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Est. 1978 Tel: 020 74 74 24 74 ISSN 1478-064X CATALOGUE NO. 319 MARCH 2014

The art detectives among us can enjoy Van Gogh, Audubon, Antony Gormley and the Painter RAs, fans of Britain, Oxford and Cambridge and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Mr. Potato Head and Jack Sparrow appear in Children’s, Clarice Cliff and Teddy Bears in collectables, fiction, food, woodwork and knitting, the Romanovs, Hadrian, the Maya, ancient Egypt and ancient Rome in history, Kingsley Amis and Huxley in literature, Tolstoy, Joseph Roth and Gunter Grass in biography, the Red Army and spies in war and military. Add to the mix


History is the science of what never happens twice.

- Paul Valéry 73937 CASTLES: A History of

Fortified Structures Ancient, Medieval and Modern by Charles Stephenson The very mention of the word “castle” conjures up the image of the classic medieval edifice, resplendent in its towers, turrets, battlements, moat, portcullis and drawbridge- and indeed there are many such magnificent

structures examined here - but the common starting point of fortification the world over would appear to be local variations on the mound, ditch, rammed earth, mud, brick and stone constructions, which in Britain are typically Iron Age hill forts. Architects, stonemasons and engineers soon had their work cut out as first catapults and ballistae then siege engines, archers, guns and artillery rapidly ramped up the destructive capabilities of attackers, up until the point in the 19th century when modern artillery effectively forced armies underground. This superbly presented volume uses stylish two-tone engravings to dissect a wealth of examples from the earliest civilisations to the modern day and from both Western and Eastern cultures, “anatomies” which annotate structures for their military and architectural significance and excellent “then and now” features which compare castles in their pomp from contemporary art, mosaics and illuminated manuscripts with their appearance today. 288pp softback, 8"×10", first US edition, 2011. $29.99 NOW £7

74360 CHRONICLE OF THE QUEENS OF EGYPT: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

by Joyce Tyldesley Surprisingly, this is the first book ever to recount the full history of the colourful queens of Egypt. Its vivid biographies cover 3,000 years

of Egyptian queenship from Early Dynastic times until the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC. There are stories of famous queens such as Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Nefertari as well as lesser-known consort queens, which reveal the variety of roles a queen could play from

supportive wife and mother to husband’s deputy in time of crisis, and even Pharaoh in her own right. Special features in each section, ranging from hairdressing to childbirth, female sphinxes to food, the oracle to sexual etiquette, and personal names to women in literature highlight different aspects of Egyptian culture. Readers can ponder what Cleopatra looked like and how her image has changed through the ages. This revelatory volume starts with a consideration of the rights and responsibilities of the wife and mother in the traditional dynastic family, then proceeds to examine the specific example of the royal family. The second part documents the lives of individual queens on a dynasty- by-dynasty basis and follows the development of their increasingly complex titles, regalia and funerary provisions. And what of Egypt’s insignificant queens, the numerous wives and daughters maintained in pampered seclusion in the harem palaces? These women are generally forgotten, their graves lost in the desert sands. But the anonymous ladies occasionally stepped from the security of the harem to influence the royal succession, and their stories, too, are told. 224 pages 26cm x 20cm with 273 illustrations, 173 in colour, list of royal consorts and female kings, chronology, genealogical trees, royal couples list. £19.95 NOW £10

74336 CHEEK BY JOWL: A History of Neighbours

by Emily Cockayne Spanning Medieval, Tudor and Victorian periods, two world wars and up to today’s modern, virtual world, here is a brilliant revelation of how neighbour relations have changed over time. Emily Cockayne maps the complex emotional, sexual and economic threads of association between

neighbours. As people lived more densely together and lifestyles diversified, the potential for neighbour nuisance and jealousy has grown. In contrast communities of people shared an employer or an economic predicament, solidarity and mutual support would ease the hardships of life. Over time, increasing numbers of English households have gained their own toilet, but in the 14th century toilets were often shared. The London Assize of Nuisance dealt with the rancour when a man removed a privy that he shared with a neighbour. Eavesdropping has been commonly linked with sowing ‘discord between neighbours’. Mary Wallys from London took the opportunity to cavort naked in bed with her lover when her book-binding husband was out of town. All was overheard and then overseen (by lifting up a painted cloth) by the neighbour! A fantastic social history, we can twitch the lace curtains from the comfort of our armchair. 273pp with line art and illus. £20 NOW £6

music, mythology and an everyman library of books all at very keen prices and there is a feast to be had on a first come, first served basis.

Plus dozens of books under £1 in a clearance sale on page 19. Call us on 020 74 74 24 74 if you wish to receive the full sale list or buy books and it will be inserted into your next parcel.

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LIFE IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN by Michael Paterson The Victorians hated the moral laxity of the Georgians as much as they found their architecture and their manners and ideas passé. The sheer scale of Victorian buildings, ships, bridges or railway networks made everything that had gone before seem small and parochial by comparison. By the end of

Victoria’s reign, Britain stood at the centre of an empire on which the sun never set, boasting a society driven by technology and self confidence. Paterson describes the main figures, key events and popular movements that made up the crucible from which our modern world emerged. From the Imperial Wars far from home to the changing nature of work, the innovations in the role of women, development of mass media to the popularisation of sport, Paterson investigates the claims that this was a Golden Age. 358pp in paperback, b/w photos.

£9.99 NOW £5

74198 PALENQUE: Eternal City of the Maya by David Stuart and George Stuart

On 15 June 1952, having spent the previous four years in the sweltering heat and humidity of the tropical rainforest of southeastern Mexico meticulously clearing and cleaning out a secret passage inside Palenque’s Temple of the Inscriptions, Mexican archaeologist

Alberto Ruz gazed into a vaulted chamber. There, under a gigantic carved stone block, he made a spectacular discovery - the intact burial of King Pakal (603-683), the greatest ruler of ancient Palenque, complete with jade jewellery and exquisite death mask. K’inich Janab Pakal (to give him his full name) was the most prominent ruler in a long line of monarchs who held sway at Palenque, up in the Mexican mountains, from 300 to 800. Known as “the queen of Maya cities”, it fell into ruin when the Mayan civilisation mysteriously collapsed over 1,000 years ago, along with the other great Mayan urban centres. David and George Stuart are two of the USA’s top experts on the ancient civilisations of Mesoamerica. Here they take us along with the pioneer artists and archaeologists from the 18th century onwards as they rediscovered Palenque and, working in almost unbearable conditions of heat and humidity, attempted to document the city’s graceful and ornate palaces, temples, bas-reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions. They reveal a lost world of palace intrigue, war and peace, brilliant architects, artists and sculptors, patron gods and revered ancestors, and a combination of interlinked



250 NEW TITLES factors and mysteries which led to the city’s demise. Today Palenque is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of reverence and relevance for millions of modern Maya, New Age spiritualists and all fascinated by the history of the Maya. 27 colour and 140 b/w illus, 23x16cm, chronology, biogs of monarchs, family trees. 272 heavyweight paper pages.

£20 NOW £8.50

74419 THE TOMB IN ANCIENT EGYPT: Royal and Private

Sepulchres from the Early Dynastic Period to the Romans by Aidan Dodson and Salima Ikram

Although Egyptology as a science is two centuries old, it is surprising

how few volumes provide a systematic coverage of particular types of monuments. This is especially so with the tombs of ancient Egypt, despite the fact that, for many people, they are the defining monuments of that extraordinary civilisation, and ubiquitous as they are in the popular conception of the country and its culture. In fact, no modern book has attempted to deal with Egyptian tombs as a whole. By contrast, written by two experts in the field, this stunning new volume traces burial practices in Egypt over three millennia, from the dawn of Egyptian history to the Roman domination.

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