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If you're an antiques collector or would like to find out just what your collectables are worth, explore our range of great value antiques and collectables books and find yourself a new favourite.

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    Miller's Art Deco (Hardback)

    Judith Miller

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    Art Deco is one of the most iconic and impressive design styles of all time and this book provides a celebration of the glamour of the Jazz Age.

    Classic yet contemporary, Art Deco remains a popular theme today and this stylish book looks at how designers and craftsmen used natural and man-made materials in innovative ways to produce the elegant pieces that defined the 1920s and 1930s.

    Judith Miller, an antiques expert, explores the key makers and pieces from the Art Deco era and explains what you should be looking for as a collector. From furniture to sculptures and prints to rugs, it's illustrated with over 700 stunning photographs.
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    Harry Potter: Collectible Quidditch Set (Other)

    Running Press

    Here is the first officially licensed "Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set" that includes: 1 Quaffle, 2 Bludgers, 1 non-removable Snitch, and 1 16x24" collectible poster all showcased in a decorative Quidditch trunk. Includes lock and key for trunk.
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    Postcards from Vogue (Paperback)

    Vogue

    It is a collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a striking "Vogue" cover. From early aspirational illustrations to modern celebrity photography, this is a stunning selection of "Vogue's" most dazzling images. Since its launch in 1892, "Vogue" has brought sophistication to its readers around the world. Early illustrations from artists including George Wolfe Plank, Olive Tilton, Pierre Brissaud, and Eduardo Garcia Benito saw ethereal figures of fantasy develop into red-lipped flappers, and as colour photographs began to appear, the women transformed again: from Surrealist images by Horst P. Horst to 'women in the life of the moment', captured by Irving Penn. From the fifties onwards, "Vogue" women became more accessible still, as models and stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Cindy Crawford, and Cher, with their own distinct personalities, appeared through the lenses of Richard Avedon and Snowdon. "Vogue" covers now are the epitome of style and beauty, with such illustrious photographers as Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, and Patrick Demarchelier photographing stars like Lady Gaga, Kirsten Dunst, and Kate Moss, celebrating female icons across modern culture.
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    Military Badge Collecting (Paperback)

    John Gaylor

    This book is a comprehensive guide, which will appeal to anyone with an interest in medal collecting. The book contains over 800 illustrations.
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    Ancient Celtic Coin Art (Paperback)

    Simon Lilly

    Little bigger than a fingernail, Celtic Coins are one of the richest sources of Celtic art in the world, and yet few people are even aware that they exist. With their strange otherworldly designs they evoke a forgotten time of magical beasts, amulets, druids and spirit helpers. In this extraordinary pocket volume, incredibly the first of its kind, Celtic coin artist and researcher Simon Lilly unveils the amazing lost world of early European art hidden in museums and private collections across the planet. With hundreds of original drawings by the author. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.
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    Hythe the Postcard Collection (Paperback)

    Martin Easdown

    The attractive seaside town of Hythe, on the south-east coast of Kent, is one of the famous Cinque Ports. With an illustrious history of guarding this vulnerable corner of England, Hythe blossomed into a quiet seaside resort famed for its Royal Military Canal, attractive old High Street and macabre collection of skulls and bones in the parish church crypt. The beauty and charm of Hythe was captured in the many picture postcards of the town issued from the beginning of the twentieth century when postcards were the principal form of communication. Through the author's beautiful collection of postcards, we can view the changes to Hythe through the years and see some of the buildings that have been lost along the way. The town's main attractions, such as the seafront, canal, parish church, High Street and light railway, are all featured on these attractive colour printed postcards. Other aspects of Hythe's history, including events and disasters, were issued on rarer monochrome postcards, a selection of which are included. Hythe's eastern suburb of Seabrook and the adjoining village of Saltwood complete the postcard history of this quintessential small English town.
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    Britains Toy Models Catalogues 1970-1979 (Paperback)

    David Pullen

    Loved by both children and collectors, Britains toys and models are known for their play value and realism. Releasing its first toy soldiers in 1893 using a new hollow casting process, Britains has since produced many exciting military and civil models including the popular Home Farm series. In the 1970s, the annual catalogue contained between 340 and 370 items, including motorcycles, farm vehicles, farm animals, soldiers, guns, garden miniatures, and zoo animals. The decade also saw Britains release over 400 new items, including New Deetail figures, which replaced the Eye Right and Swoppets lines, new metal figures, and the first aircraft for several decades, a helicopter. There was also a big expansion of farm models, including the first combine, for which Britains won the 1978 `Toy of the Year' award. This book, by renowned Britains expert David Pullen, covers the models and sets issued by the company during the 1970s. It features reprints of all the annual toy model catalogues issued, reproduced in full colour. Two indexes complement the catalogues, allowing quick access to item names and catalogue numbers, and original recommended retail prices are also included. This is the essential guide for any Britains models collector.
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    Lion King Collectibles (Paperback)

    Lisa Courtney

    The Lion King roared into cinemas in 1994, where it instantly captured the hearts of millions across the world. With memorable characters, breathtaking animation, an award-winning soundtrack and a powerful storyline, the movie was a huge success, surpassing even Disney's expectations. The movie spawned sequels and spinoffs, all of which continued the legacy of The Lion King. And with every milestone for the franchise, a huge variety of merchandise and collectibles was produced. Join us as we celebrate twenty-five years of this grand adventure through the Circle of Life, taking a look at some of the most interesting and prominent pieces of memorabilia from the franchise and including items from The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata!, The Lion Guard, Timon & Pumbaa, the Broadway show and more!
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    Weapons of the US Special Operations Command (Paperback)

    Chris McNab

    The units and formations of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have privileged access to the finest weaponry in the world's arsenal. Whether Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, the SOCOM troops select weapons that match their mission requirements, but which also sit at the cutting edge of combat technology. This means that, while SOCOM troops frequently use standard-issue weaponry, they also adopt many specialist pieces of kit that are not so accessible to the broader armed services, including sniper rifles, battle rifles, and machine guns, as well as high-tech tactical accessories used to transform standard weaponry into something exceptional. Assessing the technology and capabilities of these combat weapons, as well as how they have been used in modern combat, this fully illustrated study lifts the veil on some of the most distinctive hand-held weapon systems of US special operations forces since 1987.
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    Cabinets of Curiosities (Hardback)

    Unicorns' horns, mermaids' skeletons, stuffed and preserved animals and plants, precious metals, clocks, scientific instruments, celestial globes--all knowledge, the whole cosmos, arranged on shelves in a single room. Such were the cabinets of curiosities of the seventeenth century, the last period of history when man could aspire to know everything. The collectors were archdukes and kings--the Emperor Rudolf II was the prince of all collectors--rich merchants and scholars, and their collections ranged from a single crowded room to whole palatial suites. Cabinets of Curiosities traces the amazing history of these unique spaces, receptacles, and fascinating contents within, from their first appearance in the inventories and engravings commissioned by Renaissance noble families, such as the Medicis or the Hapsburgs, via those of the Dane Ole Wurm and the German polymath Athanasius Kircher, to the seventeenth-century scientist Elias Ashmole and Dutch collector Levinus Vincent. Author Patrick Maurie`s chronicles the amazing history of these rooms of wonders in this ingeniously erudite survey. Not many of the rooms survive, but there are pictorial records and their contents still exist and are among the treasures of museums all over the world.
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    Die-cast Commercial Vehicles (Paperback)

    Paul Brent Adams

    Commercial vehicles comprise delivery vans, trucks, articulated tractor-trailers, tankers and service vehicles. Most are emblazoned with the names and logos of their owners, or product advertising - from chocolate bars to soap powders, breakfast cereals to Oxo cubes, soft drinks to whisky, department stores to petrol companies, and morning and evening newspapers to exotic holiday destinations. The types used range from early horse-drawn carts and wagons to motor vehicles and steam-powered and electric vehicles. Model commercial vehicles are among the most colourful of all models - and die-cast companies have been producing them for close to a hundred years so there are plenty to collect. Many carry the liveries of real companies. Some still exist, others are long gone, with models helping to keep the memory of these vanished firms alive. Some models are commissioned by companies to promote their products or services. Here is your guide to this colourful world, from classic Dinky Toys to modern adult collectibles.
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    Brooches and Badges (Hardback)

    Rachel Church

    From medieval pilgrim badges and Renaissance hat decorations to jewelled brooches and twentieth-century political pins, brooches and badges are often more than practical or decorative dress fasteners; they are expressions of identity. Focusing on the V&A(1)s world-famous collection, Brooches & Badges explores the evolution of these intricate and versatile works of art, and the way in which changes in dress have dictated their use.
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    The Gemstone Detective: Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in India (Paperback)

    Kim Rix

    Explore the beauty of India's undiscovered gems! India has some of the world's most beautiful gemstones: especially when it comes to flawless Golconda diamonds and the finest Kashmir sapphire. You'll soon find yourself mesmerised by the variety of gemstones to be found in this majestic country and spoilt for choice. It is great fun shopping for gemstones in India but (as with many other places in the world) you should remember one thing - buyer beware! Offering practical advice, tips and the essential questions to ask, Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in India will help you avoid the tricks of the trade on your holiday. Written by Kim Rix, a gemmologist (GIA) and professional photographer who has travelled to more than 50 countries in her lifetime, this essential guide for tourists is part of the Gemstone Detective series. It cuts through the jargon - for the benefit of hobbyists, gem collectors and jewellery lovers. Kim Rix is dedicated to visiting each country in the Gemstone Detective series to provide readers with up-to-date and trusted information. Without this book, you could make a very expensive mistake!
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    Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design (Hardback)

    Theo Inglis

    A visual and comprehensive guide to a hugely popular graphic style. The distinctive aesthetic of mid-century design captured the post-war zeitgeist of energy and progress, and remains hugely popular today. In Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design Theo Inglis takes an in-depth look at the innovative graphics of the period, writing about the work of artists and designers from all over the world. From book covers, record covers and posters to advertising, typography and illustration, the designs feature eye-popping colour palettes, experimental type and prints that buzz with kinetic energy. The book features artworks from a wide selection of international designers and illustrators whose work continues to inspire and influence today, including Ray Eames, Paul Rand, Alex Steinweiss, Joseph Low, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Leo Lionni, Rudolph de Harak, Abram Games, Tom Eckersley, Ivan Chermayeff, Josef Albers, Corita Kent, Jim Flora, Ben Shahn, Herbert Bayer and Helen Borten. Theo draws from a broad range of sources including advertising, magazine covers, record sleeves, travel posters and children's book illustration to show the development of the design style globally, and how this continues to influence design today. The book is packed with hundreds of colour illustrations, including classic designs, such as Saul Bass' film posters and Miroslav Sasek's children's books, alongside lesser-known gems.
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    The G3 Battle Rifle (Paperback)

    Leroy Thompson (Author)

    During the Cold War, the G3 was one of the world's pre-eminent battle rifles. Developed in France and Spain after 1945, the rifle was produced by the German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. Adopted by more than 40 countries and produced on licence by many more, it was widely employed during colonial wars in Africa, insurgencies in Latin America and conflicts in the Middle East, but perhaps its widest use was in the Iran-Iraq War. Variants of the G3 have also seen substantial usage among Special Forces including Britain's Special Boat Service and the US Navy SEALs. Semi-automatic versions, especially the HK91 and HK93, remain popular in the United States, and the G3-derived HK11 and HK21 family of light machine guns have also been widely adopted by military and law-enforcement units across the world. Fully illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, this study examines one of the iconic weapons of the Cold War era.
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    The Great Pretender (Paperback)

    Nick Perry

    `Give me three years and we'll be millionaires,' Nick challenged his long-suffering family in 1980, when cash was king. `I've got an idea that's going to take us to the top.' Tinkering with alchemy in an old stable he shared with a Shire horse, Nick discovered how to create the most convincing antique replicas ever made. He started by selling a few of his netsukes on a market stall at the Birmingham Rag Market and met extraordinary and eccentric people, the risk-taking gamblers with fast tongues. Each had their own money-spinning ideas; you name it, he replicated it for the wheeler-dealers chasing the dream. When Nick and his crew reached the rarefied circles of the London art world he realised he could be dangerously out of his depth. This is the unlikely and often hilarious story of where nothing but enthusiasm and self-belief can take you.
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    Gouthiere's Candelabras (Hardback)

    Charlotte Vignon

    This third volume in the Frick Diptych series offers fresh insight into a pair of candelabra that represent the pinnacle of luxury and taste in the years prior to the French Revolution. Vignon tells the fascinating story of these objects that are made of two small white vases with extraordinary gilt-bronze mounts by Pierre Gouthiere, the celebrated eighteenth-century French chaser and gilder. Vignon's essay is paired with a text by De Waal in which he examines what it is to make, own, and desire such complex objects
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    Collecting Classic Girls' Toys (Hardback)

    Susan Brewer

    This is the first British study of its kind which focuses on toys made for girls including the spin-off accessories. Susan Brewer explores the world of girls' toys, dividing the book into sections to encompass many kinds; dolls, houses, prams, cuddly toys, outdoor toys, traditional playthings and character toys such as Sylvanian Families, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Flower Fairies. She includes brief biographies of some of the best known firms, amongst them Chad Valley, Hornby, Britain's, Pedigree and Fisher Price but the main focus is on the toys themselves, many of which readers will remember from their own childhood.
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    History of the Mauser Rifle in Chile (Hardback)

    David Nielsen

    As part of its rise as a regional South American power, Chile chose to emulate the highly successful Prussian military system in the last decades of the 19th century. Prior conflicts and the prospect of war with Argentina, which came to a head in the early 1890s, can be seen as the pretext for Chile's purchase of "Prussian" military equipment, including Mauser rifles and Krupp cannons. This book summarizes important regional events, while also offering a general historical overview of Mauser developments. It will then proceed to expose the particulars of Chile's Mausers, purchases that resulted in the Model 1895, 1912, and 1935. Also detailed are the technical specifics of each of these three models and the historical events surrounding their acquisition. The result is the first comprehensive attempt at documenting these important artifacts and events, which will, it is hoped, initiate further research into this fascinating topic.
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    The Luger P.08 Vol.1 (Hardback)

    Luc Guillou

    The first of two volumes on the legendary P.08 Luger (Pistole Parabellum), this illustrated book presents the design, manufacturing, and development of the various models from 1900 through the Weimar Republic period of the 1920s. Adopted by the Swiss in 1901 and then by the German army, the Luger would remain in service until the beginning of World War II and see use in the postwar East Germany, as well as many other nations throughout the world. Details include close-up views of markings, as well as a serial numbers list, and a visual breakdown of the weapon. Accessories such as magazines, ammunition, holsters, and cleaning kits are featured throughout the book, as well as rarely seen combat-related uniform and equipment items.
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    Collector's Guide to the Beryl Group (Paperback)

    Robert J. Lauf, PhD.

    Beryl in its many color varieties is a favorite of both mineral collectors and gemologists. Superb examples are found at many locales worldwide, mainly in pegmatites and schists. Other members of the group are prized by species collectors and micromount enthusiasts. This book explains how beryl is formed and the unique conditions that create fine aquamarines and emeralds. After a brief introduction, the general treatment begins with an explanation of the chemistry and taxonomy of the group. A section on their formation and geochemistry explains the kinds of environments where beryls are formed. Detailed entries for each mineral provide locality information and full-color photos so that collectors can see what good specimens look like and which minerals one might expect to find in association with them. An extensive bibliography is provided for further study. Over 100 photographs of these beautiful minerals show each species in its geological context.
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    Smokin' Book of Cigar Box Art & Designs (Paperback)

    John Grossman

    This book contains some of the most beautiful and fascinating lithographed images ever printed on cigar box labels. With topics like transportation, sports figures, women and more, you'll have a glimpse into a bygone era when the cigar box was the king of the advertising industry. The gorgeous detailed work shown in this book will amaze you.
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    Collector's Guide to Quartz and Other Silica Minerals (Paperback)

    Robert J. Lauf, PhD.

    Quartz is prized by both mineral collectors and lapidary artists. Over 130 vivid photographs of these beautiful minerals are presented to show each mineral in its geological context. Superb examples are found in diverse geological settings from pegmatites to Alpine clefts and hydrothermal veins. The silica minerals are chemically simple, yet structurally complicated. Several high temperature and high pressure polymorphs are known. In addition to the polymorphs of silica, this book treats related minerals, including: lechatelierite, opal, and two natural clathrates, chibaite and melanophlogite. After a brief introduction, the general treatment explains the chemistry and taxonomy of the group. A section on their formation and geochemistry describes the kinds of environments where these minerals are formed. Then, entries for each mineral provide locality information and full-color photos so that collectors can see what good specimens look like and which minerals one might expect to find in association with them. An extensive bibliography is also provided.
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    Hot Wheels Field Guide (Paperback)

    Michael Zarnock

    Combining candy-colored paint jobs with muscle car attitude and Southern California cool, Hot Wheels cars changed the toy world forever when they were introduced in 1968. The newest edition of Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide - the hobby's favorite portable guide to these miniature marvels - features 800 color images, completely vetted pricing and listings of four decades of cars, hot new collecting tips and an overview of the market for a dynamic little package befitting one of the greatest toys ever created. * Since 1968, more than 4 billion Hot Wheels cars have been produced by Mattel, and more than 800 models and 11,000 variations have been created. * Collectors dig Hot Wheels cars. Hotwheelscollector.com is the largest die-cast collector community on the Internet with more than 275,000 users. The highest price ever paid for a single Hot Wheels car was $72,000 for a pink 1969 Vokswagen Beach Bomb. * Author Michael Zarnock is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for most different Hot Wheels cars and has been honored by Mattel with the creation of a "Mike Zarnock" car casting based on the car he once raced.
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