Classics (108)

Hieronymus Bosch The Complete Works Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836538503

Author: Stefan Fischer    Publisher: Taschen

Only 20 paintings and eight drawings are confidently assigned to Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) but in their fantastical visions they h...


Only 20 paintings and eight drawings are confidently assigned to Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) but in their fantastical visions they have secured his place as one of the most cult artists in history. 500 years on from his death, his works continue to inspire scholars, artists, designers, and musicians, death metal band names and designer dresses. This Bibliotheca Universalis edition offers the complete and haunting Bosch world in one compact format. Through full spreads and carefully curated details, we explore the full reach and compelling inventions of the artist’s genius as well as disturbing imagination. We encounter his hybrid creatures, his nightmarish scenarios, his religious and moral framework, and his pictorial versions of contemporary proverbs and idioms. Along the way, art historian and Bosch expert Stefan Fischer reveals the most important themes and influences in these cryptic, mesmerizing masterpieces.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 520


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 23-05-2016


$46.00
DUE > 5th Feb 2021
The Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm & Andersen: 2 in 1 40th Anniversary Edition

ISBN: 9783836583275

Authors: The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen    Publisher: Taschen

More than 200 years ago, two brothers from Kassel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, published the first volume of their collection of German folktales. Over time the st...


More than 200 years ago, two brothers from Kassel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, published the first volume of their collection of German folktales. Over time the stories in their collection grew until finally they numbered 200 fairy tales and ten legends. What was initially an attempt to preserve German traditions for posterity is today the most widely read collection of stories after the Bible. From Snow White to Cinderella and Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, the Brothers Grimm left behind a canon of fairy tales that have become classics of children's literature, part of the UNESCO world heritage, and an indispensable piece of our history and culture.Hans Christian Andersen's own life seemed to be out of a fairy tale-Charles Dickens was among his friends and admirers, and European princes held him in high regard. Through determination, talent, many a fortunate coincidence, and an exuberant imagination, he came out of impoverished circumstances to write himself into world literature. A fairytale kingdom without Andersen would be very impoverished itself and would have to do without characters such as the Snow Queen, the Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina or the Little Match Girl, but also many previously inanimate items which Andersen brought to life: silver shillings and darning needles, and especially his Steadfast Tin Soldier. The Grimms' and Andersen's tales have inspired generations of artists, and each fairy tale in this volume is colorfully interpreted by a famous illustrator: legends such as Kay Nielsen (a leading exponent of the Golden Age of Illustration that ended in the 1920s), the Arts and Crafts master Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham, and the Swiss commercial artist Herbert Leupin. Alongside are silhouettes from historical publications as well as new vignettes that were made especially for this edition, which dance across the pages in an intricate shadow play. Introductory essays, on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm as reflected in art and on Andersen as the heart and soul of the modern fairy tale, complement these flights of fancy, as do the short summaries on each fairy tale and artists' biographies.This double-sided book contains the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm on one side and Hans Christian Andersen's tales on the other, each with its own cover. The following fairy tales are included: The Brothers Grimm:The Frog Prince, The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Brave Little Tailor, Cinderella, Mother Holle, Little Red Riding Hood, The Bremen Town Musicians, The Shoemaker and the Elves, Tom Thumb's Travels, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, The Three Feathers, The Golden Goose, The Goose Girl, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Star Coins, The Hare and the Hedgehog, Puss 'n Boots Hans Christian Andersen:The Princess and the Pea, The Nightingale, The Swineherd, The Emperor's New Clothes, Twelve by Mail Coach, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Snow Queen, Ole Shut-Eye, The Ugly Duckling, Little Ida's Flowers, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Flying Trunk, The Little Match Girl, The Tinderbox


Bind: hardback


Pages: 512


Dimensions: 156 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 01-08-2020


$58.00
The Wind in the Willows

ISBN: 9781841358161

Author: Kenneth Grahame    Publisher: Award Publications

Kenneth Grahame's favourite children's classic, The Wind in the Willows, follows the adventures of unlikely friends Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger, brought to lif...


Kenneth Grahame's favourite children's classic, The Wind in the Willows, follows the adventures of unlikely friends Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger, brought to life with illustrations in the delightful, vintage style of Anne Grahame Johnstone.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 30-04-2022


$29.99
DUE > 31st Jul 2022
Peter Pan and Wendy

ISBN: 9781841358154

Author: J M Barrie    Publisher: Award Publications

Acclaimed illustrator Robert Ingpen takes readers on a magical, unforgettable trip to Neverland in this sumptuous edition of the classic story, complete with a ...


Acclaimed illustrator Robert Ingpen takes readers on a magical, unforgettable trip to Neverland in this sumptuous edition of the classic story, complete with a foreword by the great-great grand nephew of J.M. Barrie himself. Like Peter Pan himself, Barrie's timeless tale never grows old, although it has captivated children of all ages for a century. Robert Ingpen's illustrations capture once more the fantastic adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy, the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, and the wicked Captain Hook. This handsome volume is sure to find a treasured place in any home or library.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 30-04-2022


$29.99
DUE > 31st Jul 2022
Alice In Wonderland

ISBN: 9781841358147

Author: Lewis Carroll    Publisher: Award Publications

Alice was just an ordinary girl - imaginative and curious and thirsting for adventure. She was an ordinary girl, that is, until she found herself instantly tran...


Alice was just an ordinary girl - imaginative and curious and thirsting for adventure. She was an ordinary girl, that is, until she found herself instantly transported to a place that was anything but ordinary. After diving down a rabbit hole, young Alice encounters a magical world ruled by a vicious Queen. It is a world where anything can happen; a world filled with a talking caterpillar, a puppy as big as a house, and a Cheshire cat that can disappear and reappear in the blink of an eye. Are these colorful characters real? And if so, how will Alice ever find her way back home? Beloved for more than a century, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is widely viewed as Lewis Carroll's masterpiece; a fantastic journey that will never be forgotten.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 30-04-2022


$29.99
DUE > 31st Jul 2022
Diamonds and Toads

ISBN: 9780473480424

Author: Jo Paterson    Publisher: P J Paterson

From the original writings of The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and other master storytellers, this re­envisioned collection of 18 of our f...


From the original writings of The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and other master storytellers, this re­envisioned collection of 18 of our favourite fairy tales challenges outdated gender stereotypes and creates diverse new tales for every girl and boy - regardless of gender, skin colour or sexual orientation. In Diamonds and Toads, a brave princess fights her way through a forest of thorns to place a kiss on the sleeping Briar Rose. The Frog Prince's curse is ultimately undone by another prince who learns not to judge by outward appearances. And a young woman proves she is more than capable of using her wits to save her betrothed as the gender roles are reversed in Jorinda and Joringel. Richly illustrated by some of New Zealand's best loved illustrators and artists, this treasury is sure to become a favourite for a new generation of readers.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 204


Dimensions: 185 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2019


$39.99
Ngaio Marsh's Hamlet - The 1943 Production Script

ISBN: 9781988503134

Authors: Ngaio Marsh, Polly Hoskins    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982), a distinguished University of Canterbury alumna, was one of the greatest crime writers of the twentieth century. Marsh was also ...


Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982), a distinguished University of Canterbury alumna, was one of the greatest crime writers of the twentieth century. Marsh was also a gifted Shakespearean director, establishing her reputation in 1943 with the Canterbury University Drama Society modern-dress production of ‘Hamlet’. Fast-paced, with a deftly-cut script, and featuring especially commissioned incidental music by Douglas Lilburn, Ngaio Marsh’s production of ‘Hamlet’ was a hit with wartime audiences. Marsh’s 1943 ‘Hamlet’ production typescript is reproduced here for the first time, together with Lilburn’s previously unpublished music and a selection of archival photographs. An introductory essay by Polly Hoskins examines the staging of the production and the wartime context in which the play was performed, offering broader reflection on Marsh’s compositional approach, and a note from Robert Hoskins introduces Lilburn’s music. This edition makes the perfect starting point for enriching our understanding of Ngaio Marsh as a Shakespearean director and producer, and presents a fresh perspective on New Zealand’s theatre history.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 134


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2019


$29.99
My Favourite Brer Rabbit Stories

ISBN: 9781782703303

Author: Joel Chandler Harris    Publisher: Award Publications

A classic collection of 17 of Joel Chandler Harris’s classic tales of the adventures of the mischievous Brer Rabbit, and his friends Brer Fox, Brer Wolf and B...


A classic collection of 17 of Joel Chandler Harris’s classic tales of the adventures of the mischievous Brer Rabbit, and his friends Brer Fox, Brer Wolf and Brer Bear. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Rene Cloke in her delightfully vintage style.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 195 x 260 mm


$19.99
The Ultimate Bronte Collection

ISBN: 9781840227901

Author: Bronte Sisters    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Each boxset contains seven books, together creating a comprehensive collection of the Brontë Sisters' best and much-loved works. Beautifully packaged in a ridg...


Each boxset contains seven books, together creating a comprehensive collection of the Brontë Sisters' best and much-loved works. Beautifully packaged in a ridged, matt-laminated slipcase with metallic detailing, complete with strikingly attractive, bespoke artwork. Includes: 9781853262166 - Agnes Grey 9781853264887 - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 9781853260209 - Jane Eyre 9781853262081 - The Professor 9781853260643 - Shirley 9781853260728 - Villette 9781853260018 - Wuthering Heights


Bind: paperback


Pages: 2608


Publication Date: 31-05-2018


Tag: Classics
$49.99
Greek Myths

ISBN: 9783836584722

Publisher: Taschen

The Greek myths are timeless classics, whose scenes and figures have captivated us since ancient times. The gods and heroes of these legends embody universal hu...


The Greek myths are timeless classics, whose scenes and figures have captivated us since ancient times. The gods and heroes of these legends embody universal human characteristics and truths - the courage of Perseus, the greed of Midas, the ambition of Icarus, the vengeance of Medea or the hubris of Niobe. These traits are the basis for immortal dramas and rich narratives, as profound as they are entertaining, which form the bedrock of our culture and literature today and remain relevant and fascinating for all readers, young and old alike. This edition contains 47 tales based on the most famous episodes in Greek mythology, from Prometheus, the Argonauts, and Theseus to the Trojan War and Homer's Odyssey. The individual texts are selected from the seminal work Sagen des klassischen Altertums (Legends of Classical Antiquity) by Gustav Schwab (1792-1850), and strikingly illustrated by 29 artists, among them outstanding representatives of the Golden Age of Book Illustration and the Arts and Crafts Movement, including Walter Crane (1845-1915), Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), William Russell Flint (1880-1969), and Virginia Frances Sterrett (1900-1930). These illustrations are complimented by contemporary vignettes and a genealogical tree of Greek gods and goddesses by Clifford Harper, commissioned especially for this volume. Placing the tales in context, the book contains a historical introduction by Dr. Michael Siebler, and is rounded off with biographies of all contributing artists and an extensive glossary of Greek mythology's most famous protagonists. The heroism, tragedy, and theatre of Greek mythology glimmers through each tale in this opulently illustrated edition, awakening the gods and heroes to new life.


Pages: 336


Dimensions: 205 x 256 mm


Publication Date: 07-09-2021


$90.00
DUE > 15th Dec 2021
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