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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A GARDEN EDEN: Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration
PROFESSOR H. WALTER LACK    Book Number: 84765
Bibliophile price: £12.50
Product format: Hardback

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A stunning collection of more than 100 colour plates gleaned from works of botanical illustrations housed in the Austrian National Library, Vienna, and which includes flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds...
CHARLES SIMPSON: Painter of Animals and Birds
JOHN BRANFIELD    Book Number: 85300
Published price: £19.95
Bibliophile price: £9.00
Product format: Hardback

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Painter of animals and birds, coastline and moorland, Charles Simpson was a leading figure in the St. Ives art colony in the early 1920s and was a painter of great energy and variety. He entered t...
PARIS: Art & Architecture
MARTINA PADBERG    Book Number: 85306
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Paperback

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The Musée d'Orsay opened in 1986 and through painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, photography and architecture, it is possible to engage with an artistic period that was incredibly productive....
TUSCANY: Art & Architecture
ANNE MUELLER VON DER HAEGEN    Book Number: 85307
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Paperback

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Originally the Etruscan homeland, Tuscany still impresses visitors with its cultural treasures, monasteries and historic cities and it was the home to Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Not to m...
HANDMADE IN BRITAIN
JOANNA NORMAN    Book Number: 85346
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £9.50
Product format: Hardback

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Published to accompany the television series of the same name, a result of a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the BBC, this is a look at both historical and contemporary craft...
LIZZIE SIDDAL: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel
LUCINDA HAWKSLEY    Book Number: 85366
Published price: £8.99
Bibliophile price: £3.75
Product format: Paperback

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Immortalised as the face of Ophelia by Millais and as Beatrice by her husband Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lizzie Siddal was a milliner who was discovered by the pre-Raphaelite painter Walter Deverell a...
SLAB SERIF TYPE: A Century of Bold Letterforms
STEVEN HELLER & LOUISE FILI    Book Number: 85402
Published price: £22.50
Bibliophile price: £9.50
Product format: Paperback

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Heavyweight Thames & Hudson publication made up entirely of advertising material produced on glossy paper and dripping with colour. Every single page has a typeface and a design from decorative po...
SURREAL LIFE OF LEONORA CARRINGTON
JOANNA MOORHEAD    Book Number: 85441
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Paperback

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In 1937 the glamorous 20-year old artist Leonora Carrington was introduced to veteran Surrealist painter Max Ernst and they began an affair at once. The couple were introduced by modernist architec...
DEVON'S CHURCHES - A CELEBRATION
JOHN LANE & HARLAND WALSHAW    Book Number: 85536
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £9.00
Product format: Hardback

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Places of 'poetry, intimacy and prayer', Devon's churches may lack the landscape dominance of their East Anglian counterparts, but many of them are exquisite jewels of craftsmanship. The names them...
GERED MANKOWITZ ROCK AND ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY
GERED MANKOWITZ    Book Number: 85280
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Paperback

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Reputations were made quickly in the frenetic pop world of the sixties, and the 18-year-old Gered Mankowitz became an iconic photographer when he spent two years documenting the Rolling Stones in 1...
RICHARD ROGERS & ARCHITECTS: From the House to the City
RICHARD ROGERS ET AL    Book Number: 85292
Published price: £24.95
Bibliophile price: £10.00
Product format: Hardback

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Richard Rogers has been described as the last humanist, in recognition of his determination to create public spaces that encompass the diversity and complexity of the contemporary world. This outst...
JOHN SINGER SARGENT: Masterpieces of Art
JANET STYLES TYSON    Book Number: 83800
Published price: £12.99
Bibliophile price: £8.50
Product format: Hardback

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Glossy white paper and minimal captions do justice to these full page quality colour images by the master portraitist and landscape watercolorist. John Singer Sargent depicted scenes from his many...
BEST OF DOISNEAU - PARIS
ROBERT DOISNEAU    Book Number: 85054
Published price: £7.95
Bibliophile price: £4.75
Product format: Paperback

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Paris is the city of love, however in Doisneau's stunning black and white photographs, you will fall in love with this architectural heaven over and over again. Beautifully candid images, from loca...
IN THE NAME OF THE SON: The Life of Jesus in Art
VITTORIO SGARBI    Book Number: 85061
Published price: £22.50
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Hardback

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350 masterly colour images depict our Lord Jesus Christ suffering, in joy, anger, mercy, weakness, friendship, even whimsy. The book explores how the image of the Son, not the Father, inspired peo...
TREASURE PALACES: Great Writers Visit Great Museums
EDITED BY MAGGIE FERGUSSON    Book Number: 85071
Published price: $16.99
Bibliophile price: £4.25
Product format: Paperback

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When the writer Orhan Pamuk created his 'Museum of Innocence' in Istanbul in 2012, he wrote: 'It is imperative that museums become smaller, more individualistic and cheaper. This is the only way th...
HR GIGER
HR GIGER    Book Number: 84766
Bibliophile price: £9.00
Product format: Hardback

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Swiss artist HR Giger (1940-2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one ...
BATMAN: A Visual History
DC COMICS    Book Number: 85456
Published price: £35
Bibliophile price: £16.50
Product format: Hardback

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Two exclusive prints are slotted neatly into the folder inside the front cover of this heavyweight Dorling Kindersley colour publication. One is an original ink by Jason Fabok, a stunning black an...
HOCKNEY: A Rake's Progress, the Biography
CHRISTOPHER SIMON SYKES    Book Number: 85493
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £6.50
Product format: Paperback

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The English painter, printmaker, stage designer and photographer David Hockney is one of the most important figures in modern art. He has worked in every medium with his pieces selling for upward ...
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Portfolio 20
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM    Book Number: 85533
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £10.00
Product format: Hardback

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One of the much-acclaimed series, and voted the best to date, here are the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition winners' photographs, chosen by an international panel of judges for their a...
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STAINED GLASS
PAUL WILLIAMSON    Book Number: 83804
Published price: $45
Bibliophile price: £11.00
Product format: Hardback

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With over 100 colour recreations of the V&A's extensive collection of stained glass plates, this book is a treasure trove of information and beauty. Collected from across Europe, these plates inclu...
ALPHABETS: A Miscellany of Letters
DAVID SACKS    Book Number: 85541
Published price: £24.95
Bibliophile price: £7.50
Product format: Hardback

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A superb source-book for anyone interested in design, typography, fonts, signage, calligraphy, art or those who just love looking at and learning about the formation of letters. Arranged alphabetic...
ART NOUVEAU POSTER
ALAIN WEILL    Book Number: 85544
Published price: £35
Bibliophile price: £16.00
Product format: Hardback

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At the pinnacle of 19th century design, the Art Nouveau poster breathes the spirit of the age. 32 chapters in this huge and gorgeous book cover themes from Montmartre to The Caricaturists, while a...
ATMOSPHERE AND LIGHT: The Automotive Paintings of Barry Rowe
BARRY ROWE AND GARY DOYLE    Book Number: 85547
Published price: £79.99
Bibliophile price: £30.00
Product format: Hardback

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Special numbered editions limited to 1,500 copies, each has been hand numbered and personally autographed by both the artist and author and comes in a smart British racing green clothbound slipcase...
COMPLETE WATERCOLOUR: For Beginners and Beyond
DAVID WEBB    Book Number: 85551
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £9.00
Product format: Hardback

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Become the next Turner with this comprehensive guide to mastering the skill of creating watercolour paintings. David Webb, a teacher and artist, draws on his own expertise and the traditional metho...
STUDIO OF THE SOUTH: Van Gogh in Provence
MARTIN BAILEY    Book Number: 85562
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £11.00
Product format: Hardback

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A superbly detailed narrative, spectacularly illustrated. The Yellow House in Arles was painted 'outside in the yellow of fresh butter, with garish green shutters,' wrote Vincent Van Gogh. He refe...
THOMAS BUSH HARDY, RBA (1842-1897): Master Painter
DAVID H. KIRBY-WELCH    Book Number: 85563
Published price: £35
Bibliophile price: £15.00
Product format: Hardback

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Thomas Bush Hardy's marine watercolours catch the glittering surface of moving water in a way that marks him out from contemporaries in the genre, and his obituary in The Times praised his "unusual...
ART OF BUYING ART: How to Evaluate and Buy Art
ALAN BAMBERGER    Book Number: 85605
Published price: £15.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Paperback

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You can buy art at auction, at a gallery or online: but how do you tell whether you're paying a fair price? If the painting is an old one, how do you know whether it's a fake? Does it even matter?...
MAZES AND LABYRINTHS
W. H. MATTHEWS    Book Number: 85575
Published price: £7.99
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Paperback

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First published in 1922, the classic and unparalleled text on the history and development of mazes and labyrinths has been carefully scanned and reprinted, with original illustrations. William Hen...
ART OF FORTUNINO MATANIA
FORTUNATO FORTUNINO MATANIA    Book Number: 85696
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Paperback

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Born in Naples in 1888, Fortunato Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) illustrated his first book at the age of 14, studied in Paris, Milan and London, and worked on The Graphic and The Sphere. At the ou...
ARTIST AND EMPIRE
TATE BRITAIN    Book Number: 85697
Published price: £29.99
Bibliophile price: £12.00
Product format: Paperback

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William Blake remarked provocatively, "Empire follows Art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose." If the aesthetic of the British Empire was not always celebratory, this was partly due to an ab...
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