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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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: £4.50
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
Product format: Paperback

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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: £14.00
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
Product format: Paperback

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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
Product format: Hardback

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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: £2.00
Product format: Paperback

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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
Product format: Paperback

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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: £9.00
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
Product format: Paperback

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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: £5.00
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
Product format: Paperback

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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: £3.00
Product format: Paperback

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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: £3.50
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: £3.25
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: £3.00
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: £3.50
Product format: Paperback

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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...
VISITORS' BOOK: In Francis Bacon's Shadow
JON LYS TURNER    Book Number: 83761
Published price: £12.99
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Paperback

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'By 1963 Bacon was involved with George Dyer, a minor gangland associate of the Kray twins, described as 'hopelessly weak' by Farson and 'a complete nutcase' by Queensbury. Bacon was unable or unwi...
ANATOMY FOR ARTISTS
BARRINGTON BARBER    Book Number: 83568
Published price: £7.99
Bibliophile price: £3.75
Product format: PAPERBACK

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The complete guide to drawing the human body by the bestselling author and artist provides clear annotated diagrams of every part of the human body useful to the artist, showing bone structure, mus...
CAPTURING THE ESSENCE: Techniques for Bird Artists
WILLIAM T. COOPER    Book Number: 82605
Published price: £34
Bibliophile price: £6.50
Product format: Paperback

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A truly beautiful book in which bird artist William T. Cooper demonstrates all aspects of drawing and painting birds. Renowned for his gorgeous and accurate wildlife renderings, he explains in det...
EDVARD MUNCH
HAJO DÜCHTING    Book Number: 83900
Bibliophile price: £6.50
Product format: Hardback

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Arguably the most important Scandinavian artist, and one who led the way into Expressionism, this book celebrates the life and work of Edvard Munch in his exploration of the human psyche and emotio...
ENGLISH STYLE AND DECORATION:
STAFFORD CLIFF    Book Number: 83901
Published price: £14.95
Bibliophile price: £6.50
Product format: Hardback

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Between 1700 and the start of WWII, England and English design and craftsmanship held a pre-eminent position in the applied arts of the Western world, creating a unique national heritage. Despite i...
GLORY AND HONOUR: The Renaissance in Scotland
ANDREA THOMAS    Book Number: 83908
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Hardback

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The Renaissance, a cultural and intellectual movement which spread outwards from Italy to Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, is often thought to have eluded Scotland, but as the author demonstr...
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