Art & Architecture

Art & Architecture

Art & Architecture

Art & Architecture

Gorgeous, high-end art tomes and collectable rare books at a fraction of the original price, selected for quality and scholarship and sheer beauty. Some are "coffee table" art books too or colouring books for adults, how to create art for yourself and learn from the experts or the Masters.

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Well, I am a Sunday painter.  It’s just that I paint every other day of the week as well.  - L.S. Lowry

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EPISODE ONE: HARDWICK HALL DVD
THE NATIONAL TRUST    Book Number: 82861
Bibliophile price: £4.50
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Near Mansfield in Derbyshire, Hardwick Hall is a spectacular Tudor treasure house dominating the surrounding area, a statement of wealth and an authority of its builder, Bess of Hardwick, England's...
EPISODE THREE: THE VYNE DVD
THE NATIONAL TRUST    Book Number: 82864
Bibliophile price: £6.00
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The Vyne is a Tudor mansion house situated near Basingstoke in Hampshire, built in the early 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. The house acquired a classical portico in ...
EPISODE FOUR: WADDESDON MANOR DVD
THE NATIONAL TRUST    Book Number: 82865
Bibliophile price: £6.00
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Built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of art treasures, Waddesdon Manor is an extraordinary testimony to Victorian ta...
FRANCIS BACON
HUGH DAVIES & SALLY YARD    Book Number: 83144
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Paperback

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"Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas." Francis Bacon the artist has steadfastly focussed on figurative subject matter in order to 'unlock the valves of fe...
HIROSHIGE
JANINA NENTWIG    Book Number: 83153
Bibliophile price: £10.00
Product format: Hardback

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The last great master of the ukiyo-e tradition of woodcut prints in Japan, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) produced landscapes, flowers, and birds of outstanding beauty in such series as The Fifty-Th...
IN GRAND STYLE: Celebrations in Korean Art
HYONJEONG KIM HAN    Book Number: 83159
Published price: £32
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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During Korea's 1392-1897 Joseon dynasty, the life milestones of royalty were celebrated with festivals and feasts that define and honour the fêted individual's identity. Drawn from ten Korean colle...
LOUVRE PAINTINGS
MARTINA PADBERG    Book Number: 83168
Bibliophile price: £18.00
Product format: Hardback

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Some of our favourites include Jan Van Eyck's The Madonna of Autun, a cloistered scene with wonderful background in which the Chancellor Rolin is knelt in prayer in front of the Virgin; Dürer's Sel...
MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE
GARY M RADKE & P. MACEY    Book Number: 83169
Published price: £30
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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Itself an architectural masterpiece, Florence Cathedral is also home to many artistic treasures. Familiarly called Il Duomo, is an Early Renaissance architectural masterpiece. The interrelationship...
OF WOODLAND POOLS, SPRINGHOLES AND DITCHES
HENRY THOREAU    Book Number: 83178
Published price: $25
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Hardback

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"I have an appointment with Spring" wrote Henry Thoreau in March, 1853, and this gorgeous book is a selection of excerpts from his diaries describing the "vernal pools" that form in New England wit...
PAUL GAUGUIN, PARIS, 1889
HEATHER LEMONEDES, B. THOMSON    Book Number: 83183
Published price: $35
Bibliophile price: £10.00
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Even before he resettled in Tahiti and established his lasting fame with bold yet simple depictions of island life, Paul Gauguin was already one of the most innovative French artists of his era. Ta...
ART & LIFE OF MICHAEL BIRCH: The Product of an Active Mind
J. K. L. BIRCH    Book Number: 83195
Published price: $85
Bibliophile price: £12.00
Product format: Hardback

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From voluptuous ghosts to abstract animals, from geometric forms to unique personal interpretations of Japanese myths and legends, the figures and mythical creatures that Michael Birch portrays in ...
WATER LILIES
MARINA LINARES    Book Number: 83205
Bibliophile price: £16.00
Product format: Hardback

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With there soft and powdery blue, mauve, pinks and reds, the textures are so tranquil and absorbing in these studies and among our favourites are Charing Cross Bridge London and a pathway in Monet'...
WEST COUNTRY TO WORLD'S END: The South West in the Tudor Age
SAM SMILES    Book Number: 83350
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £4.00
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Originally produced to accompany an exhibition reflecting the Tudor heritage of the area at the Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, this depicts many of the miniatures, paintings and other...
EVERYMAN'S CASTLE
PHILIPPA LEWIS    Book Number: 83213
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £7.50
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Dreaming of a new home? The Ideal Home magazine was the monthly magazine for home lovers, and a cover from May 1922 shows a beautiful mock Tudor house with double gates and long driveway in the co...
FRANCIS BACON IN YOUR BLOOD: A Memoir
MICHAEL PEPPIATT    Book Number: 83230
Published price: $20
Bibliophile price: £2.50
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As a student, the would-be journalist Michael Peppiatt was desperate to get an interview with the artist Francis Bacon, famous for his visceral studies of screaming popes and dismembered bodies. Ne...
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: A Biography
PIERRE ASSOULINE    Book Number: 82799
Published price: £16.95
Bibliophile price: £5.00
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Henri Cartier-Bresson is described as the 'eye of the century', a photographer whose images chartered 1920s Africa, the Spanish Republicans, Gandhi just before his assassination, and many more icon...
HISTORY OF OTTOMAN ARCHITECTURE
GODFREY GOODWIN    Book Number: 82801
Published price: $39.95
Bibliophile price: £10.00
Product format: Paperback

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Byzantine, Persian and Selcuk examples (with minimal technical terminology!) are celebrated. The Architectural Review puts it thus: "A stupendous achievement. There is no Ottoman building of any i...
MANET
ALAN KRELL    Book Number: 82804
Published price: $14.95
Bibliophile price: £6.00
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Dripping with colour this beautiful heavyweight softback has hundreds of mono and colour examples plus drawings and posters. Edouard Manet (1832-83) is ubiquitous in the popular imagination as the...
ANOTHER LIGHT: Jacques-Louis David to Thomas Demand
MICHAEL FRIED    Book Number: 83070
Published price: £45
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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Born in New York and educated at the greatest establishments in the US and England, Michael Fried is one of the most esteemed and influential art critics and art historians working today. Another L...
MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND
CHRIS SCARRE    Book Number: 83077
Published price: $19.95
Bibliophile price: £6.50
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The geographical reminders of our country's history are spread from the megalithic monuments in Newgrange, Stonehenge and Avebury and beyond. This handy companion is a terrific guide to the feature...
SOLOMON'S TEMPLE: Myth and History
W. HAMBLIN & D. ROLPH SEELY    Book Number: 83085
Published price: $40
Bibliophile price: £9.50
Product format: Hardback

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Hundreds of brilliant scholars, sages, artists, builders and mystics form an unbroken chain of tradition stretching back 3,000 years to priests and prophets at the court of Solomon - none of whom c...
WREN
MARGARET WHINNEY    Book Number: 83087
Published price: $14.95
Bibliophile price: £3.50
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Margaret Whinney (1897-1975) was a much published author and Reader in Art History at the Courtauld Institute from 1950-1964 - she was also the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens! In 1971 she p...
RED EARL
SELINA HASTINGS    Book Number: 83484
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £3.75
Product format: Hardback

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Sub-titled 'The Extraordinary Life of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon', this is the extraordinary story of the author's father Jack Hastings who in 1925 infuriated his ultra-conservative parents by tur...
SHAKESPEARE IN TEN ACTS
GORDON MCMULLAN & Z. WILCOX    Book Number: 83485
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Paperback

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A lavish British Library publication celebrating Shakespeare's story, a tale of sea-changes and show-stopping successes. From the very first production of Hamlet to a digital-age remix, the book e...
KIDS' DESIGN
MICHELLE GALINDO    Book Number: 83549
Published price: £29.95
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

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Successful kids' design unites quality, sustainability and safety with ingenuity, style and pleasure and here is a selection of the very best from novelties to established classics. Innovative and...
OLD LONDON ENGRAVINGS
DESIGNED BY DOROTHY MEIKLE    Book Number: 83555
Published price: £9.99
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Hardback

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These exceptionally beautiful engravings were originally published in 'Old and New London' 1873-8 by Cassel published in a six volume work. It was written in part by Walter Thornbury who traced th...
BLACK'S SKETCHBOOKS: STRATFORD ON AVON 1913
GORDON HOME    Book Number: 83637
Published price: £6.99
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Hardback

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Shakespeare's home town has experienced a century of change since these 24 charming pencil sketches were made as part of Black's series on iconic British towns and cities. The High Street with its ...
GUIDE TO URBAN ENGINEERING: Infrastructure and Technology
CLAIRE BARRATT & IAN WHITELAW    Book Number: 83652
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £3.25
Product format: Paperback

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Our world is a mish-mash of nature and industry, we have moved into a way of life in which one cannot truly understand our surroundings unless we dig into the engineering detail as well as the flor...
HERMITAGE DOGS: Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum
NIKOLAI GOL, IRINA MAMONOVA    Book Number: 83655
Published price: £16.99
Bibliophile price: £4.50
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'This book is dedicated to humanity's oldest and most loyal friend' and this selection of treasures from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, pays homage to man's best friend across the centu...
SHARD: The Vision of Irvine Sellar
HOWARD WATSON    Book Number: 83750
Published price: £30
Bibliophile price: £6.50
Product format: Hardback

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Take a trip to the top if you have never done so and look up high to see pinnacles of glass piercing the sky. The Shard is an incredible structure, towering high over Tower Bridge in a once-rundow...
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