoclastic uprisings, only to be dispersed in the early 19th century as a result of political division. In 2001, an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, reassembled the Cathedral’s sumptuous treasure. Nearly 80 artefacts are illustrated and described in this accompanying volume, along with brief essays on the history of Basel, the cathedral building and its treasury. Yale UP 2001 £35.00 HB 182pp Illus 280x210mm




Left: Reliquary Bust of Saint Ursula, Upper Rhineland, 1300-20

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ART TITIAN TO TIEPOLO Three Centuries of Italian Art

PARIS AND THE COUNTRYSIDE Modern Life in Late 19th Century France Dr Gabriel P Weisberg; Dr Jennifer L Shaw This is the catalogue of a 2006 exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art that explored French Impressionist responses to Baudelaire’s call to ‘paint modern life’. It includes landscape work by Cézanne, Monet, Pissarro, Toulouse-Latrec and many others. Two accompanying essays examine the idea of what constituted modern life in late 19th century France, particularly in Paris, and the rise of modernism in French landscape painting.

Ed. Marcello Francone An important exhibition, Titian to Tiepolo (Canberra and Melbourne, 2002) aimed to present Australians with some key elements of Western artistic civilization. The 108 exhibits, arranged chronologically from Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of Christ to Tiepolo’s Consilium in Arena, include some of the great masterpieces of Italian art and less well known paintings, together ‘conveying the spirit of the artists, the culture and the age’. They are presented here in beautiful reproductions, with seven illustrated essays and commentaries on individual works.

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Left: Confidences by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c.1873

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[60219] The former Orsay railway station in Paris was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. In 1986 the building, with its grand central nave and glass roof, got a new lease of life as the Musée d’Orsay, rehousing collections from the Louvre and the Musée du Luxembourg and specializing in Western art produced between 1848 and 1914. Written by the curators at the Musée, these volumes offer authoritative and richly illustrated guides to the various collections. Scala 2003 £14.95 PB 127168pp Illus 275x195mm

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ORSAY – PAINTINGS Michel Laclotte; Geneviève Lacambre; Claire Frèches-Thory [60174]


Left: Cleopatra by Francesco del Cairo, c.1644-9

THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA Ed. Jeryldene M Wood This Companion brings together ten new essays that offer a synthesis and overview of Piero della Francesca’s life and accomplishments as a painter and theoretician. A variety of themes associated with the artist’s career are explored, including the historical and religious circumstances surrounding Piero’s altarpieces and frescoes; the politics underlying his portraits; the significance of dress in the paintings; and the influence of his theories on perspective and mathematics. Cambridge UP 2002 £20.99 PB 268pp Illus 245x173mm



ORSAY – PHOTOGRAPHY Françoise Heilbrun; Quentin Bajac

[60177] OBJECTS OF VIRTUE Art in Renaissance Italy

BOSCH: HIERONYMUS BOSCH AND THE LISBON TEMPTATION A View from the Third Millennium Virginia Pitts Rembert Renowned for his portrayals of monsters and grotesques, Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) was painting amid the transitions, uncertainties and religious turmoil of the Renaissance. With hellish images such as those in The Temptation of Saint Anthony (c.1500), he warns doubters of the perils of losing faith in God. In this richly illustrated, scholarly study Pitts Rembert concentrates on The Temptation triptych, exploring the paintings in fine detail and paying special attention to the sexual symbolism of fruits and plants in Bosch’s art. Parkstone 2004 £25.00 HB 256pp Illus 280x230mm



IMAGINING CHILDHOOD Erika Langmuir Images of children in Western art do not simply mirror reality; they are imaginative constructs representing childhood as a special stage of human life, or emblematic of the human condition. Taking her examples from Western art, from ancient Greek vase painting to the end of the Victorian era, and exploring themes such as innocent victims, stages of childhood and dynastic portraiture, Erika Langmuir examines not only the imagery of childhood, but also what it tells us about the uses of images. Yale UP 2006 £30.00 HB 264pp Illus 265x195mm

[60181] Left: Prince Baltasar Carlos with an Attendant Dwarf by Velázquez, 1632


Luke Syson; Dora Thornton Combining utility with artistry, Renaissance art objects – from furniture and dishes to statuettes and jewellery – were purchased and displayed by powerful families such as the Medici and Este to put across messages about their history, status and character. This study of the connections between art and society includes photographs of over 200 artefacts and discusses the skill of their makers, the reasons behind their commissioning and the interpretation of their meaning, often in the light of Greek and Roman art. British Museum 2004 £19.99 PB 288pp Illus 274x215mm



Above: Dish with The Legend of Apollo and Daphne and the arms of Isabella d’Este by Nicola da Urbino, c.1524-5

GEORGE STUBBS The Complete Engraved Works


Christopher Lennox-Boyd; Rob Dixon; Tim Clayton This is the first substantial review of the work of George Stubbs by reference to the important, but neglected, medium of engravings. Like many 18th century artists, Stubbs’s fame and reputation was spread chiefly through engravings, but unlike most other painters, Stubbs was also an engraver of exceptional originality and skill. The catalogue raisonné presents a complete record of all prints after Stubbs’s paintings (over 650 entries), along with scholarly essays on the artist, his engravers and publishers and the influence of his engraved work. Off-mint.

Sir Alfred Munnings At the age of four, Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) was given a wooden toy horse called Merrylegs, which he learned to draw, and horses were to remain his obsession thereafter. The renowned equestrian painter and sculptor – the Jockey Club loaned him a horse box to use as a studio at Newmarket – was also a great landscape artist and the Royal Academy’s most controversial president, ranting against modern art in general and Picasso in particular. His highly acclaimed, illustrated autobiography was first published in 1950-2. Slip-cased edition.

Stipple 1989 £145.00 HB 411pp Illus 320x235mm




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ART FACE TO FACE British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century Philip Vann At the core of this book is the collection of 100 self-portraits by British artists assembled mostly in the 1950s and early ’60s by the writer Ruth Borchard. The collection includes paintings and drawings acquired early in the artists’ careers and works bought from already established figures such as Michael Ayrton and Feliks Topolski who agreed to Ruth’s maximum price – 21 guineas. This intriguing gallery of selfportraits, with detailed commentary on each, is accompanied by Philip Vann’s richly illustrated survey of the genre in Britain, 1900 to 1980. Sansom 2004 £45.00 HB 312pp Illus 285x240mm



Left: Self Portrait at Cricklewood by Ken Howard, 1961

THE PAINTINGS OF BERNARD DUNSTAN Bernard Dunstan One of Britain’s most celebrated figurative painters and currently the longest serving Royal Academician, Bernard Dunstan’s works are represented in the National Gallery, the Royal Collection, Windsor, and the Museum of London. Eighty of his major pieces are reproduced here, along with a commentary by Dunstan himself, providing both an autobiographical look at his artistic development and influences and a brief reflection on each of the paintings. David & Charles 2006 £20.00 PB 96pp Illus 287x320mm



Right: The Mirror, Venice by Bernard Dunstan, 1986

GF WATTS PORTRAITS Fame and Beauty in Victorian Society

THE ENCHANTED RIVER 200 Years of the Royal Watercolour Society Simon Fenwick Although sometimes dismissed as an ‘inferior’ medium, watercolour has always enjoyed a special place in British artistic affections. Founded in 1804, The Royal Watercolour Society has boasted some of Britain’s finest artists, including David Cox, Samuel Palmer, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, William Russell Flint, David Jones and Anne Redpath, among its members. Simon Fenwick’s extensively illustrated book traces the surprisingly turbulent fortunes of the Society to create a wider history of the popularity of the watercolour in Britain. Sansom 2004 £24.95 PB 208pp Illus 270x210mm



THE HEART OF DEVON Lionel Aggett Lionel Aggett RIBA is one of Britain’s most successful contemporary artists. In this pictorial study of the county in which he was born and raised, Aggett captures the contrasts of scenery from bleak Dartmoor and the wild north coast, to rolling pasture lands and Exeter’s historic architecture. Inspired by the unspoilt beauty surrounding his Crediton studio, he has produced paintings of great subtlety yet vibrant colouring, full of vigour and life, to show the many moods and enormous variety of Devon’s landscapes. Halsgrove 2003 £24.95 HB 144pp Illus 237x255mm



Barbara Bryant George Frederic Watts (18171904) was the celebrity painter of his day and his ‘Hall of Fame’ series forms a cornerstone of the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian collection. However, a great deal of his work is still in private hands and has never been published. This handsomely illustrated catalogue, with authoritative text, commemorates the centenary of Watts’s death and, by including many of those unseen works, provides a striking new perspective on the man and his art. National Portrait Gallery 2004 £20.00 PB 176pp Illus 279x240mm



THE ARTIST WHO LOVED BOATS Percy ‘Powder’ Thurburn Tom Cross; David Hale; Pin Armitage An eccentric in the finest British tradition, Percy ‘Powder’ Thurburn (1869-1961) ran away to sea, became involved in a mutiny and later tried his hand (unsuccessfully) at gun-running. During the First World War he served aboard a minesweeper and at the end of hostilities settled in Cornwall at the romantically named Frenchman’s Creek, where he indulged his passion for painting. This biography tells the story of Thurburn’s remarkable life, illustrated with over 100 of his previously unpublished pictures. Halsgrove 2006 £24.99 HB 144pp Illus 237x255mm



THE PAINTERS OF THE WAGILAG SISTERS STORY, 1937-1997 Ed. Wally Caruana; Nigel Lendon The dramatic ancestral events involving Wititj the Olive Python and the two Sisters of the Wagilag clan form the basis of one of the major painting traditions of Arnhem Land, Australia. The Wagilag Sisters Story tells of the creation, the establishment of rules governing behaviour and the encounter between human and animal ancestors. Originally accompanying an exhibition at the

INTERNATIONAL ART GALLERIES Post-War to Post-Millennium Ed. Uta Grosenick; Raimar Stange With over 75 photographic portraits of leading commercial galleries of contemporary art from around the world, this volume examines the modern phenomenon of the gallery, celebrating its extensive influence in launching careers and breathing life into important artistic movements. Divided by decade from the 1940s and ’50s to the 21st century, the book summarizes the social background to each decade before dealing individually with the galleries that had their greatest public influence in that era. Thames & Hudson 2005 £45.00 HB 540pp Illus 295x235mm




Left: Apes, installation by Olaf Breuning, 2001, at the Metro Pictures Gallery, SoHo, New York

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National Gallery of Australia in 1997, this book presents the narrative paintings, accompanied by a retelling of the story and encounters with the artists. National Gallery of Australia 1997 £23.95 PB 176pp Illus 290x240mm



THE ART OF WONDER A History of Seeing Julian Spalding ‘Art is a recent, western invention’: controversial art critic Julian Spalding encourages us to look at the world’s art in a fresh way, using just our own eyes, hearts and minds,

PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY PAST FORWARD Aperture at 50 Ed. Melissa Harris With over 250 photographs, excerpts from Aperture issues, 1952-2001, and a history of the magazine by RH Cravens, this book explores the currents in photography that have brought the medium to its present status as one of the most important art forms, and most particularly, the way in which Aperture has shaped and furthered this evolution since the magazine’s inception in 1952. Virtually every major photographer is represented and the photographs shown include both famous images and previously unpublished work. Thames & Hudson 2002 £29.95 PB 240pp Illus 290x231mm



Right: Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J. by Diane Arbus, 1972

BEYOND MEMORY Soviet Nonconformist Photography and Photo-Related Works of Art Ed. Diane Neumaier Photography has a powerful ability to bear witness, aid remembrance and to shape, or even alter, recollection. In this volume, 22 contributors offer a rigorous examination of the medium’s role in late Soviet nonconformist art. Drawing on materials in the Dodge Collection at Rutgers University, they focus on the period between the mid-1950s and the late 1980s and explore artists’ unusually inventive and resourceful uses of photography within a highly developed Soviet dissident culture. Felttip mark on lower trimmed edge. Rutgers UP 2004 £33.50 PB 334pp Illus 279x208mm



CUBA BY KORDA Ed. Christophe Loviny ‘Nearing 30, I was heading toward a frivolous life when an exceptional event transformed my life: the Cuban Revolution’: Alberto Korda joined Fidel Castro’s rebels as their photographer and later, at the funeral following the sabotage of La Coubra in Havana 1960, he took the photograph of Che Guevara that was to become one of the iconic images of the 20th century. In this book, first published in France, quota-

ART CREATIVE TENSION British Art 1900-1950 Stephen Whittle; Adrian Jenkins et al Instead of presenting the history of British art as a progressive series of art movements, this book and the exhibition it accompanied examine crossovers between artistic styles and some of the less familiar aspects of the art of the period. Drawn from the collections of galleries in the North-west (Oldham, Preston, Bolton and Rochdale), the 133 works include pottery as well as painting and sculpture and offer a fresh perspective on a period when these regional galleries were important patrons of contemporary art. Paul Holberton 2005 £25.00 HB 128pp Illus 270x240mm


making ‘an imaginative leap into the minds of the people who made it’ and forgetting modern notions about art and history. Drawing parallels between works from many different traditions he shows that they spring from the same appreciation of nature and its rhythms – enabling us to rediscover our lost sense of wonder. Prestel 2005 £18.99 HB 288pp Illus







underclass of Belfast, Glasgow and Halifax. Illuminating, saddening, humorous and, above all, challenging, it shows the British in ways they have seldom been seen before. HarperCollins 2001 £24.99 HB 256pp Illus 280x220mm



RICO PUHLMANN: A FASHION LEGACY Photographs and Illustrations 1955-1996 William A Ewing; Adelheid Rasche Rico Puhlmann (1934-96) was one of the most prolific

tions from Korda and his remarkable images accompany the story of the Revolution he documented. Ocean 2006 £15.95 PB 160pp Illus 310x225mm



NERVE°: The New Nude Ed. Genevieve Field The web magazine Nerve° ( ‘exists because sex is beautiful and absurd, remarkably fun, and reliably trauma inducing’. This volume of photographs reinforces the Nerve philosophy; instead of cool, posed nudes, it presents images of naked people bursting with life, colour and sex. With an introduction by the magazine’s co-founder, Genevieve Field, and notes on each of the 49 photographers represented. Sexually explicit. Chronicle 2000 £25.00 HB 168pp Illus 273x226mm



THE BRITISH: A Photographic Journey Nick Danziger In the best traditions of fly-onthe-wall photojournalism, this is a pictorial exploration of the people, places and institutions that constitute Britain today. The unusual design – half way through the images are inverted – deliberately contrasts the two ends of the British social spectrum from hereditary peers, bishops and judges to the homeless, unemployed and

Susie and the Washbasin by Laura Knight, 1929,

from Creative Tension Ed. Roger Davies Devoted to 20th century works, this is the first of five catalogues detailing the Government Art Collection (GAC) – a ‘working collection’ made up of thousands of works of art, mostly by British artists, in government buildings in the UK and in British embassies around the world. An introduction by Wendy Baron, head of the GAC, outlines the history of the Collection. Catalogue entries are arranged alphabetically by artist, with a selection of colour illustrations including works by Vanessa Bell, Lowry, Stanley Spencer and Edward Burra. Merrell 1997 £19.95 PB 168pp Illus 297x210mm

and versatile fashion photographers of the last 50 years. Originally a fashion illustrator, Puhlmann exchanged the pen and brush for the camera and found himself in demand in Europe and America, with commissions for Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and GQ. This first survey of Puhlmann’s work encompasses his illustrations and photographs and includes essays by William A Ewing, a leading curator of photography, and fashion historian Adelheid Rasche. Merrell 2004 £35.00 HB 256pp Illus 280x250mm


BIBLE ROAD Signs of Faith in the American Landscape Sam Fentress The result of 25 years of travel and observation, this catalogue records the distinctly American phenomenon of religious expression embedded in urban and rural landscapes. Shop fronts and billboards inscribed with full bible verses, messages like ‘obey God or burn’ scratched onto a sidewalk in Harlem, ‘Jesus loves you’ painted onto a row of cinderblocks... With images such as these, Fentress has created a unique typology of America’s ‘roadside religion’. David & Charles 2007 £18.99 HB 160pp Illus 266x286mm




On the road to redemption: Phoenix, Arizona, 1997, from Bible Road

BEYOND LIGHT: American Landscapes Robert Werling From the frozen grandeur of Alaska’s Mount McKinley to the abstract images of Big Sur in California, this portfolio of photographs reflects the diversity and breathtaking beauty of America’s landscapes. Shot entirely in black and white – the medium Werling believes is best suited to the expression of his art – this book illustrates his technical mastery, attention to detail and sensitivity to the magnificent forces of nature. Merrell 2005 £39.95 HB 120pp Illus 367x285mm



AMERICAN MOOD: A Photographic Journey Robert Farber’s lyrical and nostalgic photographs document his personal journey through the United States and reflect the diversity of American life and landscape. From rural Montana to the Manhattan skyline, Amish carriages to ’50s pick-up trucks, a New Mexican cowboy to a New York deli waitress, these textured, painterly images afford a glimpse into the heart and soul of America. A final section details the cameras, lenses and films used. Merrell 2004 £35.00 HB 208pp Illus 275x265mm



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LIMITED QUANTITIES ONLY Barbarossa: Hitler’s Invasion of Russia, 1941


David M Glantz Why did the Germans’ seemingly unstoppable advance expire at the gates of Moscow and Leningrad? Glantz reveals how the Red Army thwarted Hitler’s master plan. (Previously published as Barbarossa: Hitler’s Invasion of Russia, 1941.)

Steven Foster; Rebecca L Johnson With contributions from experts in herbal medicine, horticulture and anthropology, this is an accessible guide to more than 150 therapeutic plants, arranged alphabetically from Alfalfa to Yohimbe.

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HIMMLER’S BLACK ORDER A History of the SS, 1923-45



Robin Lumsden examines both the Allgemeine-SS, which dominated German domestic life, and the battlefield achievements and atrocities of the better known Waffen-SS. Sutton 2005 £14.99 PB 288pp Illus 263x194mm

Peter Eldin Along with a basic magician’s kit – cup and balls, playing cards, wand etc – this box of tricks contains Peter Eldin’s The World of Magic, a colourful beginners’ guide to the art of magic.

Mysterious Air Disasters Explained


Jan Bartelski, an expert in aircraft accident analysis, examines 12 incidents that have puzzled investigators over the last 60 years, shedding new light on these aviation mysteries. Airlife 2001 £24.99 HB 295pp Illus 245x190mm




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Nick Corble Written to appeal to tourists, passers-by and boat owners, this guide to Britain’s network of navigable waterways is packed with information and practical advice. Towpath Guides

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THE BRITISH ARMY OF AUGUST 1914 An Illustrated Directory Ray Westlake A guide for local and family historians, this is a comprehensive alphabetical listing of the regiments and corps of the British Army as they existed at the beginning of the First World War, with their locations. Spellmount 2003 £25.00 HB 192pp Illus 276x219mm



THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 1914-15 Bruce Gudmundsson This book describes the organization and equipment of the BEF at the outbreak of war in 1914, and relates how its structure changed to accommodate new recruitment and to adapt to the rigours of the Western Front. Osprey 2005 £14.99 PB 96pp Illus



BROWNING: A Private Life Iain Finlayson combines traditional chronological biography with accessible literary criticism to provide a fresh look at the life and work of Robert Browning (1812-1889), the most ‘modern’ of the Victorian poets. HarperPerennial 2004 £15.00 PB 776pp Illus



CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE ROMAN WORLD Ed. Greg Woolf Comprising 13 essays, along with a chronology, glossary and ‘Who’s Who’, this comprehensive work is in two parts: the first is a broad survey of Republican and Imperial history; Part Two explores cultural themes ranging from religion to trade and warfare. Cambridge UP 2003 £30.00 HB 384pp Illus 255x205mm



CAMPING FOR BOYS HW Gibson This 1913 handbook provides practical – possibly nostalgic – advice on wholesome pursuits such as organizing games, building camp fires, nature study and first aid. Tempus 2007 £9.99 HB 190pp Illus



THE COTTON INDUSTRY IN LONGDENDALE AND GLOSSOPDALE Tom Quayle This illustrated, richly detailed study traces the history of the cotton industry in Glossopdale and Longdendale, near Manchester, from 1500 to 1920, covering topics such as the invention of machinery, slavery, labour issues and the international cotton trade. Tempus 2006 £14.99 PB 160pp Illus



CULLODEN The Last Charge of the Highland Clans 1746 John Sadler, an expert on Scottish military history, provides a detailed chronicle of the battle of Culloden and its brutal aftermath. Tempus 2006 £25.00 HB 317pp Illus



A CURIOUS HISTORY OF CATS Madeline Swan’s charmingly illustrated history follows the story of our relationship with cats through the ages, and encounters some remarkable felines and their famous owners. Little Books 2005 £9.99 HB 236pp Illus 160x110mm






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lies of Scotland’s west coast: a 450-year-long feud that began with the violent death of the Campbell chief in 1297. Sutton 2005 £8.99 PB 249pp Illus



Trevor Hickman relates the history of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, explains how the pies are made and what makes them so special. Sutton 2005 £12.99 PB 160pp Illus


Ed. William Grimes This dictionary of the intriguing vocabulary of gastronomy defines sumptuous and enticing words like croquembouche, pouchong and zabaglione, with guides to foreign pronunciations and notes on the origins of words. The A-Z is interspersed with articles on food language-related topics from diner slang to the origins of ‘hot dog’. Oxford UP 2004 £12.99 HB 272pp

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Kristin Capp’s photographic essay on the Hutterites, one of the three Anabaptist collective farming communities in the USA, explores ‘a foreign country where a living, centuries-old history had been preserved’. Edition Stemmle 1998 £55.00 HB 144pp Illus 332x333mm




Captain Oates – Antarctic Tragedy

Julie Peakman This concise biography of Emma Hamilton (1765-1815) offers a new understanding of her marriage to Sir William Hamilton and the couple’s extraordinary liaison with Horatio Nelson.

Michael Smith, author of An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer, presents an acclaimed biography of Captain Laurence Oates, who famously gave up his own life to save his comrades during Scott’s tragic last Antarctic expedition. Spellmount 2006 £14.99 PB 301pp Illus

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Alan Titchmarsh No aspect of this sceptr’d isle is left unsung in Titchmarsh’s quirky miscellany on Englishness, with chapters on themes such as the English countryside, the weather, sport and music. Hodder & Stougton 2007 £14.99 HB 406pp



Can You Still Speak English? J Crozier; C McKeown; E Summers Is your vocabulary up to the challenge of today’s fast-evolving English? Drawing on Collins’s vast resources, this A-Z presents an entertaining and enlightening collection of neologisms. HarperCollins 2006 £7.99 PB 184pp


A Collection of Classic Ghost Stories Washington Irving et al Including works by Edgar Allen Poe (The Tell-Tale Heart), MR James (Number 13), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Green Tea) and Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), this is a collection of ten of the finest supernatural stories. Nonsuch 2007 £10.00 HB 192pp



FUCHSIAS: The Complete Guide Edwin Goulding’s ‘Fuchsia bible’, is a practical guide for amateurs and professional growers, with up-to-date information on fuchsia varieties and their cultivation and propagation. Batsford 2002 £25.00 HB 176pp Illus 247x185mm



Bice Curiger Accompanying an exhibition at the Kunsthaus, Zurich in 2003/4, this book presents a retrospective of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), with three interpretive essays, reproductions of 73 paintings, and a concise biography of the artist. Hatje Cantz 2003 £35.00 HB 199pp Illus 318x258mm





JOANNA SOUTHCOTT The Woman Clothed with the Sun Frances Brown The full story of the Devon-born domestic servant Joanna Southcott (1750-1814) who, in 1792, heard a ‘still small voice’ which she claimed was the word of God urging her to prepare for the Second Coming. Lutterworth 2002 £19.50 PB 352pp Illus



LIGHT AND LIFE Michael Gross Light, like no other physical phenomenon, is linked in a wide variety of ways with the biological phenomenon of life. Vision, photosynthesis and our biological clock are just three interfaces between light and life. Gross explores this symbiotic relationship, beginning with astronomy, our relation with the sun and our dependence on photosynthesis. Oxford UP 2002 £16.99 HB 161pp



MAIDEN AND MOTHER MM Miles A collection of hymns, prayers, songs and poems to honour the Virgin Mary throughout the year, many in the original Latin with following translations, and with music where appropriate. Off-mint.

The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad

Burns & Oates 2001 £9.99 PB 208pp

Charles Allen In this history of the ideology underpinning modern jihad, Allen investigates the spread of Wahhabi teaching from its 18th-century origins to militant resistance to British rule in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Da Capo 2006 $26.95 HB 349pp Illus





Johann Kraftner; Stefan Korner Accompanying the inaugural exhibition at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna, this book introduces the building itself and the finest late 18th and early 19th century paintings and sculptures in the collections. Prestel 2004 £22.99 PB 191pp Illus 280x239mm

A Biography of Thomas Cooper Gotch


Pamela Lomax’s generously illustrated book is the first full biography of Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931), the leading figure in the Newlyn School of artists.


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THE GREAT FEUD The Campbells and the MacDonalds Oliver Thomson A vivid account of the rivalry and sometimes bloody conflict between the two great fami-

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A History of Power, Love and Greed in 11th Century England Harriet O’Brien tells the story of Queen Emma (9851052), a great aunt of William the Conqueror and a master manipulator at the centre of the complex triangular power struggle of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Bloomsbury 2005 $24.95 HB 266pp Illus




THE RAKES Henry Blythe profiles seven of England’s most badly behaved, yet enthralling characters, from the Restoration libertine John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, to the preEdwardian ‘Bertie’, Prince of Wales. Chalford 2006 £18.99 HB 220pp




6,000 Years of a Peakland Landscape Richard Hodges gives a full account of the investigation of the isolated hill farm at Roystone Grange in the Peak District, which was found to contain unparalleled archaeological evidence of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and modern habitation. Tempus 2006 £17.99 PB 160pp Illus



Mark Pluciennik reviews the history and ramifications of the concept of social evolution, particularly the idea of progress, and its connections with Western ideologies and projects such as colonialism and racism. Duckworth 2005 £12.99 PB 156pp



TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION Edgar Allan Poe With tales such as The Pit and the Pendulum and The Masque of the Red Death, this collection brings together the best of Poe’s unnerving fiction, along with some of the first modern detective stories, including The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter. With introduction and notes. Wordsworth 2008 PB 287pp



THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH ARMS Frederick Wilkinson Full of intriguing detail, this study of law enforcement from the Dark Ages to the present focuses primarily on the police, but also looks at armed customs officials, gamekeepers and stagecoach guards. Off-mint. Greenhill 2002 £30.00 HB 296pp Illus


TIFFANY LAMPS AND METALWARE An Illustrated Reference to Over 2,000 Models Alastair Duncan An encyclopedic visual record of the extraordinary output of Tiffany Studios between the late 1890s and late 1920s, with over 2,000 photographs of lamps and metalwares. Antique Collectors’ Club 2007 £95.00 HB 527pp Illus 295x234mm



Tom McCarthy Hergé’s Tintin stories have been read by millions, but are they literature? McCarthy explores Hergé’s work and shows how his themes are those that have engaged writers from the classical era to the present day. Off-mint. Granta 2006 £14.99 HB 211pp


John Guy’s biography sets out to challenge the accepted historical view of Mary Queen of Scots as femme fatale which has romanticized and trivialized her character for so long. Houghton Mifflin 2004 $28.00 HB 582pp Illus



James Crowden This volume traces the history of waterways and explores cultural, spiritual and environmental aspects of water in the landscape. Living Landscapes series. National Trust 2004 £18.99 HB 160pp Illus 245x226mm



THE WORLD OF ROB DONN New revised edition Ian Grimble provides a full study of the Gaelic bard Rob Donn (1714-78) and his 18th century Highland context, and presents the poems in Gaelic and in English translation. Saltire 1999 £16.99 PB 303pp

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Ros Ballaster Discussing three archetypal women of Oriental stories – the courtesan Roxolana, the riddling Chinese princess Turandocte and the illusory Indian sati, Canzade – Ballaster examines the English encounter with the Oriental tale in the 18th century. Oxford UP 2005 £30.00 HB 408pp Illus



ANCIENT TRADITIONS OF THE VIRGIN MARY’S DORMITION AND ASSUMPTION Stephen J Shoemaker Drawing on the ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions – a collection of over 60 narratives – and on liturgical and archaeological evidence, Shoemaker offers a detailed analysis of the earliest traditions of Mary’s death. Oxford Early Christian Studies series. Oxford UP 2006 £27.00 PB 460pp



ASCETIC BEHAVIOUR IN GRECO-ROMAN ANTIQUITY Ed. Vincent L Wimbush This volume brings together, in English translation, a collection of 28 texts which describe or prescribe ascetic behaviour in the GraecoRoman world. Each text is presented with an introduction and notes. Fortress 1990 £50.00 HB 516pp



A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN (1870) Robert Chambers Chambers’ Biographical Dictionary, first published in 1832/4, covers important Scottish personalities from the earliest times to the mid 19th century, with a substantial essay on each. Reprint of the 1855 edition, revised by Thomas Thomson. (Three volumes) Georg Olms 1971 €318.00 HB 1731pp Illus



Pasiphae, Ariadne and Phaedra in Latin Poetry Rebecca Armstrong Pasiphae, Ariadne and Phaedra both form and conform to the stereotype of the mythical Cretan woman – lustful, paradoxical and transgressive. This study examines the power of those myths and their importance and appeal to Roman poets. Oxford UP 2006 £67.00 HB 358pp



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MODERN THEORIES OF DRAMA A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre 1840-1990 Ed. George W Brandt Selected and annotated by Brandt, this anthology of writings on dramatic theory and the theatre is arranged thematically in sections on general theory, realism, anti-naturalism, political theatre and semiotics. Oxford UP 1998 £28.00 PB 344pp



THE NATURAL HISTORY OF POMPEII Ed. Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski; Frederick G Meyer This thorough, illustrated survey of the flora and fauna of the ancient Campanian countryside presents the work of 27 specialists in archaeology, geology, botany, zoology and related disciplines. Cambridge UP 2002 £140.00 HB 502pp Illus 303x225mm



THE NIGHTLESS CITY or the History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku JE de Becker Written in 1899 by a young American lawyer, this is a meticulously detailed history of Yoshiwara, the licensed quarter of Edo that flourished between 1617 and the abolition of prostitution in 1957. Facsimile reprint. ICG Muse 2000 £15.99 PB 479pp



O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES The 1933 Methodist Hymn Book in Context Andrew Pratt shows how the Methodist Hymn Book (1933) was deeply rooted in its Victorian and Edwardian background and how it addressed the colder religious climate of the 20th century. Epworth 2004 £19.99 PB 300pp



F Scott Spencer In seven lively studies, Scott Spencer explores the stories of the women in Jesus’ life as featured in the four canonical gospels, and some of the women who helped carry on the legacy of His work in the book of Acts. Continuum 2004 $22.00 PB 196pp


THE EGERTON GENESIS Mary Coker Joslin; Carolyn Coker Joslin Watson Montague Rhodes James discovered the Egerton Genesis (Egerton MS 1894) in 1919 and described it as ‘the most puzzling book I have ever seen’.This is the first comprehensive study of this 14th century Genesis Picture Book, its unconventional religious iconography and its peculiar Anglo-Italianate style.

Studies in Early-Medieval Chronology Ed. John Hines; Karen Hoilund Nielson; Frank Siegmund These 10 studies in chronology cover topics, notably burials and grave goods, in the Merovingian period in continental Europe, Anglo-Saxon England and the Migration Period in Scandinavia. Cardiff Studies in Archaeology. Oxbow 1999 £48.00 HB 198pp Illus 295x210mm



THE PEOPLE’S BREAD A History of the Anti-Corn Law League Paul A Pickering; Alex Tyrrell This comprehensive study of the Anti-Corn Law League takes a ‘history from below’ approach to deal with the lives of the Leaguers and themes such as class, gender and locality. Leicester UP 2000 £60.00 HB 304pp

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Maria Pramaggiore; Tom Wallis This textbook for students of film covers the techniques and terminology used in film production and film criticism, and provides a framework for understanding cinema as an aesthetic and cultural institution.


The Women in Jesus’ Life







A Documentary Sourcebook


Frank Herrmann In this now classic work, Herrmann provides a documentary history of collecting in England and a study of the gradual emergence of the museum as a national institution. Revised and enlarged second edition. Plough 1999 £35.00 HB 461pp Illus 254x175mm

Francis R Nicosia This study focuses on Germany as one of the Great Powers with interest in the Middle East in the 1930s, and examines the policy of the National Socialist government towards the Palestine question. No jacket. IB Tauris 1985 £45.00 HB 296pp




GP Taylor Set in London in the 1700s, Taylor’s second book (following Shadowmancer) is a gripping tale of sorcery, treachery and the supernatural as the astronomer and master of the Cabala, Dr Sabian Blake tries to decipher an ancient book – the Nemorensis.


FABULOUS ORIENTS Fictions of the East in England 1662-1785

IRISES Sidney Linnegar; Jennifer Hewitt



Helen Cooper’s study examines romance motifs – quests, fairy mistresses, passionate heroines, rudderless boats and missing heirs – from the first emergence of the genre in the 12th century to the early 17th century.

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Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Oxford UP 2004 £87.00 HB 542pp

A Sourcebook

A History of the Police, Post, Customs and Private Use of Weapons in Britain



RHS WISLEY HANDBOOKS RHS Wisley Handbooks are accessible, detailed guides to specific groups of plants, with expert horticultural advice on all aspects of planting, propagation and care, and directories of recommended varieties. Cassell 2003 £7.99 PB 96pp Illus


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Margaret Crosland This is the first full biography devoted to Elizabeth ‘Jane’ Shore, and a much-overdue attempt to rescue her from the myths and fictions with which her name has been surrounded for over 400 years. Margaret Crosland reveals how Jane rose from middle class obscurity to reign as the favourite mistress of Edward IV for at least 12 years, but on his death fell foul of his successor, Richard III, and ended her days in poverty. Sutton 2006 £20.00 HB 204pp Illus



THE WORLD OF GERARD MERCATOR The Mapmaker Who Revolutionized Geography Andrew Taylor At a time when deep religious divisions made ‘science’ an extremely dangerous vocation to follow, Gerard Mercator (1512-94) was one of the leading thinkers in Europe. He is best remembered for his ‘projection’, but he was involved in many other areas of research. In this scholarly and enthralling investigation of Mercator and his work, Andrew Taylor provides a welcome insight into the man who literally shaped the way that succeeding generations would view the world. Harper Perennial 2005 £8.99 PB 291pp Illus



ROBERT HOOKE AND THE REBUILDING OF LONDON Michael Cooper Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was a leading member of the Royal Society at a time when major scientific discoveries and theories were being made, but is mainly remembered for his bitter disputes with contemporaries such as Isaac Newton. Nevertheless, as Michael Cooper demonstrates, Hooke really found his forte as City Surveyor for the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. In this challenging role he displayed great diligence and efficiency, and was unquestionably successful, despite desperate shortages of materials and skilled labour. Previously sold in Postscript as the paperback, ‘A More Beautiful City.’ Sutton 2005 £12.99 PB 269pp Illus



GANNIBAL The Moor of Petersburg Hugh Barnes Gannibal, who was brought from Africa as a young slave in 1703, went on to become Peter the Great’s godson, a friend of Voltaire, a renowned soldier, mathematician and spy, and the great-grandfather of Pushkin. In this travelogue-cum-detective story Hugh Barnes investigates the remarkable life of Europe’s first black intellectual, the man who helped to modernize Russia. Profile 2006 £8.99 PB 300pp Illus


Antonia Fraser A survivor of civil war, exile and intense political in-fighting, Charles II was also a patron of the arts, planner of parks and palaces, and a stabilizing force in highly turbulent times. In this classic biography, Antonia Fraser provides a major reassessment of Charles’s character, including his attitude to kingship, his patriotism and his enigmatic religious beliefs, and a compelling narrative account of his extraordinarily dramatic and eventful reign. Weidenfeld 1999 £25.00 HB 524pp Illus



WIFE TO CHARLES II Hilda Lewis In 1662, two years after he was restored to the throne, Charles II married Catherine of Braganza, Infanta of Portugal. This biography of Catherine, written with the pace of an historical novel, examines the often tempestuous relationship between the rakish, womanizing king and his shy, gentle queen. Set against a background of political manoeuvring, it is a story of cruelty and neglect as well as passionate love and deep affection. Torc 2006 £6.99 PB 382pp



Charles II by Peter Nason

(1778-1829), a scientist of international renown, identified and isolated seven new chemical elements and saved countless miners’ lives with his invention of the safety lamp. He also had a talent for presentation and people flocked to hear his famous scientific lectures, yet colleagues described him as an arrogant, self-important, social-climbing snob. Raymond LamontBrown’s biography presents a measured reassessment of the man, his character and his work. Sutton 2004 £18.99 HB 200pp Illus



BECKFORD OF FONTHILL Brian Fothergill The only legitimate son of a Jamaican sugar planter and politician, William Beckford (1760-1844) was heir to an enormous fortune. But his spectacular hedonism and disregard for convention led to a homosexual scandal and exile – albeit in luxury – in Europe. He returned to England an eccentric aesthete, who amassed a priceless collection of art and books and, inspired by Piranesi, built a vast Gothic mansion, Fonthill Abbey. This award-winning biography offers a detailed account of the sensational life of the ‘Fool of Fonthill’. Nonsuch 2005 £18.00 PB 384pp Illus



NAPOLEON’S BROTHERS A Hilliard Atteridge Usually obscured by the fame of their imperious brother, Joseph, Lucien, Louis and Jerome Bonaparte are the main focus


MARLBOROUGH Hero of Blenheim John Hussey The military genius of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), made him easily the most successful general of his generation, and later drew admiring comments from Napoleon, Wellington, Montgomery and many others. John Hussey’s new appraisal demonstrates that Marlborough’s success rested on a unique combination of good luck, astute political manoeuvring, brilliance on the battlefield, and an almost uncanny diplomatic ability to hold together a disparate group of restless and mistrustful allies. Weidenfeld 2004 £14.99 HB 255pp Illus




HUMPHRY DAVY Life Beyond the Lamp Raymond Lamont-Brown Humphry Davy

of this group biography. A classic study, first published in 1909, it explores the important role each of the brothers played in European history – Joseph, made King of Naples and of Spain by Napoleon; Lucien, an ally of Robespierre during the Reign of Terror and later president of the Council of Five Hundred; Louis, made King of Holland in 1806; and Jerome, King of Westphalia. Nonsuch 2007 £17.99 PB 480pp Illus



NAPOLEON ON ELBA Diary of an Eyewitness to Exile Sir Neil Campbell Having seen service in the West Indies and the Peninsular War, Sir Neil Campbell was already an experienced soldier and diplomat when he was detailed to accompany Napoleon to Elba in April 1814. For the next year he was closer to the Emperor than any other outsider, and his vivid diary entries provide a unique account of events on the tiny island and the atmosphere of mystery and intrigue as Napoleon gathered strength for his last desperate push. Ravenhall 2004 £18.99 HB 208pp Illus



EDWARD BURNE-JONES Penelope Fitzgerald Arch-dreamer, romantic, and high-Victorian aesthete, Edward BurneJones (1833-98) was a complex character, sympathetic and humorous, but also possessing an almost religious fervour when it came to his artistic philosophy, which equated beauty with truth and goodness. Penelope Fitzgerald’s engaging biography neatly weaves together the private and professional, moving from Burne-Jones’s lonely childhood to his artistic triumphs with the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Sutton 2003 £7.99 PB 324pp



BORN TO RULE Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe Julia Gelardi tells the stories of five royal cousins, granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who shared an illustrious destiny: they all became consorts of reigning European monarchs. From childhoods often spent with their grandmother in Windsor, Balmoral or Osborne, the book traces the cousins’ very different and often difficult lives as Queen Maude of Norway, Queen Sophie of Greece, Tsarina Alexandra of Russia (‘Alix’), Queen Marie of Romania (‘Missy’) and Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (‘Ena’). Headline 2005 £20.00 HB 480pp Illus

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JOHN LOGIE BAIRD A Life Antony Kamm; Malcolm Baird John Logie Baird (1888-1946) was something of a maverick as an inventor and entrepreneur, operating outside the normal scientific and academic institutions, who nevertheless made major contributions to the development of television, cinema, fibre optics, infra-red scanning and even the fax machine. This perceptive biography, co-written by Logie Baird’s son, draws on much material never before made public, and shows how this brilliant inventor struggled against poor health, inadequate funding and prejudice for much of his working life. NMS 2002 £25.00 HB 465pp Illus



EOIN O’DUFFY A Self-Made Hero Fearghal McGarry Eoin O’Duffy (1890-1944) was one of the most controversial figures of modern Irish history. A leader of the revolution, who commanded the Republic’s police and defence forces, he became the country’s leading fascist politician, and saw himself as the Irish Mussolini. Fearghal McGarry provides the first full biography of this complex man, who was an obsessive crusading moralist, but a closet homosexual and alcoholic, and he examines the personal and cultural factors which contributed to his descent into political extremism. Oxford UP 2005 £25.00 HB 448pp



PETAIN Charles Williams Philippe Pétain (1856-1951) was born to a peasant family, but rose to become a general, prime minister, and eventually head of the Vichy state. A very long public life saw him hailed as a national hero after the First World War, but condemned to death as a traitor after the Second. Lord Williams, one of the best political

DISRAELI A Personal History Christopher Hibbert One of our best-known historians and biographers presents a new assessment of the most intriguing character of 19th century politics and the most exotic British Prime Minister of all time. The man who Victoria called her ‘dear devoted friend’ was a brilliant speaker, writer and wit, a conspicuous dandy, always in debt and involved in numerous scandalous affairs. By concentrating on Disraeli’s personal life, Hibbert brings us closer than ever before to the essence of this great historical figure. HarperCollins 2004 £25.00 HB 401pp Illus



biographers of our times, successfully captures the character of this extraordinarily devoted man, who was, first and foremost, a passionate patriot. Little, Brown 2005 £14.99 PB 568pp Illus



VIVA CHE! The Strange Death and Life of Che Guevara Andrew Sinclair First published in 1968, only months after the revolutionary hero’s murder in Bolivia, this book of tributes to Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara includes prose and poetry from across the world, with contributions from, among others, Italo Calvino, Graham Greene, Robert Lowell, Jean-Paul Sartre and Susan Sontag. This new edition also includes material on the student revolts of 1968 and Fidel Castro’s speech on Che’s death. Sutton 2006 £16.99 HB 192pp Illus 265x190mm



MICHAEL OF ROMANIA The King and the Country Ivor Porter In 1944, at the age of 23, King Michael bravely led his people in a successful coup d’état against occupying German forces

‘THE BUSIEST MAN IN ENGLAND’ A Life of Joseph Paxton, Gardener, Architect and Victorian Visionary Kate Colquhoun Joseph Paxton (1803-65), a self-taught polymath, first made his mark at 23 as head gardener and architect at Chatsworth, but really became a household name with his ‘overgrown greenhouse’ design for the Great Exhibition. So much in demand did he become that Charles Dickens, himself no slouch, dubbed him ‘the busiest man in England’. Kate Colquhoun’s perceptive biography takes account of both the personal and professional lives of this man who neatly personifies the Victorian ideals of self-improvement and progress. Godine 2006 $35.00 HB 303pp Illus



THE SECRET LIFE OF DR JAMES BARRY Victorian England’s Most Eminent Surgeon Rachel Holmes Dr James Barry (1795-1865) was an energetic medical pioneer, radical humanitarian and flamboyant dandy, who reached the highest levels of his profession. But he also irritated and annoyed almost everybody he worked with, and when he died was revealed to be a woman in disguise. With the benefit of hindsight and a more nuanced assessment of sexual identity, Rachel Holmes provides a balanced and highly readable biography of a truly remarkable figure. Tempus 2007 £12.99 PB 336pp



GREAT VICTORIAN LIVES An Era in Obituaries Ed. Professor Andrew Sanders This collection of obituaries from the archives of The Times serves, in the words of Professor Sanders, ‘to illuminate a range of cultural, social and political issues of the Victorian century by offering a select view of public life expressed in exclusively Victorian terms’. Edited, with commentaries, by Sanders, the 78 obituaries are arranged by date, from Thomas Arnold (d.1842) to Sarah Bernhardt (d.1923) and their subjects include Turner, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Babbage, Disraeli, Marx, Parnell, Louis Pasteur, Ruskin and Florence Nightingale. Times 2007 £20.00 HB 626pp


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and for three years hung on to some degree of constitutional democracy before being forced into a 50-year exile by Soviet pressure. Michael has only recently returned to his homeland, as elder statesman and a symbol of both Romania’s past and its future. This is the first full biography for many years, written by an experienced diplomat who knows the country and its people well. Sutton 2005 £20.00 HB 328pp Illus



ROY JENKINS A Retrospective Ed. Andrew Adonis; Keith Thomas Roy Jenkins (1920-2003) was a commanding figure in Britain for four decades, with a political impact greater than that of many prime ministers of the period. In this Retrospective friends and associates from every phase of his life chart his remarkable career – from Balliol and Bletchley Park to his later years as one of the nation’s elder statesmen and an acclaimed political biographer. Contributors include Roy Hattersley, Kenneth Baker and Jenkins’s biographer, Andrew Adonis. Oxford UP 2004 £18.99 HB 372pp Illus



LIFE AND TIMES SERIES Each of these concise, accessible and authoritative biographies offers a fresh appraisal of a prominent figure from history or literature, with notes, photographs, a detailed chronology and bibliography, and a list of works where relevant. Haus 2004/6 £9.99/10.99 PB 182/4pp Illus

£3.99 EACH BRUNEL Annabel Gillings In this concise biography of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59), contemporary engravings and early photographs illustrate accounts of his major works, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Great Western Railway, and his mammoth ship – and final project – the Great Eastern. [58370]

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THE COMPLETE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA CS Lewis All seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series are presented here in reading order, with The Magician’s Nephew first, as CS Lewis preferred, followed by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. This is a beautifully produced gift edition, illustrated by Pauline Baynes and bound in dark blue linen with silvered edges, and a matching silver-embossed slipcase.

EDITH SITWELL: Collected Poems Edith Sitwell In 1922 Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), a champion of modernity, surprised the literary establishment with Façade. The poem explored the musical qualities of language with ragtime rhythms and abstract word patterns, and in her work Sitwell continued to seek ‘rhythmical expressions for the heightened speed of our time’. First published in 1957, this edition includes poems from almost all her published volumes, plus ‘Some Notes on My Own Poetry’ by way of preface.

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ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and Through the Looking-Glass

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Lewis Carroll; Illus. John Tenniel Down the rabbit-hole and through the mirror, this compact Nonsuch edition contains both of Alice’s fantastical adventures, with their original illustrations Digory and Polly by John Tenniel. Nonsuch 2006 £6.00 PB 250pp Illus on Fledge, from [52636] £2.99 The Magician’s Nephew THE WOMAN IN WHITE Wilkie Collins On a moonlit night in north London, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary, terrified and beauTHE TALE OF THE NEXT tiful woman dressed in white and feels impelled to solve GREAT WAR, 1871-1914 the mystery of her distress. A sensation when it first Fictions of Future Warfare appeared in 1860, this famous thriller skilfully exploits and of Battles Still to Come Victorian psychology as well as accurately portraying Ed. IF Clarke Published in Blackwood’s Magazine in the Victorian social scene. Wordsworth 2008 PB 502pp 1871, Sir George Chesney’s prodigiously successful [55772] £2.99 short story, The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer told the story of the German conquest of DESPERATE REMEDIES Britain. It heralded a flood of future war stories that Thomas Hardy Hardy’s first published novel, Despercontinued up to the real war in 1914 and which mirror ate Remedies (1871) tells the story of Cytherea Gray the expectations and assumptions of their day. Professor and Edward Springrove. It is, in Hardy’s own words, a Clarke presents a selection of 15 of these tales of catastale of ‘mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral trophe and world-changing technology, beginning with obliquity’, but it rises above the usual Victorian ‘sensaChesney’s seminal story and including works by Sir tion’ novel by its keen sense of class and gender Ernest Swinton, AA Milne, Jack London and Adolf inequalities. Nonsuch 2006 £6.00 PB 384pp Sommerfeld. Liverpool UP 1995 £32.00 HB 382pp Illus [58450] £2.99 Henry Williamson Set in France during the First World War and drawing on the author’s own wartime experiences, this powerful novel – now a Great War classic – follows one man through the bewilderment and terror of trench warfare. First published in 1930. Sutton 2004 £8.99 PB 196pp Illus



CONINGSBY Benjamin Disraeli One of Disraeli’s greatest works of fiction, this avowedly political novel tells the story of young Coningsby, an orphan brought up by his wealthy aristocratic grandfather, Lord Monmouth. Having developed new political ideas (of ‘Young England’), and fallen in love with the wrong girl, Coningsby finds himself disinherited and compelled to make his own way in the world. Nonsuch 2007 £6.00 PB 448pp



THREE MEN IN A BOAT (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Jerome K Jerome; Illus. A Frederics Jerome’s comic masterpiece about three men and Montmorency, the dog, messing about on the river, was first published in 1889, but remains as fresh and as funny as ever. Illustrations by A Frederics. Nonsuch 2006 £6.00 PB 256pp Illus




TS ELIOT: Selected Poems TS Eliot With an introduction by Andrew Sage outlining Eliot’s career, this selection contains some of his most celebrated poems, presenting the three early collections in their entirety: Prufrock and Other Observations (1917), Poems (1920) and The Waste Land (1922). Gramercy 2006 £12.99 HB 96pp



ROBERT FROST: Selected Poems Robert Frost ‘Robert Frost captured the voice of New England’, writes Gail Harvey in her introduction to this selection. It presents 18 early poems and Frost’s first three books: A Boy’s Will (1913), North of Boston (1914) and Mountain Interval (1916), which secured his reputation. Gramercy 1992 £7.99 HB 224pp



EDGAR ALLEN POE Complete Poems


Edgar Allen Poe (1809-49) is known as a pioneer of modern gothic horror tales, but he was also a fine lyric poet whose works include the celebrated Annabel Lee and The Raven. This volume presents the poems in reverse chronological order. Gramercy 2001 £15.99 HB 128pp

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Walter Originally published in Amsterdam around 1890, and sub-titled ‘A Modern Casanova’, the famous autobiography of the mysterious ‘Walter’ is a spectacularly graphic, day-by-day account of the sex life of a wealthy Victorian gentleman. The first volume covers his youth, from nursemaids to the first hundred or so (there are 2,000 over the whole 11 volumes) sexual conquests. With a new introduction, as well as Walter’s own preface. Sexually explicit. Chalford 2006 £18.99 HB 191pp

Selected from the whole span of Tennyson’s 65-year career, the poems in this volume include his greatest works, among them Morte d’Arthur, The Lady of Shallot, St Agnes’ Eve and Ulysses, Maud: a Monodrama and the poem considered by many to be his masterpiece, In Memoriam A.H.H. Gramercy 2007 £12.99 HB 256pp






MEDDLING WITH GHOSTS Stories in the Tradition of MR James Ed. Ramsey Campbell Ancient in their themes of evil and dread, thoroughly modern in their execution, the stories of MR James have had an immense influence on the supernatural genre and on the popular perception of what makes a successful ghost story. This anthology collects 16 of the best stories in the Jamesian tradition, including his precursors – among them, Sheridan Le Fanu and Augustus Jessopp; contemporaries such as Perceval Landon and Mrs HD Everett; and successors, including Fritz Leiber, LTC Holt and Sheila Hodgson. British Library 2001 £14.95 HB 296pp 234x156mm



THE PRIVATE PATIENT PD James When the notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn booked into a private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring facial scar, she had every prospect of beginning a new life; but she was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive. Adam Dalgleish and his team are called to investigate in this powerful mystery. Slightly off-mint. Faber 2008 £18.99 HB 398pp



THE CORONER’S LUNCH Colin Cotterill launches the career of Dr Siri Paiboun, a wry old reprobate who, despite a dearth of both experience and inclination, is made state coroner for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. His first case involves the wife of a Party leader, bodies of tortured Vietnamese soldiers and a looming international crisis. Quercus 2007 £10.99 PB 272pp

Donald Westlake’s comic caper novel finds the perennially depressed master thief, John Dortmunder, the reluctant participant in a perilous treasure hunt for a long lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday present for the last Romanov tsar. Quercus 2007 £12.99 HB 360pp

Ed. Marcus Wood This anthology brings together the most important works of poetry generated by English and North American slavery from the mid-18th to mid19th centuries. Gleaned from sources ranging from published volumes to handbills and broadsides, and mixing works by major Anglo-American Romantic poets, including Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Whitman, Lowell, Longfellow and Dickinson, with curious and sometimes brilliant verse by now forgotten literary figures, the book illuminates the cultural inheritance of slavery. Oxford UP 2003 £21.00 PB 704pp







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THE SITWELLS And the Arts of the 1920s and 1930s Ed. Joanna Skipwith The catalogue to the 1995 National Portrait Gallery exhibition, this volume is both a wonderfully anecdotal biography of the Sitwell siblings and a gallery of photographs, drawings and paintings of these remarkable poets, patrons and self-publicists and the literary and artistic milieu in which they moved. Essays on Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell, their aristocratic upbringing and Edith’s Facade accompany works by artists including John Singer Sargeant, Cocteau, Roger Fry, Cecil Beaton and Bill Brandt. National Portrait Gallery

EYE RHYMES Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual Ed. Kathleen Connors; Sally Bayley In this volume, paintings, drawings, diaries, letters and photographs from the Lilly and Mortimer archives are published for the first time, revealing the depth of Sylvia Plath’s engagement with the visual arts from childhood through to her years as a professional writer. In six illustrated essays, the book offers fresh perspectives on Plath’s creative energy and shows how themes and ideas that first emerged in visual form were reborn later in her greatest poetry.

Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell by Baron, c.1937

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SHAKESPEARE REVEALED: A Biography René Weis Intimacies with Marlowe, entanglements with the dark lady, a probable illegitimate son – the mysteries of Shakespeare’s personal life have proven tantalizingly obscure. In this compelling biography, René Weis reveals how the plays and poems themselves contain a rich seam of clues about Shakespeare’s life, from his heretical dalliances with Catholicism to his grief at the death of his son Hamnet. Weis consolidates these textual findings with archival research and reconstructs a colourful picture of Shakespeare’s daily life in Stratford and London. John Murray 2007 £25.00 HB 444pp Illus



SHAKESPEARE: The Biography Peter Ackroyd’s series of bestselling biographies continues with a subject who has provided scope for surmise to hundreds of authors over the centuries. Making full use of Ackroyd’s ability to empathize with historical figures, this is a fresh approach, immersing the reader in Shakespeare’s world, from the flora and fauna of his native Stratford to his circle of friends, patrons and fellow-actors in London at the dawn of a new age for theatre. American-cut pages. Nan A Talese 2005 $32.50 HB 573pp Illus



JANE AUSTEN’S ‘OUTLANDISH COUSIN’ The Life and Letters of Eliza de Feuillide

trated by John Tenniel, and finally published, under the pseudonym ‘Lewis Carroll’, as ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Deirdre Le Faye Eliza de Feuillide (1761-1813) was Jane Austen’s spirited and unconventional first cousin whose colourful life and travels are here reconstructed through her extensive correspondence with Jane’s family and other friends. Eliza married a French aristocrat who was guillotined in 1794, and she describes both life at the court of Louis XVI and the glamorous social whirl of a wealthy widow in London. Her entertaining letters shed light on the social manners of the time, as well as on the Austen family circle.

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DEATH AND THE MAIDENS Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle Janet Todd In October 1816, an anonymous 22year-old woman committed suicide in a Swansea inn, and was buried in a pauper’s grave. This was the sad end of Fanny Wollstonecraft, who had been caught up in the heady, self-destructive cult of genius of Shelley, Byron and their circle. By concentrating on the women involved, Janet Todd’s painstaking reconstruction of the era poignantly demonstrates how the romantic bohemian lifestyle may have helped create timeless poetry, but it left wrecked lives in its wake. Profile 2007 £17.99 HB 298pp Illus



THE ORIGINAL ALICE From Manuscripts to Wonderland Sally Brown When the Rev Charles Ludwidge Dodgson presented Alice Liddell with Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in 1864, it was handwritten and illustrated with Dodgson’s own pen and ink drawings. This book describes the genesis of Alice and the history of the manuscript – now one of the British Library’s most treasured possessions – as it was revised, expanded, illus-



EDITH NESBIT A Woman of Passion Julia Briggs Widely known in her day for her poems, short stories and romantic novels, Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) is now best remembered for children’s classics such as The Railway Children and The Treasure Seekers. But Julia Briggs’ perceptive account reveals that far from being the kindly aunt-figure which her devoted readers often assume, Edith was in fact an energetic and adventurous woman whose radical bohemian lifestyle deliberately flouted most of society’s rules, especially in the realm of her complex personal relationships. Tempus 2007 £12.99 PB 480pp




BEATRIX POTTER TO HARRY POTTER Portraits of Children’s Writers Julia Eccleshare Written to accompany the paintings, drawings and photographs of the National Portrait Museum’s 2002 exhibition celebrating children’s writers, Julia Eccleshare’s brief biographies illuminate the lives of over 50 British authors from the last 100 years. From Beatrix Potter (painted by Delmar Banner in 1938) and JM Barrie, the book explores the inspirations, influences and ideas of writers such as Kenneth Grahame, Enid Blyton, Capt WE Johns (Biggles) and Philip Pullman. With a foreword by Anne Fine. National Portrait Gallery 2002 £15.00 HB 136pp Illus



A VOYAGE ROUND JOHN MORTIMER The Authorized Biography Valerie Grove Journalist, novelist, playwright, barrister, John Mortimer (1923-2009) led a long and extraordinarily rich life, and was one of the great national figures of our time. He is fondly remembered as the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, but his legal achievements were also significant, particularly as an ardent defender of freedom of speech. As official biographer, Valerie Grove had full access to the man himself and his family and friends to create this intimate picture of a much-loved character. Viking 2007 £25.00 HB 542pp Illus



IN THE BLOOD A Memoir of My Childhood Andrew Motion The only Poet Laureate to retire from the post, Andrew Motion’s memoir of his early life is an unforgettable picture of family, school and countryside. Born in 1952 and raised in Essex, Motion shows how the life of an apparently ordinary middle-class family becomes a fascinating study when seen through the eyes of an intelligent and sensitive observer. By turns funny, courageous and heartbreaking, but always elegantly written, this is a powerful evocation of daily family life and the making of a major poet. Faber 2006 £9.99 PB 326pp



ROBERT BROWNING A Life After Death Pamela Neville-Sington When his beloved wife died in 1861, Robert Browning’s world collapsed and his future looked bleak indeed. Knowing that he needed to move on, but with an overwhelming desire to cling to Elizabeth’s memory, he left Italy and returned to London after 15 years away, to bring up his son alone and endeavour to rebuild his life and his career. Pamela Neville-Sington’s biography is moving story of love, loss, death and redemption at the heart of the Victorian literary establishment. Weidenfeld 2004 £20.00 HB 340pp Illus

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LITERATURE READINGS IN MEDIEVAL TEXTS Interpreting Old and Middle English Literature Ed. David F Johnson; Elaine Treharne This volume offers a thorough and accessible introduction to the interpretation and criticism of a broad range of Old and Middle English texts from the 8th to 15th centuries. The 24 contributions outline current debates and theories as well as the major themes and literary issues (authorial intent, reader reception etc) of texts such as Beowulf, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Juliana, The Owl and the Nightingale, Piers Plowman, Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess and the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Oxford UP 2005 £24.00 PB 400pp



THE GROUNDS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE Christopher Cannon The centuries following the Norman Conquest are the forgotten period of English literary history. In fact, the years 1066-1300 witnessed an unparalleled ingenuity in the creation of written forms, for this was a time when almost every writer was unaware of the existence of other English writing. In detailed readings of the more important early Middle English works, Cannon shows how the many and varied texts of


1000 YEARS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE A Treasury of English Literary Manuscripts Chris Fletcher Beginning with the Beowulf manuscript (and the word-processed draft of Seamus Heaney’s modern version), this volume reproduces pages – all from the British Library’s unparalleled collection – written by 80 authors of the last millennium. Drafts, diaries, proofs and printed editions offer fascinating insights into the process of composition and revision, while Chris Fletcher’s text outlines the writers’ biographies, tells the stories of manuscripts’ survival, and discusses their unique characteristics and significance for our understanding of the country’s greatest literary figures. Abrams 2003 $40.00 HB 192pp Illus 280x214mm



Right: Wilfred Owen’s first draft of ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’

the period laid the foundations for the project of English literature. Oxford UP 2004 £49.00 HB 248pp



POETS AND GOD David L Edwards Chaucer, Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blake... these seven poets are at the centre of the cultural heritage of the English-reading world, yet they have often become the object of study rather than

of pleasure. In this scholarly, entertaining and often provocative book, David Edwards reveals their relevance to the current quest for an authentic spirituality in a mostly church-less society and shows how they can become ‘enjoyable – indeed, even loved – escorts for life’.


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Ed. Stuart Gillespie; David Hopkins With contributions from 32 scholars, this volume proposes new ways of understanding changing attitudes to translation during the age of Dryden and Pope, when the boundaries between original and translated works were being redrawn and innovations such as the heroic couplet and concepts of the sublime emerged from the theory and practice of translation. While the focus is inevitably on Greek, Latin and French literature, the English versions of Ossian and other European, Middle Eastern and Oriental works are also discussed.

Ed. Daniel Weissbort; Astradur Eysteinsson Illuminating the essential activity of translation from a number of perspectives, this reader comprises several hundred primary texts on translation – including excerpts of both theoretical writings and actual translations – in the English tradition. Part I covers the period from antiquity (Cicero’s De optimo genere oratorum) to the 19th century, including chapters on Luther, Tyndale and the King James Bible; while Part II deals with the 20th century from Pound to Nabokov, and contemporary writings up to Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf.

Oxford UP 2005 £108.00 HB 576pp

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LITERARY SOURCES AND DOCUMENTS SERIES Gen Ed. Graham Clarke Each of the titles in the Literary Sources and Documents series comprises three substantial volumes offering an ample and representative selection of significant source material relevant to a specific theme, period, event or movement. For each set a substantial editor’s introduction gives a critical overview of the subject and head-notes provide information on the author and context of each reading. Plus detailed chronologies and bibliographies. No jackets. Helm 2006 £200.00-275.00 HB 1,210-2,280pp

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Ed. Eleanor McNees Collecting writings by novelists and critics, these three volumes cover the origins of the novel through the 18th century and the early novel from Cervantes to Austen; the continental novel in the 19th century; the 19th century English novel from Scott to James; and the 20th century novel. The selections include prefaces, passages from novels and reviews as well as critical works, each with a brief introduction to the author and the work quoted. (Volume III has a misprint on the title page.) [60293]



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Ed. Malcolm Andrews These volumes trace the cult of the Picturesque as both theoretical and ‘applied’ aesthetic, from the early 18th century when English connoiseurs and Grand Tourists became familiar with the landscape

painting of Claude and the Poussins, to its lingering influence on 19th century attitudes. Beginning with the ‘vogue for scenic tourism’ and ending with Ruskin’s contribution to the debate on the picturesque, the selections are from an enormous range of writers including artists, architects, garden designers, poets, nov[60140] elists and critics.

LONDON 1066-1914

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Ed. Xavier Baron From the description of Westminster Abbey in The Life of King Edward by a monk of St Bertin’s Abbey (fl.1075-1125) to EM Forster writing on London in Howard’s End (1910), Baron marshals an impressive array of historians, poets and playwrights, novelists and travellers to present a compilation of significant prose and poetry describing London and published between 1066 and 1914. The book is arranged chronologically, with an introduction and chronology for each of seven eras. [32092]

CLASSICS EURIPIDES’ ESCAPE TRAGEDIES A Study of Helen, Andromeda and Iphigenia among the Taurians Matthew Wright Although they have at times been among his most popular, these three late plays of Euripides have proved puzzling for critics, who find them to be insufficiently ‘tragic’. Wright reacts against such unchallenged preconceptions and explores the definition of ‘the tragic’. His reading of the plays reveals them to be dark and pessimistic, reflecting on the power of illusion, the failure of language and problems of knowledge and existence. Oxford UP 2005 £95.00 HB 440pp



Trans. Carl Phillips Asking whether ends justify means and whether personal integrity should be put before the public good, Sophocles’ play tells how Odysseus and Neoptolemus try to persuade Philoctetes – whose bow is vital to the capture of Troy but whom the Greeks abandoned on a small island ten years before – to rejoin the army. This English version, in Oxford’s series of New Translations, is accompanied by Disking Clay’s notes and detailed introduction. Oxford UP 2003 £7.99 PB 118pp



CICERO: SPEECH ON BEHALF OF PUBLIUS SESTIUS Trans. Robert A Kaster One of Cicero’s longest speeches, the Pro Sestio was delivered in March, 56 BCE and provides an account of recent political history and the current state of the commonwealth. Kaster’s commentary includes a complete translation and an introduction covering both the structure and strategies of the speech and the background to Sestius’ prosecution for public violence, a charge which makes Cicero’s text an important source of information on the place of the crowd in Roman politics. Oxford UP 2006 £35.00 PB 496pp

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Alan Bennett The title piece of Bennett’s second collection of prose writings is a poignant family memoir with an account of the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. Also included are his much celebrated diaries for the years 1996 to 2004. At times heartrending and at others extremely funny, this is a highly acclaimed anthology by one of the best-loved English writers of today. Faber 2005 £20.00 HB 658pp



OTHER COLORS Essays and a Short Story Orhan Pamuk; Trans. Maureen Freely The Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (b.1952) describes this book as a composite of ‘ideas, images and fragments of life that have still not found their way into one of my novels’. The pieces are woven into a continuous narrative ‘with an autobiographical centre’, illuminating the author’s life in Istanbul and his thoughts on literature and politics. The book ends with the short story, To Look Out the Window, and Pamuk’s Nobel lecture, My Father’s Suitcase. American-cut pages. Knopf 2007 $34.95 HB 434pp



HOW PLAYS WORK Reading and Performance Martin Meisel The difficulty that readers often encounter with stage plays is rooted in the dual character of the text as both a piece of literature and a script to be realized. Martin Meisel argues that this can be remedied by a surface understanding of how plays work: with this in mind, he introduces a range of topics, from basics like the uses of place to complex ideas such as the ‘shape of the action’, all illuminated by examples from the whole span of western drama, from Sophocles to Tom Stoppard. Oxford UP 2007 £20.00 HB 282pp



PLEASURE AND THE ARTS Enjoying Literature, Painting and Music Christopher Butler How do the arts give pleasure? Covering a very wide range of artistic works, from Auden to David Lynch, Rembrandt to Edward Weston, Richard Strauss to Keith Jarrett, this study examines the many kinds of pleasures we can derive from both canonical works of art and those of popular culture, exploring our enjoyment of such elements as jokes, metaphor, sensation, abstractions and narrative, to offer an explanation of our emotional engagements with literature, music and painting. Oxford UP 2004 £36.00 HB 236pp


Over his lifetime Aldous Huxley (18941963) earned a reputation as one of the giants of modern English prose and social commentary, and his essays stand among the finest of the genre in modern literature. Ranging from journalism to philosophical reflection, they also provide absorbing commentary on contemporary events. Ivan R Dee 2002 £27.00 HB 416/480pp


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A FINE BRUSH ON IVORY An Appreciation of Jane Austen Richard Jenkyns What is it about Jane Austen’s writing that brings such pleasure? Richard Jenkyns’s study delights in Austen’s craft, wit and pathos and explores the subtlety, depth and innovation that mark her out as a supreme storyteller and novelist. Tracing the development of her style, storytelling and characterization with a grace and wit worthy of the subject herself, his book will enhance the reader’s admiration and enjoyment of Austen’s work. Oxford UP 2004 £12.99 HB 240pp



WILLIAM BLAKE: THE CREATION OF THE SONGS From Manuscript to Illuminated Painting Michael Phillips The only manuscripts to survive that led to the production of one of William Blake’s illuminated books are those relating to Songs of Innocence and Experience. Here, a foremost authority on Blake’s manuscripts and illuminated printing details the evolution of this masterwork and the entire process of its production, from early drafts in the Manuscript Notebook and An Island in the Moon to colour printing. The book contains a selection of reproductions from the manuscripts and colour plates from the early editions of the Songs. British Library 2000 £30.00 HB 180pp Illus 245x187mm



THE REALMS OF VERSE 1830-1870 English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building Matthew Reynolds The poets of the mid-19th century lived in a time of ‘nation-building’ and this reassessment of Victorian poetry brings that political and intellectual context to life. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Reynolds shows that the Italian Risorgimento raised questions about

Ed. Robert S Baker; James Sexton Huxley was working with MGM in California in 1939, yet he wrote comparatively little about cinema or Hollywood; his essays reflect his perennial interests in history, technology and religion, social institutions, literature and art. This volume includes all the essays from Themes and Variations (1950) and from Adonis and the Alphabet (1956), along with reviews and occasional pieces. [61878]

VOLUME VI: 1956-1963 AND SUPPLEMENT, 1920-1948 Ed. Robert S Baker; James Sexton In this sixth and final volume of the essays, Huxley revisits the issues that informed his utopian nightmare, Brave New World. He addresses a broad range of contemporary topics, from ecology and psychology to history and technology, all converging in his preoccupation with mysticism and the possibility of interplay between Western philosophy and Eastern religious thought. [61879] community and individual liberty which were especially problematic for subjects of the multinational United Kingdom, and argues that these questions are at the heart of the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Tennyson and Clough. Oxford UP 2005 £25.00 PB 300pp



JOHN BETJEMAN A Bibliography William S Peterson Sir John Betjeman (19061984), Poet Laureate, was probably the most widely-read poet of the 20th century, whose voice and face became familiar to millions through his radio and TV appearances and his fervent devotion to the preservation of England’s architectural heritage. This annotated bibliography lists and describes all his known writings, including his own books, ephemera, contributions to periodicals and books by others, lectures and his TV and radio broadcasts. Other sections include interviews, writings about Betjeman and adaptations. The Soho Bibliographies. Oxford UP 2006 £116.00 HB 546pp




TWENTIETH-CENTURY CRIME FICTION Lee Horsley In this study, Lee Horsley aims to enhance understanding of this popular form of genre fiction through discussion of a wide variety of stories and novels. He first considers the nature and evolution of the main sub-genres of crime fiction – classic and hard-boiled detective fiction, the non-investigative crime novel (centred on transgressors or victims) and the police procedural – then goes on to examine the ways in which writers have used crime fiction as a vehicle for socio-political critique. Oxford UP 2005 £20.00 PB 314pp

Ed. Joachim Neugroschel The Golem of Jewish folklore, fashioned out of clay by Rabbi Leyb as both a domestic servant and a resistance fighter, protected the Jews of Prague from their enemies but also lost control and had to be destroyed. This collection of early 20th century texts about the Golem comprises stories by Yudl Rosenberg and Dovid Frishman, S Bastomski’s retelling of Yiddish folktales and H Leivick’s well known and politically charged verse drama. Americancut pages. WW Norton 2006 $25.95 HB 254pp



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MUSIC ILLUSTRATED LIVES OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS Drawing on visual sources such as paintings, engravings and photographs, and on writings including personal letters and recollections, this series of biographies sets each composer in social and historical context, building up a complete picture of his life and the creative background to his music. Monochrome illustrations. Omnibus 1995-2001 £7.95-£9.95 PB 142-224pp Illus

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THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC Completely revised 2008 edition Ivan March; Edward Greenfield et al Now in its fourth decade, the comprehensive Penguin Guide has established itself as the essential reference work for the serious collector of recorded classical music. As well as covering the host of new issues on CD, the 2008 edition is expanded to include DVDs and enchanced SACDs, new transfers of historic recordings and quality reissues at bargain price. The time-honoured three-star rating system is now supplemented by an extra star, reserved for truly outstanding performances. Penguin 2007 £25.00 HB 1588pp


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A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met Since 1945 Susie Gilbert; Jay Shir In the course of their post-war reconstruction each of the world’s four great opera houses has seen a revolution in the popularity and accessibility of the art form, in the expansion of the repertoire and in the higher standards of production which reflect the growing importance of the director. This volume traces the development of opera across six decades and celebrates the contribution of the era’s legendary singers and conductors, as well as the scandals, crises and skirmishes with media and government. HarperCollins 2003 £35.00 HB 985pp Illus



MOZART The Early Years, 1756-1781 Stanley Sadie The last work of the renowned musicologist Stanley Sadie (1930-2005), this first part of a large-scale study of Mozart’s life and work is, in Sadie’s words, ‘as near to comprehensive as such a book can reasonably be’. Drawing on a mass of source material, including the autograph manuscripts and family letters, Sadie traces the composer’s life from his birth in Salzburg to the opening of Idomeneo in Munich in 1781, and he discusses every musical work in terms both of biographical context and of the music itself. WW Norton 2006 £22.00 HB 644pp





Jonathan Cross Birtwistle has produced some of the most original and challenging music by a British composer; obsessed by the most basic of musical structures, he nonetheless creates work which explores the deep aspects of the human psyche. In this study of his music Jonathan Cross aims to uncover the sources of his aesthetic; to describe his musical, dramatic and philosophical development; and to examine his major works through the topics of theatre, myth, ritual, pastoral, pulse and line. Faber 2000 £14.99 PB 295pp



[60204] MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS History,Technology and Performance of Instruments of Western Music Murray Campbell; Clive Greated; Arnold Myers Musical Instruments begins with an introduction to the principles of acoustics and the pitches and timbres of musical sounds. The following chapters discuss each of the different families of instruments used in Western music, covering historical developments in their design, the sizes and shapes currently in use, the manufacturing process and the techniques of performers. After discussing traditional instruments from the triangle to the pipe organ, the authors explain the electronic generation and synthesis of musical sounds. Oxford UP 2006 £41.00 PB 510pp Illus



Scott opened his club in 1959, ‘simply to have somewhere to play’, and remained the owner and leading attraction until his death in 1996. This account describes the superb music and the chaos that made the basement in Gerrard Street world-famous. Scott’s inimitable style, plus contributions by Benny Green, Mel Calman and Spike Milligan make this a suitably irreverent tribute to a larger-than-life character. Northway 2004 £6.99 PB 126pp



SWING SHIFT “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s


Sherrie Tucker With many male stars of American big bands being drafted, the 1940s saw the appearance of hundreds of all-female groups – now largely forgotten. Based on groundbreaking research and interviews with over 100 women from that generation of musicians, Tucker’s study chronicles the careers of the all-girl bands, examining how society represented them and reacted to their music, and raising questions about the impact of race, class, gender and sexuality on jazz history. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Duke UP 2000 £43.00 HB 414pp Illus

Tony Russell; Chris Smith From its roots in the American South to today’s world stage, the journey of blues has encompassed countless artists and recordings. But how to find the best of them? This volume is an authoritative and easyto-use guide through the jungles of the record shops, online music stores and download sites. Arranged as a biographical A-Z of over 1,000 blues artists, it provides concise, expert and witty reviews of almost 6,000 CDs. Plus a substantial section on compilations, from Alabama blues to Zydeco. Penguin 2006 £30.00 PB 924pp




SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BLUES Ronnie Scott with Mike Hennessey Ronnie

NOTES ON... SERIES Written by the distinguished music critic Conrad Wilson, the Notes on... series introduces and illuminates the music of some of the greatest composers in relation to their private lives. In each volume, Wilson discusses 20 crucial works, explains why these particular works are fundamental to understanding the composer and recommends notable recordings of each piece. He also provides a glossary of musical terms and a list of books for further reading. Eerdmans 2005 $10.00 PB 129-142pp

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BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAY The Last Unpublished Blues Archive Dick Waterman Waterman’s agency has managed and promoted legendary blues musicians since 1964; his photographs of such artists as Skip James, Otis Rush and Robert Pete Williams form an unparalleled archive which supplies the illustrations for this book. His vivid personal recollections also make Between Midnight and Day a valuable oral history of his day-to-day encounters with a host of blues veterans. Thunder’s Mouth 2003 £17.99 PB 176pp Illus 305x230mm



ECHOES The Complete History of Pink Floyd Glenn Povey From gigs in tiny church halls in the mid ’60s to multi-million selling albums, world tours and spectacular stadium shows, the Pink Floyd story is the stuff of rock legend. Published to mark the 40th anniversary of their recording career Echoes is a meticulously researched account of the band’s collective and individual careers from 1962 to 2007. The book is illustrated with rare photographs and graphic memorabilia and includes lists of every concert, TV and radio appearance and a complete discography. 3C 2008 £39.95 PB 368pp Illus 290x237mm

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THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE STAGE Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 Henry S Turner Drawing entirely on new evidence, this study examines the history of English dramatic form and its relationship to mathematics, technology and early scientific thought during the Renaissance. Spanning the period from Sidney’s Defence of Poesie (c.1579-82) to Jonson’s encounter with neo-Aristotelian literary theory in 1629, the book demonstrates how practical modes of thinking that were typical of the 16th century resulted in new genres of plays and a new vocabulary for problems of poetic representation. Oxford UP 2006 £67.00 HB 328pp



THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITISH THEATRE Simon Trussler From Roman ‘mimes’ to the London stage in 1990, Trussler’s authoritative and well-illustrated history traces the development of all kinds of live performance in Britain – both the ‘official’ theatre and the production of conventional plays and ‘unofficial’ performance. The book covers topics such as play writing, forms of staging, the acting profession and the role of the actor, satire and burlesque, pantomime, and the structure of theatres; and also examines foreign influences on theatre and the impact of British theatre abroad. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge. Cambridge UP 2000 £25.99 PB 404pp Illus 252x202mm



THE COMPLETE INSPECTOR MORSE Revised and updated edition David Bishop The Inspector Morse television series ran for 13 years; it has been estimated that a billion viewers across 200 countries (one in seven of the world’s population) have watched the programme at least once. David Bishop’s critique of all 33 episodes examines the complex plot-lines and twists, the characters and their motives, and the unique relationship between Morse and Lewis. This new edition has been painstakingly revised, bringing the story right up to the second series of Lewis. Reynolds & Hearn 2008 £19.99 HB 296pp



AND IT’S GOODNIGHT FROM HIM... The Autobiography of the Two Ronnies Ronnie Corbett with David Nobbs For millions of people in the 1970s and ’80s, The Two Ronnies was the highlight of weekend television. Sketches such as ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Fork Handles’ became national favourites, as did the ‘Adventures of Charlie Farley and Piggy Malone’. But this book is more than a nostalgic look at comic milestones; it also recounts Barker’s and Corbett’s early careers, their success on the Frost Report and the chemistry, both on and off the screen, that made them one of our best-loved comedy double acts.

Robin Allan In many of their feature films, Walt Disney and his artists were hugely influenced by Europe: Pinocchio’s Alpine town and the England of 101 Dalmatians were inspired by transatlantic visits; the music of Fantasia demonstrates deep European influence; even individual characters have distinct European roots – the Queen in Above: The fox points out Snow White bears a striking resemblance to Naumberg Cathedral’s statue Stromboli’s marionette of Lady Uta. This wide-ranging study investigates the role of European art and culture in creating the Disney legend. Indiana UP 1999 $14.95 PB 304pp Illus theatre in Gustaf Tenggren’s



HALAS AND BATCHELOR CARTOONS An Animated History Vivien Halas; Paul Wells Between 1940 and 1995 husband and wife John Halas (1912-95) and Joy Batchelor (1914-91) created Britain’s leading animation company. From early ‘shorts’ to the feature-length Animal Farm and the erotic-

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comedy Dream Doll, their films offered a refreshing alternative to the Disney Studios. This tribute-cum-analysis – accompanied by a sevenfilm DVD – draws on the recollections of animation experts as well as the personal memories of John and Joy’s daughter Vivien Halas. Southbank 2006 £19.99 HB + DVD 224pp Illus 230x225mm



Denis Meikle From teen pin-up in 21 Jump Street to his iconic turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, this blow-by-blow account of Johnny Depp’s 20-year career describes his performances in over 30 films and sees him falling foul of paparazzi, public opinion and the law. Reynolds & Hearn 2004 £10.99 PB 416pp Illus




EDGE OF MIDNIGHT The Life of John Schlesinger William J Mann John Schlesinger’s career in cinema, stage, opera and television spanned half a century, but it was cinema and films like Darling, Far from the Madding Crowd and Midnight Cowboy that made him famous. Granted full access to the director’s diaries and tapes and interviews with Schlesinger himself, Mann tells the story of a fascinating career, from early documentary days at the BBC to Hollywood, and anecdotes of stars from Laurence Oliver and Julie Christie to Rupert Everett and Madonna. Hutchinson 2004 £25.00 HB 628pp Illus



CUT! Hollywood Murders, Accidents and Other Tragedies The cynical saying about movie stardom, that ‘dying young is a great career move’, seems borne out by this catalogue of untimely deaths – suicides (Alan Ladd), tragic accidents (James Dean), drug and alcohol disasters (River Phoenix), murder (Sharon Tate), illness (Errol Flynn) and some enduring mysteries, among them the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Bruce Lee. Over 250 stars are profiled, along with on- and off-set photographs. Barron’s 2006 $29.99 HB 368pp Illus 255x183mm


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JOHNNY DEPP: A Kind of Illusion

Piers Paul Read One of the greatest British actors of the 20th century, Alec Guinness had a staggering range: in addition to scores of stage and television roles, he appeared in dozens of films, playing characters as diverse as an Arab king, Adolf Hitler and a Jedi knight, and not for nothing was he dubbed ‘the master of disguise’. Read’s analysis reveals an exceptional man, a brilliant actor, but in many ways an enigmatic and troubled soul, who jealously guarded his privacy. Simon & Schuster 2003 £20.00 HB 632pp Illus


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WALT DISNEY AND EUROPE European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt

Humphrey Bogart, who died of throat cancer in 1957

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TEN BAD DATES WITH DE NIRO A Book of Alternative Movie Lists Ed. Richard T Kelly This collection of alternative top-tens takes its title from Demetrios Matheou’s list of De Niro’s demonstrations of how not to treat a lady. Contributors including Steven Soderbergh, the Coen brothers, DBC Pierre and Mike Figgis give their personal reflections on each film in their list, venting passions and prejudices on topics as varied as memorable uses of nail polish, Paul Verhoeven’s most gratuitous uses of sex and nudity and (from David Hare) great films which defy genre categorization. Off-mint. Faber 2007 £12.99 HB 500pp





RELIGION THE JUDAS BRIEF Who Really Killed Jesus? Gary Greenberg Examining both the Gospel accounts and other early sources, Gary Greenberg offers a new interpretation of events leading up to the Crucifixion. He argues that Herod Antipas, Galilee’s Roman ruler, was the real villain; that the Jewish authorities did not plot against Jesus, but acted to save him; that Judas did not betray Jesus; that Pilate always intended to execute him; and that the Jewish crowd did not call for his death. Continuum 2007 £16.99 HB 285pp


DAVID AND SOLOMON In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition Israel Finkelstein; Neil Asher Silberman The history of the ancient Near East is being radically rewritten in the wake of recent archaeological discovery. Finkelstein and Silberman’s unique combination of textual analysis and archaeological interpretation focuses on the first two great kings of the Bible as a lens through which the period can be investigated. By revealing that the Bible’s chapters on David and Solomon were written by different hands over the centuries they demonstrate how each age constructed the image of kingship it needed. Free Press 2006 £17.99 HB 344pp



THE FORGOTTEN BIBLE The Unknown Jesus,Visions of the Apocalypse, Prophets and Patriarchs JR Porter From the mass of Jewish and Christian sacred writings only a selection found their way into the canonical scriptures; the excluded texts often claim to be the very words of biblical figures, and include legends about the miracles of the boy Jesus and the events of his ‘missing years’. This anthology contains short excerpts from such texts, with an introduction to the religious, social and political context in which each was produced. Watkins 2001 £10.99 PB 278pp



THE NEW TESTAMENT CODE The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant and the Blood of Christ Robert Eisenman In the sequel to his James the Brother of Jesus, Robert Eisenmann – who was leader of the campaign to allow free access to the Dead Sea Scrolls – aims to show how those texts relate to Early Christianity. He reveals that deliberate falsifications were introduced into the New Testament: ‘as James was written out, anti-Semitism was written in’. His meticulous analysis also provides the tools to decode sayings, such as ‘Do not throw holy things to dogs’, found in the Gospels. Watkins 2006 £30.00 HB 1054pp Illus



THE ESSENTIAL GNOSTIC GOSPELS Including the Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Mary Alan Jacobs This selection from the Gnostic scriptures includes 23 of the 53 texts discovered at Nag Hammadi in 1945 in new poetic translations. Among them are the enigmatic dialogues between Jesus and the disciples in the Gospel of Thomas; the Pistis Sophia in which female followers play a significant part; a prayer of St Paul; and Poimandres, a tract describing the mysteries of Creation and the Destiny of Man. Introduction by Revd Dr Vrej N Nersessian, Coptic Scholar at the British Library. Watkins 2006 £16.99 HB 326pp


major themes in both the work itself and scholarship on it, such as the exegete’s methodology and his relation to trinitarian debates, the contemporary iconography of Paul, and Victorinus’ influence on later authors including Augustine. Oxford UP 2005 £113.00 HB 414pp

the gap between the glories of the Greco-Roman literary tradition and the much less elevated style of Christian texts. Green shows how three authors adapted epic themes, language and techniques to pursue their own agendas in their retellings of the Gospels. The book’s final section covers the poems’ place in the medieval curriculum and their influence on later poets such as Milton and Klopstock. Oxford UP 2006 £75.00 HB 464pp



THE NEW TESTAMENT AND HELLENISTIC JUDAISM Ed. Peder Borgen; Soren Giversen Four interrelated themes are dealt with in this volume of 14 papers: eschatological apocalyptism in the Jewish Diaspora; Philo and the New Testament; the interpretation of the Old Testament in the Diaspora and the New Testament; and New Testament themes in the light of the Diaspora. Specific topics include apotheosis and resurrection in the empty tomb story in Mark; the meaning of Hellenistic theios aner; Paul’s use of Deut 30, 12-14; and the catalogues of hardship in the Pauline correspondence. No jacket. Aarhus UP 1995 £22.95 HB 293pp



MARIUS VICTORINUS’ COMMENTARY ON GALATIANS Stephen Andrew Cooper The first Latin commentaries on Paul’s epistles were written by Marius Victorinus, a fourth-century Roman rhetorician and convert to Christianity. Cooper’s translation – the first English version – of the commentary on Galatians also includes an introduction of nearly 250 pages which addresses the


AMBROSIASTER’S POLITICAL THEOLOGY Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe This book explores the work of Ambrosiaster, a Latin Christian anonymous of the late fourth century, author of the Commentaries on Paul and a set of Quaestiones on diverse theological, exegetical and polemical matters. Part I concentrates on the circulation and reception of Ambrosiaster’s works and his possible religious and secular background. Part II examines his political theology, particularly with regard to social and ecclesiastical hierarchies, divine kingship and the political role of the Devil. Oxford UP 2007 £47.00 HB 214pp




ADAMGIRK’ The Adam Book of Arak’el of Siwnik’ Trans. Michael E Stone This is the first English translation of the major Armenian epic of Adam and Eve composed by Arak’el of Siwnik’ in the early 15th century. The four poems retell the biblical story from an oriental Christian perspective, emphasizing the typology of Adam and Christ, and form, to some extent, an eastern parallel to Milton’s Paradise Lost. Stone’s translation pays particular attention to the literary character of the work, and his introduction sets its author in historical, religious and literary context. Oxford UP 2007 £61.00 HB 340pp



THE HOLY BIBLE Today’s King James Version ‘The English Bible, a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power’ – Lord Macaulay was writing in 1828, but for many people, his words remain true. This edition preserves the language of the King James Version, with certain changes in line with modern usage: there are added headings, making it easy to locate passages; the text is set out in paragraphs; speech has been put into quotation marks; and poetic passages are presented in verse form. BibleFirst 2002 £20.00 HB 1,206pp



THE WELSH BIBLE Eryn M White The translation of the Bible into Welsh was ordered by Elizabeth I’s government in 1563, and the first full version appeared in 1588, amid fears that the Welsh might not otherwise be persuaded to abandon the Catholic faith. White’s history of the Welsh Bible and how it became a

THE NEW TESTAMENT A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings Bart D Ehrman Ehrman’s popular textbook explains why scholars argue about such questions as how New Testament texts originated, what they mean and how they came to be collected into a canon while others were excluded. This new edition includes extra material placing greater emphasis on archaeological evidence, the Jewish background and the role of women; it therefore provides an wide-ranging overview of the historical, literary and religious milieu which gave birth to the rich diversity of early Christian writings.





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Roger PH Green In the Late Antique world epic poems on biblical themes were a way of bridging

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significant factor in the survival of the Welsh language explores the process of its translation, its effect on literacy and its influence on Welsh life and culture. Tempus 2007 £17.99 PB 192pp Illus



CELEBRATING COMMON PRAYER The New Pocket Edition Incorporating Common Worship Texts Beautifully presented in a black embossed binding with gilt-edged pages and slip case, this is a new pocket edition of the best-selling Daily Office, now updated with common worship texts. Off-mint. Continuum 2002 £30.00 HB 324pp



SWEET AND BLESSED COUNTRY The Christian Hope for Heaven John Saward A 15th-century Carthusian altarpiece depicting the Coronation of the Virgin is the focus for this presentation of the Roman Catholic doctrine of Heaven. Based on lectures delivered to monks, the book draws on the work of monastic theologians such as Aquinas, Bede and the lesser-known Denys the Carthusian. It discusses their reflections on Heaven as the blissful sight of the Trinity, on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin, and on the contrast to Hell (‘Heaven Lost’) and Purgatory (‘Heaven Longed For’). Oxford UP 2005 £12.99 HB 196pp



JOHN WESLEY The Evangelical Revival and the Rise of Methodism in England John Munsey Turner John Wesley did not originate the Evangelical Revival, which was transatlantic in its origins, but he was the most energetic, original and pragmatic of the evangelical leaders who founded a worldwide Protestant Communion. This book sets Wesley firmly in his historical context, analysing his life, practice and theology, but also discusses other varieties of Methodism, particularly the Primitive Methodist Church, and examines what effect Methodism had on ordinary people and on society at large. Epworth 2002 £14.95 PB 214pp



THE MITRE AND THE CROWN A History of the Archbishops of Canterbury Dominic Aidan Bellenger; Stella Fletcher Covering 14 centuries and more than 100 incumbents, this history of the office of Archbishop of Canterbury examines the challenges of the position poised between Church and State. Thomas Becket’s martyrdom and Archbishop Sudbury’s murder during the Peasants’ Revolt illustrate the dangers of championing either the ecclesiastic or secular jurisdiction. Although such tensions have been reduced in more recent centuries, Bellenger and Fletcher show that modern archbishops still find themselves at the centre of national debate. Sutton 2005 £20.00 HB 236pp Illus



GLORY The Spiritual Theology of Michael Ramsey Douglas Dales With his published writings now mostly out of print, this centennial study of the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury brings his ideas to a new generation, relating his teaching and experience to the work of the Church in today’s world. It identifies key themes in his thought, not least the centrality of the Cross and the importance of Christian unity both within the Church of England and more widely. Canterbury 2003 £16.99 PB 190pp



FIFTEEN SERMONS PREACHED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD Between AD 1826 and 1843 John Henry Newman Newman himself called the Oxford University Sermons, first published in 1843, ‘the best, not the most perfect, book that I have done’, adding, ‘I mean there is more to develop in it’. Preached at the University while Newman was at the height of his career in the Church of England, the sermons constitute an early précis of his religious, moral and educational philosophies. Edited, with full critical apparatus by James David Earnest and Gerard Tracey. Oxford UP 2006 £98.00 HB 442pp



NEWMAN AND HIS AGE Sheridan Gilley John Henry Newman was, in Gilley’s words, ‘the prince of English autobiographers’, and besides Apologia pro Vita Sua, left an abundance of biographical materials. This widely acclaimed study, first published in 1990 on the centenary of Newman’s death, goes beyond simple biography to offer a critical study that places Newman’s intellectual and spiritual development in its historical setting: ‘the passions of the last days of unreformed Oxford... and the triumphs and trials of the Catholic Revival, Anglican and Roman’. Darton, Longman & Todd 2003 £15.95 PB 498pp



ASCETICISM AND ITS CRITICS Historical Accounts and Comparative Perspectives Ed. Oliver Freiberger What degree of withdrawal from ‘the world’ is necessary to lead the perfect religious life? While some scholars of religion regard asceticism as the ultimate form of religious quest and hagiographers praise the ascetic lifestyle, there are those, from within the same religious traditions, who criticize asceticism. This book presents an systematic analysis of that criticism, presenting cases from classical and medieval Hinduism, Buddhism, early and medieval Christianity and 19th-20th century ‘Aryan’ religion. Oxford UP 2006 $99.00 HB 258pp



THE PILLARS OF ISLAM Volume One: ‘Ibadat: Acts of Devotion and Religious Observances Trans. Asaf AA Fyzee; Ed. Ismail Kurban Husein Poonawala Since its composition and proclamation as the official code of the Fatimid empire around 349/960, the Da’a’im al-Islam has remained the greatest source of authority on Isma’ili law on personal and family matters. This is the first authoritative English translation. Volume one covers the topics of faith, devotion, ritual purity, prayer, funerals, the alms tax, fasting, pilgrimage and jihad, and is an essential reference work for lawyers, judges and scholars of religious and sociolegal studies. Oxford UP 2006 £17.99 PB 572pp



JOURNEY TO THE HOLY MOUNTAIN Meditations on Mount Athos

MUHAMMAD Prophet for Our Time

Christopher Merrill For over a millennium Eastern Orthodox monks have lived in the desert of Mount Athos in northern Greece, growing their own food and relying on the generosity of passing fishermen. In this account of the time he spent with Athos’ monks, poet and journalist Christopher Merrill describes their daily life and ancient liturgy, the region’s flora and fauna and his own spiritual pilgrimage at a time of despair in the face of war in Bosnia and a difficult passage in his marriage.

Karen Armstrong We know more about Muhammad than the founders of the other major faiths, and ever since his lifetime his followers have sought to understand the meaning of his life. In this biography Karen Armstrong shows that, in his campaign against greed and injustice, he still has important lessons, not only for Muslims but also for the Western world as it seeks to understand the tenets of Islam.

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THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF RELIGIONS Ed. John Bowker ‘There is no known society in which religion has not played a part,’ writes Professor Bowker, ‘frequently a controlling and creative part’. This lavishly illustrated reference work demonstrates how the world’s major belief systems grew out of particular cultures and how they both influenced and reacted to prevailing social, political and economic circumstances. Written by leading academics, the chapters also cover subjects such as ancient religions, Zoroastrianism, religion in China and new religions. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge. Cambridge UP 2002 £35.00 HB 336pp Illus



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Shinto priests (shinsoku) perform a purification ritual at a shrine in Kyoto



TRANSPORT GREEK PASSENGER LINERS The Greek Line flagship Olympia leaves New York in 1958

William H Miller From small cruise ships in the Aegean in the 1950s, the Greek passenger and cruise shipping companies became internationally known lines, operating great fleets on both sides of the Atlantic and sailing to Australia, as well as in the Mediterranean and Aegean. Drawing on personal experience aboard many of the liners, maritime historian Bill Miller presents an illustrated survey of the histories of the Greek fleets – from Ambassador Cruises to Universal Line – and their ships. Tempus 2006 £19.99 PB 96pp Illus 226x250mm



Sea Bathing – one of the East Coast Joys series by Tom Purvis for the LNER, 1931, from It’s Quicker by Rail

CARRIERS AND COACHMASTERS Trade and Travel before the Turnpikes

BOATS, BOFFINS AND BOWLINES The Stories of Sailing Inventors and Innovations George Drower Which monarch pioneered yacht racing? When was the first catamaran built? Who invented the lifejacket? What connects The Children of the New Forest to signal flags? This entertaining and informative history charts the innovations that changed maritime transport. Packed with information, anecdotes, facts and figures, it is a highly readable tribute to sailing’s unsung heroes and heroines. Sutton 2007 £8.99 PB 237pp Illus



THE STEAMBOAT REVOLUTION London’s First Steamships Tim Sherwood Frequent fires and boiler explosions meant early steamboats were regarded with trepidation by the general public. However as technology improved, confidence grew and by 1840 paddle steamers had become one of the most popular forms of transport. Covering the period 1815 to 1860, this is a history of the river steamers that heralded mass tourism from London to the Kent coast, as well the seagoing craft that sailed to Edinburgh, Dublin, Germany, Holland and France. Tempus 2007 £12.99 PB 128pp Illus



NICHOLSON BOATING HANDBOOK Emrhys Barrell The 4,000 miles of Britain’s inland waterways provide a wonderful opportunity for leisure cruising. This handbook explores the attractions of rivers, canals and broads, and enthuses on the pleasures of life afloat. Covering everything from choosing where to go, hiring and handling a boat and safety precautions, to cruising abroad, it concludes with a chapter on buying a boat and features waterway maps for the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Dorian Gerhold The introduction of the turnpike system sparked a mould-breaking revolution in road transport, but there was an earlier complex and effective network in place which has been poorly served by researchers. Gerhold offers the first sustained attempt to document road travel from the mid-17th to mid-18th centuries with this study of London carriers and stagecoach men and their world. Phillimore 2005 £19.99 HB 270pp Illus



DEVON TRANSPORT Ted Gosling has gathered well over 200 nostalgic images of the various modes of transport used in his home county over the past 100 years. Here are photographs of horse-drawn vehicles, railways, trams, coaches, traction engines, cars, bicycles and boats, as well as motor sports and a number of more eccentric ways of getting around. Nothing brings back memories like the sight of an old vehicle, and there is plenty here for Devon locals, visitors, and transport enthusiasts alike. Sutton 2006 £12.99 PB 128pp Illus



THE RAINHILL TRIALS The Greatest Contest of Industrial Britain and the Birth of Commercial Rail Christopher McGowan In 1829 the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company staged a competition to find a new design of locomotive. The crowds were thrilled by machines racing to unprecedented speeds of 30mph, until Robert Stephenson’s Rocket was declared the winner. Capturing the social as well as the engineering history of the period, this book describes the locomotives, the engineers who built them and the way this new adaptation of steam power stoked the pace of the Industrial Revolution. (Also for sale in Postscript as Rail, Steam & Speed.) Little, Brown 2004 £16.99 HB 380pp



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LONDON STEAM Scenes from the Fifties and Sixties Michael Welch The retirement of ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacific No. 35030 in 1967 marked the end of more than 130 years of London’s reliance on steam locomotives. This photographic memoir covering all the major lines and regions, features an evocative collection of colour plates accompanied by highly detailed captions: from the Flying Scotsman and Caledonian to humble branch line locomotives and tank engines, it offers a poignant reminder of steam’s final decades. Capital Transport 1999 £8.95 PB 80pp Illus 200x200mm



LONDON’S LOCAL RAILWAYS Alan A Jackson Starting with the London & Greenwich, the capital’s first railway, and working clockwise around London, Jackson deals with the history of the 48 lines around the capital, some of which are no longer in use and others which have greatly changed in character over the years. Sixteen maps and 250 photographs combine with research into social history to tell the story of each of the four main geographical divisions in London’s local railways (SE, SW, NW, NE) and their relationships with the capital itself. First published 1978, expanded and revised 1999.


FIGUREHEADS AND SHIP CARVINGS Michael Stammers The universal desire to personify and decorate ships began in antiquity and still exists today. However, the emphasis of this concise history is the period from the late 16th century to the advent of steam ships, when growing naval power was reflected in allegorical baroque carvings that adorned both military and merchant vessels. Fully illustrated and featuring chapters on the leading ship carvers, the book also lists figurehead collections in museums around the world. Chatham 2005 £17.99 HB 120pp Illus 210x240mm


Beverley Cole Once seen on station platforms from London to Newcastle, posters for the LNER represented the zenith of 1920s and ’30s commercial art. Created by some of the most talented artists in the country, they were brilliant examples of composition, novel perspective and bold use of colour. This collection, featuring posters by artists including Frank Newbold, Tom Purvis and Fred Taylor, illustrates how the ‘golden age of steam’ was also a golden age of graphic design.

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LONDON’S LOST TUBE SCHEMES Antony Badsey-Ellis In the early days of London’s underground railways there was a scramble to get new schemes authorized for construction. Of the thousands of promoters and speculators who were tempted by the promise of making a fortune, very few made any money and some schemes were just plain scams. Beginning with a survey of early ‘cut and cover’ railways and pneumatic systems, this book describes in detail over 40 tube schemes that were presented to Parliament between 1860 and 1914, but never built. Capital Transport 2005 £19.95 HB 320pp Illus 240x180mm




FAREWELL TO STEAM Roger Siviter An evocative record of the last years of steam locomotives on British railways, Siviter’s book covers the period from summer 1965 to 11 August 1968, when BR’s ‘15 Guinea Special’ made a farewell journey from Liverpool to Carlisle. The photographs, each with a detailed caption, provide a nostalgic portrait of steam power the length and breadth of the country, from a ‘West Country’ Pacific locomotive in Waterloo to the A4 Pacific Lord Faringdon pulling out of Aberdeen. Sutton 2004 £19.99 HB 144pp Illus 263x192mm



VESPA: 1946-2006 60 Years of the Vespa Giorgio Sarti An internationally recognized style icon, the Italian Vespa in its countless incarnations has seen sales of over 17 million since its birth in 1946. Sixty years of Vespa history are closely documented and lavishly illustrated here, from its design by aviation engineer Corradino d’Ascanio to its roles in art, film and music. For the enthusiast, there are details of Vespa clubs the world over, and the book also looks at closely related vehicles such as the three-wheeled Ape. Motorbooks 2006 $50.00 HB 418pp Illus 276x251mm


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AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITISH RAILWAY WORKSHOPS Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Building and Maintenance, from 1825 to the Present Day Edgar Larkin Using period photographs and previously unpublished plans of locomotive works, this book presents a pictorial record of the workshops inherited by the newly nationalized British Railways in 1948. After a brief history of the railway, it concentrates on depots that specialized in locomotive, passenger carriages and freight stock, and includes chapters on topics such as the Works Training Schools and how workshops were converted to armaments production during the two World Wars. Heathfield Railway Publications 2009 £25.00 HB 184pp Illus


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LCC ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS Robert J Harley The London County Council Tramways network was the largest municipal system in Britain. For over 30 years, from the early 1900s, its electric trams provided cheap (one shilling a day!) and practical transport for Londoners. This efficient network deserved a better fate than that which awaited it, on 1 July 1933, at the hands of the London Passenger Transport Board. Robert Harley presents a wonderfully detailed, illustrated account of London’s tramways, from the 1890s to the triumph of the bus and tube. Capital Transport 2002 £25.00 HB 176pp Illus 270x210mm



TRACTORS An Illustrated History from Pioneering Steam Power to Today’s Engineering Marvels Robert Moorhouse In 1769, with the advent of steam power, Nicholas Cugnot built the first powered machine designed to tow anything: the earliest inception of the tractor. This hobbyists’ guide charts 200 years of development since Cugnot’s time, looking particularly at the second half of the 20th century, with extensive archive and contemporary photography showing machines from the first stationary steam engines used on farms to the powerful JCB and New Holland models of the 1960s and ’70s.

BRIGHTON BELLES A Celebration of Veteran Cars David Burgess-Wise became enthralled by veteran cars more than 50 years ago. In this tribute to the dawn of motoring he gives a personal and entertaining account of the progression from steam carriages to the repeal of the Red Flag Act in 1904. Illustrated with Edwardian photographs and contemporary colour plates and featuring such evocative names as De Dion Bouton, Mors, Napier and Spyker, it recaptures the days when automobiles were individual and idiosyncratic, and going for a ‘spin’ was an adventure. Crowood 2006 £25.00 HB 208pp Illus 281x213mm



DRIVE ON! A Social History of the Motor Car LJK Setright One of the most iconic and world changing inventions of the late 19th century, the motorcar affects millions of people on a daily basis, whether it is used for work or leisure. Setright wittily recounts its remarkable history through a decade-bydecade evaluation, charting how cars have been adapted to fulfil society’s changing requirements. Other sections deal with technological advances, from wooden wheels to computer control; where to stop or the history of en route hospitality; and driving fashion. Granta 2003 £25.00 HB 405pp Illus



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JETLINER GLORY Airliner Liveries John K Morton This is the second book (after Flying Colours) of selections from Morton’s 22,000-strong collection of slides documenting airlines’ colour schemes the world over. Over 100 images show liveries ranging from the simple, single-tone pattern borne by an Icelandair Boeing to Western Pacific’s fleet of jets lavishly decorated for the benefit of sponsors such as Thrifty Car Hire and The Simpsons, each accompanied by a brief historical note. Airlife 1997 £12.99 PB 112pp Illus



BATTLE FOR THE NORTH The Tay and Forth Bridges and the 19th Century Railway Wars


MINI A Celebration of Britain’s Best-Loved Small Car

Charles McKean From 1845, the North British and Caledonian Railways were locked in a bitter struggle to open up the route to Scotland. Caledonian’s west coast route was relatively straightforward, but on the east coast the NBR had to bridge the Tay and Forth. Although the fierce competition led to some brilliant engineering feats, it also encouraged short-term decision-making and led to the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879. Charles McKean’s meticulously researched narrative covers all aspects of this classic Victorian business conflict. Granta 2006 £20.00 HB 390pp

Graham Robson Sir Alec Issigoni’s Mini changed the face of motoring forever. Launched in 1959 it was technically innovative, highly efficient, cheap and great fun to drive. Destined to remain in production (albeit in a wide variety of guises) for 41 years, the car’s appeal was irresistible and classless. This tribute, illustrated with rare archive images and specially commissioned photographs, tells the story of how the Mini was born, developed and produced and how it secured its unique place in automotive history. Haynes 2006 £19.99 HB 160pp Illus 250x245mm



Left: A train crosses the narrow, first Tay Bridge

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THE TREASURES OF ANCIENT GREECE Stefano Maggi; Cristina Troso This guide to the masterpieces of Greek art and architecture, from the earliest times to the Byzantine age, is arranged as a series of itineraries taking in the region’s most significant sites and museums, so it doubles up as a guidebook. As well as providing photographs and descriptions of the structures and artefacts such as frescoes, mosaics and sculptures, it gives their historical and mythological background and also includes practical information, with ground plans of the sites and details of museum opening times and admission fees. Rizzoli International 2004 $29.95 PB 528pp Illus

Arthur George with Elena George The city founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and variously known as Sankt Peterburg, Petrograd and Leningrad has been home to some of Russia’s greatest cultural figures, among them Pushkin, Tchaikovsky and Nijinsky. Famous for the celebrated architecture of its baroque palaces, bridges and promenades, the city nonetheless suffered depredations in the 1905 Revolution and the Nazi siege. Arthur George, who lived in St Petersburg for several years, charts the high and low points of this most European of Russian cities. Sutton 2006 £16.99 PB 660pp Illus


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VISIONS OF TIBET Outer, Inner, Secret Brian Kistler Filled with beautiful, haunting images, this collection of photographs reveals something of the mysteries of the nation on the roof of the world. Portraying his subject from three perspectives, Kistler captures the essence of Tibet’s two thousand year civilisation, the Tibetan’s inner life and artistic traditions, and the deep spirituality of this gentle isolated people. The result is a pictorial act of homage to a unique way of life that is increasingly under threat. Duckworth 2005 £30.00 HB 140pp Illus 305x250mm



WRECK Extraordinary True-Life Stories of Disaster and Heroism at Sea Jean Hood This collection of adventures at sea features the true stories of 17 maritime disasters, dating from 1752 to 2000. Apart from the Titanic, Jean Hood has deliberately chosen less wellknown events, including naval engagements, ocean liners and emigrant and convict ships. The narrative is as gripping as any novel, with tales of unbelievable bravery, resourcefulness and humanity, but also instances of base cowardice, stupidity and even cannibalism. Conway 2008 £8.99 PB 400pp Illus



THE OXFORD BOOK OF EXPLORATION Comp. Robin Hanbury-Tenison From Fa Hsein’s account of crossing the Gobi in 399 CE to Buzz Aldrin describing what it feels like to walk on the Moon, this anthology brings together the writings of explorers rather than travellers: men and women, driven by a desire to discover, who have changed the world through their pioneering search for new lands, new peoples and new experiences. Oxford UP 2005 £16.99 PB 576pp



£9.99 become an apprentice fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company. He served for five years in the remotest parts of Baffin Land, in Canada’s far north, working closely with Inuit families, without whose support and teaching he would not have survived five minutes of the incredibly harsh Arctic winter. In this beautifully-written autobiographical account, he paints a vivid picture of a world now lost forever. Fourth Estate 2004 £16.99 HB 392pp

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THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLES OF SIBERIA Ed. Gunther Doeker-Mach Chukchi, Evenki and Evyeny, Udegeytsi, Yukagris: the unfamiliar names belong to the dwindling indigenous populations of Siberia. Travelling across the vast, almost deserted landscapes between the Bering Strait and Vladivostok, Magnum photographer Fred Meyer recorded many different indigenous peoples living and working – tiger hunting, reindeer farming, fishing for keta – and struggling to preserve an identity amid the growing influx of new cultures. With an introductory essay by Günther Doeker-Mach. Scalo 1993 £19.95 HB 207pp Illus 319x233mm




Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle Ten thousand years ago the Saraha was a temperate grassland, then a slight shift in the earth’s axis transformed it into a vast desert. Throughout the millennia, diverse populations have struggled to live in that landscape. This book chronicles the desert’s peoples and the legacies they have left to the sand: stone circles older than Stonehenge, Roman aqueducts, remnants of Greek fields and vineyards, and the ruins of palaces and temples from the great empires of Old Africa. HarperCollins 2003 £7.99 PB 326pp Illus



ULTIMA THULE Explorers and Natives in the Polar North Jean Malaurie The Arctic explorer and geographer Jean Malaurie spent a year with the Inuit in 1951, and witnessed an ultra-secret nuclear base being built on their land. Here, he tells the story of Polar explorers, from Captain John Ross’s voyage of 1818 to his own expedition in 195051, and describes the often disastrous relations between the Inuit and their ‘discoverers’. The text is lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps, drawings and prints. Translated from the French by Willard Wood and Anthony Roberts. WW Norton 2003 £55.00 HB 400pp Illus 336x239mm



THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS Coming of Age in the Arctic Edward Beauclerk Maurice In 1930, 16-year-old Edward Maurice went straight from school to


John Hunt ‘This is the story of how, on 29th May, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill, inspired by an unflinching resolve, reached the top of Everest and came back unscathed to rejoin their comrades.’ So begins John Hunt’s classic 1953 account of the Everest Expedition he led. Every detail is covered, from the planning of the expedition to its aftermath, and Hilary contributes a chapter on the summit. This special 50th anniversary edition has a foreword by the Expedition’s patron, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Slipcase.

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Susan Whitfield Stretching from the Mediterranean to the heart of ancient China, the Silk Road held a fascination for Hungarian explorer Aurel Stein (1862-1943). Stein led eight expeditions, travelled thousands of miles and investigated numerous archaeological sites before discovering, in 1900, a cave which had been sealed since the 11th century and contained a priceless collection of early Buddhist paintings and manuscripts. Combining biography, travel writing and archaeology, this book casts a fresh light on the fabled route between East and West.


Left: Aurel Stein takes tea at a picnic in Lahore, 1890s

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MIND, BODY & SPIRIT POTTER’S HERBAL CYCLOPEDIA The Authoritative Reference Work on Plants with a Known Medical Use

HEALTH PILATES Need to Know? Yvonne Worth For everyone who has considered Pilates as a route to gaining and maintaining fitness, this book provides an introduction and step-by-step guide. Beginning with the basic principles and warming-up routines, it progresses by stages through standing, floor, sitting and kneeling exercises before introducing a range of techniques using the Pilates ball. Each exercise is accompanied by a summary of benefits and explanatory photographs.

Elizabeth M Williamson Potter’s New Cyclopedia has been accepted internationally as the authority on medicinal plants since it was first published in 1907. In this new, enlarged edition Dr Williamson has retained the practical and philosophical traditions of the book while summarizing recent scientific and medical research. The book lists the 700 most important and most widely used botanical drugs, arranged alphabetically by the plants’ common names, with details of their synonyms, habitat, description, chemical constituents and medicinal uses. CW Daniel 1998 £19.99 PB 506pp



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THE CANCER PREVENTION MANUAL Simple Rules to Reduce the Risks Fred Stephens Central to this practical guide are the seven S’s of cancer awareness and prevention: smoking, skin protection, sensible eating, self-examination, screening, surgery and safe industrial practice. Written in a warm and accessible style by a surgeon dedicated to cancer diagnosis and treatment, the advice is based on solid scientific fact and outlines a number of effective lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cancer. Oxford UP 2002 £10.99 PB 152pp


FOLKLORE OF WARWICKSHIRE Roy Palmer One of our best-known experts on the folklore of the Midlands turns his attention to the county at the very heart of England. In addition to its Shakespearian heritage, the area boasts numerous local legends, such as Lady Godiva and the giant-slaying Guy of Warwick, and many lesser-known ghosts, saints, and sinners. With ample illustration and lively text, Palmer also documents omens and superstitions, songs and music, hiring fairs, rural crafts, industrial lore, and many other facets of our folk heritage. Tempus 2004 £14.99 PB 288pp Illus




MOOD DISORDERS IN WOMEN Ed. Meir Steiner; Kimberly A Yonkers; Elias Eriksson Comprising 31 chapters by an international team of experts, this volume offers an authoritative overview of the entire spectrum of female mood disorders. Beginning with essays on the epidemiology of mood disorder and gender differences, the essays cover disorders such as unipolar depression, bipolar illness and seasonal effective disorder as well as topics specific to women such as menarche and post-partum psychiatric disorders. Other topics include anorexia nervosa, alcohol and drug abuse and depression in the elderly.


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Charles Tanford; Jacqueline Reynolds Proteins are amazingly versatile molecules. They make the chemical reactions happen to form the basis for life, they transmit signals in the body, they identify and kill foreign invaders, they form the engines that make us move, and they record visual images. In this absorbing book, Tanford and Reynolds, authors who have themselves made major contributions to our knowledge of proteins, give an authoritative history of protein science from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. Oxford UP 2003 £9.99 PB 308pp Illus


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Ed. Roger S Kirby; Culley C Carson et al The first edition of Men’s Health (1999) was hailed as a groundbreaking work at a time when collected information on male health was scarce. Since then, the subject has become a discipline in its own right and this second edition reflects that development. As well as chapters covering key areas such as exercise, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and heart failure, new chapters cover topics including alopecia, plastic surgery and piercing. Taylor & Francis 2004 £125.00 HB 522pp



THE ENIGMA OF THE FREEMASONS Their History and Mystical Connections Tim Wallace-Murphy The official story puts the birth of Freemasonry in the late 17th century, but Tim Wallace-Murphy, himself a Mason, points to connections with ancient Israel, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Knights Templar and medieval guilds. He covers the controversies and conspiracy theories but also emphasizes the historical importance of Freemasonry in the American and French Revolutions, the reunification of Italy and the South American independence movement.

NATURE’S ROBOTS A History of Proteins


PG Maxwell-Stuart The ghost experience is a remarkably common one and has been recorded in almost all human cultures since ancient times, but ghost traditions vary considerably and are heavily influenced by current local religious beliefs and notions of the afterlife. In this wideranging and absorbing historical account, Maxwell-Stuart traces the development of ghosts and allied phenomena, such as poltergeists, vampires and zombies, from antiquity to the present day. Tempus 2007 £9.99 PB 288pp Illus


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GHOSTS A History of Phantoms, Ghouls and Other Spirits of the Dead




Left:The Masonic sword, symbol of justic and truth

THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WORLD Jonathan Black Biographers have often underplayed the role played by esoteric knowledge in the lives of some of history’s most influential characters, including the founders of the modern scientific world – Newton was a practising alchemist, Voltaire a participant in ceremonial magic. This book tells the complete history of the world, as explained by the beliefs of secret societies; beliefs which trace their origin to ancient Mystery religions and claim to reveal the world’s true workings through altered states of consciousness. Quercus 2007 £25.00 HB 416pp Illus



THE ELEMENT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SECRET SOCIETIES AND HIDDEN HISTORY John Michael Greer Secret societies, lost civilizations, sinister conspiracies and mysterious events... This reference work describes the hidden, alternative history of the world. From Argenteum Astrum (the secret society founded by Aleister Crowley in 1908) to Zero Point Energy (a truly alternative technology), the entries include profiles of figures ranging from Akhenaten to Hitler as well as articles on topics such as Freemasonry, the John Birch Society, sacred geometry, the Church of Light, leys, the ancient Pythagorean Brotherhood and the lost continent of Mu. HarperElement 2006 £20.00 HB 694pp 246x185mm

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A DICTIONARY OF SOCIOLOGY Third edition Ed. John Scott; Gordon Marshall Now in a third, much extended edition, this is the most wide-ranging and authoritative dictionary of its kind, with over 2,500 entries, including terms from the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy and political science. There are some 70 new entries bringing this edition up to date on topics such as cyber ethnography; extended entries with more in-depth analysis of key topics; and new biographical entries on figures such as Gilles Deleuze and Erich Fromm. Off-mint. Oxford UP 2005 £25.00 HB 720pp

PHILOSOPHY THE MEANING OF LIFE Terry Eagleton What is the meaning of life? Terry Eagleton offers a stimulating and witty survey of answers to the biggest question of all, from Aristotle and Shakespeare to Beckett and Monty Python. But perhaps the question itself is simply meaningless? He goes on to suggest how the modern mind’s difficulties with the ‘meaning of life’ lead us to fill our lives with obsessions, whether they be football or religious fundamentalism. Oxford UP 2007 £10.99 HB 188pp




THE ESSENTIAL DAVIDSON Donald Davidson This volume compiles the most celebrated papers of Donald Davidson, distilling his seminal contribution to 20th century philosophy into one thematically organized collection. The 15 essays are in two sections: the first on the philosophy of action and psychology, the second on truth, meaning and interpretation. An introduction by Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig offers a guide to the ideas and arguments, showing how they interconnect and revealing the systematic coherence of Davidson’s work. Oxford UP 2006 £18.99 PB 282pp



YOUNG LUDWIG Wittgenstein’s Life, 1889-1921 Brian McGuinness First published in 1988, this much acclaimed biographical study begins with Vienna at the turn of the century and the position of Wittgenstein’s rich and influential family, then follows Wittgenstein to Cambridge to study under Russell in 1912, and through his war service with the Austrian army. It ends in 1921-22, with the publication of the Tractatus and his renunciation of both philosophy and inherited wealth. The final chapter is a discussion of the Tractatus. Reissued in 2004, with a new preface by the author. Oxford UP 2005 £22.50 PB 330pp



WHAT MAKES US THINK? A Neuroscientist and a Philosopher Argue about Ethics, Human Nature and the Brain Jean-Pierre Changeux; Paul Ricoeur Will understanding our brains help us to know our minds? Or is there an unbridgeable distance between the work of neuroscience and the workings of human consciousness? In a remarkable exchange between neuroscientist Jean-Pierre Changeux and the philosopher Paul Ricoeur, this book explores the vexed territory between these divergent approaches. The discussion revolves around a central issue – the relation between the facts of science and the prescriptions of ethics – and arrives at a deeper, more complex perspective on human nature. Princeton UP 2000 £37.95 HB 335pp



THE DEATH OF SOCRATES Hero,Villain, Chatterbox, Saint Emily Wilson Described by Shelley as ‘the Jesus Christ of Greece’, and by Nietzsche as ‘rabble’, Socrates continues to pose disturbing questions. Were the Athenians right to put him to death? Can our society allow for total freedom of speech and thought? Should we put the quest for truth before all else? Classicist Emily Wilson outlines the philosopher’s teaching and surveys the responses of later ages to his trial and death.


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BAYESIAN RATIONALITY The Probabilistic Approach to Human Reasoning Mike Oaksford; Nick Chater Published in the Oxford Cognitive Science Series, this book provides a radical and controversial reappraisal of conventional wisdom in the psychology of reasoning, proposing that the Western conception of the mind as a logical system is flawed at the very outset. It argues that cognition should be understood in terms of probability theory, the calculus of uncertain reasoning, rather than in terms of logic, the calculus of certain reasoning. Oxford UP 2007 £83.00 HB 340pp



Andrew M Colman With over 11,000 entries, this dictionary covers all branches of psychology and related disciplines, including psychiatry, the neurosciences and psychoanalysis. The entries define terms, but also explain them, providing more factual information and explanation than other dictionaries of psychology, and in some cases suggesting practical demonstrations (for terms such as Aristotle’s illusion or phi movement). Appendices include a list of phobias and phobic stimuli and abbreviations and symbols used in psychology. Oxford UP 2006 £25.00 HB 876pp



Eric B Baum In a computational explanation of thought, Baum argues that the complexity of mind is the outcome of evolution, which has built thought processes that act unlike the standard algorithms of computer science. The underlying mind is a complex program that corresponds to the underlying structure of the world and is essentially programmed by DNA, and we learn more rapidly than computer scientists have so far been able to explain because DNA has programmed the mind to deal only with meaningful possibilities. Remainder stamp on upper trimmed edge. MIT 2004 £29.95 HB 478pp



CULTURAL STUDIES EARLY YIDDISH TEXTS 1100-1750 With Introduction and Commentary Jerold C Frakes The first textual evidence of the existence of Yiddish dates from the early 12th century and by the early 16th century the broad range of genres that characterize other European literatures of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance are also represented in Old Yiddish. This anthology presents a representative selection of 130 early Yiddish texts (Hebrew alphabet), in genres ranging from Midrashic epic to treatises of medicine and magic. With a general introduction and introductory headnotes to each text (in English). Oxford UP 2004 £134.00 HB 978pp



ROMANTIC INDIANS Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture 1756-1830 Tim Fulford examines the views that Britons, colonists and American Indians took of each other during a period in which they were in a closer relationship than ever before or since. He focuses on the Indians’ formative role in the aesthetics and politics of Romanticism, showing that the images of native peoples that Romantic writers received from colonial administrators, politicians, explorers and soldiers helped shape not only the writers’ idealization of ‘savages’, but also their depictions of nature, religion and rural society. Oxford UP 2006 £65.00 HB 326pp



THE KING’S ARTISTS The Royal Academy of Arts and the Politics of British Culture 1760-1840 Holger Hoock In this first in-depth study of the

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early years of the Royal Academy of Art in its political context, Hoock aims to provide ‘a detailed picture of the Royal Academy as a working body, as a set of ideals, and as a national cultural institution’. He assesses royal and state patronage of the arts, explores the concepts and practices of cultural patriotism and the politicization of art during the American and French Revolutions, and shows how the Academy influenced the emergence of the British cultural state. Oxford UP 2005 £29.00 PB 368pp




The femme fatale: Ava Gardner in Robert Siodmak’s The Killers, 1946

AFRICAN KINGS Daniel Laine The Emir of Katsina with his regiment of brightly-uniformed grenadierstyle guards; Nana Philip Kodjo Gorkelu carried through his territories in the tiny wooden Mercedes that forms his processional litter (pictured right)... There remain in Africa close to 100 tribal kings and queens, vestiges of a past age for whom tradition, ceremony and veneration live on. Each is photographed here in full regalia, along with a short history of his kingdom’s history, mythology and customs. Ten Speed 2000 £35.00 HB 160pp Illus 289x288mm



WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN? Reflections on Death and Dignity SEX GAME BOOK A Cultural History of Sexuality Denyse Beaulieu The first striptease in history, the Roman emperor who also served as a prostitute, carnal prayer mats, Basic Instinct, Larry Flint, Playboy... This richly illustrated and entertaining encyclopedia covers every aspect of sex and sexuality from Sappho to Animé and includes games and quizzes such as guess-the-crossdresser. There are also guides to museums, websites and festivals, a comprehensive bibliography and a filmography of the masterpieces of eroticism. Translated from the original French. Sexually explicit. Assouline 2006 £19.95 PB 380pp Illus



TWENTIES LONDON A City in the Jazz Age Cathy Ross This volume, like the Museum of London exhibition it accompanied, aims to communicate the exuberance of the 1920s and to explore the impact of the ‘jazz age’ on London. Drawing on the Museum’s collection of artefacts and photographs, the book examines topics including the influences of America and Russia, the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, Englishness, John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift movement, and the city’s planning, buildings and communications systems. Philip Wilson 2003 £25.00 HB 160pp Illus 270x230mm



FUNDAMENTALISM The Search for Meaning Malise Ruthven This new analysis from one of the world’s most penetrating observers of religion offers the first serious investigation of the nature of fundamentalism worldwide. Ruthven highlights manifestations in Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and even Buddhist cultures, and investigates its historical, social, religious, political and ideological roots. Oxford UP 2005 £8.99 PB 254pp



MARKED IN YOUR FLESH Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America Leonard B Glick Cultural anthropologist Leonard Glick presents a history of Jewish and Christian beliefs about circumcision, from ancient times to its present role as a highly controversial American medical practice. Originally a distinctively Jewish ritual, circumcision has been accepted in America as medically beneficial since the late 19th century. Glick argues that American parents should reject infant circumcision as unnecessary, anachronistic and harmful, and that such surgery has no place in modern JewishAmerican life. Oxford UP 2005 £15.99 PB 370pp



Studs Terkel explores the subject of death and the possibility of life afterwards through interviews with people from all walks of life. Paramedics, a trauma surgeon, a Chicago gang member who was shot and recovered, the parents of AIDS patients and the patients themselves, a rabbi, priests, a Hiroshima survivor and many others describe how death has impinged on their lives and how they have dealt with it. Off-mint. Granta 2002 £15.00 PB 408pp



DIVERSIONS/SPORT BOX 18 The Unpublished Spike Milligan Ed. Norma Farnes ‘Box 18’ was Spike Milligan’s file of current writings, drawings, letters and photos. Unpublished at his death in 2002, the file’s contents have been edited by Spike’s manager, biographer and lifelong friend, Norma Farnes. Along with draft scripts, poems and lyrics are diary entries and a collection of letters to friend and foe: ‘I’ll see you in court’ he wrote to the Harrods credit manager; and to Lord Miles, a postscript: ‘I notice that your name hasn’t gone metric yet’. Fourth Estate 2006 £18.99 HB 254pp Illus 263x190mm



THE SMOKING DIARIES Simon Gray When playwright Simon Gray turned 65 he began recording his frank and entertaining thoughts in this diary, described by Craig Brown as ‘the great hidden treasure of English comedy’. Gray records details of his daily life but also reminisces about his younger years and ranges across topics as various as air travel, famous piles sufferers and giving up smoking. Off-mint. Granta 2005 £7.99 PB 246pp



SPOKEN CAT and Relevant Factors in Worldview Alexandra Sellers Here is everything you’ll need to converse with cats: language and cultural background. Arranged as an orthodox grammar, the course comprises nine lessons, each presenting a short conversational passage, followed by the grammatical rules it illustrates – from the personal pronouns (I/Mow) to the Offended Voice and Apology – with vocabulary. Further chapters cover tonality in spoken Cat, Cat music, myth and legend, and ‘Einstein’s Cat’, a brief overview of the influence of Cats on human history. Bellew 1997 £17.50 HB 176pp 250x186mm



PLAY THE GAME Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs Ian Partridge; Jennifer Partridge et al Blade on the feather, / Shade of the trees, / Swing, swing together... The Eton Boating Song takes its place among a mixed bag of English sports in

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this collection of songs. Evoking a long lost era of British sport, the 17 tracks on the CD include The Cricketer’s Carol, Our Football Supper and A Hunting Morning by Conan Doyle, sung by tenor Ian Partidge or baritone Peter Davidge, with piano accompaniment by Jennifer Partridge, or by The Song and Supper Club vocal group. With informative album notes, including the lyrics. Just Accord Music 2001 £8.99 CD



THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS Nigel Spivey draws a picture of all-in fighters, chariot racers, flagrant exhibitionism and inflammatory orators that contrasts starkly with the calm of the present day ruins of Olympia. He traces the history of the Olympic institution with reference to the social behaviour, sexual habits and aesthetic ideals of classical antiquity, and also explores the mythology and archaeology of Olympia, revealing how the Greeks elevated sporting prowess to heroic status. Oxford UP 2004 £16.99 HB 273pp Illus



FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLES 1888-2007 Ed. Michael Robinson From 1872 in England and 1874 in Scotland, here are all the results for the FA Cup, Football League Cup, the Scottish FA Cup and the Scottish League Cup, with the division results, up to the 2006-7 season. Soccer Books 2007 £9.99 PB 144pp



WISDEN AT LORD’S An Illustrated Anthology Ed. Graeme Wright With Tests and one-day internationals now dominate modern cricket coverage, but there was a time when matches such as Gentlemen v Players and Oxford v Cambridge filled Lord’s to capacity and were regarded as great social occasions as well as important games. Presenting selections from Wisden’s – ever-present at Lord’s since 1864 – along with photographs and other illustrations, this is an affectionate and sometimes quirky pageant of cricket from ‘The Little Wonder’ (Wisden himself) to the C&G Trophy, 2003. Wisden 2005 £19.99 HB 192pp Illus 217x242mm





EASTERN STUDIES HEAVEN MY BLANKET, EARTH MY PILLOW Poems from Sung Dynasty China by Yang Wan-Li Trans. Jonathan Chaves Yang Wang’li (11271206), one of the ‘four masters of Southern Sung poetry’, has been largely unknown in the West. This selection, translated and introduced by Professor Chaves, shows the poetry of Yang (‘the colloquial poet’) to be full of humanity and a zest for living. White Pine 2004 £9.50 PB 128pp

THE NEW I CHING Discover the Secrets of the Plum Blossom Oracle Lillian Too Compiled over 5,000 years ago, the I Ching (Book of Changes) is revered as an oracle and guide to choosing the right time to act. This book offers an accessible route to the I Ching by teaching a method of divination called the Plum Blossom Oracle, based on the idea that there are no coincidences: attuning one’s mind to receiving signals from the cosmos is the key to unlocking the meaning of phenomena like chance encounters and unexpected phone calls. Hamlyn 2004 £14.99 PB 160pp Illus




LOTUS MOON The Poetry of the Buddhist Nun Rengetsu Trans. John Stevens The illegitimate child of a geisha and a high ranking samurai, Otagaki Nobu (1791-1875) became a Buddhist nun in 1824, taking the name Rengetsu (‘lotus moon’). Here, John Stevens introduces a selection of her waka (31 syllable classical poems), arranged in the traditional format of the seasons. White Pine 2005 £12.50 PB 130pp Illus



BECAUSE OF THE RAIN A Selection of Korean Zen Poems Trans. & Ed. Daljin Kim; Won-Chung Kim; Christopher Merrill This selection of Korean Zen poems distils the essence of Korean Buddism. The selections span 12 centuries, from Great Master Wonhyo (617-686), the founder of Korean Buddhism, to Choeui Eusoon (17861866), a hermit-monk whose poems address the monk’s primary goal of seeking enlightenment. White Pine 2005 £9.50 PB 96pp



TREASURES OF THE BUDDHA The Glories of Sacred Asia Tom Lowenstein For around 2,500 years both wealthy patrons of Buddhism and its humble devotees have created a legacy of sacred art and architecture ranging from devotional paintings and manuscripts to some of the most magnificent temples and monasteries ever built. This volume presents a richly illustrated survey of that artistic and cultural heritage, tracing the historical path of Buddhism from its origins in Nepal, along the Silk Road to China, north into the Himalayas and Central Asia and down through South East Asia. Duncan Baird 2006 £25.00 HB 224pp Illus 300x235mm



SEVENTEENTH CENTURY JINGDEZHEN PORCELAIN From the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections Sir Michael Butler; Professor Wang Qingzheng When the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen declined due to lack of resources in the late Ming period, the potters and painters turned their skills to producing porcelain for new, non-imperial markets. The resulting wares, although very fine, have only recently attracted the attention of scholars and collectors. This catalogue accompanied the first exhibition of such porcelain in both Britain (at the V&A) and China. The beautifully produced book presents 120 pieces, 60 from each collection, with full commentaries and introductory essays in Chinese and English. Scala 2006 £35.00 PB 368pp Illus 299x220mm


PILGRIM OF THE CLOUDS Poems and Essays by Yüan Hung-Tao and his Brothers

£9.99 AN IDIOM A DAY Illustrated Stories of Chinese Sayings Wu Yuan; Wang Jiaxun Idioms are a playful part of the Chinese language, but tricky to use as most of the time they consist of phrases that do not mean what they say. This series of books offers a enjoyable way to understand and use Chinese idioms, bringing them to life by retelling the history or folk tales from which they derive in prose and in short graphic stories. Each book presents 92 idioms, in Chinese characters and transliteration, with the stories and the meaning in English. Times Editions 2005 $9.95 PN 180pp Illus

Trans. Jonathan Chaves Yüan Hung-tao (15681610) and his brothers, Tsung-tao and Chungtao, were individualists whose writings exhibit a vitality and originality lacking in most of their conservative Ming dynasty contemporaries. Jonathan Chaves presents a selection of their poems and Yuan’s prose writings, with an introduction examining, in particular, Yuan’s view on literature. White Pine 2005 £9.99 PB 164pp




THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF CHINA JAG Roberts China’s history has been conceptualized as a cyclical progression of dynasties, but Roberts’s study of the civilization from Prehistoric times to the present day draws together broad themes of political, social, economic and cultural history to trace the rise of this dynamic society to its current status as a world power. Providing an overview of the key figures and events, it makes use of recent writing and draws attention to areas where interpretations differ. Originally published in two volumes. Sutton 2003 £14.99 PB 546pp Illus



WU: The Chinese Empress who Schemed, Seduced and Murdered her Way to Become a Living God


Jonathan Clements In the words of a contemporary, ‘she slew her sister, butchered her brothers, killed her prince and poisoned her mother. She is hated by men and gods alike’: intrigue, murder, incest and seduction all play their part in the remarkable life of China’s only woman emperor. Clements tells the story of Wu (625-705), who began her career as a concubine to the Supreme Emperor before challenging attitudes to women by ruthlessly rising to the top and founding a dynasty. Sutton 2007 £20.00 HB 240pp Illus



£3.99 EACH VOLUME 1 VOLUME 2 VOLUME 3 VOLUME 4 SURIMONO Prints by Elbow Edythe Polster; Alfred Marks Originating in 1765, when a group of poetry connoisseurs commissioned coloured prints inscribed with their own poems, surimono became a popular form of greeting or gift. These ‘made-to-order’ prints differ from ukiyo-e primarily in their small size and embossed or deeply incised printing achieved by pressure with the point of the elbow (hiji-zuri). The form reached its aesthetic peak between 1795 and 1835 in the work of artists such as Gakutei, Hokkei and Hokusai. Drawing on the outstanding collection of Harvard’s Fogg Museum and private collections, this sumptuous album reproduces 541 surimono, arranged by artist, with notes on each print and translations of many of their kyoka poems. Limited edition. Bound in silk. Lovejoy 1979 $1,500.00 HB 494pp Illus 480x306mm


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THE LONDON LOOK Fashion from Street to Catwalk

HOW WE BUILT BRITAIN The hybrid church of St Columba’s, Burntisland, Fife

Christopher Breward; Edwina Ehrman; Caroline Evans Published to accompany the Museum of London’s exhibition of the same name, this rich and stimulating history of 200 years of London fashion explores the circumstances and characteristics that have made the ‘London look’ distinctive. In eight illustrated essays the authors explore how the city’s ‘deep sense of the past and sharp hunger for the future’ have infused its sartorial history, from the West End shops catering for the wealthy in 1800 to Top Shop in the 1990s. Yale UP 2004 £25.00 HB 174pp Illus 285x245mm


£9.99 Trafalgar squares and teddy boys: The London look of this Fifties’ youth style drew on the fashion of the Edwardian era

David Dimbleby This is the generously illustrated book of the BBC television series which takes us on a journey through Britain and through a thousand years of our history, to see how we built the country we live in. Dimbleby’s thesis is that we are what we build, and that our national character is reflected in our architectural landscape, whether it be towering fortresses, timber-framed barns or magnificent palaces, viaducts or music halls, suburban houses or tower blocks. Off-mint. Bloomsbury 2007 £20.00 HB 288pp Illus 245x187mm



GLAMIS CASTLE Harry Gordon Slade Glamis Castle, seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since the 1370s, was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and has as many royal associations as it has architectural splendours. In this richly detailed account, Slade weaves the strands of family history into the castle’s architectural development as he traces its various incarnations: from medieval castle to a royal palace in 1537; from a great house in Scottish Baronial style in 1600 to Baroque mansion in 1695; and finally an enormous late Victorian country house of ‘little comfort and less convenience.’ Society of Antiquaries 2000 £29.95 HB 128pp Illus 260x200mm



A proposal for altering Glamis Castle, 1763

THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT From Kingship to Parliamentary Democracy

THE GEORGIAN PARISH CHURCH ‘Monuments to Posterity’

Miles Glendinning An historical overview of Scottish buildings of government and assembly from the Middle Ages to the present day, this book sets Scotland’s new parliament in the broader context of the nation’s architectural and social history. In contrast to the Victorian and early 20th century concept of the monumental parliament building standing in isolation, the study shows how parliaments have formed just one element in a constantly changing mosiac of legislative and adminstrative buildings – an architectural complexity that has mirrored the shifting patterns of Scottish society itself. Dundee UP 2004 £30.00 PB 400pp Illus

Terry Friedman In the 18th century parish churches were the most conspicuous public architecture, described by Vanbrugh as ‘Ornaments to the Towne’. This book contains studies of six important churches, each designed in a different style, from the Gothic Revival of St Margaret’s, Westminster, to Roman Neoclassical at All Saints’, Newcastle upon Tyne. Illustrated throughout with photographs, engravings and plans, it brings insights into construction techniques, the reinterpretation of ancient pagan forms, and the challenges of parish politics and controversy over ‘improvements’ to medieval buildings. Spire 2004 £33.95 PB 91pp Illus 295x210mm




early Ottoman periods and explore how, during the 14th and 15th centuries, a new synthesis blended the Ottomans’ Asian background with local Anatolian and Thracian styles. [41677]

ISLAMIC ART IN THE MEDITERRANEAN The Museum With No Frontiers programme promotes a new concept of ‘exhibition’ in which cultural artefacts – art objects, architecture and monuments, archaeological sites, urban centres – are viewed in situ, along a number of itineraries exploring themes in art and architecture. These volumes are the ‘catalogues’, providing detailed and richly illustrated guided tours that illuminate every aspect of Islamic cultural heritage. Museum With No Frontiers/Al-Faris/Electa

PILGRIMAGE, SCIENCES AND SUFISM Islamic Art in the West Bank and Gaza Ed. Walid Sharif Nine itineraries explore the period of the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman dynasties when large numbers of pilgrims and scholars from all quarters of the Muslim world came to Palestine. [58926]

2001-4 £9.99 PB 202-366pp Illus

ANDALUSIAN MOROCCO A Discovery in Living Art

THE MANUELINE Portuguese Art During the Great Discoveries Pedro Dias; Dalila Rodrigues; Nuno Vassallo et al This volume covers the unique style of art and architecture of Portugal during the reign of Manuel I (1469-1521), describing 14 itineraries throughout Portugal. [58925]

Abdelaziz Touri The Moroccan ports of the Strait of Gibraltar, Meknès and three tours of Fez exploring the daily lives of a Taleb, an artisan and a Jew, are among these eight itineraries. [41676]


£4.99 EACH SICULO-NORMAN ART Islamic Culture in Medieval Sicily Ed. Mandi Gomez Ten itineraries, traversing spectacular Sicilian landscapes, guide the visitor through the castles, gardens, churches (Monreale cathedral, right) and Christianized old mosques dating from the 10th to 13th centuries. [58924] THE UMAYYADS The Rise of Islamic Art Fawwaz al-Khraysheh Through five itineraries in Jordan, this volume gives the visitor an overview of the cultures and arts of the Umayyad period (41/661-132/750) – the formative phase of Islamic art. [41681]


EARLY OTTOMAN ART The Legacy of the Emirates Gonul Oney Located in West Anatolia in Turkey, these eight itineraries cover the Emirates and

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Flavio Lopes This exhibition, comprising ten itineraries in Portugal, uncovers five centuries of Islamic civilization (95/714 to the early 13th century) that shaped the people and culture of the former Gharb al-Andalus. [41679]



FEATURED TITLES THE ART AND SCIENCE OF WINE James Halliday; Hugh Johnson Great wine is a complex blend of nature, art and science. Here, two acknowledged wine experts take the reader on a journey from the vineyard to the bottle, explaining the whole process of winemaking and delving into the mystery of why wine tastes like it does. Covering topics from the French notion of terroir to the recent cork or screwtop debate, this is an accessible and beautifully illustrated account of every aspect of viticulture and wine-making. Revised and updated edition. Mitchell Beazley 2006 £25.00 HB 240pp Illus



HIDDEN DEPTHS Atlas of the Oceans More is known about the surface of the moon than the floor of the ocean; yet the oceans sustain an incredible diversity of life, regulate the climate and provide 50 per cent of our oxygen. With 14 chapters by expert contributors, this atlas covers topics such as the ocean floor, water movement, natural hazards, climate, ecosystems, human interaction and conservation, and is illustrated with maps, satellite images and outstanding photographs of marine environments, including the first pictures of undersea volcanic eruptions.

Human/piscine interaction on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

HarperCollins 2007 £30.00 HB 256pp Illus 317x232mm

Right: Harvesting nobly-rotted grapes at Château d’Yquem



COLLINS COMPLETE PERIOD HOUSE Albert Jackson; David Day The attraction of living in a period property, be it stately home or humble cottage, is rooted in the value and character of the building, both of which can suffer severely as a result of neglect. Published in association with English Heritage, this step-by-step guide covers every aspect of period house care and sympathetic restoration. Following an introduction to architectural styles, it provides expert, illustrated advice on the maintenance of every element of the building, from the roof and chimneys to decorative metalwork. Collins 2002

Ed. Andy Bianchi The Bible is a very big book, and older translations can be hard to understand. The Bite-Size Bible is designed to solve both problems: it offers a shortened, very accessible version, with passages selected to give a clear view of what the Bible says as a whole. Symbols provide a guide to core passages and themes, cross-references and works of art inspired by the Bible. The translation used is the Contemporary English Version. HarperCollins 2007 £9.99 PB 334pp

£16.99 PB 240pp Illus


THE BITE-SIZE BIBLE The Bible in Easy-to-Digest Chunks




Right: The classic six-over-six sliding-sash window

THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK 2009 Ed. Barry Turner Completely revised and updated, with new articles on changes in publishing, working online and poetry, this is the essential guide to all markets for creative writing. The entries tap every vein of opportunity in book and magazine publishing, newspaper journalism, poetry, theatre, radio, television and film, as well as giving information on agents, prizes, literary societies, festivals and topics such as the libel laws, copyright and reviewing. With free access to the Writer’s Handbook website and its searchable directory.


SEEING ENGLAND Antiquarians,Travellers and Naturalists Charles Lancaster In the 17th century antiquarianism was a well-respected profession and antiquarian works were in demand. Although intended primarily as a source of information about who owned what and where, they often contained fascinating descriptions of the English landscape. For this anthology, Charles Lancaster has selected the most interesting examples of town and county surveys from this period and introduces the authors – among them John Stow, William Dugdale, Elias Ashmole, Daniel Defoe and Celia Fiennes – and excerpts from their works.

Macmillan 2008 £14.99 PB 792pp

Nonsuch 2008 £17.99 PB 288pp





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