Great Architecture of the World shows up at the wonderful Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Architecture
Great Architecture of the World by John Julius Norwich
London: Mitchell Beazley, 1975
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Brown boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Cutaways; Glossary; Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Gazeteer; Plans;

From the cover: With architecture, more than with other arts, the key to enjoyment is understanding. Great Architecture of the World tells the fascinating story of mans inventiveness with a clarity of style and freshness of approach that is entirely new. This grand survey is presented in an original way: never before have such informative cutaway drawings been matched with explanatory texts and photography to tell this important story so understandably and in such detail.

Great Architecture of the World has been warmly welcomed by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the most respected and perceptive of architectural historians, as a valuable contribution to the understanding of architecture.

This is the story of the greatest monuments created by man, told by fourteen of the most distinguished architectural historians and abundantly illustrated with more than 800 original diagrams, annotated drawings and superb photographs. Beginning with the ancient civilizations of the East and the Americas, the book goes on to tell of the spectacular developments which took place in Europe and the Western World, from the earliest temples of Mesopotamia to the most advanced structures of the 20th century. This book is a tribute to the great buildings themselves, to the people who created them, to the patrons who financed them and to the artists and craftsmen who embellished them.

Here is a major and lasting reference work which is also a thing of beauty to be treasured. For the student its style of illustration is explicit and informative; for the traveller a gazetteer is added, giving a country by country listing of the worlds greatest buildings; for all of us there is the exciting persuasiveness of writers, artists and photographers who care about our architectural heritage.
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The Nature of Britain turns up at the glorious Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Natural History
The Nature of Britain by Alan Titchmarsh
London: BBC Books, 2007
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: In The Nature of Britain Alan Titchmarsh turns wildlife detective, taking us on a journey of discovery through the habitats of the British Isles.

For its size, Britain has an enormously diverse range of natural environments, from the mountains, forests and lakes of the north, to the fenland and chalk downs of the south. Thousands of rivers and streams flow through moorland and woodland, heath and meadow to its 10,000 miles of coastline. And in even the largest, most built-up cities, a surprisingly wide variety of urban wildlife thrives under the noses of their often oblivious human inhabitants.

In this book Alan surveys each of Britains landscapes, chapter by chapter, to provide a detailed picture of the plants and animals that live there. Fascinating essays on each habitat are followed by detailed descriptions and field notes of the species that can be found in them.

Accompanying a major BBC television series, and illustrated with more than 900 colour photographs, The Nature of Britain is both an inspirational celebration of British flora and fauna, and a practical guide that will help you to identify the myriad native species with which we share these islands.
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Fauna Britannica: The Practical Guide to Wild & Domestic Creatures of Britain: The Practical Guide to Wild and Domestic Creatures of Britain rolls into the fabulous Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Natural History
Fauna Britannica: The Practical Guide to Wild & Domestic Creatures of Britain: The Practical Guide to Wild and Domestic Creatures of Britain by Duff Hart-Davis
St. Helens: The Book People, 2002
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Matching Pictorial boards with titling to
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

FROM THE COVER: MAN HAS LIVED AMONG ANIMALS for the whole of his existence on earth, first competing with them, then using, and all too often abusing them. But in the past fifty years or so people in Britain have become overwhelmingly urban, and in consequence have lost contact with nature and the country. Most children have little direct experience of animals and birds: they see them on television but rarely meet them in the flesh. Yet the popularity of farms open to the public demonstrates the affection that people have for animals, and also the beneficial effects that contact with animals can produce.

Fauna Britannica is a work of reference for people whose interest in animals has been awakened by passing acquaintance. This book is essentially a practical encyclopedia of creatures, wild and domesticated, that have lived and now live in the British Isles. Without seeking to be exhaustive, it concentrates on the creatures that people are most likely to come across or to have read about. As well as being an authoritative guide, Fauna Britannica aims to show how attitudes to animals have changed over the centuries, and to demonstrate how our exploitation of them has had far-reaching consequences for the environment.

The author surveys those creatures such as the Steppe Mammoth and the Giant Irish Elk whose presence in Britain is revealed in the fossil records, and describes the exotic imports and menageries of historical times. He profiles many species of wild mammals, horses, farm animals, dogs and cats, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Interspersed throughout the book are essays on various aspects of the countryside, including the reintroduction of the European Beaver, poaching, fox hunting, horse healers and the Scottish drovers. Social history, folklore and legend combine with scientific authority to make Fauna Britannica an enthralling survey of Britains creatures, then and now.
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The Shackleton Voyages: A Pictorial Anthology of the Polar Explorer and Edwardian Hero makes it to the shelves of the breathtaking Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Exploration
The Shackleton Voyages: A Pictorial Anthology of the Polar Explorer and Edwardian Hero by Roland Huntford
St. Helens: Ted Smart, 2002
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Matching Pictorial boards with titling to
Illustrated by way of: Photographic endpapers & blanks; Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps;

From the cover: This pictorial anthology celebrates the life of Ernest Shackleton, a major protagonist in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is best known for his legendary third expedition Endurance, but Shackleton also undertook three other expeditions, each enthralling in its own way but none achieving the goal it set out to reach. Charm, charismatic leadership and dogged determination ensured Shackleton became a hero in his own lifetime.

Each chapter explores a period of Shackletons life and is introduced by Roland Huntfords illuminating text and accompanied by a host of photographs, drawings and diary extracts, many hitherto unpublished. Shackletons restless, independent spirit surfaced early and his wit and courage captivated and inspired financial backers as well as his men during the bleakest of moments. When he lost the race to the South Pole, first to the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1911 and then to his arch rival Captain Scott in 1912, he set his sights on crossing Antarctica. Once again he failed, but he turned disaster into success by returning with all the men under his command alive. After a couple of years of slavish lecturing and writing to pay off his debts in the downbeat post-war years, he raised the funds and enthusiasm for a final expedition Quest. A romantic to the end, as Quest reached South Georgia, he died of a heart attack, aged only forty-seven.

However, his death lacked the glory of Scotts death; only recently has Shackletons reputation emerged from Scotts shadow. Shacklelon never forgave Scott for invaliding him home after their attempt to reach the South Pole in 1902-3; in part this anger was the driving force behind Shackletons repeated expeditions to Antarctica. Shackleton proved he could endure severe climates and wild, inhospitable terrain, but above all he displayed an exceptional talent for leadership and a fanatical determination which led him, as he put it, to go on going till one day I shall not come back.
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The Liberty Home: Distinctive Sewing Projects from Classic Liberty Fabrics alights on the shelves of the splendid Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Crafts Needlework
The Liberty Home: Distinctive Sewing Projects from Classic Liberty Fabrics by Ljiljana Baird
London: MQ Publications, 1997
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Cream boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by: Penny Brown
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Patterns;

From the cover: Since it opened its doors in 1875, the House of Liberty has been synonymous with upscale living. The Liberty Home invites you to celebrate the unique heritage of the worlds finest fabrics by creating distinctive home-decorating projects and gifts.

This stunning book takes you around the Liberty home, demonstrating projects that can be made with a little skill, a free imagination, and your choice of sensational Liberty fabrics. Decorate your living room with a beautiful Tree of Life lap quilt, pillows in the deep rich colors and designs so characteristic of Liberty, and elegant lampshades and accessories. Or brighten up the kitchen with lovely floral tablecloths and colorful blinds and wall hangings. From the dining room to the bedroom to the nursery, Liberty fabrics will help you create this classic and enduring style.

The fascinating introduction describes how Liberty, under the guidance of its founder, Sir Arthur Lasenby Liberty, grew from a small retailer of exotic Oriental fabrics into the worlds finest fabric house, setting new standards of quality in home refinement.
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The West: An Illustrated History makes it to the shelves of the breathtaking Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: History U.S.A.
The West: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward
London: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1996
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Brown boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Photographic endpapers & blanks; Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: Nothing has defined America and the American character more than the westwards expansion of the United States. It is a story of epic proportions and profound contradictions played out on a vast and majestic landscape, a story of discovery, heroism and greed, of unrelenting hardship and undying hope.

The Wild West, most potent symbol of the American dream, was acquired only by exacting a terrible price on those already living on the land, on the pioneers who set out to make it theirs, and on the environment and the wildlife that inhabited it. The story of the West was once told as an unbroken series of triumphs the victory of civilization over barbarism, a relentlessly inspirational epic in which greed and cruelty were often glossed over as enterprise and courage. Later, that epic would be turned upside down, becoming another equally misleading morality tale. The truth about the West is far more complicated, and much more compelling.

In the belief that history is really biography, The West focuses on the experiences of the myriads of men and women explorers and soldiers and Indian warriors, outlaws, railroad-builders and showmen who peopled this drama. Coronado and Custer, Jesse James and Chief Joseph, Brigham Young and Buffalo Bill Cody are all here. But so are scores of lesser-known westerners whose no less extraordinary lives are vividly recounted in their own words, through diaries and letters and memoirs, and richly illustrated with a combination of paintings and photographs, many of them previously unpublished.

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this is the history of the West as it really happened, and as it has never been told before. With its heroism and iniquity, exploitation and adventure, bright myths and sober realities, it is the story of a unique part of the continent that provides a metaphor for America as a whole.
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Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden shows up at the wonderful Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Gardening Design
Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden by Gertrude Jekyll
Leicester: Windward, 2001
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Matching Pictorial boards with titling to
Illustrated by: Charlotte Wess
Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Plans;

From the cover: A beautifully illustrated edition of Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, one of the most influential gardening books of the 20th century. With an approach as fresh and relevant now as when it first appeared in 1908, this book, by the great garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, is an eloquent expression of her painterly ideas on colour, and takes the form of an inspiring and instructive tour of her own garden at Munstead Wood.

Beautiful and delicate illustrations of some of Gertrude Jekylls favourite plants augment full-colour interpretations of her planting plans to convey an instant impression of her aims. This edition with a preface by Richard Bisgrove does full justice to the authors vision of the use of colour in the garden.
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