April 2017 (38)

The Pencil Perfect

ISBN: 978389556759

Author: Caroline Weaver    Publisher: Gestalten

The Pencil Perfect takes its namesake’s four simple ingredients – wood, graphite, clay, and water – and narrates a tale of worldwide influence and innovat...


The Pencil Perfect takes its namesake’s four simple ingredients – wood, graphite, clay, and water – and narrates a tale of worldwide influence and innovation. Caroline Weaver, pencil connoisseur and CW Pencil Enterprise Shop owner, composes texts that extol the nuanced influence of her beloved and humble implement. Illustrations exclusively drawn for The Pencil Perfect by Oriana Fenwick, an artist from Zimbabwe who works with fine details and intense realism, pair with Weaver’s words to present a story that is both endearing and enlightening. Through profiles of pencil makers, anecdotes about famous writers’ favorite pencils, and essays about the surprising role of pencils in world history and culture, the chronicle of a modest but mighty tool unfolds. Follow the charming contrivance as it guides the course of early communication in the Scientific Revolution, the American Revolutionary War, the Anglo-French War, and the French Revolution: it is a historical journey and a captivating memoir.  See how its past contemporarily compares with its use and appearance today – from the Blackwing 602 to novelty ferrules. The development of cultures and communities is laid bare within the timeline of this slender entity. The Pencil Perfect immortalizes the biography of an inanimate object within its pages for a future cast of historians, writers, and curious minds.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-02-2017


$89.99
Tina Modotti : Photographer and Revolutionary

ISBN: 9788416248834

Author: Margaret Hooks    Publisher: La Fabrica

This definitive portrayal of Tina Modotti brings to life the iconic artist who throughout her life vacillated between the purity of inspired creativity and the ...


This definitive portrayal of Tina Modotti brings to life the iconic artist who throughout her life vacillated between the purity of inspired creativity and the struggle for social justice. Incorporating extensive archival material, interviews with Modotti’s contemporaries and many rare photographs, this illustrated biography magnificently portrays Tina Modotti, her contemporaries and their tumultous times.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 145 x 220 mm


Publication Date: 28-03-2017


$79.99
Surreal Lovers : Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst

ISBN: 9788417048006

Author: Margaret Hooks    Publisher: La Fabrica

This book recounts the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise ...


This book recounts the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise Straus and Marie-Berthe Aurenche during their years with Max Ernst. Beginning in Cologne at the outbreak of war in 1914 and the eruption of Dada, it describes the birth and heyday of Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s and ends with its demise in New York in the 1940s. The years in between were a whirlwind that shredded the artists dreams and scattered them around the globe from Cologne, London and Paris, to Saigon, Marseille, Lisbon and New York. Their saga contains episodes of searing passion, madness and betrayal when they made great art and lost, found and abandoned one another in the process.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 376


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 24-04-2017


$59.99
A Cathedral of Music

ISBN: 9783791356235

Author: Bertelsmann Se & Co    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This illustrated survey celebrates the panoramic holdings and colorful history of the Archivio Storico Ricordi, one of the world’s most important musical arch...


This illustrated survey celebrates the panoramic holdings and colorful history of the Archivio Storico Ricordi, one of the world’s most important musical archives. This comprehensive and captivating book follows the evolution of Milan’s Ricordi archive, from its founding in 1808 by publisher Giovanni Ricordi to its present-day holdings of thousands of scores, letters, libretti, sketches of opera scenery and costume design, photographs, and Art Nouveau and Art Deco posters. In addition, the original manuscripts of nearly all of the operas written by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Paganini are preserved inside its hallowed vaults. The book contains an overview of the archive’s entire collection whilst also examining rare autographs, the often-unacknowledged significance of the libretto, and the phenomenon of Italian opera and its important contributions to the world of music and culture. Revealing fascinating stories of uncovered secrets and biographical insights into the composers this book is a treasure trove of musical ephemera which pays tribute to the glorious, dynamic, and colorful history of making, presenting, promoting, and preserving music for the ages.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 216 x 275 mm


Publication Date: 10-02-2017


Tags: April 2017   Music
$125.00
Fashion: The Ultimate History of Costume

ISBN: 9788415967828

Author: Stefania Sposito    Publisher: Promo Press

Fashion is one of the defining features of human evolution and culture. Its fascinating development through different civilizations and periods of our history i...


Fashion is one of the defining features of human evolution and culture. Its fascinating development through different civilizations and periods of our history is currently generating an impressive amount of interest, not only in the fashion world but also within the academic community and, as a result, among the general public as well. Spanning from the first civilizations to today's most recent trends, this book analyses the importance and meaning of this captivating area of human behaviour with an in-depth approach to its subject that is illuminated by a rich, iconographic display of illustrations and photographs. The lavish visuals, which many other titles in this field lack, truly bring the topic to life. With this book the reader will discover the beauty and mystery of the history of fashion, the roles it has played in society and the creativity and power of invention it has often brought out in man.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 190 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2016


Tags: April 2017   Fashion
$95.00
Fashion Sketching

ISBN: 9788416504107

Author: Claudia Ausonia Palazio    Publisher: Promo Press

"Fashion Sketching" aims to help emerging designers and fashion professionals cut down the time required to produce a collection. It offers every type of silhou...


"Fashion Sketching" aims to help emerging designers and fashion professionals cut down the time required to produce a collection. It offers every type of silhouette and pose for women, men, and children, so that designers are able to produce sketches that are faithful to the human figure, even if stylized.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 195 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2016


Tags: April 2017   Fashion
$65.00
Eco Design Furniture

ISBN: 9788416504589

Authors: Ivy Liu, Jian Wong    Publisher: Promo Press

Following the huge demand in contemporary societies to decorate homes in a "green" style, this book offers a more environmentally conscious approach to design a...


Following the huge demand in contemporary societies to decorate homes in a "green" style, this book offers a more environmentally conscious approach to design and production processes by presenting a wide range of furniture products made with natural materials as well as using recycling and more environment respecting technologies.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 225 x 265 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2016


$65.00
You’re Not Old, You’re Vintage

ISBN: 9781786850126

Author: SUMMERSDALE    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Like a valuable antique, maybe your smooth finish has become a little lined and your legs creak from time to time. But don’t worry: even if you no longer have...


Like a valuable antique, maybe your smooth finish has become a little lined and your legs creak from time to time. But don’t worry: even if you no longer have all your original parts and nobody can find your instruction manual, it’s great to be vintage! This joyful collection of quotations celebrates the lighter side of ageing, and shows that it really is the life in your years that counts.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 11-04-2017


$17.99
It’s Always Beer O’Clock

ISBN: 9781786850089

Author: SUMMERSDALE    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Ale, lager, stout, bitter… There are so many different types of beer that you’d need a lifetime to try them all. Whatever your favourite hop-based delight, ...


Ale, lager, stout, bitter… There are so many different types of beer that you’d need a lifetime to try them all. Whatever your favourite hop-based delight, draft or bottled, indulge your inner brewmaster and raise a glass to the perfection of the pint with this collection of quips from the world’s wisest and wittiest drinkers. 


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 11-04-2017


$19.99
Let’s Eat Grandma

ISBN: 9781786850119

Author: Joanne Adams    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Do you sometimes mix up your ‘affects’ and ‘effects’? Do you know when to use ‘less’ or ‘fewer’? And what about punctuation – would you like t...


Do you sometimes mix up your ‘affects’ and ‘effects’? Do you know when to use ‘less’ or ‘fewer’? And what about punctuation – would you like to feel sure about using semicolons? Grammar can be a bit of black hole in terms of size and matter, and if you’re not confident about how it works, it can suck you up and spit you out before you can say ‘there, their and they’re’. Although this book won’t give you the formula to the theory of everything grammatical, it will stop you from making embarrassing slip-ups, such as implying your grandmother would make for a tasty meal. So say goodbye to silly CV mistakes or red marker pen all over your essays, because this book offers up bite-sized tips and advice that’ll make your writing instantly more impressive.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 120 x 158 mm


Publication Date: 11-04-2017


$24.99
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