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  • COMPANY OF TREES : A YEAR IN A LIFETIMES QUEST
    COMPANY OF TREES : A YEAR IN A LIFETIMES QUEST
    PAKENHAM THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780297866244
    Title: COMPANY OF TREES : A YEAR IN A LIFETIMES QUEST
    Author: PAKENHAM THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Acclaimed historian and bestselling author Thomas Pakenham shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland.

    When Thomas Pakenham was born they broke the mould. He has performed many roles on life's stage: acclaimed historian, effective politician, espouser and leader of causes, and, as a reluctant member of the aristocracy, an energetic guardian of a grand country house and estate. But it is a champion on behalf of trees that he is best known. From Mongolia and the wildest parts of China to the redwood forests of the US he has circled the globe searching out the oldest, the rarest, the biggest and those with stories to tell. He has led expeditions to conserve seeds, and planted forests; he has chaired tree societies, led protests against destruction and lectured tirelessly. He is the original Man of the Trees.

    In this book each chapter deals with his adventures, of the trees he has encountered and their stories and the often hazardous journeys to find them. He investigates the future and the likely threats to the landscapes we take for granted, whether directly from the hand of man or from the effects of a changing climate, or from disease. Whether writing of the peculiar group of 'Talebans' who have stealthily taken root from Cape Town to Glasgow and who would oust all non-native trees from their national soil, or witnessing the drama of terrible storms breaking the backs of majestic trees which have stood sentinel for hundreds of years he is never less than enthralling. A passionate writer, educator - and entertainer - he brings both wit, and grit, to a subject of universal appeal.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500518106
    Title: CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery.

    Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress.

    Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller The Sick Rose, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions, and promises to be another success.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DAVID HOCKNEY
    DAVID HOCKNEY
    STEPHENS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781849764438
    Title: DAVID HOCKNEY
    Author: STEPHENS CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Hockney has been delighting and challenging audiences for almost sixty years. Working in an extraordinarily wide range of media with equal measures of wit and intelligence, his art has examined, probed and questioned how the perceived world of movement, space and time can be captured in two dimensions.

    Imprint: TATE GALLERY
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION   *
    DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION *
    SILVER CAMERON
    ISBN: 9781408806364
    Title: DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION *
    Author: SILVER CAMERON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cameron Silver runs the most glamorous boutique in LA, where Hollywood royalty go to find vintage couture that is totally unique and utterly timeless. He is an expert at taking the finest clothing from the past and giving it a second life - and this is what Decades is all about. You won't find any frumpiness in this story of twentieth century style and innovation, which turns expectations upside-down. Because the Edwardians weren't all buttoned up, the ubiquitous Audrey Hepburn wasn't the only fashion icon of the fifties, and yes, it was actually possible to dress with elegance in the eighties.The book is a showcase of the past hundred years of fashion, decade by decade. Cameron's witty commentary of twentieth century dressing is both perceptive and funny. Each chapter opens with a pair of women who epitomise rival hot trends, like the luminous Cheryl Tiegs with her sunshine sexiness versus Bianca Jagger, the dark disco goddess of Studio 54. The chapters close with a designer of the decade- think Chanel, YSL and Dior at their most fabulous.Every one of the 200 stunning archival images in the book is completely contemporary and modern-looking, even as far back as the 1900s. To do justice to the jawdropping women and gorgeous clothes, the book is built on supermodel proportions - tall, slender and glamorous.Decades tells an international story with designers from Milan, Tokyo, London, Paris and New York all strutting their stuff. It's a bubbling, sassy, fabulous book that will make you think about vintage fashion in a totally new way.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    WILHIDE ELIZABETH / GLANCEY JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780500292280
    Title: DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    Author: WILHIDE ELIZABETH / GLANCEY JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Design: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key developments, movements and practitioners of design around the world, from the beginnings of industrial manufacturing to the present day. Organized chronologically, it locates design within its technological, cultural, economic, aesthetic and theoretical contexts. From the high-minded moralists of the 19th century to the radical thinkers of modernism - and from the emergence of showmen such as Raymond Loewy in the 1930s to today's superstars such as Philippe Starck - the book provides in-depth coverage of a subject that touches all our lives. Iconic works that mark significant steps forward or that characterize a particular era or approach - such as Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair of 1925, Eliot Noyes' corporate identity work for IBM in the 1950s and Matthew Carter's Verdana typeface, designed to be read on screen - are analysed in detail, while the text sets out the framework of ideas, intent and technology within which differing approaches to design have evolved. From the cars we drive and the products we buy to the graphics that surround us, we are all consumers of design. Design: The Whole Story provides all the information you need to decode the material world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DESIGN BOOK
    DESIGN BOOK
    ISBN: 9780714865799
    Title: DESIGN BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A 'design classic' is an industrially manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and, despite the year in which it was designed, is still up to date. The objects in this book - all of which are still in production today - are presented chronologically: each on a single page with a large image and a concise caption, written by one of over fifty experts in the field of design. These texts provide a historical context, with key information about the development of the design, and an explanation as to why that particular design is important and groundbreaking.

    This mini edition of the best-selling Phaidon Design Classics series gives the reader an understanding not only of the history of design, but also the history of taste and culture. It is an extraordinary journey through the objects that have shaped our society, from the first attempts to combine function and beauty in the nineteenth century, through the machine aesthetics of the thirties, the advent of plastic and other new materials in the fifties and sixties, up to the 'classics'-to-be of the last ten years.

    The book includes not only classic objects created by great and internationally renowned designers, such as Breuer, Le Corbusier, Dreyfuss, Eames, Yanagi and Castiglioni, to name but a few, but also anonymously designed pieces, such as the clothes peg, the deck chair, the corkscrew and the chopstick, which, in spite of lacking a specific designer, have achieved such perfection in design and functionality that they have eliminated the possibility of improvement. From the paperclip, to the Alvar Aalto Savoy vase, to the Jaguar E Type, all of the objects featured in the book fill our desks, cupboards, kitchens, purses, dreams and pockets.



    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • DESIGN MUSEUM : A-Z OF DESIGN AND DESIGNERS
    DESIGN MUSEUM : A-Z OF DESIGN AND DESIGNERS
    FIELL CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781783130054
    Title: DESIGN MUSEUM : A-Z OF DESIGN AND DESIGNERS
    Author: FIELL CHARLOTTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Offers a guide to the world's leading design innovators - from Alvar Aalto and Joe Colombo to Charles and Ray Eames and Zaha Hadid. This book covers all aspects of design, from architecture, automotive design and heavy industrial design to product design, as well as key styles, themes, movements, technologies and materials.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • DESIGN YOUR HOME
    DESIGN YOUR HOME
    BLAZE SHAYNNA
    ISBN: 9780670076789
    Title: DESIGN YOUR HOME
    Author: BLAZE SHAYNNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a great understanding of what makes a home work well, and a keen eye for colour detail, Shaynna Blaze shares her many years of experience as an interior designer to help you find the perfect solutions for getting the most out of the place you live in.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout, Shaynna takes you on a room-by-room tour of the home. She highlights potential problem areas, suggesting easy and innovative solutions, and describing attractive design alternatives for every room - from the public living areas to the private spaces of bathroom and bedroom and the often problematic home office. Her down-to-earth approach and stylish ideas, as seen on high-rating TV shows Selling Houses Australia and The Block, mean that anyone - whatever their budget - can create their dream home. 'As an interior designer, I'm here not just to make your home pretty but to solve problems and find solutions.

    Your home is about you, your life and those you invite into your space. With this book, you'll have the confidence to design a home that functions around the way you live.'

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DISCOVERING DOBELL
    DISCOVERING DOBELL
    HEATHCOTE
    ISBN: 9781743054802
    Title: DISCOVERING DOBELL
    Author: HEATHCOTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell. Heathcote demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. This overview includes many well-known works and is rounded out with Dobell's experimental drawings and paintings from New Guinea, as well as his little-known ventures into abstract form.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART  -  EXPANDED EDITION
    DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART - EXPANDED EDITION
    MILLER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781743054086
    Title: DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART - EXPANDED EDITION
    Author: MILLER STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. His book is also a study of how the various dog breeds have been depicted from colonial times until the present. It features over 80 dog breeds.

    This fully revised and expanded edition of Steven Miller's beautiful bestselling doggie book features many new paintings. A rich journey through Australia's art history via the lens of man's best friend.



    Steven Miller is head of the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has published widely on art, with his book on Australian culture between the two world wars (Degenerates and Perverts) winning the NSW Premier's Australian History Award in 2006. He lives in Sydney and is the proud owner of Finbar, a Welsh Terrier.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • DREAM OF THE FOX WOMEN
    DREAM OF THE FOX WOMEN
    MCRAE J R
    ISBN: 9781922081285
    Title: DREAM OF THE FOX WOMEN
    Author: MCRAE J R
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fox-women dance in the soft light of late afternoon.
    Free from the cares of day, they dance,
    The last glint of daylight catching in their auburn hair.

    The dreamer has fallen down, down, down, deep into sleep’s netherworld. Somewhere, far off, she hears the sounds of hunting but cannot wake to warn the hunted, cannot escape the fearful dream, must wake to its reality.

    Based loosely on the Japanese legend of the Fox Women, decrying the horrors of the hunt and victimisation of the hunted, this is a story of blurred lines – what is real, what only seems?

    Imprint: WINDY HOLLOW BOOKS
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    LEUNIG MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780143788577
    Title: DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    Author: LEUNIG MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A collection of cartoons about many strange and lovely things- kind words for dark days; simple poems concerning wonderful mysteries; reflections on sadness, joy, dismay, sanity, soup and beauty. Also- doubts, confessions, laments and tributes. Spirited depictions of dogs, ducks, teapots and trees, with various peculiar attempts to shine some light on dark and troubled times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • EARTH GAZERS
    EARTH GAZERS
    POTTER CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781784974329
    Title: EARTH GAZERS
    Author: POTTER CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    For thousands of years, we have struggled to rise above the surface of the Earth. 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moment three human beings escaped the pull of the Earth's gravitational field for the first time, and saw what no one had ever seen before, the Earth as a sphere falling through the empty darkness of space. Even today only 24 people have had that experience: the Apollo astronauts who went on the nine manned missions to the moon that took place between 1968 and 1972. The astronauts returned with photographic evidence that the Earth was beautiful, seemingly fragile and different from any other heavenly body. The photographs known as Earthrise, taken during the first manned mission, and The Blue Marble, taken during the last mission, have become two of the most reproduced and most influential images of all time. They were taken almost as an afterthought and inspired a whole generation to think about our responsibility for this tiny oasis in space. In his remarkably wide-ranging book, Christopher Potter writes of the early heroic days of aviation and of the often-blemished visionaries who inspired the journey into space: Charles Lindbergh, Robert Goddard and Wernher von Braum. Now more than ever the need to see ourselves from an outside-perspective is urgent. Can we learn to see ourselves for what we truly are: inhabitants of a world without borders? The Earth Gazers is a timely and entrancingly written exploration of the ways in which this new perspective on ourselves did indeed change us, and of how the opportunity for truly radical change was thwarted.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    DUPON OLIVIER
    ISBN: 9780500517758
    Title: ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    Author: DUPON OLIVIER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Craft is no longer a trend; it is now an enshrined aspect of modern life. This sequel to Olivier Dupon's bestselling The New Artisans, showcases 60 new makers whose creations will inspire and delight. Divided into two sections, it profiles the artisans in alphabetical order, and includes a directory of products, divided into categories.

    Complete with an introduction, as well as the author’s personal recommendations for inspiring shops, websites and blogs to visit, this is the perfect curated resource for discovering unique and beautiful pieces designed and made by talented artisans from around the world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • ENDANGERED
    ENDANGERED
    FLACH TIM
    ISBN: 9780500501139
    Title: ENDANGERED
    Author: FLACH TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    JACOBS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781847088086
    Title: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    Author: JACOBS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gripping and beguiling blend of art history, memoir and travel writing which delves into the mysteries and meanings of Las Meninas, Velazquez's iconic masterpiece.

    Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velazquez's enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work.

    From Jacobs' first trip to Spain to the complex politics of Golden Age Madrid, to his meeting with the man who saved Las Meninas during the Spanish Civil war, via Jacobs' experiences of the sunless world of the art history academy, Jacobs dissolves the barriers between the past and the present, the real and the illusory.

    Cut short by Jacobs' death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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