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Arts & Skills Books

A History of Playing Cards - $47.00
Catherine Perry Hargrave. Most likely invented in the Far East, playing cards arrived in Europe at roughly the same time as paper money and gunpowder, and by the early eleventh century were in widespread use in France. This classic history, never superseded, not only tells the story of playing cards and their manufacture, but also provides the reader with a fascinating overview of heraldry, geography, history, and social and political activities over the past six centuries. In addition to making extensive use of the magnificent collection of the United States Playing Card Company in Cincinnati, this volume focuses on playing cards of China, Japan, India, Europe, Russia, and America. Also included is an enormous annotated bibliography of more than 900 items on playing cards and games, and probably the largest range of card illustrations, all royalty-free, ever assembled in one place: 1,462 photographs, of which 16 are in color on the covers. 512pp. Pb.

Beginners Handbook of Woodcarving - $34.00
Charles Beiderman & William Johnston. In this wonderful resource for both novice and veteran carvers, two masters of the craft present detailed instructions and illustrations on how to confidently carve animals, flowers, figures, and more. The authors also include handy tips on tools, techniques, painting, finishing, and even how to exhibit finished pieces. 192pp. Pb.

Cathedrals Of The World Coloring Book - $12.00
John Green. This fascinating volume invites colorists of all ages to color detailed illustrations of 40 great churches from around the world. Includes St. Paul's (London), Chartres (France), Notre Dame (Paris), Cologne (Germany), St. Peter's (Rome), St. Basil's (Moscow), St. Patrick's (New York), the Washington Cathedral, and more. 48pp. Pb.

Chained: Create Gorgeous Chain Mail Jewellery One Ring At A Time - $29.00
Rebeca Mojica. Whether you are new to chain mail or a seasoned weaver, this book will introduce you to the art of combining metal jump rings into intricate designs, in a new way. No other book shows how to use so many weaves in so many ways, or gives this ancient art such a beautiful and modern twist. Techniques once used for armor now have a new life and can be used to create elegant adornments. Inside find: Clear, detailed step-by-step photos that will take you from opening and closing jump rings to finishing your first (or fiftieth!) project. Easy-to-navigate "Weave in a Nutshell" options for many weaves that will show advanced chain mail weavers the weave of a project in just a few steps. 22 beautiful projects plus dozens of variations, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, each with its own skill level and time investment rating. Endless options: choose your favorite colors, your favorite metals, customize the size of your project, and find inspiration to add your own unique stamp to any piece of chain mail jewelry. Gather your pliers and piles of jump rings and weave your way to beautiful jewelry with Chained. 144pp. Pb.

Color Your Own Book of Kells - $9.00
Marty Noble. The finest of early Christian art of its kind and one of the most beautiful books of the early Middle Ages, The Book of Kells is an illuminated copy of the four gospels of the New Testament in Latin. Here are 28 full-page black-and-white reproductions of the book's elaborate artistic ornamentation. Included are eye-catching borders filled with abstract Celtic spirals and interlacements, celestial figures, images of saints, members of the Holy Family, as well as Celtic crosses and other finely detailed floral, animal, human, and fantastic elements. 32pp. Pb.

Culpeper's Complete Herbal - $41.00
Nicholas Culpeper. The original Culpeper's Herbal, complete in all it's charm, humor and practicality. For over 350 years, this historic and definitive guide to herbal remedies, written by physician Nicholas Culpeper, has been the book to turn for anyone interested in using herbs. It includes details about where each herb can be found, its flowering time, astrology, and medical benefits. Best of all, it includes great low-tech, how-to information on how to prepare herbal pills, potions, lotions, plasters and more for do-it-yourself herbalists! Spiral bound for easy reference. 309pp. Sb.

The Dance of Death: Holbein Woodcuts - $19.00
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543), remembered today for his insightful portraits, was better known in his own time for his varied and extensive graphic works, the most celebrated of which was The Dance of Death. This work, from the woodblocks of collaborator Hans Lützelburger, was first published in book form in 1538. The theme of the dance of death was a popular one of the sixteenth century. Holbein captured the feeling of death, the leveler, in its attack on all classes, both sexes, and all ages. A stylized skeleton seizes the child from his mother's breast. The skeleton snatches, plays, tugs, and cavorts throughout the rest of the book. The king, emperor, pope, and cardinal must cease from their functions. The skull is thrust into the face of the astrologer. The hourglass runs out onto the floor. Countess, nun, sailor, peddler, senator are all stopped by the common force. Forty-one finely cut, highly detailed woodcuts capture the single motif, Memento mori: "Remember, you will die." Although the theme is common, the variety of expressions, social groups, backgrounds, styles of dress and architecture, and calls to death are so varied that each one is unique in its power. This edition, reprinting the unabridged 1538 edition, is the first in a series reprinting great rare books from the Rosenwald Collection. Besides the woodcuts, the book contains a prefatory letter by Jean de Vauzéle and various quotations, depictions, and meditations on death, deaths of men, and the necessity of death. A repeated series of the 41 woodblocks follows the reprinted work and contains English translations of the quotations and verses. Art historians and social historians will find this to be one of the best depictions of class life caught at its fateful moment. The collector will find this to be the finest reproduction of one of Holbein's major works. 160pp. Pb.

De Magnete - $25.00
William Gilbert. Much of modern science is based upon the theories and discoveries of William Gilbert, the brilliant English physician and physicist who was the first great experimental scientist. Gilbert was the first to use the word "electricity," to recognize mass as distinct from weight, to discover the effect of heat upon magnetic bodies, to differentiate clearly between static electricity and magnetism, and to explain phenomena of terrestrial magnetism in terms of the earth as a giant magnet. In 1600 he published De Magnete in Latin. As lively and entertaining as it was scientifically scrupulous, it summarized everything that had previously been known about electricity and magnetism, founded a new science and earned Gilbert the title of "the father of modern electricity." In it Gilbert explores magnetism and electricity, lodestones, phenomena of magnetism, direction of the earth's magnetic lines of force, variation in the compass, dip, the concept of the earth as a giant magnet, and much else. This Dover edition is a complete, unabridged reprinting of the definitive English translation of De Magnete prepared by Dr. P. Fleury Mottelay. Dr. Mottelay has added a number of footnotes that explain points that might be obscure to today's readers, who will find in this historically important text invaluable insights into the origins of modern science and physics. Translation by P. F. Mottelay. 427pp. Pb.

De Re Metallica - $70.00
Georgius Agricola. One of the most important scientific classics of all time, this 1556 work on mining was the first based on field research and observation and the methods of modern science. 289 authentic Renaissance woodcuts. Translated by Herbert Hoover. 672pp Pb.

Heraldry: A Pictorial Archive - $39.00
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies. Heraldry had its origin in the decorative shields used in Western Europe in the twelfth century. Today the varied and colorful designs that have developed over the centuries carry a rich aura of medieval romance that can enhance any number of artistic and design projects. For this volume, Carol Belanger Grafton has selected 1,047 authentic heraldic designs and motifs from The Art of Heraldry, a classic study by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871–1928), an English barrister and foremost authority on the subject. Dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries, the illustrations include 393 full-color and 654 black-and-white designs: arms of individuals, among them such notables as Edward the Black Prince, John Milton, and Maximilian I; arms of institutions, corporations, guilds, towns, and cities; heraldic windows; examples of heraldic lions, eagles, and dragons; banners and crests; and more. These designs represent a superb source of authentic royalty-free images that will give aristocratic flair to book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, newsletters, and other graphic projects. This volume is also a valuable visual reference for those interested in heraldry. 160pp. Pb.

Holbein Portrait Drawings - $13.00
Hans Holbein. Superb reproductions of 44 of Holbein's finest portrait drawings: Sir Thomas More, Jane Seymour, the Prince of Wales, Anne Boleyn, dozens more personalities from the court of Henry VIII. 48pp. Pb.

Medieval Tile Designs - $25.00
John Gough Nichols. Little remains of the decorative ceramic tiles that once paved the floors of medieval churches and cathedrals. Abraded by time and use, stolen by collectors, or covered by new flooring, these handsome ornamental paving stones (also known as "encaustic tiles") have become rarities. This practical, inexpensive, and comprehensive archive — originally published in the mid-19th century — has preserved many of those ancient designs for future generations. It represents an invaluable source of design inspiration for permission-free use by today's artists and craftspeople. Adapted largely from tile motifs that once adorned English churches in Winchester, St. Cross, Romsey, and Warblington, 146 handsome images display a host of characteristically medieval patterns — crosses, churches, fleur-de-lis, stylized plant forms, mythological creatures, stars, abstract and geometric figures, and other authentic elements. 72pp. Pb.

Medieval Woodcut Illustrations - $39.00
Carol Grafton. Comparable to the Gutenberg Bible in its magnificent craftsmanship, The Nuremberg Chronicle, a 1493 history of the world, contains some of the most beautiful woodcuts ever designed. This splendid selection depicts 91 locales—Athens, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Jerusalem, Venice, Prague, Munich, Nuremberg, Florence, and many others, plus 143 illustrations of figures and decorative objects. Designed by a team of artists headed by Pleydenwurff and Wolgemut that included apprentice Albrecht Dürer. 194 royalty-free black-and-white illus. 96pp. Pb.

Roman Designs - $12.00
Polly Pinder. A beautifully illustrated photocopiable collection of decorative Roman designs—animals, birds, sea creatures, figures, flowers, borders and more. These classic designs will inspire craftspeople, artists, needleworkers and all those interested in creating their own original ideas and projects. 32pp. Pb.

The Book Before Printing - $57.00
David Diringer. It is probable that the earliest "books" were written on wood or leaves as early as the fourth millennium B.C. These fragile materials, unfortunately, have not come down to us. In their absence, the earliest surviving books are the clay tablets of Mesopotamia, the oldest attributed to c.3500 B.C. On these ancient clay shards, dense rows of cuneiform script record the seminal writings of mankind: the Gilgamesh epic, Sumerian literary catalogues, Babylonian astrology, Assyrian accounts of the Creation and the Flood, and the Lipit-Ishtar Law-Code (c. 2000 B.C.), predating Hammurabi and the oldest law code in human history. Probably as ancient as the Mesopotamian writings, or nearly so, are Egyptian hieroglyphics. In a sense, it is the papyrus scrolls of the Egyptians — preserved by that country's hot, dry climate — that represent the true ancestors of the modern book. As the centuries passed, papyrus slowly gave way to parchment (the prepared skins of animals) as writing material. Indeed, the handwritten parchment or vellum codex is "the book" par excellence of the Middle Ages. Western European book production is only part of the story, and the author is at pains to illuminate the bibliographic contributions of numerous peoples and cultures: Greek and Roman book production, books made in central and southern Asia, the books of Africa, pre-Columbian America, and the Far East — material that is often not mentioned in Western histories of the book. Based on years of painstaking research and incorporating a wealth of new material and conclusions, the text is enhanced throughout by abundant illustrations — nearly 200 photographic facsimiles of priceless manuscripts in museums and libraries around the world. 624pp. Pb.

The Pavilion Book - $57.00
John LaTorre. Here in one book is your complete guide to buying, maintaining, and living in a Medieval-style tent. The author, a professional tentmaker and long-time re-enactment enthusiast, tells you about: Choosing the best tent for your budget and needs; How to make your tent last longer and perform better; What you need to know about ropes and stakes; Cleaning and repairing your tent; Laying out your campsite for maximum comfort; Furnishing and painting your tent. The book includes a section that gives the tentmaker information on designing the ideal tent, including: Designing a tent Choosing the right fabric for your tent; Choosing the right sewing machine and tools; How to sew seams, hems, and reinforcements; Choosing the right wood for tent poles; Making your tent more water-resistant and flame-resistant; Step-by-step instructions for making a simple but versatile sunshade. 168pp. Pb.

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts & The Russian Tsars - $59.00
Victoria & Albert Museum: Exhibition Catalogues. This beautiful book explores the diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia, from the reign of Henry VIII to the death of Charles II. Through the material life of the courts, the gifts of the diplomats and the commissions of the monarchs, the book presents an overview of privileged living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - illustrating the material life of the leading personalities of the period. Engaging and authoritative, Treasures of the Royal Courts uses superb new photography to illustrate chapters on diplomacy, silver, portraits, miniatures, arms and armour, heraldry, textiles and jewellery by experts from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kremlin Museum, Moscow. 176pp. Hb.

Viking Designs - $18.00
A G Smith. Over 175 dynamic, copyright-free motifs-in a wide range of styles-.taken from the metalwork, woodwork, textiles, carving, and ceramics of the Viking homelands. Sinuously intertwined patterns, mythological animals, dragon-slaying heroes on horseback and many more. Now available in this inexpensive volume, these authentic images will provide endless inspiration and striking embellishments to graphic projects for artists, illustrators and craftspeople. 48pp. Pb.

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Shire Publications

Shire Classics: Discovering Saints in Britain - $10.00
John Vince. This book tells the life stories of the more familiar saints, the associated folklore, the patronage, the emblems, the place names, the shrines and the festivals. There is a calendar of saints' days. 96pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Almshouses - $10.00
Anna Hallett. Almshouses - shelter offered by religious institutions to needy elderly people - come in a variety of architectural styles and often have interesting features, including coats of arms, clock-towers and sundials, many have chapels and gardens. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Beers and Breweries of Britain - $10.00
Roger Putman. This book explores beer's six-thousand-year history and explains how different styles emerged through the use of different materials and processing methods. The story is brought up to date with an insider's expose of the modern brewing process and an account of which processing aids are employed and why. 56pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Church Misericords & Bench Ends - $10.00
Richard Hayman. With the increasing disappearance of stained glass in medieval churches, the surviving wood carvings on church misericords and bench ends are extremely important in providing an insight into the medieval mind. The carved images were often used to convey the messages of the Christian faith in the Middle Ages but they were not just concerned with religion and religious symbols – they also told stories of mythology, humour and satire, showing illustrations of everyday life and people. This book outlines the history of church seating and discusses the craftsmen and the influences behind their work. Using illustrations, the author then explains the subject matter of these wood carvings, revealing how one can discover so much about medieval life – the spiritualism, moralism and the wit – within the carvings still found in churches today. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Clay and Cob Buildings - $10.00
John McCann. This book describes the various processes of building with earth, examines the regional patterns and illustrates standing buildings of clay and cob in many parts of Britain. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Framework Knitting - $10.00
Marilyn Palmer. This book explains how the stocking framed worked, describes the lives of the knitters and illustrates the kinds of buildings in which knitting was done. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Glass And Glassmaking - $10.00
Roger Dodsworth. A general introduction to the vast and complex subject of glass, not only the history and technology of glassmaking but also the social background of the lives of the glassmakers. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Irish Megalithic Tombs - $10.00
Elizabeth Shee Twohig. This is a summary of the research that has been carried out on 'megalithic' tombs such as Newgrange and Knowth in County Meath. The four main tomb types are described. Plans and photographs illustrate their main features together with a brief history of the tombs and there is also a glossary of the terms used. 72pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Limekilns And Limeburning - $10.00
Richard Williams. Disused limekilns in various degrees of dilapidation can be seen all over Britain. The best known are probably those near harbours or coves but there are many on farmland, in disused quarries or beside inland waterways. Limeburning appears to have been practised in prehistoric times in the Middle East but the more extensive use of lime for mortar and agricultural manure may be attributed to the Romans. In this book the author describes the development of limeburning, the different types of limekiln and siting considerations. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Megalithic Tombs and Long Barrows in Britain - $10.00
Frances Lynch. This book covers all the great tombs of the first farmers in Britain, both the earthen mounds and the huge stone chambers. The dramatic stone monuments of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Cotswolds and the less awe-inspiring earth and timber megalithic tombs and long barrows of southern and north-eastern England are described and illustrated with plans and photographs. The various regional groups are defined and described in a series of short, well-illustrated sections and the book ends with a list of sites to visit covering monuments of each type in all parts of Britain. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Pargeting - $10.00
Tim Buxbaum. Pargeting is the decoration of plastered and rendered finishes on the outside of a building. It is associated mainly with East Anglia, but there is a revival of interest in the technique. This study describes how craftsmen are being commissioned to renew their acquaintance with pargeting. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Romano-British Coin Hoards - $10.00
Richard Abdy. The best testament to Britain's participation in Graceo-Roman civilisation is its 'hidden' monuments: hoards of household valuables or decorations and also rich hoards of gold, silver and bronze coins. This book provides an introduction to Romano-British coin hoards and places major discoveries in the story of the Roman province's monetary system. 72pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Shawls - $10.00
Pamela Clabburn. The shawl, either woven, printed, knitted, crocheted or embroidered, has been a fashion accessory for more than two hundred years. It originally came from the East and was extensively copied in Europe. This book traces the development of one type of shawl which came from Kashmir and was so much admired in Britain that three centres in particular, Norwich, Edinburgh and Paisley, copied and adapted the designs and techniques. 40pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Shoemaking - $10.00
June Swann. Before the 1920s everyone knew the local cobbler, a worthy representative of the ‘gentle craft’, who repaired shoes and made them look like new for a few pence. This book tells the story of shoemaking from the days of the isolated shoemaker, who made a shoe right through, to the groups of men who worked with apprentices in larger towns and served the customer direct. It shows the growth of mass production in the seventeenth century. Finally the book shows the late development of mechanisation in the 1850s and the rigidity it imposed. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Tatting - $10.00
Pam Palmer. Tatting is the craft of making lace with a shuttle. Its charm lies in the repetition of simple motifs. This title traces the development of tatting from the eighteenth-century pastime of knotting, through its emergence as a craft in Victorian times, to modern innovations. It is illustrated with examples from museums and private collections. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: The Drovers - $10.00
Shirley Toulson. Before vehicular transport, cattle and other animals were required to walk long distances in vast herds supervised by Drovers. This book describes the animals and outlines the routes they followed. 56pp. Pb.