• Teaching, Language & Reference
      July 2006

      The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wine, Beer & Spirits

      by Brian Glover Stuart Walton

      This expert and accessible reference guide provides all the facts you need to enjoy wines, beers and spirits to the full, with fascinating background information on how they are made, best-known producers and brand names, flavours, aromas and serving advi

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      March 2007

      The World Encyclopedia of Pistols, Revolvers and Submachine Guns

      An illustrated historical reference to over 500 military, law enforcement and antique firearms from around the world

      by Anthony North, Charles Stronge William Fowler

      An authoritative history of gun manufacture and a directory of the world's most famous and important guns, from medieval times to the present day A comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia of 500 arms from the different countries of the world, organized a

    • Uniforms & insignia

      An Encyclopaedia of the Uniforms of the American War of Independence 1775-1783

      An expert guide to the uniforms of the American militias and Continental Army, the armies and navies of Great Britain and France, German and Spanish units, and American Indian allies

      by Digby Smith Kevin F Kiley

      The uniforms of the fighting men of the American War of Independence are a vivid illustration of the difficulties and complexities of the conflict, and this book brings together for the first time a sweeping survey of what they should have worn, what they

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      May 2008

      The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Swords and Sabres

      An authoritative history and visual directory of edged weapons from around the world, shown in over 600 stunning colour photographs

      by Harvey J S Withers

      This beautifully presented book traces the history of swords, sabres, spears and lances from Paleolithic origins and the appearance of the first swords in Bronze Age Mesopotamia to the twentieth-century demise of the sword as a military weapon. At the hea

    • Individual artists, art monographs

      Cezanne: His Life and Works in 500 Images

      An illustrated exploration of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 of his finest paintings

      by Susie Hodge

      Cezanne His Life and Works in 500 Images An illustrated exploration of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 of his finest paintings Susie Hodge A perceptive and detailed account of the artist, Paul Cézanne, who uniquely bridged the ga

    • Other non-Christian religions
      March 2012

      THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE INCA EMPIRE

      A comprehensive encyclopedia of the Incas and other ancient peoples of South America with more than 1000 photographs

      by Dr David M Jones

      The history of the Incas fascinates the modern world. This groundbreaking book separates fact from fiction, exploring the native peoples of Peru and the Andes, their mythologies and ancient belief systems, and the amazing beauty of Inca art and architectu

    • Art & design styles: Baroque
      June 2012

      VELAZQUEZ

      An illustrated study of the artist, his life and context, with a stunning gallery of 300 of his most celebrated paintings

      by Susie Hodge

      Called the greatest Spanish painter by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez was born in 1599 in Seville, and as early as 1620, he was established as a painter, producing many genre scenes, notably Old Woman Frying Eggs,

    • Biography & True Stories
      July 2013

      THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY

      A remarkable journey around the worldÔøΩs major ancient sites from Stonehenge to the Pyramids at Giza and from TenochtitlÔøΩn to the Lascaux Cave in France

      by Paul Bahn

      Learn how the greatest archaeological discoveries were made and find out about the characters who made them, with over 500 images Biographies of important archaeologists, past and present, such as J.F. Champollion who deciphered the Rosetta Stone, and M

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      August 2013

      THE HISTORY OF THE AZTEC & INCA: TWO ILLUSTRATED REFERENCE BOOKS

      Discover the history, myths and cultures of the ancient peoples of Central and South America, with 1000 photographs

      by Charles Phillips David M. Jones

      This two-volume comprehensive and authoritative history describes the political, military and social world of ancient America. It explores the region

    • Military history
      May 2015

      An illustrated encyclopedia of Uniforms of World War II

      An expert guide to the uniforms of Britain, America, Germany, USSR and Japan, together with other Axis and Allied forces

      by Jonathan North

      World War II was a huge conflict, fought on different fronts, covering diverse terrain and involving the fighting men of dozens of nations. At the outbreak of war in 1945 military uniforms had changed little from those worn by the soldiers of World War I,

    • Medieval history
      October 2014

      THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF KNIGHTS & THE GOLDEN AGE OF CHIVALRY

      The history of the medieval knight and the chivalric code explored, with over 450 stunning images of the castles, quests, battles, tournaments, courts and triumphs

      by Charles Phillips

      In battle, the medieval knight was the equivalent of the modern tank. A knight could plough his way through ranks of foot-soldiers, and on massive warhorses in tight formation, a cavalry charge was devastating. This book describes how the order of the kni

    • Small firearms, guns & other equipment
      September 2015

      THE ILLUSTRATED WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GUNS

      Pistols, rifles, revolvers, machine and submachine guns through history in 1100 clear photographs

      by Will Fowler

      This encyclopedia of firearms is both an authoritative reference work and a stunning visual directory, explaining the development of arms through the centuries. The chronological survey begins with gunpowder and the first crude 14th-century hand cannons,

    • Weapons & equipment
      September 2015

      THE ILLUSTRATED WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNIVES, SWORDS, SPEARS & DAGGERS

      Through history in over 1500 photographs

      by Harvey J S Withers

      This encyclopedia traces the fascinating history of knives, daggers, bayonets, swords, sabres and lances, from their Palaeolithic origins through to the 21st century. Weapons from around the world are examined, such as the decorated daggers of Persia and

    • History: specific events & topics
      October 2015

      THE FREEMASONS

      Unlocking the 1000-year-old mysteries of the Brotherhood: the Masonic rituals, codes, signs and symbols explained with over 200 photographs and illustrations

      by Jeremy Harwood

      Freemasonry is part of a long tradition of Western mysticism, steeped in an enduring and eclectic mixture of historical fact and legend. Much of the ritual and symbolism prevalent in Freemasonry has developed over many centuries and relies heavily on noti

    • Warfare & defence
      January 2017

      THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST & SECOND WORLD WARS

      With more than 1000 evocative photographs, maps and battle plans

      by Donald Sommerville and Ian Westwell

      This comprehensive history begins by looking at the origins of WWI and then chronicles the war a year at a time. The second half of the book details the history of WWII, from the rise of Hitler and the persecution of the Jewish race to the attacks on Pear

    • Residential buildings, domestic buildings
      July 2017

      THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROYAL BRITAIN

      A magnificent study of Britain

      by Charles Phillips

      Explore the history of the British Isles in this celebration of its monarchs, and the development of its fine architectural legacy. The first half is a magnificent illustrated history of Britain's kings and queens, including such internationally recognize

    • Classical history / classical civilisation
      January 2018

      ANCIENT ROME: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

      An authoritative account of Roman imperial, military and political power, and of classical Rome's far-reaching influence on Western culture, architecture and art

      by Nigel Rodgers

      The first half of this magnificent book focuses on the political and military history of Rome. The assassination of Julius Caesar, Nero fiddling while Rome burns, the building of Hadrian's Wall - the truth behind these and many other events are explored

    • Rocks, minerals & fossils
      February 2018

      THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO ROCKS & MINERALS

      by John Farndon

    • Egyptian archaeology / Egyptology
      March 2018

      ANCIENT EGYPT: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

      A fascinating guide to the mythology and religion of one of the world's first great civilizations, and to its awe-inspiring temples and tombs

      by Lorna Oakes & Lucia Gahlin

      The allure of ancient Egypt has endured over many centuries - and this authoritative volume offers further intriguing insights. It delves into the tombs, devoting chapters to the most famous burial sites: Giza, Saqqara and the Valley of the Kings, where

    • Military history
      May 2015

      THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SWORDS AND SABRES

      An authoritative history and visual directory of edged weapons from around the world, shown in over 600 stunning photographs

      by Harvey J S Withers

      This beautifully presented book traces the history of swords, sabres, spears and lances from Paleolithic origins to the twentieth-centure demise of the sword as a military weapon. At the heart of the book is a comprehensive and fully illustrated directory

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