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Art and Architecture 68703 GOTHIC: Art Pocket

by Clemens Schmidlim and Caroline Eva Gerner In the chronological order of styles established for European art history, Gothic stands between Romanesque and Renaissance. Gothic churches are portrayed with their soaring spires and huge dimensions ensuring they can be seen from afar as we look in depth at religious architecture in France at Notre-Dame cathedral. See here the work of master masons and guild craftsmen, religious architecture in Italy, Spain, Portugal, the German lands, England, Northern and Eastern Europe, a look at life in a medieval monastery and secular architecture throughout Europe before looking at Gothic sculpture and painting, wall and panel painting, the Blessed Virgin and Child and the various painters and their styles, stained glass, minstrels and courtly love poetry of the Middle Ages and finally manuscript illumination. 288pp, gorgeous colour illus. £9.99 NOW £6.50

68835 DIEGO RIVERA: THE COMPLETE MURALS by Luis-Martín Lozano and Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera

A veritable folk hero in Latin America and Mexico’s most important artist, along with his wife, painter Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera (1886-1957) led a passionate life devoted to art and communism. After spending the 1910s in Europe where he surrounded himself with other artists and embraced the Cubist movement, he returned to Mexico and began to paint the large-scale murals for which he is most famous. In his murals, he addressed social and political issues relating to the working class, earning him prophetic status among the peasants of Mexico. Rivera’s most remarkable work is his 1932 Detroit Industry, a group of 27 frescos at the Detroit Institute of Art in Michigan. This huge lavish volume, the first book to feature Rivera’s complete mural oeuvre, including newly discovered works, features numerous large-scale details of the murals, allowing their various components and subtleties to be closely examined. In addition to the murals is a vast selection of paintings, vintage photos, documents, and drawings from public and private collections around the world. An illustrated biography, interpretations of each mural. 11.4" x 17.3", 674 pages. ONLY £125

68738 RAPHAEL by Bette Talvacchia Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) was the kind of model young socialite described in Castiglione’s Renaissance manual The Courtier, and his paintings have often been praised for their charm and sweetness. Moving from his father’s workshop in Urbino into the ateliers of the master-painter Perugino, Raphael adopted Perugino’s lyrical and poised style before beginning to inject more dynamism into his compositions under the influence of Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Florentine Renaissance. The great Madonnas belong to this period, including the iconic Madonna of the Goldfinch, not forgetting Scotland’s lesser known and much more lively Bridgwater Madonna. Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican are among his best-known work, particularly The School of Athens and The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament. Compositionally more exciting is the striking Liberation of St. Peter from Prison with its central blinding light. Raphael’s later patron Pope Leo X gave him the massive commission of drawing the monuments of ancient Rome in reconstruction, and his portrait Leo X with Two Cardinals is a masterpiece of the psychology of power. Glossary, chronology, 200 superb colour reproductions, double page spreads. 240pp. Phaidon publication, 29 x 26cm.

$69.95 NOW £26 68723 NICOLAS POUSSIN 1594-1665:

Catalogue Raisonné de Dessins by Pierre Rosenberg and Louis Antoin Prat A tremendously heavy slipcased two tome first edition, 1994, in publisher’s mailing box, 1224 pages. Illustrated throughout, the text is in French. This superb two- volume catalogue raisonné collects the known drawings of the 17th century French painter Nicolas Poussin, whose rational compositions influenced artists into the 20th century. Tome one spotlights 382 drawings and watercolour sketches, many in colour, capturing the subtle sepia shades of the originals. Most of the drawings are also accompanied by additional views of further studies or associated works. The second tome catalogues more than 1,400 additional works with thumbnail views. UK delivery only. 13" x 10" x 4.25" two volumes. Damaged in transit from the USA which is reflected in the price. The damage is a small tear to the slipcase and dent on spine of volume two. The mailing box is also damaged. Mint copies available to order at £300.


From Baghdad to Córdoba by Henri Stierlin

Covering stunning architecture from the 7th to the mid 13th century, to the western eye, cities such as Jerusalem, Mecca, Baghdad or Cairo can seem utterly alien. Here we enjoy in detail the Dome of the Rock, the Great Mosque of the Umayyads, Umayyad palaces, the splendour of Córdoba and its Mezquita, the Sunni Sultans to the Fatimid Caliphs, Aghlabid Ifriqiya to the Maghreb of the Almohads and much more. It is not only the way of life that is unfamiliar, it is also the astoundingly varied architecture. This volume surveys more than six centuries of Islamic architecture, placing mosques, Koran schools and palaces in their cultural, religious and political contexts. 200 amazingly detailed colour photos, numerous plans, chronological tables. 9.4" x 11.8", 224 pages.

ONLY £6.50

68503 SALVADOR DALI by Gilles Néret Painter, sculptor, writer and film maker, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was one of the century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics, and was rewarded with fierce controversy wherever he went. He was one of the first to apply the insights of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis to the art of painting. Dalí brought extraordinary sensitivity, imagination and concern for precision to bear upon submerged levels of consciousness. This lively biography presents the infamous Surrealist Dalí in full colour and in his own words. His provocative ideas are all here, from the soft watches to the notorious burning giraffe. The fantastic phenomenon that was Salvador Dalí is grasped entirely here and placed in his various contexts. Features a detailed chronological summary of the artist’s life and work. 100 colour illus, 9.4" x 11.8", 96 pages. ONLY £8.50


d’Ancona, Palladino, Saffiotti The Robert Lehman Collection in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art represents the life’s work of a great collector of early Netherlandish and Italian paintings. The practice of detaching illuminations from their original manuscripts started in the 16th century, with the first great collector being Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg. This superb catalogue to Lehman’s collection of illuminations starts in Northern Europe, where exquisite anonymous illuminated initials are followed by the work of Simon Marmion, artist of the breviary of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York. A Crucifixion by the Monogrammist I.M. from Ghent shows the influence of Rogier van der Weyden in the position of the figures and pathos of the fluttering drapery. The section concludes with a compelling “Holy Face” by Gerard David and works by Simon Bening. Each of the illuminations from the collection has a full discussion of its history, provenance and artistic technique, together with reproductions of comparable works. Visually stunning, 33 colour plates and 250 b/w. 240pp. US first edition 1997. $75 NOW £15


by Ingo F. Walther and Norbert Wolf From The Book of Kells to Boccaccio’s Decameron and from the Vienna Genesis to Dante’s Divine Comedy, see the breathtaking originals of 167 of the greatest classics of all time. This lavishly produced book introduces the reader to the fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination. 167 of the most beautiful and important medieval scripts from the 4th century to 1600 are presented in chronological order and described in full. Each sample of script is headed by highly informative synopses which serves to orient the reader at a glance. These synopses, together with the abundance of brilliant, large-format reproductions, make this book unparalleled in its field. Although the focus is on European manuscripts (French, Dutch, German, Italian, English and Spanish), examples have also been selected to illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination from non-European cultures - Mexican, Persian, Indian, Ottoman etc. A 36-page appendix contains biographies of the artists. 9.6" x 12.2", 504 pages. ONLY £18

68505 EGON SCHIELE by Reinhard Steiner Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is the painter who had the most long-lasting influence on the Vienna art scene after the great era of Klimt came to a close. After a short flirtation with the style of Klimt, his mentor, Schiele soon questioned the aesthetic orientation to the beautiful surface of the Viennese Art Nouveau with his rough and not easily accessible paintings. Many contemporaries found Schiele’s expressive nudes and self-portraits, with their strange movements and morbid colours, to be ugly and even morally objectionable-criticism which culminated in criminalizing the painter as ‘obscene’ and resulted in 1912 in an indictment and short jail sentence. However, not even his harshest critics could dispute the artist’s extraordinary drawing talent. This book gives a concise overview of the brief, brilliant career of Egon Schiele. 100 colour illus, 9.4" x 11.8", 96 pages. ONLY £8.50

68504 TAMARA DE LEMPICKA by Gilles Néret

Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) stood at the centre of the sophisticated Paris art world of the 1920s and 30s. Her love for beautiful women, elegant automobiles and the modern metropolis provided not only motifs for her pictures, but also influenced her artistic style. Her best- known painting, “Self-Portrait, or Tamara in a Green Bugatti”, presents the artist as a female dandy brimming with cool elegance. Whether as an Art-Déco artist, a post-Cubist or a Neoclasissist, de Lempicka struck the taste of a cosmopolitan (and wealthy) public that found its own image reflected in her work. Features a detailed chronological summary of the artist’s life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist, approximately 100 colour illus and a concise biography. 9.4" x 11.8", 96 pages. ONLY £9

68498 GEORGIA O’KEEFFE 1887-1986:

Flowers in the Desert by Britta Benke Alfred Stieglitz took the superb silver chloride print photographs of O’Keeffe in 1918 which appears on the opening pages of this splendid monograph. Her popularity and position in American art was forged when Georgia O’Keeffe established for herself an independent life in the wilds of New Mexico. Her career as an artist spanned over half a century, ranging from the early days of American modernism to the abstract tendencies of the 50s and 60s. Above all her magnified flowers and New Mexico landscapes reflected her intimate bond with nature. In fact Stieglitz and O’Keeffe became lovers when she moved to New York, although she was 23 years his junior. Stieglitz made studies of her feminine body, the texture of her skin, her prominent cheekbones and over and over again her beautiful, slender hands. Many of these are studded throughout the text which really delves deep behind each gorgeous full page image. 96 very large pages, colour. ONLY £9

68495 MAX BECKMANN 1884-1950: The Path to Myth

by Reinhard Spieler

‘Prior to existence a soul yearns to become a self. It is this self that I seek, in life as in art’ - Max Beckmann. His self portraits are more than autobiography; they are a scrutiny of his own existence and his tragic entanglements with mankind dependent on Gods, sex and society. Beckmann arrived in Paris just as the Avant-Garde was forming around Picasso and the young group of Fauve artists including Matisse and Braque. His reaction was a very powerful antipathy towards the abundant flood of Impressionist imitators in Paris at the time. His lively, bold and playful portraits of people splashing about and enjoying themselves at the seaside include Lido and The Barque (Play of Waves) heavily borrowed from earlier masters Böcklin and Géricault and small images are reproduced to demonstrate this comparison. Street scenes like the Iron Footbridge give a dramatic perspective, dozens of portraits of his first and second wife, Quappi, Portrait of an Argentinean, female nudes, The Catfish, The Actors, his sculpture of Adam and Eve, Italian landscapes and life in the USA conclude this magnificent and rather slick production. 200 very large pages, new from Taschen. ONLY £12.50

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69239 VENICE: Three Volumes Slipcased Set edited by Alain Vircondelet The three volumes in this exquisitely presented set comprise Venice Lifestyle, Venice Art and Architecture and Venice History, each volume 160 pages measuring over 9" x 12" and packed with colour artworks. From the 7th to the 18th centuries, the city of the Doges prospered under a remarkably stable political structure. The Venetian fleet progressively came to dominate the Mediterranean, and St. Mark’s winged lion became a symbol of commercial, military and spiritual strengths. Today, tourism both sustains and depletes the city, much as the marshy land that bears the city threatens to destroy it. The city’s ripe history, its sumptuous art and architecture, its cultural practices and traditions, the splendour of its celebrations, the conviviality of its cafés, the originality of its cuisine and its indescribably Venetian quality are beautifully captured in the pages of these books. The history volume covers the legendary origins of Venice, the lingering death of the eternal city, from Marco Polo to the tourist city and the challenge of the third millennium. The second volume looks at art and architecture. Venice is a crucible of civilisations that have

converged, effusively sharing their treasures. St. Mark’s Basilica, through its lustre and oft-renovated golden exterior, polychrome marble and vibrant mosaics, exemplifies this zeal. Painters, sculptors and architects have united in an effort to adorn the city. From Bellini’s serene Madonna to Tiepolo’s and Guardi’s mirthful carnivals, from the gothic palaces of the Grand Canal to the elaborate baroque church of the Gesuiti, Venice amazes and astounds. While the city is known for its visual arts, it is also highly musical - Wagner was inspired by the gondoliers’ songs, Vivaldi was a professor there, and numerous operas were created in the theatres and churches of the city. In the third and final volume we see Venice once again, never ceasing to offer simple and happy pleasures - the market at Rialto with its barges bursting with fruits and vegetables, the trattoria and their displays of spaghetti alla vongole and risotto al nero di seppie, strolls along the alleys overlooked by tourists. In its snail-like configuration, Venice seems to have been designed to bring people together, and the art of conversation there has justly flourished. Its cafés and bacaro form the ideal environment for friendly, romantic or literary exchanges, and locals consider the Piazza San Marco to be the parlour room of the Venetians. Venice encourages the stimulation of the mind and the senses in this city of pleasures extolled by so many writers. It has sustained its long-established penchant for lavish, unchecked and endless celebrations, culminating in the carnivale and its spectacle of extravagant costumes and joyful festivities. Much colour and glamour to be seen in this third and final volume in this fabulous box set. £80 NOW £40

69217 THE MIDDLE EAST: The Cradle of Civilisation Revealed by Dr Stephen Bourke Complete with CD and a chronology of the Middle Eastern History wall chart, apologies if the mailing box is slightly damaged - the book inside is perfect. Today, the politically volatile Middle East sits above two-thirds of the planet’s oil reserves and holds our attention as never before. However the Ancient Middle East was just as important to the world of its day for it was here that permanent settlements first took root, and the first complex societies emerged onto the world stage. These cultures produced the earliest agriculture, metalworking and writing systems, as well as the earliest centralised governments and legal systems, priesthoods and kings and large-scale organised warfare. Compiled by an international team of historians, linguists and archaeologists, this monumental tome discusses the rise and fall of the Ancient Middle Eastern societies including Sumeria, Babylonia, Anatolia, the Levant, Assyria and Persia, and the lasting impact that these cultures have had on the modern world. We look at the compelling story from the Neolithic period through to the Arab conquest of how a group of linguistically disparate, nomadic tribes responded to specific social, economic and environmental factors. Arranged into six parts - The Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, Power Struggles, Masters of the Known World, Under Occupation and Search for Origins. On glossy paper and lavishly illustrated with more than 500 stunning colour photos of artefacts, artworks, statues, reliefs, buildings and landscapes. With six detailed maps illustrating the geography and archaeology of the regions. With bonus CD-Rom and poster for this edition only. 368pp, 9" x 12".

ONLY £30

69195 CHINA: World’s Oldest Living Civilisation Revealed by Dr. John Makeham Like its companion volume in the Ancient Civilization series, The Middle East, this book also includes a bonus CD- Rom and poster for this edition only. Apologies if there is some damage to the carry handle mailing box. The tome inside is in mint condition. China boasts a recorded history that dates back more than 3,500 years, and the Chinese people have endowed the rest of the world with an enduring legacy. These diverse cultures from various eras invented cast iron, porcelain, gunpowder, paper, machines that used the first crank and the seismograph. They also created elaborate and exquisite artwork, poetry and prose. This wonderful tome examines the turbulent history, including the inventiveness of Chinese Bronze Age society, the ‘Barbarian’ invasions, the conquest by Genghis Khan, the rise and eventual fall of the dynasties and the Opium Wars. It also looks at Chinese culture and social history including the rise of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and the Cult of Ancestor Worship. An international team of historians, archaeologists and Sinologists chronicle the full sweep from the earliest proto-human and human remains up to the fall of the last emperor. The six parts are Origins, The Three Dynasties, Unification and Expansion, Partition and Conflict, Great Changes and Late Imperial China. Six detailed maps illustrate the geography and archaeology as well as the extent of dynasties and kingdoms. More than 500 superb colour photos of artefacts, artworks right up to contemporary opera in Peking, Ming ceramics, statues and paintings all beautifully produced in colour on very glossy paper. 368pp. 9" x 12" with bonus CD-Rom. ONLY £30

69204 HAMMOND WORLD ATLAS: Book and CD-Rom by Langenscheidt Publishing Group

A rare opportunity to invest in an excellent quality printed world atlas in a special executive edition with CD-Rom by the famous mapmakers for the 21st century. The tome measures 11" x 14½” and contains more than 180 pages with digitised world maps with striking physical relief and 68 detailed inset maps of major metropolitan areas. This gorgeous edition has been enclosed in an attractive slipcase to hold and protect it and is accompanied by a digital version conveniently held in its own protective sleeve. There are striking colour tints and shaded relief to achieve a spectacular three dimensional effect. The edition is padded with a bonded leather cover, silver edged pages, silver foil stamping and a satin ribbon place marker. Updated in this fourth edition to reflect new names and renamed cities and the most current political boundaries, with an easy-to-use 100,000 entry master index, quick reference guide, world locator and time zone maps plus a 64 page thematic section covering deforestation, ozone depletion, the protection of our natural and cultural heritage and more. Plus 48 pages of satellite images to offer stunning views of the Earth - from Mt. Saint Helens to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef -, from the perspective of space. £79.95 NOW £40

68385 J.M.W. TURNER

by Luke Herrmann and Colin Harrison The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford houses a superb collection of J.M.W. Turner’s watercolours and drawings. This collection of 34 reproductions from the collection with accompanying text represents the very best of Turner’s work from all periods. Starting with the misty 1792 watercolour of Craig-y-foel, Radnorshire, near Rhayader, the collection continues with his famous pen and ink sketch of the interior of Tintern Abbey, a lightly sketched outline of Durham Castle and a superb ink and watercolour study of Christ Church from the river which Turner chose to be the headpiece engraving for the Oxford Almanack. Other studies of Oxford include Exeter and Worcester Colleges. 80pp, softback, colour. £9.95 NOW £3.75

68171 FRIDA KAHLO: Song of Herself by Salomon Grimberg

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) remains an enigma and has achieved a status as a cult figure. Kahlo comments candidly on her life, her loves and her painting, and expresses her attitudes towards her body, politics, friendship, sexuality and death, among other personal concerns. The most startlingly autobiographical text known on this singular woman, this interview is accompanied by Campos’s warm reflections on their relationship, medical history of Kahlo and a detailed psychological assessment of the artist by Dr James Bridger Harris. Features selected photos and works by Kahlo including previously unseen and little known drawings. 160pp with many b/w and colour images. £14.95 NOW £7

e-mail: 64840 SPLENDOUR OF IRAN

by Nasrollah Pourjavady, E. Booth-Clibborn et al

The first comprehensive study of Persian culture since 1938, these gorgeous books cover every aspect of Iran’s art and culture, from the 2500-year-old Pazyryk Carpet to the magnificent Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, from the Sassanian reliefs at Parsargadae through contemporary wall painting in Tehran. More than a survey, this three- volume showcase celebrates the traditions and contemporary life of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, with 1250 colour and 250 b/w specially commissioned detailed photographs and plates (up to 18 x 12 inches) and captions and essays by leading Iranian academics and art historians. The catalogue also emphasises how ancient traditions still affect the life and customs of present-day Iran in almost every sphere of human activity, including sculpture, painting, tile work, jewellery, carpetmaking, gardening, architecture and engineering, science and medicine, philosophy and folklore and in the enduring attraction and importance of poetry. Spanning several millennia, volume one looks at prehistoric sites, the Pazyrryk Carpet and the Cup of Solomon to the majestic ruins of Persepolis. Volume two looks at vernacular architecture, ornament and colourful tilework such as in the Ganj-Ali Baths. Volume three is exquisite, showcasing

illuminated manuscripts of the

Koran and miniature paintings. Regret, no international deliveries due to weight of approx 9kg and value. 13 x 10 x 6" approx, slipcased and safely boxed. A rare find of a British publication not listed elsewhere. £350 NOW £200

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