Reference

Encyclopedias

  • DCCE
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    Over the past 12 months we have seen Batman and Superman facing up to each other and the Suicide Squad causing all sort of havoc... 2017 will see Wonder Woman and the Justice League appear on the big screen and if you want to find out more about these iconic DC Comics characters, this encyclopedia is essential.

    Featuring original comic artwork, this book features over 1,200 characters including heroes, villains, friends and foes. There are features on the characters' most famous clashes and romantic encounters, while their famous vehicles and weaponry are also featured.

    DC Comics has been entertaining the masses for over 75 years and this fully up-to-date book is lavishly illustrated and packed with facts any fan will love to pore over.
  • SWVE
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    Star Wars fans who are eagerly awaiting The Last Jedi this Christmas will want to brush up on their knowledge on all things from a galaxy far, far away with this visual encyclopedia.

    Illustrated with photographs and stills from the long-running saga's films, TV series and spin-offs including last year's Rogue One, it showcases everything from the incredible architecture of the different planets to the friendly droids and not-so-friendly members of the Empire and the First Order.

    Providing timelines of all the major events and facts about everyone from Qui-Gon Jinn to Jyn Erso and R2-D2 to Rey, this is a virtual museum in a book. There are many more intergalactic delights throughout the extensive hardback... The Force of this pictorial companion is strong and will delight any Jedi!
  • DCCG
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    Fire up the Bat-Signal and call in every superhero fan you know! This huge book from DK will tell you everything you could ever want to know about DC Comics' famous heroes and their evil enemies.

    Packed full of facts, stats and the original comic book artwork, you will have the chance to read about Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

    With 12 character cards and an awesome poster also included, this book will keep DC Comics fans of any age enthralled and entertained.
  • ECHM
    Andrew Chevallier
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    From the experts at DK, this is the fully revised and updated Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine.

    Providing definitive reference on herbal plants and their medicinal properties, this informative book provides detailed descriptions for over 550 plants and remedies for more than 80 ailments.

    Based on the latest scientific research and safety advice, among the natural remedies included are those for headaches, arthritis and fungal infections. This is a handy book to have around the house when you want to look at using plants with therapeutic properties.
  • MUCG
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    Avengers fans... assemble!

    Featuring all the favourite characters from the Marvel universe, this extensive book provides profiles of over 225 superheroes, their friends and their foes.

    From Avengers including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk to villains like Red Skull, Loki and Thanos, you'll get to discover facts and stats about each character and their history and powers.

    The book even comes with collector cards of the famous heroes and a pull-out poster!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • AAWDZ
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    This authoritative book sketches the historical development of amphibious warfare, using real examples to illustrate the great range of scale, from raiding to full-scale invasion, with historical examples. It highlights the many coordinated activities necessary for a successful operation, from surveying and minesweeping to fire support, fighter direction and tri-service control. Two illustrated country-by-country directories cover landing ships, which transport personnel, cargo and vehicles from shore-to-shore, and landing craft, which focus on ship-to-shore movements. This instructive volume containing 530 photographs will provide enthusiasts and historians with a lively and engaging guide to a fascinating subject.
  • ABQBI
    Philip J. Jarrett
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    Spiffing gift book for aviation fanatics everywhere. Hello chaps! You know, I've spent the best years of my life in dogfights flying some of the world's finest aeroplanes - now I find all my favourites are in this jolly old book, "The Colour Encyclopedia of Incredible Aeroplanes". From my old chariot the Spitfire right through to the Aircanad BD-19 RGS, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know. Pick up technical bits and bobs from the specification of every plane, to country of origin, type, performance and climb rate (I know you'll be interested in that!) as well as nerve-tingling quotes from many of my old muckers. See the whites of pilots eyes in jolly aeroplane shots from every angle - watch them zooming through the sky and from every enticing angle. This is a proper, old-fashioned book with hundreds of handsome pictures, it's a damned attractive package. Chocs away!
  • 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.
  • ACVGP
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    This comprehensive guide provides essential information about British habitats and the creatures found in them, including mammals, amphibians and reptiles, freshwater and marine fish, and the many breeds of birds that visit and live on the islands. It details the physiology and anatomy of each species, together with fascinating information on their ecology and evolution, their senses, survival and reproductive habits. Animals, birds and fish are listed in three separate directories, and entries are illustrated with accurate watercolour artworks. There is a quick-glance fact box for each featured creature, with information about its distribution and habitat, food, size, breeding and rare or common status. The accompanying commentaries have been provided by expert naturalists and include tips for identification and notes on the species' habits and behaviour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ADATR
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    The American president is the most powerful and influential political leader in the world. As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, head of state and head of government, a handful of men have been elected to this exalted position. This visual directory of the early presidents of America looks at the roll call of the first men voted to high office. Their social backgrounds, education, military or legal training and career path to the presidency are presented along with an insightful analysis of the success each made of the role as statesman and politician. Illustrated with over 225 stunning archive photographs and paintings, this fascinating and accessible volume explores the formation of the United States and the political leaders who helped to steer a course through a century of domestic and international history.
  • AKIYQ
    Ahmed Fayaz
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    A superb reference for anyone interested in the world's tropical flora. Accessing detailed and accurate information on tropical plants is not always easy, yet there is a huge interest in the beautiful and fascinating flora from the tropical regions of the world. This book is the most comprehensive survey of tropical plants in a single publication to date. Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants brings together over 3,000 species of tropical plants selected to reflect the major plant groups in the tropics all over the world. It uses the most up-to-date nomenclature and systematics and arranges the species in family order, rather than by the usual alphabetical genus name, which makes identification and comparison of similar plants easier. Species descriptions include the plant's leaves, flowers, stems and fruit, as well as its native habitat, distribution, blooming season and zone. Full-colour photographs illustrate the major features of the plants described. Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants is an up-to-date, comprehensive and authoritative reference for botanists, horticulturists, professional growers and tropical plant enthusiasts.
  • ALCAC
    David McCandless
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    In this mind-blowing follow-up to the bestselling Information is Beautiful, the king of infographics David McCandless uses spectacular visuals to reveal unexpected insights into how the world really works. We are living in the Information Age, in which we are constantly bombarded with data - on television, in print and online. How can we relate to this mind-numbing overload? Enter David McCandless and his amazing infographics: simple, elegant ways to understand information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually. In his unique signature style, he creates dazzling displays that blend facts with their connections, contexts and relationships, making information meaningful, entertaining - and beautiful. Taking infographics to the next level, his new book Knowledge is Beautiful is an endlessly fascinating spin through the world of visualized data, which offers a deeper, more wide-ranging look at the world and its history. Covering everything from dog breeds and movie plots to the origins of life and a timeline of the far future, this stunning book is guaranteed to enrich your understanding of the world.
  • AFPRB
    David McCandless
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    A visual guide to how the world really works, through stunning infographics and data visualisations, thoroughly revised, recalculated and reimagined for this new edition. We are overwhelmed by information - from our phones, our televisions, our computers, our newspapers. This new edition of Information is Beautiful has been revised throughout with over 20 updates and 20 new visualisations. It offers shelter from the flood by visualising data in a new way that blends facts with their connections, their context and their relationships - making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful. This is information like you have never seen it before - easy to flick through but also engaging enough to study - information that comes to life in your hands and your eyes.
  • AKNVF
    Chris Bishop
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    From the first tanks to early submarines to the repeating rifle to the biplane, Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I examines key weapons from the Great War. It includes more than 300 pieces of equipment from handguns to zeppelins. Each weapon system is illustrated with a detailed profile artwork and a photograph showing the weapons system in service. Accompanying the illustrative material is detailed text that lists each weapon's service history, the numbers built, and its variants, as well as full specifications. Which tanks were first used at Cambrai? What was created in response to the request for a 'bloody paralyser'? What was the range of the Paris gun? Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I answers these questions and many more. Packed with artworks, photographs and information on each featured weapon, Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I is a fantastic book for any general reader or military enthusiast.
  • AFMPE
    Daniel Bukszpan
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    This is special 10-Year Anniversary Edition - with lots of new and updated material. Since its roots in 60s-era rock, heavy metal has smashed eardrums and shattered musical boundaries, inspiring millions around the world to grab an electric guitar and crank their amplifiers up to eleven. In this essential, irreverent and illustrated guide to all things metal, veteran headbanger Daniel Bukszpan narrates the history of the music, from trailblazing acts Black Sabbath, Metallica and AC/DC to modern standouts like Killswitch Engage, Mastodon and Girlschool.