Some of our recent publications. Click on the covers for full details
The New Way to Read Chinese
'May revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world'
- The Sunday Times
Learning Chinese has always been difficult ... until now. ShaoLan has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple and beautifully illustrated system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with illustrator Noma Bar and organized in an easy-to-grasp sequence, these engaging and delightful images offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and rich culture.
The A-Z of Eating Out
A wonderfully light-hearted, humorous and anecdotal guide to all aspects of eating away from home, offering a wealth of guidelines, suggestions, top tips, cautions, advice and insider knowledge to help everyone get the most out of their dining experience.
The Wonderful World of Optical Deception
With pictures that appear to move, change colour or fool us into seeing things that ‘aren’t really there’, this comprehensive survey of optical illusions includes illusions of depth, inversions, vibration effects, ambiguous figures, camouflage, anamorphic art, tessellations and other visual brain-teasers, with examples from psychology, the decorative arts, street art and more!
Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Illustrated in colour throughout, this is an inspirational resource and a much-needed practical guide to the patination of metals for all skill levels. There are scores of possible effects and many variables: the author chooses the most beautiful and arresting and selects pieces by a range of leading artisans, working on exquisite pieces of jewelry or metal sculptures.
Pre-Islamic Carpets and Textiles from Eastern Lands
Richly illustrated, including comparative depictions of carpets and textiles in Sasanian wall paintings, rock reliefs and metalwork, this volume is essential reading for all admirers of carpets and textiles, and anyone with an interest in the ancient civilizations of the East.
The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art
Tracing a history of the field through its most innovative shows – the fifty exhibitions that have most significantly shaped the practice of both artists and exhibition curators.
The Complete Limited Editions Guide
This sequel to the classic Sneakers: The Complete Collectors’ Guide is a global survey and reference guide to the very best and most collectible limited-edition sneaker designs released over the last decade
An Unknown Treasure in Rajasthan
This unprecedented volume celebrates the survival of the wall-paintings at Bundi in Rajasthan with a striking photographic survey of these long-hidden treasures, most published for the first time, and including both abundant details and many scenes that are difficult to view with the naked eye. The only major publication devoted specifically to wall-paintings in the Bundi royal palaces, this richly illustrated book pays a long-overdue tribute to some of India’s greatest painted spaces.
Las Meninas and the Late Royal Portraits
A complete survey of one of the key periods in the history of the Spanish court portrait – 1650 to 1680 – a period which includes the peak of Velázquez’s career, with Las Meninas as his great masterpiece.
The Sound of America
A beautifully produced, highly visual record of how Verve Records changed the course of modern music and brought the sound of America to the world.
Interior Experiences by yoo
The new vertical village, sitting at the heart of the city, offers a stylish solution to urban living, with communal spaces that foster interaction between neighbours and designs that conserve land, energy and materials. Thanks to cutting-edge interior designers, architects and developers, these new high-density urban complexes are reinventing city living as a luxurious and desirable lifestyle.