April 2017 (48)

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
Human Anatomy

ISBN: 9783791383293

Author: Jim Naughten    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Following his highly successful book, “Animal Kingdom”, Jim Naughten brings to life historic specimens of the human body in this peculiarly enthralling coll...


Following his highly successful book, “Animal Kingdom”, Jim Naughten brings to life historic specimens of the human body in this peculiarly enthralling collection of stereoscopic photographs. Historically, stereoscopic photography was widely used in medicine as a teaching aid, so it seems fitting that Jim Naughten’s stereoscopic pictures of human specimens on display at the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam transform science into art. With over 5,000 immaculately preserved objects, the Vrolik has one of the largest collections of anatomical specimens in the world. Naughten has selected 50 of the most striking examples for this book, including pathological specimens such as skeletons afflicted by rickets and other diseases of the bone; congenital malformations; and dissected heads. Many are photographed in their original wood and glass specimen cases, which lends them a haunting tone. Reproduced with stunning clarity, these transfixing images take the reader on a fascinating journey through the history of the study of anatomy, with the stereoscopic viewer permitting an immersive experience that is not possible with conventional photography.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 270 x 220 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2017


$100.00
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
Nuba & Latuka

ISBN: 9783791383224

Authors: George Rodger, Chris Steele-Perkins & Aaron Schuman    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This classic color series by legendary Magnum photographer George Rodger introduced the Western world to the Nuba peoples of Sudan. In 1949 the photographer and...


This classic color series by legendary Magnum photographer George Rodger introduced the Western world to the Nuba peoples of Sudan. In 1949 the photographer and co-founder of Magnum Photos, George Rodger, learned of the Nuba tribe while traveling in the Kordofan region of the Sudan. Remarkably, he was granted permission by the Sudanese government to take pictures of these striking people, who lived as their ancestors had centuries before. After publication in National Geographic magazine, these pictures—as well as Rodger’s fascinating journal entries from the shoot—have not been available to the wider public. Now, Rodger’s rare softly colored Kodachrome images are gathered in a sumptuous volume, and introduced in an essay by photographer Chris Steele-Perkins. Beautifully reproduced, Rodger’s photographs emphasize the muted colors of the Sudanese landscape as well as the Nuba’s penchant for vivid body paint, clothing, and jewelry. They are a superb example of early color photography, and a stunning celebration of a little-known tribe that lives in one of the world’s harshest environments.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 240 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2017


$110.00
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
Journal Through Your Wildest Dreams

ISBN: 9783791383415

Author: Federica Matta    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This beautifully illustrated guided journal by artist and arts educator Federica Matta is filled with creative opportunities for insight, mindfulness, and heali...


This beautifully illustrated guided journal by artist and arts educator Federica Matta is filled with creative opportunities for insight, mindfulness, and healing. “We carry within us a multitude of worlds,” writes artist Federica Matta. “In the confusion of these worlds, suddenly there is a door.”The door is to our own creativity, and in this book Matta helps readers find their way through it, guiding them on a journey of self-discovery. Filled with Matta’s whimsical and inspirational illustrations, this book also provides readers plenty of space to create their own art. Matta offers tips for designing a mandala, creating a spirit animal, and igniting an inner light to guide the way through one’s journey. Inspirational quotes from beloved writers and artists and pages for self-reflection help to awaken, refresh, or calm the mind. A guide and a canvas for anyone looking to discover, explore, and make peace with their soul, this unique book demonstrates the many benefits of self-expression.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 170 x 220 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2017


$36.99
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
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