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  • Mainline Railway Stamps

    Howard Piltz

    Product Code: BTXDR
    Hardback
    For this second book in the Transport Philately series on public transport issues featured on postage stamps, once again the author will combine two of his life-long hobbies as he looks at railways around the world on standard gauge tracks that encompasses the majority of the western worlds major railway arteries. The book will also illustrate railways on other, similar gauges of track where they constitute a countrys major arteries, but it is not an exhaustive survey encompassing every country and every issue for that one needs to refer to major catalogue issues by such well-known authorities as Stanley Gibbons Plc. There have been many and varied reasons why postal authorities have issued stamps featuring railway subjects, varying from major anniversaries to national pride, the latter often from the former Eastern-bloc countries but that is not by all means. The Royal Mail in the UK has certainly not ignored railways, especially in later years, and the author will visit probably more of his native country's stamps than most other countries, but hes biased. The author often looks in his albums to try to understand why a particular country will sometimes be represented by bulging sections, whilst others are represented by but one or two stamp. And so, the book follows the story around the world in roughly an eastern journey, learning about some of the national histories on the way and admiring the attentions of some extremely accomplished artists that mean philatelists and rail-lovers alike can enjoy many beautiful miniature works of art.
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  • The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994

    Mark Bellomo

    Product Code: BTMGO
    Hardback
    "When you can't bend steel or leap tall buildings, the price of heroism goes up. So do the rewards." The rewards found collecting G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero! - are abundant. But be prepared. Like any good soldier, you'll want to enter the fray well armed. The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, 1982-1994, 3rd edition documents with pictures, words, details inside intel and secondary market values for every G.I. Joe character, vehicle, playset, accessory and weapon system - as well as easily lost pieces for each - in this vintage run. Featuring an insightful and moving Foreword by Kirk Bozigian, whose life is forever intertwined with G.I. Joe as fan and former VP of Boys Toys at Hasbro, and authored by renowned toy expert Mark Bellomo, no other book provides the depth of detail for this revolutionary line as found in this lively and abundantly illustrated new edition. The hardcover new edition features: 500 action figures and 200 vehicles/playsets More than 1,300 images Current values and rare variations Original prototype art and blueprints
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  • The Overstreet Price Guide To Star Wars Collectibles

    Amanda Sheriff

    Product Code: BTLKV
    Paperback
    Since the first film debuted in 1977, Star Wars has dominated the collecting landscape like no other franchise. With record prices set in world of action figures, and the spirited pursuit of movie posters, comic books, video games, novels and other niches showing no end in sight, the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has turned its attention to The Overstreet Price Guide To Star Wars Collectibles. In addition to detailed pricing, this volume will be packed with insights and collecting tips from experienced enthusiasts, dealers and more!
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  • Micromosaics

    Heike Zech

    Product Code: BTLFC
    Hardback
    Expertly crafted from thousands of tiny and intricately arranged pieces, micromosaics appear at first glance to be miniature paintings. Closer inspection reveals the extraordinary skill of the virtuoso makers, who were able to create exquisite images brimming with drama and atmosphere. Focusing on 30 highlights from the V&A's superlative Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, which includes some of the finest examples of micromosaics made, this new book explores the technical aspects of micromosaic construction, its roots in antiquity, their incredible popularity in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, and their evolution through the nineteenth century until the technique virtually vanished in the early 1900s
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  • The Sterling Submachine Gun

    Matthew Moss

    Product Code: BTBLL
    Paperback
    Designed by a motorcycle racer turned small-arms engineer, George Patchett, the submachine gun that eventually became known as the Sterling was developed during World War II. Some suggest it first saw action during Operation Infatuate with No. 4 Commando, before becoming fully adopted by the British Army in 1953 as the Sterling Machine Carbine (L2A1). It was centre stage for many of Britain's post-colonial conflicts from Malaya to Kenya and from Yemen to Northern Ireland. The silenced L34A1 Sterling-Patchett entered service in 1966 and first saw action deep in the jungles of Vietnam in the hands of the elite special forces of Australia, New Zealand and the United States during prisoner snatches and reconnaissance patrols. Employing first-hand accounts and painstaking technical analysis, this engaging account features carefully selected archive photography and specially commissioned colour artwork depicting the submachine gun that armed British and other forces for nearly 60 years.
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  • Roman Heavy Cavalry 1

    Raffaele D'Amato (Author)

    Product Code: BTBLF
    Paperback
    From the army of Marc Antony in the 1st century BC, Roman generals hired Oriental heavy armoured cavalry to serve in their military alongside the legions. These troops, both from the northern steppes and the Persian frontiers, continued an ancient tradition of using heavy armour and long lances, and fought in a compact formation for maximum shock effect. They were quite distinct from conventional Roman light cavalry, and they served across the Empire, including in Britain. They became ever more important during the 3rd century wars against Parthia, both to counter their cavalry and to form a mobile strategic reserve. Displaying these impressive and imposing cavalry units using vivid specially commissioned artwork, this first book in a two part series on Roman Heavy Cavalry examines their use over the Imperial period up to the fall of Western Empire in the 5th century A.D.
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  • The Revell Story

    Andreas A. Berse

    Product Code: BTBHH
    Hardback
    Today, Revell is Europe's leading manufacturer of plastic model kits. But the story of how it all started in Germany in the 1950s has never been told. This book takes us on a journey through six centuries of product development with numerous photos and documents from the archives and an exclusive look behind the scenes.
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  • World Cup 1970-2018

    Panini

    Product Code: BTBGN
    Paperback
    Since 1970 a collection of Panini stickers has accompanied each FIFA World Cup, held every four years. Each Panini album is not just a practical guide to the various rounds of the tournament, but it also provides a valuable visual archive of all the teams and their memorable matches. The book tells the story of the World Cup through the faces of its stars. Three thousand champions spanning the last forty years - the famous and the not so famous, the worshipped and the not so worshipped - all of whom have shared a desire to give their very best and bring soccer glory to their own nations. For fans of statistics and trivia, the albums (always brought out before matches are played) have been rounded off with charts and tables of the results of that year. Text in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.
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  • Magic - The Gathering Cards

    Ben Bleiweiss

    Product Code: BTALT
    Paperback
    Magic: The Gathering is the world's most played trading card game. Now for the first time in the game's 25-year history, you can enjoy the only guide on the market to capture all the magic--and value--of thousands of cards released for MTG. Featuring 165 unique card sets, Magic: The Gathering Cards - The Unofficial Ultimate Collector's Guide showcases the rarest and most valuable cards on the secondary market, including an Alpha Black Lotus worth more than $27,000! You'll also find expert tips for collecting and card investing from one of the world's leading experts in the field of Magic finance, author Ben Bleiweiss. Whether you enjoy the beauty of Serra Angel, the power of the master of the mountains of Shiv - Shivan Dragon, or collectability of the Original Dual Lands, Magic: The Gathering Cards - The Unofficial Ultimate Collector's Guide is sure to cast a spell on you.
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  • Guitars

    Christian Seguret

    Product Code: BSYBC
    Hardback
    The guitar has adapted to every musical evolution. Few musical instruments have experienced such a wide variety of models, shapes, colours and materials. This book features more than 160 instruments, spanning more than four centuries of guitar history. They are the works of the great Italian and French craftsmen from the 17th century to modern times. From the signature models such as Les Paul and Stratocaster to the most surprising creations (harp-guitars and Lap steel guitars), this book describes the musical trends and features the favourite instruments of the great masters.
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  • It's All a Game

    Tristan Donovan

    Product Code: BSXXJ
    Hardback
    Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification? In It's All a Game renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.
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  • Scalextric Collectibles

    Jonathan Mountfort

    Product Code: BSWHM
    Paperback
    Remember setting up your Scalextric set on the carpet? The excitement of trying to get the layout to fit the room, then seeing if it still worked when you plugged it in? You probably still have your set in the loft... This book will take you back in time, to the cars that you owned and loved, and probably smashed to pieces against the wall. It will show you how, without spending a lot of money, you can build a collection of the originals from whatever era - 60s, 70s, 80s etc - and you can obtain them in almost perfect condition, even in their original boxes. The book tells you what to look out for when buying, and what is a reasonable price to pay. Of course, some cars are very rare - usually because they are in strange colours, often made by the factory in Calais. These are a lot more expensive, but you can enjoy seeing these too.
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  • The World of Farah Kahn

    Paola De Luca

    Product Code: BSVXO
    Hardback
    The World of Farah Khan encapsulates the compelling story of Farah Kahn Ali, a contemporary Indian woman, and takes you through the intimate facets of this bold entrepreneur and jewelry designer s journey. The book showcases her unique aesthetic vision, which embraces the past and the future, avant-garde and traditional, local and global influences, weaving a new perspective through visual codes of the historically rich and present-day India. Born to Bollywood royalty, Farah Khan Ali always dreamt in Technicolor. As a renowned jewelry designer and gemologist, Farah s repertoire as a jeweled alchemist comes from triumphantly molding her inspiration into the mastery of her craft and transforming exquisite gems into extraordinary jewelry.
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  • Pique

    Alexis Kugel

    Product Code: BSHZJ
    Hardback
    The volume is dedicated to the art of Pique, created in Naples during the first half of the eighteenth century, a technique that combines remarkable inventiveness, virtuoso skill, and astonishing opulence. These extraordinary objects are made of three precious materials: tortoiseshell, gold, and mother-of-pearl. These pieces were made between 1720 and 1760 for the public and the court, especially for Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples. The authors of these creations were known as tartarugari. Among the most famous tartarugari was Giuseppe Sarao, whose studio was next to the walls of the Royal Palace and who created some of the pieces presented in this book. Also included is an extraordinary table from the Hermitage Museum, considered to be the greatest masterpiece created using the Pique technique, and still retaining its original legs. The catalogue will allow readers to discover both the incredible inventiveness of the artists and the extraordinarily keen interest this art sparked among nineteenth-century collectors, including several members of the Rothschild family. The volume presents more than fifty objects, representing the masterpieces of this technique. The objects are introduced by a study of the subject and a text explaining the historical context.
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  • 2019 North American Coins & Prices

    David Harper

    Product Code: BSNAK
    Paperback
    Featuring more than 50,000 individual coin listings and updated coin prices for the United States, Canada and Mexico, 2019 North American Coins & Prices is the perfect all-in-one guide for the coin collector, dealer and enthusiast. Organized by country, denomination and date of issue, the guide provides a clear, thorough and easy-to-use reference to the vast array of coins so passionately collected by millions. Fully illustrated with more than 6,000 images for simple and accurate coin identification, and fully vetted by a network of numismatic experts, North American Coins & Prices excels as the only reference on the market providing thorough coverage of these in-demand coins for nearly 30 years.ge in 1858.
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  • Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2019

    Eric Bradley

    Product Code: BSNAJ
    Paperback
    As the best-selling annual price guide in North America, Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles is the finest source for information you'll find. Filled with expert advice, market and collecting trends, historical information, values and approximately 4,000 color photographs, Antique Trader provides a clear and respected perspective on an incredibly diverse and always fascinating field. Because the market is ever changing, the book is completely revised each year, filled with new and expanded collecting areas of interest. Vetted by professional who buy and sell throughout the world, the items in this outstanding resource represent the clearest picture of today's wildly diverse and wonderfully robust antiques and collectibles category.
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  • The Persian Carpet Tradition

    P.R.J. Ford

    Product Code: BSMGY
    Hardback
    Between 1400 and 1500 a design revolution in Persia swept away a 2000-year-old tradition of carpet design, replacing abstract geometric patterns with complex floral scrolls dominated by a central medallion derived from the Chinese cloud-collar shape. This revolution represents a major event in world art history, comparable to that which occurred at the same time in Renaissance Italy. It was followed over the next four centuries by a second revolution, during which the principal design elements of the first permeated carpet production at every level throughout Persia and continue to dominate it to this day.
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  • My Little Pony Collectibles

    Ilona Iske and Ossie from MLPM

    Product Code: BSBOT
    Paperback
    My Little Pony came into our worlds in the 1980s. Now, more than thirty-five years later, the brand is still going strong as children and adults all enjoy these colourful ponies. Over the years, the ponies have grown and evolved along with their fans. Over four generations of ponies have spawned, each with their own design - not to mention the TV series and characters that have followed. A massive amount of Pony merchandise has been produced over the years. In this book you will find an overview of all the interesting, collectibles and valuable ponies from all generations, as well as information about the various lines. Perhaps you find some recognisable ones from your own personal collection, or will encounter some interesting new ones you might not have seen. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this is the perfect book for all My Little Pony fans.
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  • The Gemstone Detective: Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Sri Lanka

    Kim Rix

    Product Code: BSAYQ
    Paperback
    This travel guide is for anyone considering a trip to the beautiful country of Sri Lanka in search of a special memory to treasure forever. Written by Kim Rix, a gemmologist (GIA) and professional photographer who has travelled to more than 50 countries, this unique book unveils how you can become a `Gemstone Detective' on your next adventure. If you are considering purchasing a gemstone or piece of jewellery, this book is essential reading on the plane over to Sri Lanka! It is a mine of expert advice, insider information and practical tips to help you better understand the gemstone and jewellery market. As well as offering country-specific background and up-to-the-minute advice, the `Gemstone Detective' series, is a `how to' guide for anyone who wants to experience the fun, excitement and romance of buying unique and beautiful gems or jewellery in countries around the world renowned for their natural gemstones. Kim Rix is dedicated to visiting each country in the `Gemstone Detective' series to provide readers with the best advice and easy-to-follow steps to help travellers avoid the pitfalls, scams and disappointments of a bad buying decision.
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  • Making Poor Man's Guitars

    Shane Speal

    Product Code: BRZPB
    Paperback
    Many books have been written about how to build cigar box guitars and other unique hand-made instruments... but few have touched on why. This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar," brings the making of music and musical instruments back to its roots. From a simple two-string tin can guitar to an electrified washtub bass, Shane shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items. Sidebars present the fascinating backstory of the music, capturing struggle, poverty and the blues within the artistic side of cigar box guitar building. Featuring an introduction from the New Orleans Museum of Jazz, this DIY musical instrument book is as inspirational to read in the living room as it is in the workshop.
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  • From Seamaster to Seamaster

    Omega

    Product Code: BRYHG
    Hardback
    When the Swiss watchmaker Omega debuted its Seamaster diving watch in 1948, the house proved that functionality and style could coexist. This luxurious volume marks seventy years of Seamaster, exploring the model s excellent craftsmanship, evolving design, and enduring charm. Inspired by the waterproof wristwatches of World War II, the Seamaster appealed to active individuals desiring a watch for town, sea, and country a heritage that shines through today. A precious collectible object, this tome features never-before-seen photographs of vintage and contemporary Seamasters, as well as different shades of paper. For those who appreciate fine timepieces and extraordinary pieces of bookmaking, this new edition is bound to delight.
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  • Lucha Libre

    Legends of Lucha Libre

    Product Code: BRYHF
    Other
    Thumb wrestling meets lucha libre with this unique kit that brings the competitive Mexican sport to enthusiasts all over the world! Known for its bold costumes and memorable masks, lucha libre, or professional Mexican wrestling, is the most popular sport in Mexico after soccer and has become a part of pop culture everywhere. Kit includes: 2 vinyl lucha masks that cover your thumbs 2 decorative capes Wrestling display ring Championship belt 48-page book on the history of lucha libra and six luchadore profiles
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  • Die-cast Aircraft

    Paul Brent Adams

    Product Code: BRVKF
    Paperback
    For more than a century the skies have been filled with aircraft, and thousands of these aircraft have been reproduced in model form, allowing collectors to assemble their own miniature air fleets. Die-cast models come ready-assembled and attractively finished, unlike kits that have to be built and painted before going on display. Many of the toy companies that made die-cast cars, trucks and buses also produced model aircraft - and still do. Beginning with Tootsietoys in the 1920s and Dinky in the 1930s, these toy lines have now been joined by finely detailed scale models aimed at adult collectors, some produced by companies specialising in aircraft. There are models to suit every taste, and every budget, in a range of sizes. This is your guide to building and caring for a collection of die-cast aircraft, both military and civil, from toys to adult collectibles - including sections on ground support vehicles and even flying cars.
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  • Manchester United Collectibles

    Iain McCartney

    Product Code: BRMQA
    Paperback
    For many, supporting Manchester United Football Club is much more than the ninety minutes out on the pitch. Away from the stadiums around England and abroad, fans' interest can also extend to collecting items of memorabilia relating to the club and its players. Some simply collect programmes from the games they attend, along with the match ticket if they had one, but there are others so engrossed in the club's long and illustrious history that they have created their own personal Manchester United museum, with countless other items relating to the games and the individuals who have worn the red shirt. Here, Iain McCartney, long-time collector and editor of the Manchester United Review Collectors Club, looks at some of the items that these supporters scour the footballing world for.
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