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Ancient Civilisations - see page 3 ISSN 1478-064X


CATALOGUE NO. 299 March 2012


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With bonus CD-Rom and poster for these editions only. 9" x 12". Each illus with more than 500 superb colour photos.


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There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk. - Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby


69226 PAINTERS OF PROVENCE by Philippe Cros


Anybody planning a tour of Provence, either actual or armchair, simply must spend time with this book. Painting has had a home under the azure skies of Provence since the 14th century, with prestigious art schools growing up in the prosperous cities of Avignon, Nice and Aix. Although the region’s landscapes were originally depicted in the background of Church- commissioned altarpieces, by the 19th century the Provençal colours were being extolled by local artists, but it was the work of Paul Cézanne of Aix that first captured the richness of the light, sky and landscape and brought it to the attention of the rest of the artistic world. Many, like Renoir, came there to escape the pace of life in Paris, but perhaps the artist who benefited most from the tranquillity was Vincent van Gogh, who arrived there in 1888 and in his two-year stay, a year of it in an asylum, completed hundreds of drawings and paintings. Art historian Philippe Cros here takes us on a tour across the region from west to east, stopping at the villages, towns, cities and sites which have shaped its rich artistic history. Focusing primarily on the 19th and early 20th centuries he looks at the work of lesser-known local artists as well as that of Cézanne, van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Seurat, Chagall, Signac, Matisse, Braque and Picasso, who at the age of 90 attended bullfights and sketched daily at his retreat in Arles. In all there are over 130 paintings and 40 period photos, which form an artistic treasure trail from Avignon through Arles, Saint- Rémy, Aix, Marseilles, Toulon, Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Antibes to Nice. A beautifully presented and extremely well informed volume of 160 9¼”×12" pages, colour throughout with mini-biogs of featured artists and a guide to the museums of Provence. £30 NOW £10


69367 SHAH ABBAS AND THE TREASURES OF


IMPERIAL IRAN by Sheila Canby


When the young Shah Abbas seized the throne in 1587, the Ottoman Turks and the Uzbeks were encroaching on his empire, and inside Iran, powerful tribes were


tearing the country apart. 42 years later, by the time he died, Shah Abbas had restored Iran’s fortunes through a blend of ruthless ambition and skilful diplomacy. Art flourished during his reign. The spectacular architecture


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of Isfahan is a symbol of his power to this day, while the magnificent shrines at Ardabil, Mashhad and Qum are a testimony to his public piety. Trade in spices, gems and textiles flowed in from India, and porcelains from China, and Europeans exchanged gold and silver for sumptuous silks. His new capital Isfahan was a tolerant and exotic society where Armenians, Europeans, Jews and Zoroastrians lived side by side. At court, Shah Abbas was surrounded by a circle of great artists and thinkers, as well as by aristocrats in oversized turbans and gold silk jackets. His world is richly illustrated in this beautiful British Museum Press book with contemporary scenes taken from beautiful miniatures and calligraphies by leading scribes. 61 illus in glowing colour plus photos and map.


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69206 IMPRESSIONS OF ARABIA: Architecture and


Frescoes of the Asir Region by Thierry Mauger A ten-year stay in Saudi Arabia inspired the author to conduct a very extensive exploratory survey. After travelling across the country,


he focussed on Asir, one of the least known and most inaccessible parts of the globe. It is to his credit that he discovered and photographed the flowered men and the polychromatic frescoes in these very remote territories. With its awe-inspiring landmarks, its dense woodlands and the delightful coolness of its mountain tops, the region of Asir stands in sharp contrast to the usual patterns of Saudi Arabian landscape. In the 1930s, St John Philby wrote: ‘This could have been the site of the Garden of Eden’ and, as this extraordinary book demonstrates, the claim still holds good today. The illustrations reveal how the art of the region, the hand painted, brightly coloured interior decoration, the painted façades, the symbolism of the architecture and the unique landscape, form a complex code which provides valuable insights into understanding this little-known culture. In the midst of Westernising trends, strong traditional forces still imbue the art and architecture today. New architecture is taking up forms and ornamentation from traditional regional styles, and the painted interiors by women resonate with the traditions of magic and religion, blended with new images drawn from the contemporary scene. 199 very large pages in stunning colour with maps. £37.50 NOW £17.50


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Quality and service is our motto and value for money goes without saying at your favourite armchair bookshop. Stay home and warm and order by post, online or phone to Wilma and the girls. Most new books we have reviewed this month are priced at under a fiver: Take Better Photos with your Phone £2.50, Very Nice Ways To Say Bad Things £3, Shah Abbas and the Treasures of Imperial Iran £4, Hide, Easter Bunny, Hide! £4, Fabergé’s Eggs £4, How To Make your Own Will £4.50, Tricks, Scams and Practical Jokes £3.50 and historian Max Arthur’s Above All Courage at £4.50.


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Happy Bargain Book Browsing and the Team (plus cats) – all getting excited in the run up to our


CELEBRATORY 300th CATALOGUE next month!


69287 ROBERT TAYLOR’S BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Commemorative


Collection by Robert Taylor The Battle of Britain ranks with Agincourt, Trafalgar and Waterloo


as an engagement on which the fate of the nation depended. Robert Taylor has specialised in oil paintings of air combat and has discussed air battles with Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader and the tactics of bombing with Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris. Combat pilots have paid tribute to his uncanny ability to capture not just the


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