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Savonarola: A Tragedy [In Verse] by Alfred Austin (£68.00)Publisher: MacMillan & Co. — 1891Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with mottling to both boards. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Heavy tanning to first and last blanks facing the pastedowns. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: 2nd edition. [First Edition: 1881] A play based on the activities of Girolamo Savonarola. Savonarola was an Italian Dominican friar and an influential contributor to the politics of Florence from 1494 until his execution in 1498. He was known for his book burning, destruction of what he considered immoral art, and his perception of what he thought the Renaissance — which began in his Florence and was at its beginning — ought to become. He vehemently preached against the moral corruption of much of the clergy at the time, and his main opponent was Rodrigo Borgia, who was Pope Alexander VI from 1492, through Savonarola's death, to 1498.Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". [IX] 306 pages. Tags: adherents and austere aversion built careggi enthusiasm followers government held luigi marcuccio medicean medici oligarchs people pious political pulci religious roysterers salviati savonarola supremacy teaching the villa whimperers who
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The Shorter Cambridge Medieval History by C. W. Previte´-Orton (£62.00)Publisher: Cambridge at The University Press — 1952Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of both volumes with a triangular chip to the middle of volume I which has slightly more edgewear than volume 2. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Tables;Genealogical Tables; PortraitFrontisNotes: Size: 8¾" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI/XIX] 1202 pages. Tags: middle ages europe history 476-1492 the later roman empire twelfth century 392-814 renaissance 1450 world previte´-orton first editions firsts printings 1st
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Medieval Sculpture by Roberto Salvini (£31.00)Publisher: London: Michael Joseph — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718105788]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge dye has run slightly on the first blank and pastedown. Slight and light spotting to the start and finish. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Jacket illustration: Gothic Pieta from Seeon, Bavaria c. 1420-30. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates;

From the cover: “The history of medieval sculpture in Western Europe is often described as a gradual rediscovery of technical skill and naturalism. In this volume, the author approaches his subject from a different angle, tracing the development of sculpture against a background of changing political, social and religious structures and in relation to the growth of written and spoken languages. He demonstrates that a new kind of sculpture, a humble, popular style which developed from Roman provincial sculpture, appeared and existed side by side with courtly styles which preserved or rediscovered much of the dignity of Late Classical art.

As feudalism declined, this dichotomy between the popular and courtly disappeared. The first literary Romance languages took root and regional Romanesque styles developed, identified with religious architecture and sculptors like Gislebertus, Wiligelmo and Antelami.

In the Gothic age, national idioms developed in the figurative arts as France, England and Germany became unified monarchical states. In Italy a national consciousness, on a cultural level, evolved; with it are associated the sculptors of the Pisano family and the cathedrals they decorated in Pisa and Siena.

As the Renaissance flowered in Italy and southern France, the Late Gothic style continued in the north, especially in Germany, where the work of Riemen-schneider and Veil Stoss is outstanding in this period.

This volume, spanning over 1,000 years from the fifth to the fifteenth century, contains a remarkable selection of illustrations which follow closely the historical development and represent the finest examples of Medieval art.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Peter & Linda Murray. Size: 9¾" x 8¼". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the History of Western Sculpture series. 368 pages. Tags: 0718105788 history western sculpture medieval brunelleschi donatello middle ages romanesque gothic naturalism naturalism constantinian reliefs barbaric jewellery illumination metalwork ornamentation roman byzantine art
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Pegasus and The Arts by Edited by Claudia Brink & Wilhelm Hornbostel (£31.00)Publisher: Munchen: Deutscher Kunstverlag — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 3422061118]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, with a short closed tear to the head of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Black & white plates; Colour frontispiece;

From the cover: “This volume, initially published in German to accompany the exhibition »Pegasus und die Kunste«, takes as its subject the many-sided history of the winged horse. It gathers together essays on the sources of the Pegasus myth in Antiquity, on astrology and on aspects of the artistic reception of the Pegasus motif from the 15th century to the 19th century. Pegasus, who came into being by springing from the severed neck of the snake-haired Medusa, is distinguished by two particular capacities, both of which have always exerted considerable fascination. Through physical strength and speed, he brought victory to both mythical heroes and earthly rulers; as the Muses’ steed, meanwhile, he possessed the gift of spurring the imagination of poets and artists. The selected examples — vase painting and sculpture from Antiquity, Renaissance and Baroque prints and paintings, works from the 19th century — offer new insights into the iconography of the winged horse and his particular significance for the arts.

This catalogue is a compendium of the iconography of Pegasus, and one that will prove indispensable for all those with an interest in this subject.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9". Black boards with White titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: pegasus greek mythology art exhibitions, horses art exhibitions, art exhibitions, horses mythology exhibitions, art mythology exhibitions, pegasus art, pegasus iconography, mythology depictions, first edition books, books claudia brink wilhelm hornbostel
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Andrea Mantegna by Suzanne Boorsch, Keith Christiansen, David Ekserdjian, Charles Hope, David Landau Et. Al. (£29.00)Publisher: Milano: Electa — 1992Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0900946407]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: A catalogue of an exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 17th to April 5th, 1992, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 5th to July 12th, 1992. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Appendices [2];Notes: Size: 11½" x 9¾". [XI] 499 pages. Tags: royal academy arts great britain, metropolitan museum art new york, andrea mantegna exhibitions catalogs, italian 15th century mural painting, renaissance italy catalogs, artists italy, Mantegna painting, books written boorsch, 0900946407
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Drevnerusskie Goroda: Pamiatniki Zodchestva XI-XVII vv (Old Russian Towns) by V. Kostochkin (£29.00)Publisher: Moskva: Iskusstvo — 1972Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Slip Case. Slip case now rather battered at the corners, somewhat discoloured and soiled. Gently faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Black & White Drawings; Main text is in Russian (Cyrillic), with English & Russian captions to the plates.Notes: Size: 12" x 10". Embossed Illustrated White boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 0 pages. Tags: architecture soviet union, russia, medieval russia, renaissance russia, federation, first edition books, written kostochkin
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Music in Theory and Practice Volume II by Bruce Benward & Marilyn Saker (£27.00)Publisher: Boston & London: McGraw-Hill — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0072414324]Condition: Near Fine. Remains in publishers original, now quite tatty, shrink wrap. CD-Rom sealed within. Description: 7th edition.Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8¾". [X] 347 pages. Tags: music theory renaissance baroque polyphony two-voice counterpoint fugue harmony classical sonata rondo mediants impressionistic related styles contemporary twelve-tone musicology study 0072414324
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England by Olive Cook; Angus Wilson; (£26.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0500240779]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ snagged at the head of the spine. Pages very gently age-tanned. A nice copy.Description: 138 photogravuew plates, 8 colour plates and a map. Contents: Map of England; Introduction; Before the Norman Conquest; Medieval And Tudor; Renaissance And Georgian; Victorian And Modern; Index;Notes: Illustrated by Edwin Smith (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by Angus Wilson. Size: 12¼" x 9¾". 224 pages. Tags: tudor renaissance georgian victorian norman conquest
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The Art of Flowers by Laurence Buffet-Challié (£24.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pleasant overall but has two short closed tears to the top edge, one at the head of the spine and the other at the head of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Box a little faded and marked but more than acceptable.Description: 41 colour plates. 87 black and white illustrations. 78 explanatory diagrams. From the cover: “The flower as a decorative object is an integral part of the home and in recent times has become an important element in the art of interior design. Here, for the first time, the national styles of Germany, England, France, Italy and Scandinavia have been compared, each influenced by the particular climate, way of life, and artistic history of their country. The book begins with the study of basic forms and techniques; later the amateur is taught how to exploit the natural beauty of flowers, how to see colours and arrange a design which will blend in with its setting. The flower arrangements are shown simply and clearly; explanatory diagrams of their construction appear next to the magnificent colour plates or black and white illustrations, most of which have been especially photographed for this book. The author, a specialist in the art of decoration, writes in collaboration with Jacques Bedat, an eminent florist, who created many of the flower arrangements reproduced, and whose creative fantasy is shown in his arrangements for the Rothschilds, the Duchess of Windsor, Renault, Citroen and many others. The Art of Flowers is dedicated to the flower-lover, whether the source of his pleasure is growing, arranging or just looking at flowers.”Notes: Illustrated by Jacques Bedat. Size: 9¾" x 10¼". Red boards with Blue titling to the Spine. 207 pages. Tags: advice almond analogous anemone anne’s architectural arrangements aster asymmetrical atmosphere autumn baby’s banquet barbecue basic baskets bellflower berry birthday bishop-thorpe blackamoor bleeding blossoms breath buffets bulrush buttercup calla camaieu camellia candle-cups caring carnation centaury chips christening chrysanthemum classical cleaning clearlife clematis climbing collecting colour conditioning containers contrast cornflower cutters cymbidium daisy
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Ornamental Design 1850 Ornementale Kunst 1850 Motifs Ornementaux 1850 Design Ornementale 1850 El Diseno Ornamental 1850 by Pepin Van Roojen (£24.00)Publisher: Amsterdam: The Pepin Press — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9054960302]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers with a small sticker ghost to the upper panel. Text block has a faint ripple throughout although the plates are well preserved. A good copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates;

From the cover: “The material presented in this book was originally published in the early 1870s, and representative of styles prevalent in the preceding decades. This was a period during which ornamental design became increasingly widespread, but, ironically, not a time during which many new designs were developed. Instead, the past was raided by architects, artists and craftsmen, and shapes and patterns that at one point in history may have had revered meanings, were copied, altered, combined or split to pieces, without much consideration for their original purpose. However, the result is a wealth of beautiful design. Practically every ornamental style known to early and mid-nineteenth century Europeans, from ancient Egyptian to Baroque, is represented here. The main items illustrated are ceramics, metalware, glass objects, furniture, carpets and other textiles, either complete, or in detail. There are also some architectural elements and examples of interior decoration.

Design inspired by ancient ancient Egypt displays the presence of stylised lotus flowers, motifs reminiscent of hieroglyphs, zig-zag patterns and spiralling constructions. Many examples of Greek ornamental design were copied from friezes on which mythical events were recorded. Very popular Greek ornaments are fret, spiral and bead borders, variations on the echinus (egg and dart), the acanthus and rosettes and palmettes. A principal characteristic of Greek design is the use of columns in architecture and interiors, topped with elaborate capitals. Very simply put, Roman adornment seems to have been largely an exuberant extension of the Greek visual vocabulary, with Etruscan elements added. Some of the mosaic designs in this book were clearly based on Pompeian originals. The so-called Byzantine school is a blending of styles: Greek, Roman, and early Christian ornaments, combined with elements from Persia and Syria. Byzantine ornamentation was one of the sources of Islamic decorative style, with elaborate geometrical patterns due to the interdiction of representations of living things. Illustrative of the Moorish style are the inter-woven formations based on Arabic calligraphy. The Gothic period contributed, among others, variations on the clover leaf: trefoils, quatrefoils and cinquefoils, but also the fleur-de-lis and the Tudor rose. During the Renaissance, the classical Greco-Roman models were rejuvenated and complemented with elements from the Near Orient. Especially in architecture, classical orders were followed. In ornamental design, freer patterns became fashionable. Of course, the Renaissance motifs used during the period covered by this book, were, again, often combined with other styles.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". 376 pages. Tags: roojen 9054960302 decoration ornament design manuals historic styles ornamental style ceramics metalware glass objects furniture carpets leaf trefoils quatrefoils cinquefoils renaissance motifs
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Renaissance Architecture in Venice 1450-1540 by Ralph Lieberman (£24.00)Publisher: Frederick Muller — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0584950349]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Lower panel a little tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank alongside a small area of spotting. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs [109]; Colour Photographs [16]; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “Venice has long been hymned as the most beautiful city in the world: a fantastic urban complex delicately and evocatively built in the midst of a lagoon, her main thoroughfares forming an aqueous network plied by gondolas and barges. One of the world’s first republics, for centuries Venice wielded awesome power and imposed her symbol, the Lion of St Mark, throughout the Mediterranean. And because she sat enthroned at the major junction between the Byzantine East and the Latin West, between the Gothic North and Italy, still rooted in her Classical past, her art and architecture reflected an extraordinary spectrum of influences, traditions and concepts.

This handsomely illustrated book surveys the ninety years between 1450 and 1540, which saw the transformation of Venetian architecture from florid late Gothic to the first examples of the High Renaissance style. These were the decades in which some of the city’s most famous and magnificent structures were built, including the churches of San Zaccaria and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, the Scala dei Giganti in the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Libreria Marciana, and the Scuola San Rocco. It was during this period, too, that the Piazza San Marco and the Piazzetta were dramatically transformed.

The author demonstrates that the architecture of this period was dominated by an ever-changing search for a unique and idiomatic style that would unite two of Venice’s local traditions, the Byzantine and the Gothic, as well as the influences of ancient Rome and the new concepts that were flowering in Florence and Rome. By displaying the rich and often bewildering variety of the buildings, this book reveals that the Early Renaissance in Venetian architecture may be understood as an attitude rather than as a specific style. Lieberman finally urges that the book should be an aid to looking at the buildings in Venice, not a substitute for it. The book is sufficient in itself, but its beautiful pictures and wealth of information compel one to experience more closely this startling period of architecture in Venice.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 11¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: 9780584950342 architecture history art design styles and town planning renaissance italy venice veneto buildings structures architectural features 1450-1540 italian ralph lieberman 0584950349 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Eye of Man: Form and Content in Western Painting by Selden Rodman (£24.00)Publisher: New York: Devin-Adair — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and gubby with rubbing to the spine ends and corners. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pastedowns and endpapers browned with pencil doodles to the rear pastedown and blank. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “This is the book on modern art that a new generation has been waiting for.

In these pages, inflated artistic reputations are punctured, the heads of revered critics topple, and sacrosanct movements are exposed to the glaring test of their capacity for reflecting and creating life. But, most important, Mr. Rodman describes the achievements and aims of a new group of painters who express human and spiritual values without sacrificing the vital knowledge attained by the great formalists from Cezanne to Matisse.

The Eye of Man argues powerfully for that dynamic, expressive art which avoids the pretentiousness of purely formal painting without content, and which never is debased to the level of mere illustration.

Asserting that our age has carried private painting to extremes that have caused an almost complete lack of communication between artist and public, Selden Rodman passionately affirms the place of recognizable content and spiritual values in painting.

In the course of his argument, Mr. Rodman reassesses Western art from the Byzantines to the present and analyzes from a fresh viewpoint the works of the great pictorial spokesmen for humanity: Giotto, Gruenewald, El Greco, Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Van Gogh, Orozco, Rouault, and Shahn — artists whose meaning and vitality have lately suffered from the rewriting of art histories by formalist aestheticians”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¼". Black Spine Strip over Grey boards with Red titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 182 pages. Tags: art painting quattrocento masacci renaissance michelangelo tintoretto classicism poussin realism millet corot manet impressionists byzantine romanesque gothic expressionism munch berenson totalitarianism primitivism artist society painters
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The Civilisation Of The Renaissance In Italy by Jacob Burckhardt (£23.00)Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein & Co. — 1892Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards with fading to the spine. Damp marked to the leading edge of both pastedowns and blanks but no further into the text although visible at the bottom corner of the text block. Hinges weakening. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: The translation of “Cultur der Renaissance in Italien”. Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Half-Guinea International Library series. [XVI] 559 pages. Tags: renaissance italy history 15th century 16th civilization jacob burckhardt half-guinea international librray samuel george chetwynd middlemore
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World Drama: From Aeschylus to Anouilh by Allardyce Nicoll (£22.50)Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. — 1949Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with 64 half-tone plates.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 1000 pages. Tags: dramatic conventions greece greek theatre sophocles aristophanes old comedy menander mimes comic world plautus roman stage religious drama profane middle ages liturgy liturgical plays moralities farces interludes renaissance tragedy melodrama pastorals operas french romanticism classicism spanish lope vega calderon cervantes moreto jesuits professional public shakespeare tragi-comedies history seventeenth-century realistic ben
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Harewood House: One of the Treasure Houses of Britain by Mary Mauchline (£22.00)Publisher: Ashbourne: Moorland Publishing Co. Ltd. — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0861903668]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1974] Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs; Genealogical tables;

From the cover: “Harewood House has been the Lascelles family home for over 200 years. Built by John Carr of York over a period of eleven years between 1759-1771, the spectacular interior is the work of the Scottish architect Robert Adam. He designed the exquisite ceilings decorated by Joseph Rose, Biaglio Rebecca and Antonio Zucchi. The house contains unrivalled furniture made especially for Harewood by Thomas Chippendale, born only a few miles up the Wharfe Valley at Otley, and a famous collection of Sevres porcelain.

Harewood House is surrounded by 1,000 acres of fine parkland, gardens and woodland shaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the creator of eighteenth-century English landscaping.

In the rooms hang many distinguished family portraits painted by such renowned artists as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney, John Hoppner and Sir Thomas Lawrence, water-colours by J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Girtin, and Renaissance masterpieces by Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto and El Greco. Many of the Italian pictures were collected by Henry, the Sixth Earl of Harewood and husband of HRH Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, who lived here from 1929 until her death in 1965.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: mauchline stately homes west yorkshire england lascelles family harewood house leeds 0861903668 9780861903665
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Monarchs of the Sea: The Great Ocean Liners by Kurt Ulrich (£22.00)Publisher: London: Taurus Parke — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1860643736]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, untidy, tear at the head of the spine and light fading to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Jacket illustration: The Navarino sailing into Venice. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;

From the cover: “THE TITANIC SET SAIL on her maiden voyage on 10 April 1912, the ship represented the essence of glamour, romance, high technology and not a little frisson of danger in an age when travel by sea could still prove hazardous. But the mythology surrounding the Titanic has overshadowed the fact that this ship also represented a new age of transportation when commerce, the rapid expansion of the US economy and mass migration from Europe to North America was forging a new travel industry.

The disaster of the Titanic in no way inhibited the rapid development of luxury liners. The 60 years that followed the saga of the Titanic are laden with the names of even greater liners — the Imperator, Ile de France, Normandie, Empress of Britain, Bremen, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, SS United States, France and many others.

This book surveys the colourful history of sea travel, from the early days through to the age when the great luxury liners of the twentieth century ruled the waves. It portrays the imposing presence of the Imperator, the haughty grandeur of the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, the elegance and glitter of the Normandie and the France, the efficiency and style of the Bremen, the speed and the brash daring of the SS United States and finally the last of the great liners — the QE2, attempting, like Britain, to define a new role for itself without abandoning its traditions. Each great ship epitomised the designs and fashions of its age while at the same time representing the national aspirations of its flag nation. With national prestige at stake, competition between these ships — whether for elegance, luxury, technology or speed — was intense.

Through the pages of this lavishly illustrated book we not only witness the evolution of twentieth-century style and design which was encapsulated in the luxury liners, but also meet some of the icons of the century: the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Frank Sinatra.

No other book charts so beautifully the new generation of luxury ships that have inherited the seas. Today’s cruise liners, with names like Carnival Destiny, Pacific Princess and Song of Norway represent a new level of sophistication and have heralded a renaissance of interest in luxury ocean travel.”
Notes: Size: 12¾" x 12¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 264 pages. Tags: ocean liners pictorial works history 20th century merchant vessels ships
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Piero Della Francesca by Birgit Laskowski (£21.00)Publisher: Könemann — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 3829002475]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small scuff mid-way to the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Chronological Tables; Colour Plates;

From the cover: “As the pioneer of a new conception of art, Piero della Francesca (ca. 1420-1492) had a lasting influence on the development of Italian art in the mid-15th century. The glowing colours and spiritual calm of his compositions, and the equally powerful and sublime figures in his pictures form a highlight of Early Renaissance painting, at the same time radiating an astonishingly modern atmosphere. He succeeded as scarcely any other artist before and since in harmonizing his own philosophy of life, characterized by devoutness and spirituality, with the artistic and scientific discoveries of his age. This made Piero one of the most important artists linking the Gothic and Renaissance eras, tradition and the modern age.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 10¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 120 pages. Tags: piero della francesca 1420-1492 1416 -1492 art instruction italy painters painting renaissance history individual artists european artist design styles birgit laskowski 3829002475 fiona hulsefirst editions firsts first printings 1st
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Fashion from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day by Mila Contini (£20.00)Publisher: Paul Hamlyn — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with two short, closed and tape reinforced, tears to the head and tail of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The history of fashion is the history of life. For fashion is far more than the wearing of clothes; the primitive caveman with his blue paint, the Cretan ladies who left their bosoms bare, were following fashion. The hair styles on Roman statues, the social life of the Renaissance courts, even the slim-hipped, boyish figures of twentieth-century women, are largely the result of fashion.

Since earliest times a person’s clothes have been able to reflect his status, taste, profession, and the history and climate of the country he inhabits. So much is the character of man expressed in his clothes that a book such as this, which shows changing fashions from the earliest to the most recent times, is a history book of a peculiarly fascinating kind.

Nearly 550 illustrations, all but a few in colour, trace the history of clothes since the dawn of civilisation in Egypt. There is no guesswork — the eras are illustrated from art contemporary with the period; drawings, bas-relief carvings, statues, ancient manuscripts, great paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, engravings, and clothes and accessories now preserved in museums, all can be found in this absorbing book..”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Count Emilio Pucci & Janey Ironside. Size: 12" x 8". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 321 pages. Tags: 20th aesthetics century clothes costume dress europe fashion history
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New London Architecture by Kenneth Powell (£20.00)Publisher: London: Merrell — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1858941504]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily at the foot of the upper panel and the tail of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “London today is vibrantly reinventing itself, and the quality of its new buildings is putting the city at the forefront of world architectural innovation. Through a wealth of stunning new projects and bold revisions of its older buildings, architects from all quarters are reimagining London’s cityscape.

New London Architecture paints a comprehensive picture of the most important recent developments in London, as well as works yet to be completed. Renowned architectural writer Kenneth Powell examines over 100 different projects, and traces the political manoeuvring and creative flowerings that are reshaping modern London.

The architectural renaissance of Britain’s capital has affected the design of everything from residential skyscrapers to corporate offices; from internationally important sports facilities to chic new boutiques; from imaginative new medical centres and libraries to striking riverside dwellings for students. This book illustrates in full colour not just the headline-grabbing public works such as the British Airways London Eye, the Jubilee line extension, the Millennium Bridge and interventions at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, but also a wide variety of smaller-scale projects that together offer a manifesto for radical change.

Old battle lines between radicalism and conservatism have been abandoned as Londoners are proving themselves ever more ready to respond to the ambitious and dynamic changes happening around them. Norman Foster’s Swiss Re tower — the controversial ‘gherkin’ — being built in the heart of London’s financial district could not have been countenanced even a decade ago. The Prince of Wales’s famous attack on the proposed National Gallery extension as “a monstrous carbuncle” now appears entirely outmoded.

With illustrations, plans and critical texts of the projects that are combining to reinvigorate London’s urban landscape, New London Architecture provides a detailed and authoritative portrait, indispensable to professionals and public alike, of a city avid to embrace”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 9¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: tate britain london architecture 20th century england buildings history structures english architectural critics architects firms commercial housing art galleries isles
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The Complete Book of Furniture Restoration by Tristan Salazar (£19.00)Publisher: Bison — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0861240898]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “The skills of a furniture restorer will help you make the most of bargains still to be found in rummage sales and auctions. The Complete Book of Furniture Restoration enables you to recognize different woods and explains how they are related to styles of furniture, and teaches you to look at a piece as an expert would.. Full of practical hints and advice easy enough for even the most unskilled to follow, it will introduce the newcomer to the pleasures of working with wood and extend the skills of the already experienced. This book is a must for all those trying to furnish their homes without spending a fortune.”Notes: 160 pages. Tags: adam and anne antique antiques art baluster baroque beading bed beds bevel book bridal burr-walnut cabinet cabinet-making cabinets carpentry carved carver case cassette century chair chair-back chairs chest chestnut chests chippendale clock clocks collectibles collectors commode cornice cots cottage court cradles cressent cromwellian cupboard cupboards day dentils dining drawers dutch early
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Witch: A Magickal Journey: A Hip Guide to Modern Witchcraft by Fiona Horne (£19.00)Publisher: Thorsons — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0007103999]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Signed by the author on the title page ‘Blessed Be. Julia’ — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.Notes: Size: 8½" x 8". 358 pages. Tags: characteristics self- acknowledgement non-conformism rosicrucianism reincarnation neo-platonist enlightenment warren-clarke devil-worship daemonologie nature-based christianity albert-louis role-playing prostitution prosecutions spiritualism supernatural theosophical celebrations astronomical alexandrians rosenberger rosicrucian accusations pennethorne kabbalistic inquisition handfasting promiscuity summerlands reawakening freemasonry clutterbuck maleficarum alternative formulation renaissance persecution intolerance isis-urania resurfacing reformation preparation allegations development protestants personality traditional demonology
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Italy 1530-1630 by Eric Cochrane (£18.50)Publisher: London & New York: Longman — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0582483646]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has slipped a little, moving the titling off-centre on the spine and exposing the original fold on the leading edge of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white plates [12]; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Italy 1530-1630 is the latest volume to appear in the distinguished Longman History of Italy, edited by Professor Denys Hay. It covers what is, for most English-speaking readers, one of the most obscure periods of Italian history. What we do hear of it is almost always pejorative, an unrelieved tale of political absolutism, rural refeudalization, economic crisis, religious repression, and cultural decline. But this picture is both incomplete and inaccurate, and in his eagerly-awaited survey Eric Cochrane has at last given the period its due. It magnificently sums up a lifetime’s study of this neglected century.

The period begins with the Sack of Rome in 1527 and the chaos of foreign invasion, and it ends with a series of destabilizing shocks — the War of Monferrato, the conflict between Pope Paul V and Venice, and the ravages of plague. Yet this century also saw the completion of the great masterpieces of the High Renaissance by Michelangelo and his contemporaries and the audacious experiments of their Mannerist and early Baroque successors. Professor Cochrane examines the achievements of these later masters with a seriousness and sympathy they have not always received from English-speaking historians. Their work, he argues, must be seen as a development, and not as a rejection, of their High Renaissance models.

But the achievements of the age were not solely artistic. The Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in 1559 brought fifty years of peace, stability, and development — a time of political reconstruction, population increase, and industrial and commercial recovery. This was an age of profound religious piety and ecclesiastical reform: the age of Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus, of Carlo Borromeo, and above all of the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation. Indeed, it was also an age of intellectual ferment, before the trial and abjuration of Galileo in 1633.

The history of Italy in the century after the Renaissance is a giant puzzle. Finding all the pieces, let alone fitting them together convincingly, is a quixotic goal. Yet Eric Cochrane, in his final challenging testament, not only gives shape to the period but also brings it exuberantly alive.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the Longman History of Italy series. [XIII] 313 pages. Tags: cochrane kirshner longman history italy 16th century 17th sack rome high renaissance political order european europe tridentine reform 0582483646
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of American Literature by Peter Conn (£18.50)Publisher: Guild — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Single, but distinct, vertical crease to the spine of the dustwrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “The Cambridge Illustrated History of American Literature is a richly illustrated, authoritative account of the entire span of American literature from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to the writing of the 1980s. In a single, comprehensive volume Peter Conn summarizes the distinctive achievements of the novelists, poets, playwrights, and prose writers who have produced America’s literary heritage. While the focus is on literary texts, the book’s seven chapters also locate American writing in relevant historical and cultural contexts.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ken Vail. Size: 10" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 587 pages. Tags: literature america american history criticism puritan prose sermons diaries histories poetry anne bradstreet edward taylot independence early novels romanticism writers new england transcendentalism ralph waldo emerson henry david thoreau margaret fuller historians utopians nathaniel hawthorne herman melville walt whitman civil war emily dickinson literary enterprise realism james samuel clemens
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Tygers of Wrath by X. J. Kennedy (£18.00)Publisher: University of Georgia Press — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0820305359]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very small closed tear to top edge of upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: So many anthologies have been devoted to the poetry of love that it seemed high time for the poetry of hate to have one, declares X. J. Kennedy in his introduction to this memorable array of vituperative poems. For the first time, great poems of anger and invective in the English language are brought together, with selections from the Renaissance to the present day. Most major poets of the language are represented, as well as many better-known contemporaries, in addition to unexpected diatribes by Emily Bronte, Cardinal Newman, and Ernest Hemingway. 282pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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The European Reformations by Edited by Alec Ryrie (£17.50)Publisher: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan — 2006Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1403920427]Condition: Very Good. Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia occasionally throughout the text. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Contains: Glossary;Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5½"). In the Palgrave Advances series. [XI] 300 pages. Tags: palgrave advances reformation lutheran religion renaissance humanism religious persecution warfare church history reformations europe problems 1403920427 9781403920423
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British Towns by Oliver Benn (£16.50)Publisher: London: Bouverie House — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0953277119]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Having explored every aspect of Britain’s capital in his recent Benn’s London, photographer Oliver Benn casts his original eye over some of the most attractive and popular towns of England, Scotland and Wales. As with his previous books, people, activities and the contemporary scene are seen alongside the architecture, interiors and brief history. The 260 stunning colour photographs are complemented by lively essays from local authors in each town.

The towns featured in this book are chosen for their pictorial evocation of urban lifestyle throughout the ages, and are grouped under five thematic headings. The Medieval and Renaissance towns of Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick with their striking panoramas and atmospheric interiors are like a time capsule of an earlier age, but very much alive today as seats of learning and cultural attractions. The Georgian and Regency towns of Edinburgh, Bath and Brighton seem to retain the gracious air of eighteenth century life. The Cathedral Cities of Salisbury, Exeter and Lincoln remind us of the importance of our Christian heritage in the development of our urban centres.

As Peter Richards points out in his Introduction: “In essence, all towns are clusters of streets and houses that depend for their survival on commerce”. Ludlow, Richmond in Yorkshire and Saffron Walden are fine examples of traditional but flourishing Market Towns. Finally, the identity of our island has always been bound up with the sea, with its lure to adventure and economic significance. This aspect is revealed by the historic but still active Ports of Cardiff, Conwy and Dartmouth.

Benn’s photographs explore unfamiliar corners of towns we thought we knew and familiar places from unfamiliar angles: from above, from street-level and from the inside. The British town is shown as: “a magnificent diversity of buildings and townscapes”.”
Notes: Illustrated by Oliver Benn. Size: 10" x 10½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 175 pages. Tags: benn oliver 0953277119 cities towns britain architectural photography british isles depictions england views topography
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Complete Book of Furniture Restoration by Tristan Salazar (£16.50)Publisher: Tiger International — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1870461479]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: First in this edition. [First: Bison, 1980] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The skills of a furniture restorer will help you make the most of bargains still to be found in rummage sales and auctions. The Complete Book of Furniture Restoration enables you to recognize different woods and explains how they are related to styles of furniture, and teaches you to look at a piece as an expert would.

The book details the tools you need and how to use and maintain them, and how to improvise to keep costs down. It has sections on chairs, cabinets, and tables, illustrating the most common faults, how they are caused and how to repair them in keeping with the style of furniture. The techniques are explained clearly enough for even the complete beginner to follow. The author shows how to remove scratches, dents and cigarette burns without spoiling the patina which gives old furniture much of its value. The art of reupholstering sagging chairs and sofas is made clear and a final section deals with repairs to wicker and rush furniture.

The Complete Book of Furniture Restoration, written by Tristan Salazar, an experienced restorer, is extensively illustrated with over 250 step-by-step diagrams and photographs. Full of practical hints and advice easy enough for even the most unskilled to follow, it will introduce the newcomer to the pleasures of working with wood and extend the skills of the already experienced. This book is a must for all those trying to furnish their homes without spending a fortune..”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: adam and anne antique antiques art baluster baroque beading bed beds bevel book bridal burr-walnut cabinet cabinet-making cabinets carpentry carved carver case cassette century chair chair-back chairs chest chestnut chests chippendale clock clocks collectibles collectors commode cornice cots cottage court cradles cressent cromwellian cupboard cupboards day dentils dining drawers dutch early
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History of World Exploration by John Keay (£16.00)Publisher: Mallard Press — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0792453255]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Previous owners inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white & colour photographs, maps and drawings. From the cover: “The history of the exploration of our world is a heroic adventure, a centuries-old quest to extend the limit of our physical horizons and to test our courage and fortitude. The stories of these explorers and their expeditions have, from ancient times, inspired and embodied the ascent of man. From Marco Polo, Columbus and Cook, Livingstone, Burton and Speke, to those intrepid polar explorers Scott and Amundsen, to Edmund Hillary who scaled the peak of Everest — all are a breed apart and all have their own remarkable stories to tell.”Notes: Size: 11½" x 8½". Cream boards with Black titling to the Spine. 322 pages. Tags: royal geographical society early exploration asia africa north america central south america oceanography antarctic exploration explorers expeditions equipment expeditionary records motives for exploration discovery migrations colonization spanish conquistadores polynesians remotest islands terrestrial explorers david livingstone zambezi cartographv great geographer eratosthenes expedition earth chinese exploration zheng venetian traveller trade luxury
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How Was It Done? by David Gould (£14.50)Publisher: Readers Digest — 1999Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0276421922]Condition: Very Good. Pages lightly age-tanned toward the margins.Description: From the cover: “The progress of civilisation, from the dawn of time to the present, is shown through epic stories of single-minded determination, ingenuity and toil. The achievements of ordinary people are charted alongside the discoveries of geniuses to create a vivid reference book for anyone who ever asked How Was It Done?”Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 446 pages. Tags: polynesians vikings maia gama royal mail livingstone franklin’s search mummifying pharaohs celtic warrior burial medieval europe victorian etiquette pyramids stonehenge parthenon angkor wat great zimbabwe chartres cathedral inca taj mahal underwater tunnel panama canal sydney harbour brewing mesopotamla cattle drives escoffier shamans medicine men galen renaissance anatomists medical professionals battlefieid surgery roman senate domesday book bastille rasputin archimedean screw ptolemy alchemy copernican newton lavoisier babbage hanseatic league iron age smithy slave traders clipperships greek sparta hannibal mongolian aztec pizarro napoleon boer commandos alexandria gutenberg marconi roman mosaic stradivari beethoven statue liberty
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Raphael by ANON. (£13.00)Publisher: The Medici Society — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Good. Wraps tanned. Occasional light spotting, plates unaffected.Description: No. 4. 16 pasted on colour plates. From the introduction: “Raphael Sanzio was born at Urbino in 1483. He was the son of Giovanni Santi, an artist of some note at the small court of the Duke of Montefeltro. Raphael’s first master was Timoteo Viti, the Bolognese painter and pupil of Francia. Viti, having left his old home, Urbino, returned to it in 1495 and for the following five years Raphael worked under him.”. In the Masters in Colour series. Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7½". Tags: raphael umbrian school sanzio italian painters renaissance leonardo michelangelo fra bartolomeo florentine masters.
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The Greening of Medicine by Patrick Pietroni (£13.00)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780575043596]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine with commensurate ruffling to the DJ. Leans slightly.Description: The 1990s herald a new age of Green consciousness, an awareness of the importance of our relationships with the environment, with our fellow human beings and with our inner selves. In this hard-hitting book Dr Pietroni cogently reappraises medicine's current entrenched position, and calls for a renaissance in medical thought. As the medical profession's power becomes eroded by bureaucratisation, authoritarian attitudes and a reliance on drugs and high-tech surgery, patients are demanding more than a narrowly scientific approach to their health problems.Notes: Foreword or introduction by HRH The Prince of Wales. Size: 8¾" x 5½". 227 pages. Tags: Pietroni medical health problem surgery medicine Green bureaucratisation authoritarian
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The Illustrated Guide to Furniture by Andrew Brunt (£13.00)Publisher: Peerage — 1985Binding: Hardback (Laminated Boards) [ISBN: 1850520216]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. A comprehensive survey of furniture styles throughout the world from ancient times to the present. Over 80 colour photographs, including interiors 55 black and white photographs, 30 colour drawings, 140 line drawings, Directory of makers and designers, Glossary.Notes: Size: 9" x 6". 256 pages. Tags: porcelain stoneware lacquer japanning basketry caning mesopotamia oriental furniture renaissance ottoman mortise padfoot club secretary romayne work strapwork string-banding dormants turning veneer
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The Tower and the Glory by Wade Dooley with Gerry Greenberg (£13.00)Publisher: Mainstream — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1851584617]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight, but the colour plates have caused a slight undulation to the leaves. A nice copy all the same. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “FEW men have played a bigger role in England’s glorious Rugby Union renaissance than Wade Dooley, the 6ft 5in policeman they call the Blackpool Tower.

The giant lock’s unique ball-winning talents helped to lay the platform tor Will Carling’s record-breakers as they stormed to the World Cup Final and back-to-back Grand Slams in 1991 and 1992.

In his autobiography, Big Wade relives his colourful and sometimes controversial career which culminated in a fairytale 50th and final appearance when he led England out for the game that clinched the historic second Slam — and celebrated by scoring only the third try of his Test career!

Yet when he was plucked from obscurity in 1985 to solve an England injury crisis, the scenario could not have been more different. A junior player at Preston Grasshoppers, he was plunged into a side which lost more games than it won.

Wade took his chance with both hands and went on to clean out the world’s top lineout aces in a glittering career that spanned four continents and a triumphant British Lions tour to Australia in 1989.

With his success came England success. In Wade’s case it was all the more remarkable because, unlike his peers, he consistently had to bridge the gap between Fourth Division and international rugby. His big-match preparation was also unique, from training alone on the beaches and sand-dunes around Blackpool to locking himself away from his team-mates immediately before every match in a unique self-motivation exercise.

With the highs and lows there were also a handful of controversial incidents which earned Wade a reputation in some quarters as a man of violence. Anyone who knows him personally knows that to be demonstrably untrue; and his true character was probably best summed up in a special tribute from his great pal Paul Ackford published in The Observer six days before Wade’s final England game. The article is re-published in its entirety in this book.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: biography autobiography sports dooley wade rugby football players england union 1991 world cup and the grand slams player dooley with gerry greenberg 1851584617 first editions firsts printings 1st
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A Garden Lost In Time: The Mystery of the Ancient Gardens of Aberglasney by Penny David (£12.50)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297824848]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper, a further 2" closed tear to the foot of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “FOR HALF A CENTURY THE GARDENS at Aberglasney were left to decay. The Japanese knotweed — imported as a Victorian exotic — grew taller than a man, the yew and box ran wild, and ivy roots grew fat in the ancient stonework of the massive walls. The gardens all but disappeared beneath a shroud of green. Visitors forcing their way through this jungle noticed the unusual layout, and as word spread the importance of the site was acknowledged and — at last — an ambitious plan of restoration was put in hand. What those early visitors had seen were the raised, arcaded terrace walkways of an ancient garden. As the experts moved in and restoration began the questions provoked by the unfolding evidence became more startling still: was this the only survivor of a Renaissance plan in Britain, overlying a medieval garden? The mysterious and venerable yew tunnel was believed by some to be 1,000 years old, by others just 700. The nine gardens of Aberglasney were first mentioned by a fifteenth-century bard. This is the story of their fate under a succession of owners, whose varying fortunes brought fashionable changes at one moment and fateful neglect at another, culminating in a spiral of decline from which the rescue of the 1990s emerged as no less than miraculous. Through this compelling narrative history Penny David poses the myriad fascinating questions raised by the experts as they dug and delved into the structures — and meaning — of these ancient gardens.”Notes: Illustrated by Kathy de Witt (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by Penelope Hobhouse. Size: 10¾" x 8". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: garden history aberglasney house llangathen wales historic gardens conservation restoration excavations archaeology carmarthenshire antiquities design planning gardening structures landscaping
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Biblical Drama in England by Murray Roston (£12.50)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Top edges of text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Biblical drama in England from the Middle Ages to the Present Day. From the cover: “The twofold aims of this history of biblical drama is to provide a critical evaluation of the plays themselves in the context of their own times, and at the same time to suggest the insights they afford into the religious history of the English people.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 335 pages. Tags: mystery cycles milton byron yeats lawrence fry macleish mediaeval drama sanctity scriptural text medieval stage realism expressionism sacred profane old testament plays cain and noah plays early renaissance covenant christian terence john bale greek and latin plays later renaissance garter’s godlye susanna peele’s david and bethsabe censorship puritan opposition shakespeare biblical drama dramatic unities pageants masques drolls milton samson agonistes josephus plays dryden’s state innocence handelian compromise bible romanticized biblical melodrama biblical suffragettes nietzschean moses shavian wit religious drama society
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Black Holes: The End of the Universe? by John Taylor (£12.50)Publisher: Souvenir Press — 1974Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0285620983]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Top edges of text block dusty. Internally bright and clean.Description: Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")Tags: extraterrestrial electromagnetism instantaneously disenchantment thermodynamics self-creating gravitational intergalactic pre-cognition reincarnation singularities intelligence difficulties cosmological environments schwarschild quetzalcoatl annihilation renaissance annihilated destruction super-space interaction immortality singularity probability continuous condensing historical superspace generation relativity rotational definition ergosphere velocities antimatter collapsing destroying background elementary dialectic recession sumerians mechanics expanding beginning bootstrap particles supernova universes
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Christian Music: A Global History by Tim Dowley (£12.50)Publisher: Oxford: Lion Hudson — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780745953243]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Discography;

From the cover: “Music is at the heart of the world’s cultural heritage, and from the beginning has played an essential role in Christianity, with many of the greatest composers creating sacred music of all kinds.

In Christian Music: A Global History, Tim Dowley traces the story of Christian music from the earliest Jewish traditions through the Renaissance and Reformation to the present day, discussing both the various liturgical traditions and non-liturgical sacred music. Dowley also covers the intriguing history of hymns and sacred songs, and Christian expressions in modern jazz, folk, rock, and pop idioms.

This far-reaching volume ranges widely, with specialist features on Christian music worldwide, and a focus on such diverse topics as Christmas carols, the music of Handel and Bach, spirituals and the blues, medieval polyphony, Hildegard of Bingen, and Contemporary Christian Music.

The book also considers key questions, such as: What is Christian music? Is it solely music used in Christian worship? Or music with spirituality, with the power to move people? And what is the role of the Bible in all this?

Richly illustrated with almost two hundred photographs and pictures, Christian Music: A Global History is a book for anyone who is moved, inspired, or intrigued by any kind of music from the Christian tradition.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 8". Matching Pictorial boards. 263 pages. Tags: dowley church music sacred religious christianity religion christian rituals practice worship liturgy hymns 9780745953243
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Devil or Saviours by George W. F. Hallgarten (£12.50)Publisher: Oswald Wolff — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded with some loss at the head, tail and corners. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Pages lightly age-tanned. Top corner of the first blank clipped.Description: A history of dictatorship since 600 B.C. From the cover: “The author provides in this book the key to the understanding of one of the most important social and political phenomena: Dictatorship. In the author’s words, the strange figures who are potential dictators are as numerous as bacteria. Devils or Saviours shows the conditions in which such figures succeeded in establishing themselves on the historical stage, bringing tragedy and disaster in their wake. Only an historian of Hallgarten’s rank could undertake to write, in a single and not too voluminous book, the entire history of dictatorship from the old Greeks up to present times. Despite the exemplary conciseness of his style, a clear picture emerges of the historical and especially the social background of all the significant dictatorships since 600 B.C.; and the individual dictators and their methods are brought into sharp focus.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 343 pages. Tags: dictatorships dictator greek tyrants tyrants sicily roman history early capitalism renaissance english revolution oliver cromwell industrial capitalism french revolution louis napoleon spain portugal latin american dictators working-class movements totalitarian state communist dictatorships counter–revolution fascist national-socialist dictatorships non-communist dictatorships soviet union stalin caesar tyrants hiero syracuse cypselus polycrates samos joseph stalin despots hereditary despotism western political ideas tyrannical figures
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Raphael: The Life and the Legacy by David Thompson (£12.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563201495]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ.Description: Illustrated with colour & black and white plates. From the cover: “It was just thirty-seven years from Raphael’s birth in Urbino in 1483 to his death, at the height of his powers and on the threshold of new developments. Few artists have been as loved and admired in their own lifetime and few indeed — even among the glittering pantheon of Raphael’s own High Renaissance contemporaries — as prolific and successful. This, the quincentenary of his birth is, as David Thompson insists, a timely opportunity to strip from Raphael the centuries-long accretions of idolatry, and to recapture what it is that his art sets out to express.Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: raphael painters composition figure-drawing art academies pre-raphaelite brotherhood raphael-legacy fresco the school athens european culture italian renaissance marcantonio raimondi
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Romantic Writings by Edited by Stephen Bygrave (£12.50)Publisher: Routledge — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0415135788]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Romantic Writings is an ideal introduction to a wide range of poetry and prose from the period between about 1780 and 1830. The reader is guided through canonical works by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats and Shelley, and through lesser-known texts by women writers such as Mary Robinson, Letitia Elizabeth Landon and Felicia Hemans. The book introduces current debates about such issues as the Romantic artist, women writers and readers, and colonialism and the exotic. Romantic Writings has been designed for readers beginning undergraduate study in literature and is written in a lively and accessible style. Each chapter includes practical exercises in analysing significant passages of text and criticism, followed by detailed discussion. Also included are key critical texts by Stuart Curran, Raymond Schwab, Sigmund Freud and Rene Wellek.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". In the Approaching Literature series. 352 pages. Tags: allegory allen altered amanda britain british bygrave byron century colonialism concept conclusion contexts cornish corsair criticism curran defences england english european exotic freud gilroy graham great history hoffmann introduction irish kingdom kleist leask literary literature matthews narrative nigel novels oriental other poems poetry poets prelude prose raymond readers reading renaissance richard romantic romanticism schwab scottish sigmund stephen stuart susan theory uncanny united verse versions wellek welsh women writers writing
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Tolstoy by A. N. Wilson (£12.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0241121906]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed in places with short tears at the head of the spine. Bruised at the spine ends. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In this biography of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Wilson recounts the complex drama of the writer’s life: his childhood of aristocratic privilege but emotional deprivation, his discovery of his literary genius after aimless years of gambling and womanizing, and his increasingly disastrous marriage. Wilson sweeps away the long-held belief that Tolstoy’s works were the exact mirror of his life, and instead traces the roots of Tolstoy’s art to his relationship with God, with women, and with Russia. He also recreates the world that shaped the great novelist’s life and art — the turmoil of ideas and politics in 19th-century Russia and the literary renaissance that made Tolstoy’s work possible..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVIII] 572 pages. Tags: 20th authors autobiography biographies biography century covered criticism dates european fiction former graf history italian leo lev literary literature nikolaevich novelists novels other prose russian soviet studies tolsto tolstoi? tolstoi? tolstoy union writers
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A New History Of Music: The Middle Ages To Mozart by Henry Prunieres [Pruniéres] (£11.50)Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons — 1943Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with pulling at the head of the spine and tanning to the reverse. Boards lightly soiled. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Front pastedown coming unglued. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: The English translation of “Nouvelle histoire de la musique”.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Romain Rolland. Size: 8½" x 5¾". Green boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XV] 413 pages. Tags: amadeus and cantatas century classical criticism drama fifteenth french germany gluck handel haydn henry history invention italian lyrical mozart music musical oratorios opera-ballet opera polyphony purcell renaissance sacred sixteenth style the wolfgang works
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Francis Warner's Poetry: A Critical Assessment by Glyn Pursglove (£11.50)Publisher: Colin Smythe — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0861402715]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.Description: From the cover: “The poetry of Francis Warner is unlike that of any of his contemporaries in its blend of passion and scholarship. It is the work of a mind steeped in the great traditions of poetry — work that is learned and allusive, but simultaneously intense in its lyricism.

Glyn Pursglove, author of an earlier study of Warner’s plays Francis Warner and Tradition, provides a detailed account of this fascinating body of work, demon strating both its indebtedness to tradition and its profound originality. In a manner both scholarly and sensitive he clarifies the complex craftsmanship of Warner’s major poems and demonstrates the extraordinary formal inventiveness which characterizes so much of his work.

Central to Francis Warner’s achieve ment as a lyrical poet are several remarkable sequences of love poems. These are here afforded a poem-by-poem examination so that readers will find their pleasure in them enhanced by these meticulous and lively studies.

For all his attention to the detail of the poems, Glyn Pursglove does not neglect the larger themes that give continuity to Warner’s work. The reaffirmation of biblical and classical concepts of love — not just as a scholarly exercise but felt in the blood — is at the heart of all of his work as a poet and as a dramatist. It was perhaps inevitable that a poet so steeped in the lyrical forms of the Renaissance (the canzone, the madrigal, and above all the sonnet) should eventually turn his atten tion to Verse Drama. This study closes fittingly with two lengthy chapters de voted to Warner’s verse plays Moving Reflections and Living Creation, theatrical and poetic explorations of love and creativity set in the age of the Gospels, and Renaissance Florence.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 349 pages. Tags: active adler and anthology arnold auden babette ballads barrack baudelaire berry bertran bishop blunden born bridges brooke burgum byron caliban cassou caudwell cavalcanti charles chaucer chesterton christopher cornford cosgrave critical criticism dante day deutsch diogenes donne douglas edith edward edwin eliot emerson english ezra fical flecker francis garman gauguin georgian
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Italian Lakes and Mountains with Venice and Florence by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers; Stillman Rogers; Paul Karr; (£11.50)Publisher: Thomas Cook — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1841572497]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans slightly. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs and maps. From the introduction: “The scenic masterpiece of northern Italy’s lakes and mountains, taking in the Renaissance splendour of Venice and Florence, and the glamorous resort towns of the Italian Riviera, with suggested driving tours.”Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". In the Signpost Guides series. 288 pages. Tags: valle d’aosta turin lake maggiore lake como milan bergamo lake iseo brescia mantua lake garda valpolicella alto adige the dolomite road eastern dolomites alpine villages longobards romans austrians romantic city eastern alpine foothills western alpine foothills castles hilltop towns city palladio designed vicenza euganean hills padua brenta canal anthony’s shrine venetian summer palaces apennines bologna florence renaissance florence pisa tuscany riviera levante holiday beaches cliff-hung towns northem riviera levante genoa french border riviera ponente mediterranean
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Postmodernism and Its Discontents: Theories, Practices by Edited by E. Ann Kaplan (£11.50)Publisher: Verso — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0860919250]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Single reading crease to the spine. Leans slightly. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: 2nd printing. From the cover: “Contributors: Mike Davis; William Galperin; David E. James; Fredric Jameson; E. Ann Kaplan; Warren Montag; Fred Pfeil; Dana Polan; Robert Stam; Linda Williams;

On the current battlefield of cultural criticism and production, no term has been more vigorously contested than ‘postmodernism’. Defying clear definition, yet persisting as an indispensable category, it has become one of the central topics in the theory and practice of contemporary culture.

Postmodernism and Its Discontents collects some of the major theoretical statements in this debate, including the key intervention of Fredric Jameson, and pits them against original contributions by a range of younger writers who explore the terrain of postmodernism in a variety of cultural practices. Essays on poetry and punk culture, recent American fiction, rock videos, Hollywood and foreign film, and sports and soap operas complement more directly theoretical pieces which tackle, to repeat the title of one essay, ‘what is at stake in the debate on postmodernism’.

Above all, this collection is distinguished by its steadfast refusal to elide the determinate political issues posed by postmodernism. Each of the essays insists upon the materiality of cultural production, locating various postmodernist practices in the social conditions of contemporary life, including the overarching structures of gender and class..”
Notes: Size: 9" x 6". In the Haymarket series. [XI] 188 pages. Tags: 20th aesthetics analysis and ann arts aspects bakhtin century civilization consumer criticism critique cultural culture dana david davis debate feminism fred fredric galperin history james jameson jury kaplan left linda literary literature mike mikhail modern modernism montag oedipus off peers pfeil poetry polan popular postmodernism postmodernism? potholders production punk renaissance robert sliding social society sociology spirit stake stam stereotype subincisions the their today urban warren what william williams
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PSL Guide to War Gaming by Bruce Quarrie (£11.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0850594138]Condition: Good. An acceptable reading copy only. Ex-library with usual marks.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 152 pages. Tags: wargaming frontages wargames ancient warfare weapons mediaeval warfare crusades arms armour men-at-arms knights armour renaissance ottoman turks tudor england civil wars pike and shot napoleonic crimean war balaclava american civil colonial
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Renaissance Drama VII/1964 by Edited by S. Schoenbaum (£11.50)Publisher: Methuen — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Price Clipped. DJ slightly scuffed on back.Description: First published in 1956 as the annual report of the Modern Language Association Conference on Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, to provide a vehicle for conference minutes, texts of papers delivered at the meetings and lists of works in progress. Illustrated with line drawings. 157pp. Size: 8vo Medium (9" x 5½" approx.)Tags: SCHOENBAUM, (Ed.)
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German Literature in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Renaissance, Reformation, Baroque by Roy Pascal (£11.00)Publisher: London: The Cresset Press — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine which is nicked at the head. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. One gather more heavily tanned. Description: Number 2 in the series. Contains: Appendix;Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Introductions to German Literature series. [XIX] 274 pages. Tags: german literature, history criticism, bibliography, baroque criticism, renaissance germany, reformation germany, books written roy pascal, books edited august close, books the introductions german literature series
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The Tuscan & Venetian Artists: Their Thought & Work by Hope Rea (£11.00)Publisher: London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. — 1904Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Spine dulled. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: New & enlarged edition. Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Contains: Black & white photographs; Frontispiece;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir W. B. Richmond. Size: 7¾" x 5¼". Ruled & Decorated Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [VIII] 182 [2] pages. Tags: italian italy tuscany, venice, artists tuscany, venice, renaissance italy, books written hope rea, books introduced sir richmond
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European Architecture: From Earliest Times to the Present Day by Frank Hoar (£10.50)Publisher: Evans Brothers — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges and slightly discoloured. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The author, who lectures at London University, traces the development of architecture in Europe from the beginning of Greek civilisation to the present day. This is a highly comprehensive work which includes detailed sections on Byzantine, Roman and Gothic architecture. The effect of the Renaissance on Italian architecture and building in the rest of Europe is carefully examined and finally the author explains the latest architectural trends and suggests possible styles that may be used in the future. Of Dr. Hoar’s earlier book, An Introduction to English Architecture, The Times’ said, ‘Dr. Hoar writes as effortlessly as he draws’.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 293 pages. Tags: and architecture art baroque byzantine century civilizations classical derives era europe european experiment from gothic greek military nineteenth renaissance rest roman romanesque the twentieth
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