Colonial Lake Books

Arts & Skills Books

Advanced Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop - $47.00
Karen Karon. The author begins by reviewing basic chain maille weaves in order to set the stage for the more complex weaves in this book. She explains techniques needed when working beyond the basics: methods for closing a weave, working with micro rings, working large scale, and using alternative materials in weaves. The book is then divided into 4 sections, each devoted to a particular type of weave: new Persian weaves, Elf-based weaves, Hybrid weaves, and Scale Maille weaves that incorporate sheet metal scales into traditional weaves for a striking effect. Sprinkled throughout the illustrated step-by-step instructions for each weave technique are valuable tips from Karen to help ensure a beautiful finished piece. 160pp. Pb.

Backyard Blacksmith - $33.00
Lorelei Sims. The Backyard Blacksmith shows you how blacksmithing can be easy to learn, with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments. 172pp. Pb.

The Backyard Foundry - $21.00
B. Terry Aspin. This book covers basic principles of foundrywork - materials and techniques, pattern-making, moulding boxes, cores and core boxes, metals, electric, gas, coke furnaces and step-by-step procedures. Although written primarily for the model engineer, anyone wishing to make mouldings or castings will profit from its pages. 33 black and white photographs; 58 circuit diagrams, plans and line drawings; 9 tables of data. Pb.

The Backyard Foundry For Home Machinists - $29.00
B. Terry Aspin. The process of casting metal in a sand mold, a craft which has been practiced for centuries, is actually very simple. Most towns of any size once had a small foundry to perform small-scale casting jobs. Today?s home shop machinist must either adapt commercially available castings, or send away to a specialist foundry at considerable expense and delay. The alternative is to make your own custom patterns and castings, which is much easier and rewarding than you may think. This handy book will show you how. Backyard Foundry for Home Machinists is essential reading for anyone interested in getting started in foundry or casting work. It provides a wealth of useful information on materials and techniques, pattern-making, molding boxes, cores and core-boxes, and melting metals. Locomotive cylinders and wheels are covered in depth for model engineers. The book also offers a design for building an outdoor solid-fuel furnace, suitable for small-scale commercial work. Each stage and subject is covered in detail so that even beginners can undertake casting with confidence. 96pp. Pb.

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry - $29.00
Dylon Whyte. Chain mail is one of the hottest jewelry trends out there; add beads and the style positively sizzles. Bestselling author and chain mail expert Dylon Whyte presents his time-tested, time-saving techniques with more than 30 breathtaking projects, ranging from extremely simple to challenging. A thorough introduction, illustrated with computer-generated pictures, covers the basics of chain mail techniques. Then Whyte reveals his patented, perfected beading method: rather than using difficult wire-wrapping, he threads the beads directly onto the rings before they’re fashioned into chain mail. The exciting collection of 30 projects includes a delicate Persian patterned anklet, embellished with tiny silver bells; an amethyst opera-length necklace; and silver earrings shaped like inverted peacock feathers, edged with rings and turquoise beads. 144pp. Pb.

Blacksmithing Projects - $21.00
Percy W Blandford. 24 projects for novices and experts include door latches, garden tools, tables, fences, weather vanes, and more. A book of ideas and suggestions, rather than an instruction manual, this volume features 80 figures and includes lists of materials, step-by-step instructions, and suggestions for variations in design. 144pp. Pb.

The Book of Forgotten Crafts - $29.00
Tom Quinn, Sian Ellis & Paul Felix. This title reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship in a series of interviews with leading crafters at work in Britain today. Many crafts survive in the hands of just a few individuals whose rare skills date back as far as 1,000 years. They are part of our history, part of a past of craftsmanship, skill and attention to detail that most of us probably thought had vanished forever. It features such people as the trug maker, cricket bat maker, thatcher, hurdle maker and a rope maker. It also includes the mentors from the Mastercrafts series. "The Book of Forgotten Crafts" records and celebrates the best of these ancient crafts, before they disappear and, more importantly, to record the lives of the crafters themselves. 256pp. Hb.

Book of Old-Time Trades and Tools - $24.00
A lavishly illustrated primer to Victorian England's crafts and trades. Published in the 1860s as an instructive text on the importance, dignity, and techniques of labor, this fascinating guide features numerous depictions of work implements and workshops, as well as valuable insights about Victorian working class culture. Includes more than 700 detailed illustrations. Republication of the London, 1866 edition. 320pp. Pb.

Calligraphy in the Middle Ages and How to Do It - $18.00
Marc Drogan. User-friendly instructions from an expert on recreating the four major medieval styles (early medieval Roman rustic, early Uncial, Carolingian, and late medieval Gothic textura) come to life with profiles of a figure from each era (Julius Caesar, King Arthur, Charlemagne, Robin Hood). Expert advice on spacing, paragraphing, punctuation, and layout plus suggestions for tools and materials. 96pp. Pb.

Cathedrals Of The World Coloring Book - $9.00
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.

Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Ornament - $20.00
J O Westwood. It is the stunning use of minute and expertly arranged details that lends such marvelous beauty to the art of early Anglo-Saxon and Celtic cultures. From the fifth through the eighth centuries, Irish and Anglo-Saxon artists originated, cultivated, and perfected a style of art unparalleled and completely distinct from that of any other part of the world. Selected from incredibly rare illuminated manuscripts, this volume spotlights a wondrous variety of that ancient ornamental artwork. Characteristically mingling decoration, script, and text, the fifty-three full-color plates shown here are alive with intertwined lacings, abstract animal figures, meticulously drawn letters, winding scrolls of foliate designs, and uniquely solemn religious imagery. For enthusiasts of such Celtic masterworks as The Book of Kells, as well as art students, designers, and art historians, this visual feast offers a wealth of insight into the style and evolution of a deeply inspiring—and much loved—antique cultural art. 64pp. Pb.

Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction - $27.00
George Bain. Discusses the mathematical structure of knotwork. Bain leads the artist through construction of numerous elaborate designs and calligraphy. Pb.

Celtic Design Coloring Book - $9.00
Ed Sibbett Jr. Children and adults alike will enjoy adding their own hues to an array of interesting interlacings, geometric-animal combinations, decorative initials, and much more. Each design has been culled from authentic Celtic sources including Book of Kells. Captions accompany each illustration. 37 illustrations. 48pp. Pb.

Chain Mail Jewelry - $27.00
Terry Taylor & Dylon White. Once used to create protective garments, chain mail techniques and patterns have now been adapted for jewelry making. This requires very few tools yet you'll be able to achieve impressive results. From an Inlaid Chain Mail Pendant to a Japanese Hexagonal Mail Collar, the 30 extraordinary projects will introduce you to a variety of exciting techniques for all skill levels. 144pp. 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 - $7.00
One of the colouring books in the Dover range, it has line drawings of some of the famous and not-so-famous pages from the Kells Bible. Pb.

Creative Lampwork - $29.00
Joan Gordon. Learn how to create your own beautiful collection of jewellery or pieces to brighten up your home with the traditional - and increasingly popular - art of lampwork. This book includes everything you need to know about lampwork, from the history of the craft, to safety and materials, to various bead shapes and decorative techniques. The author, Joan Gordon, formerly Editor of Making Jewellery magazine, has gathered together 14 of the most accomplished glassmakers from around the world to guide you safely through each technique and project. With their expert advice, clearly laid out instructions, 26 stunning projects in total and a gallery of examples, you'll have all the know-how and inspiration you need to get started, in this one book. 176pp. 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.

Drollery Designs in Illuminated Manuscripts - $22.00
Muriel Parker. Covers monsters, dragons and hybrid grotesques found in Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts. 48pp. Pb.

Gargoyles and Medieval Monsters Coloring Book - $9.00
A G Smith. Dozens of mythical animals rendered by artists such as Dürer and da Vinci appear in this remarkable collection. Black-and-white illustrations include 45 finely detailed, skillfully adapted images of dragons, winged dogs, demons, lions, griffins, a bull, unicorn, eagle, and various other grotesques from The Book of Kells, medieval architecture, other sources. 60pp. Pb.

The Handbook to English Heraldry - $31.00
Charles Boutell. (Illustrated 11th Edition - 1914). This Volume, specially prepared for the use of students at an early period of their study of English Heraldry, commends itself also to those inquirers who may desire to obtain some general information on the same subject, without having any intention to devote to Heraldry much either of their time or of their serious regard. The success, no less extraordinary than gratifying, of my larger work on Heraldry, led me to hope that a not less favourable reception might be extended to a simpler and much shorter essay, more decidedly elementary in its aim and character, and yet as far as possible within its limits complete. Such a treatise I have endeavoured to produce in this Volume. Inseparably associated with the History of our Country, and more particularly when our national History becomes the Biography of eminent Englishmen, English Heraldry has the strongest claims upon the attention not only of all Historians, but also of all who desire to become familiar with their writings. In like manner, Heraldry may be studied with no less of advantage than of satisfaction by all Artists, whether Architects, Sculptors, Painters, or Engravers. 332pp. Pb.

Handmade In Tasmania - $25.00
Steven French. The book features interviews with 35 Tasmanian artisans who talk about their craft, why they work in Tasmania, their inspirations and asperations.

Heraldry: A Pictorial Archive - $36.00
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.

The Illuminated Alphabet - $11.00
Theodore Menten. 50 great initials of the Middle Ages, all with remarkable, ready-to-color illuminations built into them: Biblical scenes, knights, martyrdoms, grotesque animals, geometrical ornament, scenes of war and play, musicians and much else from the treasury of medieval manuscripts. 48pp. Pb.

Ivory Vikings - $23.00
Nacy Marie Brown. In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects. Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Nonrvay and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland. 256pp. Pb.

Make This Medieval Village - $20.00
Iain Ashman. Only a tube of glue and a pair of scissors or a craft knife is needed to turn this book into a superb model of a medieval village. The model is historically accurate and crammed with fascinating detail. There are over fifty cut-out figures to recreate scenes of village life, including the Lord of the Manor, the blacksmith and the innkeeper and there are tents, stalls and a dancing bear for a village fair. The completed model measures 605 x 458mm (24 x 18in) along the base and is compatible with OO/HO scale models. 32pp. Pb.

Mastercrafts: Rediscover British Craftsmanship - $29.00
Tom Quinn. This is an exploration of traditional British craftsmanship, accompanying the BBC2 6-part television series. It celebrates all aspects of rural crafts including woodcraft, thatching, weaving, stone masonry, metalwork and glass making. It showcases some of Britain's leading master craftsmen and explains the techniques at the heart of their trades. It reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship, inspiring interest and involvement in these valuable and rewarding crafts. 256pp. Pb.

Masterpieces of Medieval Open Timber Roofs - $25.00
Raphael & J. R. Brandon. A magnificent illustrated guide to Medieval English architecture and construction, for woodworkers and admirers of authentic traditional craftsmanship. This volume uses full-page illustrations and construction details to reveal a wealth of information on the major roof styles of Medieval English churches. There is background information on the religious and secular concerns addressed by the artisans. Included are more than 50 illustrations of 34 major and minor English cathedrals and churches. The drawings are the authors' own geometrical and perspective renderings of the timber construction. Republication of the London, 1849 edition. 112pp. Pb.

Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass in the V&A Museum - $56.00
Paul Williamson. This long-overdue volume showcases the Victoria and Albert Museum's outstanding holdings of stained and painted glass. A peerless collection ranging in date from c. 1140 to 1540. The works include important examples from England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy. More than 100 color plates and selected color details show the full range of this magnificent collection, from large panels from key churches and cathedrals such as La Sainte-Chapelle, St. Germain des Prés, Cologne, Bruges, Canterbury, and Winchester to small but no less beautiful fragments. Commentaries on each of the pieces reconstruct their original context and explain their imagery; the text discusses techniques, themes, and major centers of production. Illuminating a golden age of stained glass production, this beautiful book provides an indispensable introduction to the subject. 160pp. Hb.

Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Techniques - $31.00
Marc Drogan. Spirited history, comprehensive instruction manual covers 13 important writing styles (ca. 4th century thru 15th). Fascinating facts about Roman Rustic, Uncial, Carolingian Minuscule, Early Gothic, eight other styles; all examples beautifully photographed. Detailed directions for duplicating medieval techniques with modern tools. 232 illustrations. 224pp. Pb.

Medieval English Gardens - $26.00
Teresa McLean. From castle to cottage, nearly every medieval dwelling possessed an enclosed plot for growing herbs, food, and flowers. This illustrated survey of gardening lore from the era between the Norman Conquest and the Renaissance reveals a wealth of ancient secrets. Drawn from obscure sources — scraps of parchment from account rolls, charters, surveys, and registers — the book provides hitherto inaccessible knowledge about the plans, organization, and common uses of gardens in the pre-industrial world. Both an excellent work of scholarship and a fascinating read, the book examines the location, ownership, purpose, layout, overall appearance, fashions, and workmanship of English gardens. It further explores the gardens' colorful and fragrant contents, describing castle gardens, pleasure gardens, lovers' gardens, and secret gardens. Other subjects include infirmary gardens, herbariums, kitchen gardens, and flowery meads in addition to the cultivation of orchards, vineyards, and beehives. 320pp. Pb.

Medieval Medicine - $22.00
James Walsh. "Medieval Medicine" is the story of the medical sciences in the Middle Ages. The history of medicine and surgery, and of the medical education of the Middle Ages, are quite as interesting as all the other phases of medieval accomplishments. The treatment of the topic in this brief book has been necessarily fragmentary, and yet it is hoped that the details which are given here may prove suggestive for those who have sufficient interest in the subject to wish to follow it, and may provide an incentive for others to learn more of this magnificent chapter of the work of the medieval physicians. 74pp. Pb.

Medieval Tapestries Coloring Book - $8.00
Marty Noble. This collection of lovely images invites coloring book fans of all ages to explore the exquisite beauty of medieval tapestries. Thirty handsome drawings of details from the Unicorn, Bayeaux, and other priceless tapestries can be brought to life with a rainbow of colors. 32pp. 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.

Norse Magical and Herbal Healing - $29.00
Ben Waggoner. Written in Iceland around the year 1500, the little book now known only as AM434a is a treasure trove of medieval medical knowledge. The book lists healing uses for over ninety different herbs. It gives advice on health matters ranging from bloodletting to steam baths to the influence of the moon on health and human life. And it contains a number of magical spells, charms, prayers, runes, and symbols to bring health, wealth, and good fortune. The roots of the healing traditions in AM434a go back thousands of years before the book itself was written. This is the first complete English translation of AM434a. Complete notes and commentary explain this texts’s historical and cultural background. Medievalists, historians of science and magic, herbalists, and anyone interested in medieval Scandinavian lore and life will find this book indispensable. 146pp. Pb.

On Divers Arts - $27.00
Theophilus. Earliest (12th century) treatise on arts written by practicing artist. Pigments, glass blowing, stained glass, gold and silver work, more. 34 illus. 216pp. Pb.

Orchesography - $29.00
Thoinot Arbeau. Probably the most valuable book on 16th-century dances and dance music. Describes the galliards, pavans, branles, gavottes, lavolta, basse dance, morris dance, canary, etc., with detailed instructions of steps involved. Throughout the text are references to the practices of 16th-century instrumental music, in addition to 47 dance tunes with 16th-century barring and notation. New introduction and notes by Julia Sutton. New labanotation section by Mireille Backer and Julia Sutton. 266pp. Pb.

Papermaking With Garden Plants & Common Weeds - $24.00
Helen Hiebert. Handmade paper has a unique texture and an individual quality that makes it not only a surface to write or print on, but also an object of beauty. With a small investment in equipment (or the supplies to make it from scratch), a small harvest of backyard weeds or garden plants, and the guidance of papermaking expert Helen Hiebert, anyone can make exquisite papers right in the home kitchen. Hiebert’s basic papermaking techniques, laid out in illustrated step-by-step instructions, make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic papers from such common plants as hosta, milkweed, and thistledown, as well as the more unusual pineapple, yucca, and seaweed. She describes how to collect, harvest, and process the plant fibers and then create sheets using both Western and Japanese techniques. Inspired by the community of papermaking artists Hiebert features profiles of papermakers from around the world, highlighting their individual tips and techniques. She also includes project instructions for using handmade paper to create one-of-a-kind cards and envelopes, multi-paneled lampshades, and accordion-fold books. There are also instructions for embellishing techniques such as adding flower petals, creating collages, and dyeing with richly colored walnut shells. 112pp. Pb.

Pirotechnia of Vannoccio Biringuccio - $34.00
A Siennese metallurgist and armament maker, Vannoccio Biringuccio wrote history's first clear, comprehensive work on metallurgy. The Pirotechnia first appeared in 1540, shortly after Biringuccio's death. Lavishly illustrated, it describes in detail the equipment and processes of sixteenth-century mining, smelting, and metalworking. For centuries, this famous work has been a standard reference in the field of metals and metallurgy. It is especially valuable today as a vital source of information on the state of technology in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The book first addresses the principal ores - gold, silver, copper, lead, tin, and iron - and the making of steel and brass. It then introduces semiminerals, from quicksilver and sulphur to manganese and rock crystal, and describes the assaying and preparing of ores for smelting. Other topics include the making of alloys, the art of casting, methods of melting metals, and the making of fireworks. This edition of The Pirotechnia has been reprinted from the authoritative translation published by The American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers in 1942, and is complete with a historical introduction to Biringuccio and his work. It also contains reproductions of the 94 woodcuts from the original 1540 edition, which depict centuries-old technologies ranging from the recovery of mercury with a distilling bell to a machine for boring guns. 512pp. Pb.

Renaissance Secrets: Recipes and Formulas - $32.00
Jo Wheeler. From recipes for aphrodisiacs to formulas for everything from lip balm to stain removers to paint pigments, this book unveils the secret world of Renaissance lotions and potions. Clothbound with marbled endpapers and superbly illustrated with relevant objects from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Renaissance Secrets reveals a myriad of concoctions once used to create medicines, cosmetics, printing materials, even amulets meant to ward off the plague. New and extensive research offers intriguing insights into the use of obscure, exotic and toxic ingredients and explains now-unfamiliar or arcane techniques. Renaissance Secrets reveals the compelling stories behind the original recipes. 112pp. Hb.

Rings For The Finger - $43.00
George Frederick Kunz. Rings of office and power, notorious poison-bearing rings, wedding and graduation rings, and many other types are covered in this excellent study tracing the origins, uses, and history of this timeless ornament. Also described are methods of ring-making from earliest times to today, materials and gems used in rings, and more. 290 illustrations. 512pp. Pb.

Ships & Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts - $29.00
Joe Flatman. The ship loomed large in the medieval world and mind: whether cruising upriver laden with grain, cresting the high seas bristling with guns, or symbolizing a wealth of virtues, from power and promise to strength and safety. Both upstream and downstream, inland and offshore, ships of every size and shape provided a vital means of travel, transport, and trade, linking villages and cities, land and sea, countries and continents. Here marine archaeologist Joe Flatman focuses on these everyday vessels in manuscript illuminations — drawn from the British Library’s matchless collection — in order to trace the changing shape of ships in European life and culture from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries, a period of unprecedented technological and maritime progress. To unravel the realities and myths of the maritime world, Flatman first explores its multi-layered symbolism, essentially Christian, but rooted in pagan culture. Highlighting the dichotomy between life-giving freshwater and death-dealing saltwater, he explores the mythology behind the serene streams which promise hope and salvation and the stormy seas that teem with bewitching sirens and shipwrecked sailors. Turning to the realities of seaside life, this volume further examines the extraordinary advances in shipping and naval warfare, alongside an expanding maritime culture that came to include seafaring folk at work and play, on bustling decks and busy shores. Vividly brought to life by over 150 diverse images — from mermaids to eels, barges to warships — the book paints a vibrant portrait of maritime life during an era of unmatched progress, expansion, and interest. 144pp. Hb.

Sundials: An Illustrated History of Portable Dials - $40.00
Hester Higton. This work focuses on the portable sundials used as timekeepers for three millenia before being superseded by the watch. While the emphasis is on the sundials themselves, much reference is made to the contemporary social, political and economic history, so that the subject matter is set firmly in context. In each chapter one or two detailed examples have been selected as a focus for the wider field; all are of particular interest in their own right. Most of the sundials come from the collections of the National Maritime Museum, and dials from all major manufacturing countries throughout the world are added. The illustrations form an essential part of the book, both as an aid to explaining how the dials work, and because many are functional works of art of extremely high visual quality. The detailed examples in each chapter are fully illustrated. Diagrams have also been provided to explain in easy terms some of the complicated mathematics involved in the construction and use of dials. Other illustrations complement the background of historical material. 138pp. Hb.

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.

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Shire Publications

Shire Classics: Discovering Famous Graves - $16.00
Lynn F Pearson. The location and details of nearly 1000 graves of famous Britons at home and abroad - also a few foreigners buried on British soil. 152pp. Pb.

Shire Classics: Discovering First Names - $10.00
Stan Jarvis. This popular and handy guide includes some 2300 first names in use in Britain today, set out in alphabetical order. It gives, wherever possible, the meaning of each name with its derivation and language of origin. In cases of unusual names, mention is made of famous people who have borne them. This list is as exhaustive as possible, so that it includes not only the older names which have become popular by association, but also the modern 'invented' names which, though they lack the etymological pedigree, have become popular through sound alone. Pb.

Shire Classics: Discovering London's Guilds and Liveries - $16.00
John Kennedy Melling. The City of London has one of the strongest unbroken traditions of livery companies in the world. Over one hundred companies, some six centuries old, maintain strong, colourful, beneficial, traditional and independent lives, and many of them have beautiful halls. This book traces the history of the guilds and liveries in various countries and shows their influence on the Government of the City, on which the Westminster model is based, on the actual trades, on royalty and on the history of Britain and other lands. The author compares the guilds of Britain with those of Europe and describes each of the City guilds, their halls, history, tradition, work and influence. 120pp. Pb.

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 Classics: Discovering Surnames - $10.00
J.W.Freeman. Most people take their surnames very much for granted, and yet they are one of our most personal and interesting possessions. Your surname can tell you quite a lot about your ancestors. Not all names are what they at first sight seem to be: if your name is Farmer, then an ancestor was a tax-collector; if it is Alabaster, then you are descended from a crossbowman. About 1500 surnames are included, and if your name isn't amongst them then probably a very similar one is. This is an easy-to-read introduction to a fascinating subject. 35pp. 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 - $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: Dovecotes - $10.00
Peter Hansell. This book explains why it was important to keep pigeons and describes the wide variety of buildings that were constructed to house them over the years. 40pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture - $10.00
Geoffrey Killen. Gives a description of Egyptian woodworking since the earliest times. This book examines the sources of wood and other materials used by Egyptian carpenters. It also explains the techniques used to embellish timber and the complex joints employed in carcase construction and describes woodworking tools and processes throughout the Dynastic period. 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: Ironworking - $10.00
WKV Gale. Iron has been used for about 4000 years; it was essential to the industrial revolution and is still the principal metal of commerce. This book describes how iron and steel have been made from earliest times to the 20th century. 32pp. 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: Medieval Castles - $10.00
Oliver Creighton & Robert Higham. Castles were among the most dramatic features of the medieval landscapes of Europe and are still often dominant elements of our surroundings. This book offers an accessible and portable guide to the archaeology and architecture of castles in England and Wales, an area whose castles had some common developments in the medieval period and which now provides numerous and rich sites for both study and visit. In this book the authors explore many recent and exciting developments in the field of castle studies. 72pp. 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: Siege Mines & Underground Warfare - $10.00
Kenneth Wiggins. Siege became established as a perennial mode of human conflict ever since the first urbanised populations constructed walls to protect themselves from attack. In the annals of siege warfare, few commanded more fear and respect than the miner, who with his pick, shovel and crowbar was a serious threat to the strongest foundations. This book traces the development of undermining techniques from the earliest evidence of ancient and medieval siege warfare. The advent of gunpowder revolutionised the mine in the sixteenth century and sustained mining as an integral part of siege warfare in the eighteenth century. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Sundials - $10.00
Christopher St J. H. Daniel. Sundials have played an important role in regulating the daily life of mankind throughout Europe and the British Isles. This text describes and illustrates each particular class of sundial likely to be found on buildings, in churchyards, public squares, and remote countryside locations. 48pp. 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.

Shire Publications: The Gunpowder Industry - $10.00
Glenys Crocker. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, gunpowder was the only explosive available, either for firing guns or for blasting in mines and quarries. This book outlines the processes and history of its manufacture, from the development of gunpowder as a propellant in the fourteenth century, through its adoption as a blasting agent in the seventeenth, to the introduction of improved varieties shortly before its eclipse by high explosives. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: The Salt Industry - $10.00
Andrew Fielding. Salt can be obtained by evaporation from sea water or inland from brine springs, and following the discovery of rock salt deposits it has also been mined. This book explains the various processes by which salt is obtained and traces the history of the industry in Britain. 56pp. Pb.