Classics (108)

Treasury of Aesops Fables

ISBN: 9781841355061

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

Enjoyed by generations the world over, Aesop's tales are a delight for all children. Illustrated with great humour by Val Biro, this bumper edition is perfect f...


Enjoyed by generations the world over, Aesop's tales are a delight for all children. Illustrated with great humour by Val Biro, this bumper edition is perfect for sharing or for easy reading alone.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 198


Dimensions: 206 x 270 mm


$29.99
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

ISBN: 9781841353586

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

Retold and illustrated by Val Biro, this lavish edition contains some of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved stories: The Wild Swan, Dan the Dunce, The Emperor...


Retold and illustrated by Val Biro, this lavish edition contains some of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved stories: The Wild Swan, Dan the Dunce, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Flying Trunk, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Tin Soldier, The Nightingale and Thumbelina.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 198


Dimensions: 208 x 270 mm


$29.99
The Red & The Black

ISBN: 9781840225839

Author: Stendhal    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

The Red and the Black has been hailed as the first great ‘realist’ novel of the nineteenth century, offering a lively and detailed picture of social and pol...


The Red and the Black has been hailed as the first great ‘realist’ novel of the nineteenth century, offering a lively and detailed picture of social and political life in the provinces and in Paris towards the end of the 1820s, the close of the stifling reactionary period of the Bourbon Restoration. Stendhal himself claimed that no-one before him had ventured to portray with such verisimilitude the ‘moral and morose’ France of 1830. However ‘moral and morose’ his novel is definitely not. Ironic, fast-moving, entertaining and incisive in its social criticism, it is a novel of ambition and passion, of indignation and tenderness, of polemic and poetry, which speaks to us today, as clearly as it did to the author’s contemporaries, of the heights, depths and idiocies of which our human nature is capable or culpable.


Pages: 576


Publication Date: 30-01-2015


Tags: March 2015   Classics
$7.99
The Velveteen Rabbit & Other Stories

ISBN: 9781840225754

Author: M W Bianco    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

This endearing edition proudly includes the original telling of the beloved tale, 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams. Together, we travel alongside the ...


This endearing edition proudly includes the original telling of the beloved tale, 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams. Together, we travel alongside the Velveteen Rabbit on his magical journey towards becoming real and discover how he and other toys are brought to life once they are truly loved by their little owners. Also in this edition are modern, infant-friendly retellings of: 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff', 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Frog Prince' and 'The Tale of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse'. All stories are beautifully illustrated with exclusive line drawings which truly bring these charming tales to life…just like your favourite toys.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 20-03-2015


$7.99
The Chimes

ISBN: 9781843915386

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

In the second of his series of Christmas books, Charles Dickens wrote The Chimes one year after A Christmas Carol. Tackling familiar themes of redemption, socia...


In the second of his series of Christmas books, Charles Dickens wrote The Chimes one year after A Christmas Carol. Tackling familiar themes of redemption, social injustice and family, it is a story of hope and contemplation and is a moving festive read well worth discovering. As Trotty's working day as a lowly messenger draws to a close, his daughter, Meg, arrives with her fiance Richard in tow, and they proudly announce their wedding for the following day. This is cause for celebration of course, although their happiness is tempered by the comments of an alderman and other well-off citizens on the rights of the poor to marry. During the night, Trotty hears the chimes of a church bell and ventures out to climb the belltower. At the top he is greeted by goblins who tell him that he died during the climb and must now spend his time watching his friends and family live out their lives. What he witnesses makes for grim viewing: Richard turns to drink and dies penniless, leaving a widowed Meg to cope with bringing up their child; Trotty's friend Will is in and out of prison, and Will's daughter Lilian ends up falling into prostitution. But the worst is yet to come. Destitute and desperate, Meg contemplates drowning herself and her young child. Wild with fear, Trotty cries out that he has learnt his lesson and suddenly his daughter is able to see him. At the last second, he rescues her from the brink of destruction. Trotty wakes as if from a dream to the bells chiming out the beginning of a new year, and finds that no time has passed and it is New Year's Day. But as he sees his daughter cheerfully preparing for her wedding day, he is baffled as to whether this is just a dream within a dream.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


Tags: November 2014   Classics
$21.99
The First Men in the Moon & A Modern Utopia

ISBN: 9781840227444

Author: H G Wells    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to Kent to write a play, he encounters Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist who has invented a material that coun...


When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to Kent to write a play, he encounters Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist who has invented a material that counteracts gravity. This discovery enables the two men to set off on a fantastic journey to the Moon. But they are not prepared for what they find there - a world of freezing nights, boiling days and danger from a sinister alien lifeform, the selenites, creatures who have developed an intricate hierarchical society beneath the lunar surface. The First Men in the Moon ignited speculation in nineteenth century society concerning what lies on and beneath the surface of the Moon. By turns amusing, thrilling and stimulating, the novel is a classic of its genre. This volume also contains another of Wells's fascinating thought-provoking fantasies: A Modern Utopia in which two travellers fall into a space-warp and find themselves upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 416


Publication Date: 01-01-2017


Tags: February 2017   Classics
$7.99
Domus 1930s Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836526524

Author: Charlotte & Peter Feill    Publisher: Taschen

Offering an unrivaled record of architecture and design, the “living diary” of domus was founded by Gio Ponti in 1928. Through the years and decades that fo...


Offering an unrivaled record of architecture and design, the “living diary” of domus was founded by Gio Ponti in 1928. Through the years and decades that followed, the journal charted the major themes and movements of industrial, interior, product, and structural design with an eye for creative excellence as much as editorial rigor. This fresh reprint features domus’s coverage from the transformative years between 1928 and 1939. It is an era famed for the emergence of the International Style when the likes of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Alvar Aalto, and Richard Neutra channeled modernist ideals into rectilinear forms, restrained surfaces, and open, luminous interiors. The domus coverage of this decisive decade spanned the details and the grand designs. From soaring steel skyscrapers to tubular furniture, its coverage is a definitive record of how light, form, and pared-down aesthetics combined in the pursuit of an honest and utilitarian form for the modern and rapidly industrializing age. Domus Distilled -Seven volumes spanning 1928 to 1999 -Over 6,000 pages featuring influential projects by the most important designers and architects -Original layouts and all covers, with captions providing navigation and context -New introductory essays by renowned architects and designers -Each edition comes with an appendix featuring texts translated into English, many of which were previously only available in Italian -A comprehensive index in each volume listing both designers’ and manufacturers’ names


Bind: hardback


Pages: 752


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 29-11-2017


$46.00
What Great Paintings Say : 100 Masterpieces in Detail Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836559263

Author: Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen    Publisher: Taschen

This important addition to our understanding of art history’s masterworks puts some of the world's most famous paintings under a magnifying glass to uncover t...


This important addition to our understanding of art history’s masterworks puts some of the world's most famous paintings under a magnifying glass to uncover their most small and subtle elements and all they reveal about a bygone time, place, and culture. Guiding our eye to the minutiae of subject and symbolism, authors Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen allow even the most familiar of pictures to come alive anew through their intricacies and intrigues. Is the bride pregnant? Why does the man wear a beret? How does the shadow of war hang over a scene of dancing? Along the way, we travel from Ancient Egypt through to modern Europe, from the Renaissance to the Roaring Twenties. We meet Greek heroes and poor German poets and roam from cathedrals to cabaret bars, from the Garden of Eden to a Garden Bench in rural France. As we pick apart each painting and then reassemble it like a giant jigsaw puzzle, these celebrated canvases captivate not only in their sheer wealth of details but also in the witness they bear to the fashions and trends, people and politics, loves and lifestyles of their time. The author Rose-Marie Hagen was born in Switzerland and studied history, Romance languages, and literature in Lausanne. After further studies in Paris and Florence, she lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C. Rainer Hagen was born in Hamburg and graduated in literature and theater studies in Munich. He later worked for radio and TV, most recently as chief editor of a German public broadcasting service. Together they have collaborated on several TASCHEN titles, including Masterpieces in Detail, Pieter Bruegel, and Francisco de Goya.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 788


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 21-03-2016


$46.00
The World of Ornament Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836556255

Author: David Batterham    Publisher: Taschen

Discover a world of decorative ideas with this compendium of history’s most elegant patterns and ornamental designs.The World of Ornament brings together the ...


Discover a world of decorative ideas with this compendium of history’s most elegant patterns and ornamental designs.The World of Ornament brings together the two greatest encyclopedic collections of ornament of the 19th century: Auguste Racinet’s L’Ornement polychrome Volumes I and II (1875–1888) and Auguste Dupont-Auberville’s L’Ornement des tissus (1877) to provide one lavish source book spanning jewelry, tile, stained glass, illuminated manuscript, textile, and ceramic ornament. Encompassing classical, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Asian and Middle Eastern, as well as European designs from medieval times through the 19th century, this compilation of cultures and aesthetics offers a primary reference for artists, historians, designers, and patternmakers, and anyone engaged in decorative design and impact.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 824


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 13-05-2015


$46.00
Cities Of The World Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836556415

Authors: Stephen Fussel, Rem Koolhaas    Publisher: Taschen

More than four centuries on from its first publication, discover one of the jewels of urban cartography and civic studies. This quality reprint includes the mos...


More than four centuries on from its first publication, discover one of the jewels of urban cartography and civic studies. This quality reprint includes the most enchanting color plates from the Civitates orbis terrarum, a magnificent collection of town map engravings, produced between 1572 and 1617.Featuring plans, bird's-eye views, and maps for all major cities in Europe, plus important urban centers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this masterwork in urban mapping gives us a comprehensive view of city life at the turn of the 17th century. It was edited and annotated by theologian and publisher Georg Braun and largely engraved by Franz Hogenberg, but also involved over a hundred different artists and cartographers who contributed not only town views, but additional elements, such as figures in local dress, courtroom scenes, and topographical details, to help convey the situation, commercial power, and political influence of each city.TASCHEN's reprint contextualizes the plates with selected extracts from Braun's original texts on the history and significance of each urban center as well as detailed commentaries to place each city map in its cartographical and cultural context.About the seriesBibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 744


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 05-11-2015


$46.00
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