Art, Antiques & Culture
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Art of Nature (Hardback)
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This glorious illustrated volume is a celebration of the greatest wildlife artists of the last 300 years. Judith Magee's National History Museum: Art of Nature is an astonishing visual record of parts of the natural world never previously documented. Drawing on the unrivalled collections of the Natural History Museum, this lovely hardback illustrates the development of this genre of art through the centuries.
Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia (Hardback)
Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia is the authoritative voice when it comes to collectables. From 18th century furniture and decorations all the way through to contemporary sports and music memorabilia, the enormous hardback has all the information any antiques enthusiast could ever want.
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With more than 3,000 colour photographs to show the pieces that can be found in shops, auctions and fairs, the book also reveals a price code for each item and will help you identify whether you have found a genuine antique.
Compiled by an international team of over 40 consultants, lead by the expert Judith Miller, the book provides useful information and some of the antiques covered include furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery, toys and games.
Music is a universal language and this large and extensive hardback, from the experts at DK, reveals all about its history, importance and impact from a chronological, global and cultural perspective. From the earliest instruments made out of shell and bone through to the most contemporary electric guitars and synthesizers, this highly visual book covers them all. Exploring the roots of all genres too, this is the ultimate story of how music has helped shape the world and alongside the evolution of instruments and styles, it also showcases iconic innovators - from Mozart and George Gershwin, all the way through to Elvis Presley and David Bowie.
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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Hardback)
Steven Jay Schneider
Always a book to instigate discussion amongst friends and family, this new revised 10th anniversary edition of of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die has been updated with a list of titles and is an essential guide for any movie lover. Surveying the complete history of film-making and chronicling over a century of film production, this book features classics such as Gone With The Wind and recent blockbusters including Life of Pi and Skyfall. Spanning all film genres, each title featured has still shots and actors' photos and is accompanied by a brief synopsis and critique, and lists other noteworthy information about the film, its director, and its stars. The trivia section offers even more bonus facts for movie buffs to pore over too! Written by a passionate team of critics and broadcasters, this is a reliable and invaluable gift for film lovers.
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The Bird in Art (Hardback)
With beautiful artwork throughout, The Bird in Art is a brilliant coffee table book for anyone who admires talented illustrators or has an interest in our feathered friends. Examining the significance of the bird in 250 beautifully reproduced works of art, both ancient and contemporary, the book has nine chapters dealing with different themes including the Mythical Bird, the Eastern Bird and the Domestic Bird. With paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures all featured this is a comprehensive history that will appeal to anyone with an interest in ornithology.
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Rice's Church Primer (Hardback)
The countryside, towns and cities of Britain are full of churches which represent some of the most iconic, beautiful, impressive and sometimes bizarre buildings in the country. With many representing our history, art and ideas, there's much to be discover in these incredible buildings. Rice's Church Primer is a wonderful introduction to the the architecture and interior features of the most stunning churches in Britain. With Matthew Rice's witty illustrations to guide you too, this comprehensive little guide makes understanding components of churches easy and enjoyable, and by looking at them in context you'll soon see why naves are necessary, why towers are tall and why a church needs a good flying buttress! An elegant and funny gift for anyone fascinated by churches, architecture or even poring over fun facts about our nation's vast history.
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Da Vinci's Last Commission (Hardback)
Imagine you have an old painting that's been in the family for years and that curiosity leads to the discovery that it is more rare and worth more than you could possibly have imagined. As experts get increasingly excited, it becomes apparent the painting was thought to be by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, and possibly actually by the master himself. After extensive research and communication with academics and institutions from all over the world, the results are astounding. In turn, this revelation leads to the discovery of one of the greatest heresies of our time, a story that the Roman Catholic Church has been desperate to keep secret for centuries... Fiona McLaren's Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story in the History of Art is a truly astonishing account of a remarkable true story.
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The Garden in Art (Hardback)
Debra N. Mancoff
The Garden in Art is a truly beautiful book where acclaimed art historian Debra N. Mancoff reveals the many different ways in which artists from all periods of history - from Ancient Egypt through to the present day - have employed the motif of the garden. A wonderful gift for both gardeners and art lovers alike, it features more than 200 illustrations of both renowned and lesser-known works and explores topics such as working gardens, the garden through the seasons and artists' gardens. An absorbing read, the book also features a detailed timeline of garden artwork and a suggested list of gardens to visit.
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How to Draw Flowers & Trees (Paperback)
How to Draw Flowers & Trees in Simple Steps is a practical workbook that offers an easy-to-follow approach for drawing both flowers and trees. Sure to appeal to those who enjoyed the previous book, How to Draw Animals, this is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to understand the intricacies of the structure of flowers and trees and there are also helpful instructions throughout to ensure your illustrations will be as good as they possibly can be.
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With advice from illustrators Denis John-Naylor, Janet Whittle and Penny Brown, the colour diagrams featured throughout will also help guarantee positive results.
The Last Pre-Raphaelite (Hardback)
From the prize winning author of William Morris comes a new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, the greatest British artist of the second half of the nineteenth century. The angels on our Christmas cards, the stained glass in our churches, the great paintings in our galleries - Edward Burne-Jones' work is all around us. The most admired British artist of his generation, he was a leading figure with Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic movement of the 1880s, inventing what became a widespread 'Burne-Jones look'. The bridge between Victorian and modern art, he influenced not just his immediate circle but artists such as Klimt and Picasso. In this gripping book Fiona MacCarthy explores and re-evaluates his art and life - his battle against vicious public hostility, the romantic susceptibility to female beauty that would inspire his art and ruin his marriage, his ill health and depressive sensibility, the devastating rift with his great friend and collaborator William Morris as their views on art and politics diverged. With new research and fresh historical perspective, "The Last Pre-Raphaelite" tells the extraordinary, dramatic story of Burne-Jones as an artist, a key figure in Victorian society and a peculiarly captivating man.
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The Art Museum (Hardback)
The Art Museum is the finest art collection ever assembled between two covers. This revolutionary and unprecedented virtual art museum in a book, features 1,000 oversized pages of over 2,700 works of art. It is the most comprehensive and visually spectacular history of world art ever published. Ten years in the making, this unique book was created with a global team of specialists in all fields of art, including museum curators and educators, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover. Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, this luxurious book is organized by innovative color-coded "galleries," "rooms, "corridors" and "special exhibitions" which display hundreds of paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art. This is the only museum to house Leonardo's Mona Lisa, a collection of Rembrandt's finest self portraits, Velazquez's Las Meninas and Picasso's Guernica, as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai's woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, and works by Jackson Pollock in one place. With intelligent in-depth text throughout, explanatory labels for each artwork, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum, is accessible for everyone from casual art fans to experts in the field.
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How to Deal in Antiques (Paperback)
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Whether you want to find the best bargains when buying antiques and collectables as a hobby, or whether you want to turn your interest in antiques into an extra income stream or full-time career, Fiona Shoop's How to Deal in Antiques will help you make better deals and maximise your profits. You'll discover: - what to buy and sell - where to buy and how to get bigger discounts - where and how to sell - using the internet for both buying and selling Antiques expert, Fiona Shoop, highlights the tricks of the trade to help you avoid making common but costly mistakes - and ensure that you get the best out of the antiques world.
Collectables 20th-century Classics (Paperback)
The 20th century was a rich and influential period of beautiful, innovative design and many classics from that era have influenced and inspired modern designers. "Collectables: 20th-Century Classics" features more than 90 of the most desirable and iconic pieces from the last century. Beautifully illustrated and organized by category (furniture, household, lighting, glass and ceramics) each entry has: a double-page spread, featuring a short essay on the classic under discussion with an accompanying photograph of that object; top tips on what to look out; a price guide; and, key websites to direct the reader on where best to make a purchase or pick up a bargain. Clear and concise, this book provides all the information you need to make an informed decision when investing in a piece of classic design, whether it be an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a Clarice Cliff tea cup or a Poul Henningsen PH lamp. This gorgeous book is a must for anyone interested in style, design or interiors.
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The Practical Encyclopedia of Cartooning (Hardback)
Learn to draw cartoons step by step with over 1500 illustrations. Everything you need to know about creating characters, using props, imaginative backgrounds, bringing them to life in comic strips, different techniques for digital enhancement and simple animation.
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The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece (Paperback)
This title offer an illustrated account of classical Greek buildings, sculptures and paintings, that are shown in 200 glorious photographs and drawings. It includes an authoritative exploration of ancient Greek civilization, architecture and style, sculpture, painting and mosaics. It provides a spectacular visual study of iconic Greek buildings and temples, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Delphi and the great temples of Olympia. It contains an examination of the Doric, Ionian and Corinthian Orders that influenced the development of great Western architecture from medieval times to the present day. It helps you learn about the sculptors from Pheidias and Polycritus to Praxiteles and Lysippus, and their creations including the Riace bronzes, the Delphi Charioteer, the Farnese Hercules and the Laocoon statue. This title includes over 250 glorious photographs, illustrations and diagrams bring the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth and Sparta to life and reveal the pioneering brilliance of classical Greek art and architecture. This fascinating book explores the importance of art and architecture in the world's first classical civilization, charting the ancient cities from their first foundations to the creation of their towering temples. The first half of this book analyses the rise of Greek architecture from its Minoan roots to the creation of that most perfect temple, the Parthenon. The second part of this book covers the skill of ancient Greek sculptors and artists, and looks in detail at their techniques. An insightful text plus over 250 photographs, illustrations and maps make this book an indispensable resource on classical Greek art and architecture for both the specialist and general reader.
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Aled Jones' Favourite Christmas Carols (Hardback)
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The perfect gift for Christmas, this book includes all your favourite carols brought vividly to life with the ever-popular Aled Jones's personal reminiscences of singing them and thoughts on why each is so special. Accompanied by the history of the words and music, and for nine of the carols the sheet music for piano. It includes: Away in a Manger, Come All Ye Faithful, In the Bleak Midwinter, Angel Gabriel, O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels, Silent Night, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Little Drummer Boy, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Ding Dong Merrily, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Once In Royal David's City, The First Noel, While Shepherds Watched, Coventry Carol, Calypso Carol, Still, Still, Still, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Good King Wenceslas, Mary's Boy Child, Holy Night, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, The Little Road To Bethlehem, Mary Had a Baby and Little Donkey.
Classic Hymns & Carols (Hardback)
With a preface by John Betjeman, one of the most popular Poet Laureates of all time, Classic Hymns & Carols is a wonderful collection of 70 of the nation's most popular hymns. Whether you wish to find the right hymn or carol for a wedding, a christening or a funeral, or just want to remind yourself of a childhood favourite, this collection is an invaluable resource for every home, with lyrics for songs and carols written by literary giants including William Blake, Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling. Among the hymns and carols included are all-time favourites such as The Holly and the Ivy, Jerusalem, Abide With Me and All Things Bright and Beautiful.
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Trampled Under Foot (Paperback)
A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labour of love based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, giant figures from the long-vanished world of 1970s rock. Featuring many rare and never before seen photographs, it is also the first book on Led Zeppelin to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 - O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years.
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