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Museum Miscellany
ISBN: HB: 9781851245116, Bodleian Library Publishing, October 2019
160 pp., 17x11 cm, 20 black&white illus.
Which are the oldest museums in the world? What is a cabinet of curiosities? Who haunts Hampton Court? What is on the FBI's list of stolen art? "A Museum Miscellany" celebrates the intriguing world of galleries and museums, from national institution...
Pirates A New History, from Vikings to Somali Raiders
ISBN: HB: 9780300180749, Yale University Press, June 2019
320 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 20 colour illus., 6 black&white illus., 6 maps
In the twenty-first century piracy has regained a central place in Western culture, thanks to a surprising combination of Johnny Depp and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise as well as the dramatic rise of modern-day piracy around Somalia and th...
Blue Mythologies Reflections on a Colour
ISBN: PB: 9781789140507, ISBN: HB: 9781780230832, Reaktion Books, June 2019
208 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 59 colour illus.
The sea, the sky, the veins of the hands, the earth itself when photographed from space; blue sometimes seems to overwhelm all the other shades of our world in its all-encompassing presence. "Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour" presents a se...
Boxing A Cultural History (New Edition)
ISBN: PB: 9781789140514, Reaktion Books, June 2019
576 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 152 illus.
Throughout history potters, sculptors, painters, poets, novelists, cartoonists, song-writers, photographers and film-makers have recorded and made sense of boxing. In her encyclopaedic investigation of the shifting social, political and cultural reso...
ISBN: PB: 9781789140750, Reaktion Books, June 2019
208 pp., 19x13.5 cm, 100 illus., 80 in colour
With its distinctive, comical walk, large bill and association with the conservation movement, the pelican has attained iconic status. But the pelican has a chequered history. Classed as "unclean" in the King James Bible, the legend of the compassion...
Raymond Williams Cultural Analyst
ISBN: PB: 9781789380477, Intellect, June 2019
200 pp., 22.8x17.7 cm
Raymond Williams was a towering figure in twentieth-century intellectual life. Though he is primarily thought of as a literary scholar, his work crossed disciplinary boundaries, and he made groundbreaking contributions to numerous fields, most notabl...
OnBeat, Volume 9
ISBN: HB: 9784434251405, Nippan IPS, June 2019
208 pp., 25.7x18.1 cm, 330 colour and black&white illus., language: English / Japanese
The 9th issue of ONBEAT presents the latest trends in Japanese art and cultures, such as music, fashion, ecological activities, in English and Japanese throughout.
Mescaline A Global History of the First Psychedelic
ISBN: HB: 9780300231076, Yale University Press, May 2019
304 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 16 colour illus., 12 black&white illus.
Mescaline became a popular sensation in the mid-twentieth century through Aldous Huxley's "The Doors of Perception", after which the word "psychedelic" was coined to describe it. Its story, however, extends deep into prehistory: the earliest Andean c...
Shapeshifters A History
ISBN: HB: 9781789140798, Reaktion Books, May 2019
208 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 20 illus.
There is something about a shapeshifter – a person who can transform into an animal – that captures our imagination; that causes us to want to howl at the moon, or flit through the night like a bat. Werewolves, vampires, demons and other weird creatu...
Mexico City Cradle of Empires
ISBN: HB: 9781789140736, Reaktion Books, May 2019
240 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 107 illus., 75 in colour
Mexico City has always been a seat of empire. In its grandiose pretentions and sheer swagger, it gives the impression of power exercised over great distances. And yet this power has frequently been contested, lending the city a tough, battle-hardened...