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  • EOAE
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    Featuring a comprehensive range of exercises for the whole body, the Anatomy of Exercise Encyclopedia is packed with detailed anatomical drawings that show exactly which muscles are being worked for a range of different exercises.

    Whether you're interested in improving sporting performance or toning specific parts of your body, the complete collection of exercises and workouts contained in this encyclopedia allow readers to target specific areas of the body to achieve the results you desire.

    Including informative images and workout routines for improving performance in over 50 popular sports, including football, rugby, squash, tennis and more, the Anatomy of Exercise Encyclopedia provides an affordable alternative to expensive gym fees and exercise equipment.
  • CFTW 11 years +
    11 years +
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    Full of up-to-date information on over 300 national, regional and provincial flags, Complete Flags of the World is an essential, instant-reference pocket guide to the flags from around the globe from the experts at DK.

    Telling the story behind each flag, going as far as to explain the meanings of the differing colours, symbols and insignia, the book - with its topically woven cover - provides readers with everything they need to know about the history of flags, from Armenia to Zimbabwe.

    A perfect pub quiz partner.
  • AANKA
    Christopher Brickell
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    This is the fifth edition of this best-selling guide to plants and flowers, updated and revised from the experts at the RHS. "RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers" is an expert guide to planning your dream garden, redesigned to aid navigation and make identifying plants easier than ever. Over 8,000 easy-to-find plants and thousands of photographs will give you all the guidance you need. Each variety is photographed and the new 'how to' section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. Plus, use the special plant selector to grow for every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls to sandy soil. The perfect addition to any gardener's bookshelf.
  • ADRLC
    Jeremy Evans
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    This is the complete practical guide to sailing and racing dinghies, catamarans and keelboats. It is the ultimate reference book for sailors of all ages and all levels of ability. Step-by-step guides give instant understanding of techniques, and illustrate all aspects of the sport, from putting on a wetsuit to handling dinghies, catamarans and cruisers. You can learn how to sail with expert advice and tips. It includes information on all aspects of safe sailing: buoyancy aids, distress signals, man overboard rescue procedures and rights of way at sea. Specially commissioned photography combined with authoritative text makes this essential reading for everyone interested in the sport of sailing. This practical manual is aimed at all sailors, from newcomers to the more experienced. For beginners there is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to getting started, learning the core techniques, choosing the best boat to suit your ability, and basic safety requirements. There is a guide for experienced seafarers about more advanced sailing, such as high-performance dinghies and keelboats. Two sections give the vital facts and figures about regatta and big boat racing. With an emphasis on the practical, together with clear action photography and informative text, this book will be an essential guide for all those who love to get out on the water.
  • ABDXU
    Graham Rice
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    "RHS Encyclopedia of Perrenials" is the definitive practical guide to choosing, planting and combining herbaceous perennials - an essential tool for gardeners of all levels, from the experts at the RHS. From Acaena to Zizia, an A-Z guide to over 5,000 perennials. It includes the vast numbers of new perennials made available in the last 10 years. This title tells you how to choose the right ones for your garden with cultivation, propagation & hardiness information to help you grow them successfully. It includes inspirational ideas for planting schemes. It provides expert tips on how to get the best from your plants and your garden. Make a perennially beautiful garden with this essential guide.
  • ABZTO
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    This title mixes paint; brush strokes; gouache; masking out; glazing; wet-into-wet; drybrush painting; stretching canvas; painting with knives; and, light to dark. This is a comprehensive, fully illustrated step-by-step guide to three popular painting media, with over 750 colour photographs, including detailed step-by-step illustrations of all the techniques. Beginners can get started and achieve an enjoyable and fulfilling level of competence almost immediately and experienced painters will benefit from expert advice and guidance on advanced techniques. Practical exercises cover all the basics of each technique from mixing and learning about paints to teaching specific painting skills. There are over 20 intensive projects photographed step-by-step and accompanied by comprehensive instructions. This title explains how to approach a range of subjects and styles from landscapes in soft watercolour to vivid portraits and still lifes. Learning to paint using oils, acrylics and gouache requires training in specific painting skills. This practical encyclopedia is an ideal introduction to all three skills for beginners, as well as including exercises and projects to challenge more experienced artists. Getting Started discusses the materials and equipment required and suggests a starter palette for those about to invest in their first set of paints. This chapter clearly demonstrates how to use different painting tools, mix, blend and dilute different paints, and how to prepare a canvas. There are practical exercises that show how to apply paint such as wet into wet with gouache, impasto and scumbling with acrylics and glazing with oils. Painting Projects includes 20 beautiful artworks ranging from landscapes to representations of people, still lifes and abstract canvases that are truly inspirational. These projects are illustrated step by step, showing how the canvas should look at every stage of application. With gallery examples from professional artists, a range of styles of working and differing perspectives are included throughout.
  • ADAVL
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    This title tells the story of an iconic aircraft from World War II, that is illustrated with over 250 colour and black and white photographs. It takes you through the creation, construction, production and history of the Spitfire, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes moving first-hand accounts from the pilots who flew the Spitfires, including both their experiences in combat and the way of life for the RAF at that time. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. It lists sites where surviving Spitfires can be viewed today so you can go and see this incredible aircraft for yourself. It compares the Spitfire with other great fighters - both Axis and Allied - in the skies at the time. It shows how the famous fighter plane had its origins in a series of trophy-winning seaplanes from the 1920s and 1930s, and how it was developed. This engrossing book retells the story of the iconic aircraft of World War I. It goes into the heart of the action, showing what it was like to fly a spitfire in the Battle of Britain, and tells the moving stories of the brave young pilots who flew this all-conquering machine. In addition, this book lists where surviving planes can be seen today so that you see the incredible aircraft for yourself. The fascinating and informed text, written by a leading expert in the field and accompanied by over 250 stunning contemporary and historical photos, make this the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.
  • AEABC
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    An expert in-depth reference on the armies of the War of the Independence in North America, 1775-1783
  • ADIYC
    Francoise Barbira Freedman
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    This title features simple Pilates and yoga-Pilates exercises to safely streamline, tone and strengthen your body. Combine the controlled power of Pilates with the stretches of yoga to create a holistic bodywork plan, shown in over 1800 step-by-step photographs. This title offers the ultimate fusion of exercise for health and fitness: learn to tap right into your body's core strength by using the muscle control of Pilates alongside the harmonising and balancing poses of classic Iyengar yoga. There are sequences for toning and stretching the body suitable for all the family, including 50 safe and enjoyable exercises for children. Expert tuition from highly regarded practitioners and instructors guides you through suitable routines, whatever your level, with special at-a-glance sequences to suit different times and situations. Yoga and Pilates are two of the most versatile and popular forms of bodywork, offering physical fitness, improved physique and spiritual well-being to individuals of every age and level of ability. This comprehensive guide combines expert tuition with step-by-step photography to offer a highly effective and enjoyable series of exercises for both the body and mind. The book begins with the classic asanas of Iyengar yoga. The second section on Pilates shows how to align the muscles and support the internal organs. The third section is a unique synergy of the two systems to promote stamina, suppleness and balance.
  • AEAAA
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    The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to Over 3000 of the World's Best Stamps, and a Professional Guide to Starting and Perfecting a Spectacular Collection
  • ADZXX
    Sallie Morris
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    An illustrated guide to spices, spice blends and aromatic ingredients, with 100 taste-tingling recipes and 1200 step-by-step photographs
  • ADRKC
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    This title deals with identification and analysis of the visual vocabulary that formulates our thoughts and dictates our reactions to the world around us. It is a fascinating guide to hundreds of symbols, signs and ideographs, illustrated with photographs, artworks, diagrams and drawings, and presented with authoritative text, commentary and definitions. Lavish illustration shows how signs and symbols have been interpreted and represented through thousands of years of art, myth and religion: from the Babylonians to the Egyptians; Leonardo da Vinci to Michaelangelo; from the Knights Templar to Freud and Jung, and from Aleister Crowley to the code-breakers of World War II. Accessible text explains, decodes and categorizes the signs and provides an indispensable reference. It contains a directory of over 1000 symbols, in addition to hundreds of images featuring these primal metaphors. Symbols can be as graphic as a cross, square or circle, or they can be conceptual representations of themes such as the soul, resurrection, love or desire. The meaning of these signs and symbols is complex and diverse, and depends on many variables. Over 1600 symbols and signs are covered in this comprehensive volume, analysing the definitions and interpretations that have been made across the boundaries of time, culture and tradition. Lavishly illustrated, this book contains a vast source of images and an erudite and informative text that will inform any scholar, dream-reader, magician, psychological historian, astrologer or pyschotherapist.
  • AEEYG
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    An invaluable guide to all the main cat breeds of the world; from the exotic longhaired Persian to the hairless Sphynx; the ever-popular Shorthair to the tail-less Manx; and rarer breeds such as the Singapura and Bengal. Fascinating descriptions of each breed include essential information on grooming needs, as well as insights into each breed's typical character and temperament. An invaluable guide to all the main cat breeds of the world; from the exotic longhaired Persian to the hairless Sphynx; the ever-popular Shorthair to the tail-less Manx; and rarer breeds such as the Singapura and Bengal. Fascinating descriptions of each breed include essential information on grooming needs, as well as insights into each breed's typical character and temperament.
  • AEOUX
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    This is an authoritative history of the American Presidency, shown in more than 460 photographs and illustrations. It is an analysis of the politicians, statesmen and private individuals, and their lasting legacies that have helped shape the course of history. It is an insightful guide to the role of president from that envisaged by the Founding Fathers of America to the extensive executive powers of the political office today. Each president is presented within the context of major social, political and economic events and developments that have helped to shape the course of world history. Feature boxes present all the facts about each president, including their social, political, and religious backgrounds. It contains more than 460 stunning photographs, fine art paintings, contemporary sketches, artworks and maps. This unparalleled reference book is a powerful guide to the 44 incumbents who have held the highest-ranking political office in the United States' government. An amazing collection of photographs, paintings, sketches, election posters and documents illustrate this authoritative volume. Opening with George Washington, the book provides an in-depth analysis of each US president. Many presidents have shaped world history - Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery, Roosevelt and the Panama Canal, the assassination of Kennedy. Key facts about every president, their term in office and their life stories are presented in domestic and international context.
  • AFGAD
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    The "Complete Encyclopedia of Formula One" is the lavishly illustrated story of the world's most thrilling motor sport, from the first motor race in France back in 1894 to today's super-powerful vehicles driven by world superstars such as Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, men who exchange paint with one another at incredible speeds on circuits all round the world. This book tells you everything you need to know about F1, with information not only on the top teams and legendary drivers, but also on the great races, the most testing circuits and the rise and fall of all the big names. Technology is another area covered in depth, allowing the reader to appreciate the incredible capabilities of the modern racing car. Part of Carton's highly successful and market-leading "Complete Encyclopedia" sporting reference books series, "The Complete Encyclopedia of Formula One" is an authoritative and fact-packed celebration of the glamorous world of Formula One, as well as an essential purchase for fans of this fastest-moving sport.
  • AFLVD
    Christopher Brickell
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    This is fully revised and updated edition of the world's finest and most authoritative source of gardening advice, from the experts at the RHS. Marking 20 years since first publication, the updated edition of the "RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening" is the classic reference for keen gardeners. Packed with unrivalled gardening advice you'll find guidance and step-by-steps on everything from pruning to propagation. Plus new topics reflect current trends including how to grow fruit and vegetables in containers and green roofs. Whatever your level of skill in the great outdoors, expert tips and guidance from editor Christopher Brickell and a team of specialist contributors, "The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening" will help you create and keep your garden perfect all year round.
  • ABWNB
    Martha Stewart
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    This is a treasury of sewing and fabric craft techniques and projects, complete with additional CD-ROM containing all the patterns and templates you will need. It features full step-by-step instructions for every sewing technique, catering for everyone from first-time dabblers to the more adventurous sewers. Over 150 projects are fully explained and beautifully shot - a key blend of accessible and aspirational. Detailed UK sources and buyer's guide, and a full rundown of essential tools and materials make this a lasting reference.
  • ABWSP
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    Whether you are an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, "The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Making Techniques" is an invaluable resource. Using this book you can: learn how to manipulate wire to create elegant structural designs for earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, tiaras and brooches with clear, illustrated instructions; combine wire with beads and stones through threading and wrapping for an intricately embellished look; have fun experimenting with different types of wire, from precious metal to electrical and recycled wires; and, progress from basic wire-working skills to more advanced techniques, such as making linked jump-ring chains, simple soldering, and using chemicals to alter the wire finish.
  • ACQXN
    Robyn Chachula
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    This visual encyclopedia features instruction for 350 crochet stitch patterns, from basic stitches to crocheting cables, lace and openwork, textured stitches, mesh and filet crochet, fans and shells, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike stitches, colorwork, and more, each accompanied by a full-color photograph and a diagram. Every crocheter needs a book like this on her shelf - the content is timeless and it will have a place next to your crochet needles for many years to come. "Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia" gives you quick visual access to a comprehensive collection of stitch combinations that enables you to create your own designs or modify existing patterns with ease. It includes a detailed color photograph accompanies each stitch. Hardcover packaging and elegant matte finish make the book durable for a lifetime of use. It provides sidebars and additional visuals that guide you through tricky parts of various stitch patterns Whether you're a beginner or advanced crocheter, "Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia" is the only technique book you'll ever need.
  • ACVYF
    Jonathan Edwards
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    This title includes the essential gardening tasks that are shown step by step, with over 950 clear colour photographs and illustrations. It covers everything from planning a design to planting, propagation, care and cultivation through each season. It helps you learn basic gardening skills and techniques from planning and basic maintenance to planting and caring for trees, shrubs, climbers, bulbs, annuals and perennials. Each technique is clearly explained with step-by-step pictures taking you through every stage. It includes information on growing vegetables, herbs and fruit, greenhouse gardening, building rock and water gardens, and propagation. It provides simple advice on garden maintenance including how to improve your soil and achieve a weed-free lawn. It offers a comprehensive seasonal checklist highlights the key tasks to do throughout the year. This is an essential reference guide for new gardeners and those who want to extend their gardening expertise. This title includes over 950 colour photographs and illustrations. This comprehensive practical book begins with simple design ideas and advice about planning your garden and information on using a huge variety of plants, as well as guidance on planting and pruning. This book then builds on this basic knowledge to suggest more spectacular ideas for gardens from wildlife ponds and water features to rock gardens. There is advice on growing fruits and vegetables and making the most from your greenhouse. The final section covers the skills you need to keep your garden in tip-top shape, from weeding, feeding and pest control to propagation, and includes a year-round checklist of essential tasks.
  • ADAUQ
    Tony Russell
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    This is a beautifully illustrated guide to trees from around the world. It is a comprehensive guide to over 600 trees from the tropics and temperate worlds, with more than 800 photographs and illustrations. It includes conifers, deciduous broadleaf trees, striking cacti-like palms and fruit trees. It features stunning watercolour artworks of each tree through the seasons, and useful maps show the natural distribution of each tree. Without trees there would be no life on Earth, and this wonderful encyclopedia provides all you need to know about these amazing plants. This book explains what a tree is, how it lives, grows and dies, and describes the purpose of its buds, branches, flowers, leaves, roots, cones, fruit and bark. Each tree is each accompanied by a watercolour artwork, along with photographs of their defining characteristics to make identification easy.
  • AAJCZ
    Dorling Kindersley
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    This is the ultimate gardening reference: two volumes covering everything you need to know to keep your garden flourishing, from the experts at the RHS. Choose the plants you want for your garden and learn to position and care for them properly with the new edition of this perennial favourite. It offers detailed profiles of 15,500 garden plants: from new and exotic varieties to garden favourites, that provide all the guidance you need. In this title, draw on authoritative, expert advice from Britain's leading horticulturists on cultivation, beating pests and diseases and creating outstanding displays. It includes a special section on how to use colour and in-depth features on the most popular plants such as lilies and hostas.
  • ADAVT
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    This title tells the story of the greatest night bomber of World War II, illustrated with over 275 photographs. It takes you through the design, development, construction and history of the Lancaster, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes first-hand accounts from people who lived through the war in Germany and in Britain, as well as profiles of the pilots who flew and fought over Europe. Stunning photographs of the planes themselves and of the destruction wrought on its target cities bring the devastating power of these machines to life. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. "The Lancaster Bomber" led the air offensive in the darkest days of World War II. This book describes how the plane was developed to fit into an entirely new role in warfare, and explains how the Lancaster could take the war to the enemy to devastating effect. Also covered is the production of the plane and the modifications made throughout its lifetime. This book shows what it was like to fly a Lancaster over the flak-filled skies of Nazi Germany, and lists where surviving planes can be seen today. This fascinating text is the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.
  • AHVFG
    Dennis Showalter (Colorado Col
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    Since war is among the oldest of human activities - long antedating the invention of writing - presumably the earliest attempts to record it took the form of poems or songs that were performed on suitable occasions. However revealing or inspiring, poems are no substitute for military theory and written history.