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and many, many more. Readers are whisked from his childhood, living above the grocery store where his father worked, to the magnificent apartment from where he now looks out over Central Park. Along the way he affords us a glimpse of his inner life. The book is richly illustrated with more than 200 reproductions - most of them previously unpublished - of his beautiful artwork, as well as a number of rare items from his collection. An endlessly entertaining 212 pages 29.5cm x 27cm very lavishly illustrated in colour and b/w with detailed appendix including a discography, art biography and an awards and honours listing as well as a FREE MUSIC CD of six tracks all performed by Tony Bennett. $29.95 NOW £8.50


DRAWINGS by John James Audubon

and Scott V. Edwards Handsomely presented in a linen-slipcased, landscape- format edition, with 116 vividly reproduced colour

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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Pablo Picasso


The Art of the Shadow by Emma Rutherford A charming and original volume, beautifully designed and presented, on the origins of the shadow portrait. Painted silhouettes are considered by some to be the earliest form of silhouette and

could be painted on many surfaces, from cardstock to ivory, vellum, silk, glass and plaster. Francis Torond, working in London in the late 18th century, was one of the earliest professional artists who painted silhouettes around 1870. He painted on fine laid paper using India ink, with some detail added using a quill rather than a brush. This marvellous volume tells the story of the enduringly charming shadow portrait with its roots stretching back to antiquity. The Age of Enlightenment pushed the silhouette into the scientific limelight, with profiles examined for their physiognomic portrayal of character. Ms. Rutherford introduces the perfect decorations for the Neoclassical home, and how the silhouette’s purity and simplicity were admired. Often secreted in pocket books or personal albums, the examples of silhouettes in this fine book record the histories of many characters from an English princess to different poses of Princess Victoria’s beloved dog, Dash. Nearly 300 illustrations with portraits of beggars to kings and the stories therein and a chapter on the legacy of the silhouette both in design and contemporary fine art. A beautiful Rizzoli heavyweight publication, 254 very large pages with colour and silhouettes throughout, mostly full page. Exclusive import. $65 NOW £17.50


Love, Desire, Faith by Abbott Hall Art Gallery The self portrait (1959) now hangs at The Tate and depicts Stanley Spencer after he had undergone an operation for throat cancer earlier that year. He probably completed the work in the knowledge that he was dying. Other paintings

included in this exhibition catalogue are Port Glasgow Cemetery 1947, Daphne Charlton 1941, Daphne 1940, the rather ambiguous and intriguing Beatitudes of Love: Contemplation 1938 and from the same period the two naked lovers in front of the fire entitled the Beatitudes of Love: Toasting (or Sociableness). There are many portraits of Patricia Preece, some nude, all intriguing, and the very curious St. Francis and the Birds of 1933 and The Garage of 1929, full of activity and colour. Playing with perspective, colour, grotesqueness, passion and mythology, the earliest self portrait featured in the collection is an oil dated 1914. 64 page very large softback, colour photos. £10 NOW £6

ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE: From Damascus to Granada, From Cairo to Istanbul by Henri and Anne Stierlin The author of this outstandingly beautiful volume is an art historian specialising in Islamic art and architecture. He has published numerous works on the subject and has spent a great deal of time

travelling in Spain, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India. It is to be expected, then, that the fruits of his research will be impressive - and, my goodness, they are. The rapid spread of the Islamic faith from its 7th century origins in the Arabian desert, northward into Mesopotamia and Syria and westward across North Africa and into the Iberian Peninsula, carried with it a great cultural blossoming. The arts technology and sciences flourished. As well as history, mathematics, geography, philosophy, poetry and astronomy, architecture itself was a major expression of the new aesthetic, producing a legacy of exceptional architectural achievements - mosques, Qur’anic schools, palaces, forts, aqueducts, gardens, public baths and mausoleums around the shores of the Mediterranean, all of them presented here in breathtaking colour. As early as AD 687, less than 60 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the Umayyad masterpiece the Dome of the Rock was built in Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, the Great Mosque was constructed in Damascus. These were followed by the fantastic works of many dynasties - the Abbasids, the Seljuks, the Fatimids, the Ayyubids, the Almohads, the Merinids, the Nasrids and the Ottomans - who ruled the Islamic lands at various times. This impressive book celebrates the unsurpassable triumphs of the architectural and decorative arts of Islam, from the Levant and Asia Minor to North Africa and Spain. 295 pages very lavishly illustrated in stunning colour with over 360 photos, many double spreads, maps and glossary. $59.95 NOW £20

74801 TONY BENNETT IN THE STUDIO: A Life of Art and Music Book and CD by Tony Bennett

and Robert Sullivan With a career that spans 60 years and a fan base that spans all ages, Tony Bennett recently turned 80, and marked the milestone with a year-long

creative outburst that included a chart-topping CD of duets with a diverse array of fellow superstar performers, from Streisand and Bono to Stevie Wonder and the Dixie Chicks. He starred in a sensational NBC TV special and performed in one sold-out show after another around the world. As if this were not enough, the UN named him 2007’s Humanitarian Award honoree and the Smithsonian selected one of his paintings for their permanent collection. This lovely volume is a glorious celebration of Bennett’s lifelong dedication to his passion for painting and singing. In a warm and revealing narrative, he and Robert Sullivan discuss the significant events of his life and career, his personal philosophy and the influences that continue to infuse his creative ability. He reflects on times he has shared with, and lessons he has learned from, the likes of Frank Sinatra, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, David Hockney

plates on heavy gloss stock, this album collects the important early work of America’s great naturalist artist. In 1805, Jean Jacques Audubon was a 20 year old itinerant Frenchman of ignoble birth and indifferent education who had fled revolutionary violence in Haiti and then France to take refuge in frontier America. Ten years later, John James Audubon was an American citizen, entrepreneur, and family man whose fervent desire to “become acquainted with nature” had led him to reinvent himself as a naturalist and artist whose study of birds would soon earn him international acclaim. The drawings he made during this crucial decade, sold to Audubon’s friend and patron Edward Harris to help fund his masterwork The Birds of America, and now held by the Houghton Library and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, are published together here for the first time in large format and full colour. In these portraits of species collected in America and in Europe we see Audubon inventing his ingenious methods of posing and depicting his subjects, and we trace his development into a scientist and an artist who could proudly sign his artworks “drawn from Nature.” Slipcased, 11.75" x 14.4" x 1.25". 252 pages. $125 NOW £45


SCULPTURES by Ian Jenkins

In a photographic tour of the most famous of the surviving sculptures from ancient Greece, viewed within their cultural and art-historical context, this book offers a superb visual

introduction to these wonders of antiquity. The Parthenon

sculptures in the British Museum are unrivalled examples of classical Greek art, which have, since their creation in the 5th century BC, offered an inspiration to artists and writers. The author has put together an account of the Parthenon and its architectural refinements. He first of all introduces these carvings as architecture and provides an overview of their subject matter and possible meaning for the people of ancient Athens. The accompanying photographs focus on the pediments that filled the triangular gables at each end of the temple, the metopes that crowned the architrave surmounting the outer columns, and the frieze that ran around the four sides of the building inside the colonnade. Comparative images, showing the figures in full and fine detail, bring out particular features of design and help to contrast Greek ideas with those of other cultures. Then, in a surprising volte-face the author reflects on how, over 2,500 years, the cultural identity of the Parthenon has changed. He points out how ironic it is that we, in the 21st century have a detailed knowledge and appreciation of the sculptures, resulting in a far more intense relationship with them than what was experienced by their original spectators. For us, they have been transformed from architectural ornaments into objects of art. A thought-provoking 144 pages packed with photos in sepia/w, drawings and plans. $35 NOW £10

74996 THE ART OF


The author worked in the British Museum for 28 years and continues to work on projects for the Museum from his new post as Professor of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia. What he does not know

about art could fit in a thimble. Not surprisingly, then, within these pages are to be found the exquisite and the esoteric, the wondrous and, frankly, the plainly weird. We are beguiled by all things miniature and by the skills involved in creating a miniature masterpiece. There is something irresistible about tiny Elizabethan paintings, an intricately carved Japanese netsuke, the words of the Lord’s Prayer written on a minute jewelled clasp or an 18th century Italian micro-mosaic. However, although this book is ravishing, it is not merely a collection of photos of beautiful small things. The author also explores the concentrated messages that can be conveyed in the miniature form and how this is exploited


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in different cultural contexts for a variety of purposes. He assesses the importance of relative scale and questions how ‘miniature’ can be defined. How large or small can a miniature be? Can a museum, for example, qualify as a miniature? It is, after all, a deliberate and selective scaling down of a wider totality. Is a map a miniaturisation of a larger world? What is the point of something that is almost too small to be seen by the human eye? And, most tantalising question of all, could we be living within a microcosm of someone else’s construction? Think about it! Meanwhile, enjoy this selection of treasures from Gulliver to King Kong, classical art to surrealism and Aristotle to the Yoruba. 218 pages 19½cm x 25½cm lavishly illustrated with 200 colour photos. £19.99 NOW £6

74959 GOLD by Susan La Niece Drawing on her own long experience investigating the art and science of metallurgy, the author guides readers through the rich and incredible history of gold. In tracing that history through the ages, this literally glittering volume

showcases the multiple uses to which the precious metal has been put. With detailed images and beguiling descriptive text, this beautiful book shows gold over the millennia as coinage, jewellery, ornamentation, high- status vessels, grave goods, gifts of distinction and as radiant symbols in rituals of magic and worship. Following its glimmering trail through distant times and places, readers are whisked to cultures as disparate as the Mughals of India, the Anglo-Saxons of Britain and the pre-Hispanic civilisations of the New World. Examining the work of alchemists and goldsmiths, the myths and the legends, the fakes and fine art, here is a deeply informed picture of gold in all its practical, figurative, commercial, artistic and historical facets. 128 pages in glowing colour. $22.95 NOW £6

74989 SILVER by Philippa Merriman From the practical aspects of working silver to its role in magic, myth and ritual in cultures as disparate as the Vikings and the Bedouins of North Africa via the Ancient Egyptians, the Picts, the Chinese and many more, this

exquisite book reflects the power of this beautiful precious metal to move us. Accompanied here by striking illustrations from the collections in the British Museum, the curious course of silver through human history unfolds. This gleaming metal has been mined and worked for some 6,000 years because it can be


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