This book was published by the national library of Australia for an exhibition on the history of Australian landscape photography. Most books on AustrThis book was published by the national library of Australia for an exhibition on the history of Australian landscape photography. Most books on Australian landscape photography are full of modern colour photos. This one also includes landscapes in black and white from the 19th century and images from Antarctica.
Some photos have been included because they are iconic and well known within Australia, but others are by unknown photographers which show the essence of wilderness or places which were wild but have since vanished (like Lake Pedder in Tasmania).
This is a lovely small book but it has to be said that these days there are a lot of good Australian landscape books (my personal favourites still being those by Peter Walton) out there these days and what really makes this one memorable is the early black and white photos.
The authors of this book have collected fashion plates for decades and have a collection that spans the 15th century to the 1950s. The book illustrateThe authors of this book have collected fashion plates for decades and have a collection that spans the 15th century to the 1950s. The book illustrates plates from their collection and provides a social background for the illustrations explaining how fashion changed and the names of various publications as they came and went. (though it seemed to miss the consolidation of the various publications in France in the 1820s that saw many gobbled up by journal dames et des modes)
For an overview of the social context of fashion plates this book is actually good. If however you are a collector of fashion plates this book is of limited use. Few of the images show the the full plate and most are lacking the descriptive elements below the image or the plate numbers usually at the top of the plate. In some cases plates which are copies of original French plates in foreign magazines are shown without an explanation that this is the case (or any advice on how to tell them apart).
The book also lacks any comprehensive list of the magazines illustrated and the years they were published in. In short, if you want a book that will give you an introduction to fashion plates you might find this useful. If however, you are like me and have collected plates for some years you will probably find the book a disappointment and there are other older books which provide more useful information on fashion plate publications for collectors. ...more
Blackjack was damaged badly at the end of the last book in this series and even he needs time to heal from injuries so severe. However, he’s still a wBlackjack was damaged badly at the end of the last book in this series and even he needs time to heal from injuries so severe. However, he’s still a wanted villain even after he recovers and his options for life outside jail are slim but whatever happens Blackjack does not want to go back to jail and his enemies are about to widen his options.
I have to say I enjoyed this book a lot more than the previous book in this series. Many readers may be somewhat disconcerted by the lack of real action in the first half of the book but for me it was actually refreshing and interesting to see Blackjack use his brain rather than his brawn. Its sometime easy to forget in amongst all the punching that he’s also an engineering genius.
Blackjack is trying to turn his life around. He’ll always have his villain past and his misdeeds to haunt him but its not the life he ever really wanted but he now realises he is the only person who can really change his future…..if he can use the small window of opportunity he has to do so. I’m still looking forward to the next book in the series, though I do hope it doesn’t take as long as this one to come along. I’ve enjoyed this series enough to wish it was available in a print version though that doesn’t seem to be coming along any time soon. ...more
This is one of the few books to be found on the Tiwanaku people of Lake Titicaca. These are a people who pre-dated the Inca and for close to 800 yearsThis is one of the few books to be found on the Tiwanaku people of Lake Titicaca. These are a people who pre-dated the Inca and for close to 800 years dominated the highlands in what is now Peru and Bolivia.
Today their most visible remains is the gate of the sun and semi sunken temple on the shore of Lake Titicaca. They left no written records and in the immediate area of Tiwanaku city itself their remains have been poorly excavated over the years. Aside from their ruins perhaps their most stunning legacy has been their textiles.
This book displays a number of gorgeous textiles that were produced by the Tiwanaku and Wari peoples - these textiles, most of them today in private collections, on display here for the first time in one place, are one of the main reasons to get this book.
The text surrounding the textiles, snuff trays and sculptures produced in Tiwanaku and Wari illustrated in this book is scholarly. It draws on what little we have been able to find out about these people to show us a culture that was both savage, tightly integrated with nature and a people with high artistic sensibilities. If you want to know more about pre-Columbian cultures that extend beyond the Inca this book is one you should get for your collection about a little discussed people. If you enjoy pre-Columbian textiles this book should not be missed, if only for its colour illustrations. ...more
This is a visually beautiful book. It mostly consists of high quality images of the best type of Japanese Okimono statues produced in the late 19th anThis is a visually beautiful book. It mostly consists of high quality images of the best type of Japanese Okimono statues produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Okimono are mostly ivory carvings but are also made in metal and enamel work. The author doesn't have much to add on the history of the production background of these work of arts but she has included good shots of all the signatures on the artworks and a comprehensive list of artist names at the back of the book.
This is one of the few books that has a good range of these type of carvings for connoisseurs to compare and get a good feel for what to look for when buying - not that buying ivory is a really good thing these days.....but nevertheless its hard not to be astonished at how very good these artists were in a time when our greed didn't look like it might actually make the elephant extinct. ...more
If you have any interest in Chinese blanc de chine (pure white in colour only) porcelains then this book should be on your reading list. The catalougeIf you have any interest in Chinese blanc de chine (pure white in colour only) porcelains then this book should be on your reading list. The catalouge outlines the history of the porcelains, and how they were made, and how little of it is known and then looks at the Chinese social history behind the various saints, animals etc produced in Dehua.
Somewhat surprisingly there are more examples of dateable examples of these porcelains in western collections where they were treasured than within China itself where there is little documentation or examples in publicly available collections for lengthy periods of time. The catalogue shows 77 examples of blanc de chine mostly from collections in the USA.
Its biggest failing in my view is that shows none of the bases of any of these porcelains. This is the easiest way to see the technique the statue was made by and to give people an idea of what to expect in different eras that they were made in. Aside from that examples of marks on statues are photographed (but these are often faked in modern pieces) which is helpful. In short this is a very good book with insights for every collector or admirer of these porcelains but far from the last word on the subject. ...more
First published in 1969 and reprinted throughout the 1970s this book is in some ways rather dated, but in others unique among books on Australian aborFirst published in 1969 and reprinted throughout the 1970s this book is in some ways rather dated, but in others unique among books on Australian aboriginal art I've seen. The book is fully illustrated in colour and the pictures take up most of the book and the main reason I have kept this book is because of them. You are given a basic introduction to aboriginal painting and then taken step by step through the process on how they are made. The images start with the bark being taken from the trees and then prepared for painting. It then discusses methods of making paint and what an artist may or may not paint and what colours are permitted for them (this can be complex within tribal law) etc.
In Australia today the majority of aboriginal art is painted on canvas, usually with acrylic or watercolour paints. You see little of the older traditional bark paintings. This book is a window to an art that was seeing it's last vital days in the 1970s. While these older paintings are still made in remote areas and sometimes appear at auctions or can be seen in art galleries it is unlikely most people will ever see one painted like you are shown in this book. It is worth searching out this book if you have any real interested in aboriginal bark paintings and their methods of production....more