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Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens, Castles and Heritage Sites 2016
Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens, Castles and Heritage Sites 2016
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hudson’s revisited, 31 Dec. 2015
I used to buy Hudson’s about every 5 years, the last one was from 2010. The reviews after this date for Hudson’s were not favorable, less information and pages, the influence of the internet and I-phone/pad clearly coming through. According the reviews 2015 seemed finally a better issue, so I tried the latest 2016 issue, the year of the garden. It contains only about 400 pages of which the first 120 are editorial, mainly on gardens, which is my field of interest. The visiting information is indeed much more brief and sometimes only referring to E-mail address and telephone number, but the many pictures and lay out are still beautiful. It is now much more a book to browse through and get some ideas, after which you really need the internet to make your plan for any tour or visit. Time has really changed the approach of organizing your tour! Therefore recommended as an appetizer only for your free time or holiday in beautiful Britain.


Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels
Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels
by Janet Todd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Jane Austen presentation book, 24 Dec. 2015
There are many books written on Jane Austen’s life, time and her novels, but this is the ultimate presentation book on Jane Austen. It is luxury executed with beautiful illustrations such as period engravings and has many other gadgets. The text is brief, but very informative and to the point, so in one cover you have all the important information on her life and works. There is no bibliography given, probably because there are too many books and articles on this subject and all you really need to know is already presented here. For a modest price you will get a beautiful book to indulge on a romantic English subject.


Andrea Palladio
Andrea Palladio
by Christoph Ulmer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Palladio Coffee table book, 22 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Andrea Palladio (Hardcover)
There are many books on the works of Palladio, but this work stands out in size, completeness and detail. The very brief text is given in 4 languages (English, German, French and Dutch) and his complete works are subdivided in 4 sections: City Residences, Villas, Churches and Religious Buildings, Buildings and Public Works. This heavy and expensive book was offered in the Netherlands for a bargain price, therefore I did not hesitate on buying it and was not disappointed. The text is very brief but informative enough if you know the subject, the large recent photographs splendid and the accompanying original drawings very clear and beautiful. A real coffee table book to browse and admire again and again. The only drawbacks are, besides the brief text, there is no visiting information given and also no index nor bibliography


The Private Gardens of England
The Private Gardens of England
by Tania Compton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £48.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table book on the English Garden, 19 Nov. 2015
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During the 1980ies the English garden has been described, in an excellent way by Alvilde Lees-Milne and others with books as “The (New) Englishwoman's Garden”, “The Englishman's Garden” and “Private Gardens of England”. Since then many new gardens have come up and many have been altered. I therefore did not hesitate on buying this much more recent book on English Gardens. The objective and set up has remained roughly the same, the descriptions given by the garden owners, it is however a real heavy coffee table book. The text is as informative as the above mentioned earlier books. The change in garden taste over the last 30 years is tremendous, we see now much more modern landscaping and the admired grasses and wild flowers in the “Oudolf” manner. This book is therefore a beautiful sequel to the earlier books, being up to date with recent illustrations. The only drawback is that there is no visiting information and no index nor bibliography given.


The Art and History of Globes
The Art and History of Globes
by Sylvia Sumira
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful world of the Globe, 14 Nov. 2015
Sylvia Sumira, as one of the few conservators of printed Globes, has written an brief history of Globes and an interesting introduction on the making of Globes. The main part of the book is devoted to a selection of Globes, mainly printed, from 1492 till 1884 with beautiful pictures and short explanatory descriptions. It gives a good overview of what and by whom has been made over this period. There is a glossary explaining the used technical terms for layman, but no makers list. For more detailed knowledge on this subject the author refers to the given bibliography. Most of these books are however out of print and difficult to obtain. Therefore this book is a welcome addition to the few available books on the wonderful world of the Globe.


Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique yearly overview of the World Wine Industry, 27 Oct. 2015
The 2016 edition of the Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book brings again the latest information on the state of art with respect of all better wines made worldwide. If you are a wine lover and want to be kept up to date on the latest developments and vintages, this pocket book is certainly a must, although becoming rather bulky. The Agenda 2016 and the latest vintage reports are of special interest to me. As always the strongest feature is the information on the French and especially the Bordeaux wines, the latter having a special section. Each year has a different colour supplement at the back of the book, this time on the Riesling grape. This section is probably interesting for lovers of this wine grape, but for a general pocket book not really a necessity and is covered better in other books. I liked much more the earlier stories on wine regions and makers or on new trends. Compared to the 2015 edition there are many updates, so for a few pounds you are kept well informed on the latest vintages and the ever changing wine industry.


Elizabethan House and Garden
Elizabethan House and Garden
by Kathy Still
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Paper/cardboard model of a beautiful Elizabethan House and Garden, 15 Jan. 2015
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This book contains a paper/cardboard model and a pull-out book of an Elizabethan House and Garden. The model is contrary to what is stated not easy to make and consists of more than 300 parts/pieces. The execution of this book is beautiful and one is therefore not eager to start cutting it into pieces. Originally published in 1987 and now long out of print, but If you can find a very good second hand copy, do not hesitate to buy one or even some more if you are really going to make the model.


Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2015
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2015
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique yearly overview of the World Wine Industry, 7 Oct. 2014
The 2015 edition of the Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book brings again the latest information on the state of art with respect of all better wines made worldwide. If you are a wine lover and want to be kept up to date on the latest developments and vintages, this handy pocket book is certainly a must. The Agenda 2015 and latest the vintage reports are of special interest. As always the strongest feature is the information on the French and especially the Bordeaux wines, the latter having a special section. As I have mentioned earlier for the 2014 edition, there is still no mentioning of the wines of the Netherlands. Since their quality has improved considerably in recent years, they could also be given a page like Luxembourg, or perhaps within a section BeNeLux together with Belgium and Luxembourg. Each year has a different colour supplement at the back of the book, this time on Grapes and Flavours. This section is however rather general and is covered better in other books. I liked much more the earlier stories on wine regions and makers. Compared to the 2014 edition there are many updates, so for a few pounds you are kept well informed on the latest vintages and the ever changing wine industry.


The Great Gardens of China: History, Concepts, Techniques
The Great Gardens of China: History, Concepts, Techniques
by Fang Xiaofeng
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £42.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table book on the Chinese Garden, 6 Oct. 2014
Maggie Keswick has described, many years ago, in an excellent way the Chinese Garden with much background information and mainly black and white illustrations. I hesitated therefore on buying this more recent book on Chinese Gardens, but the objective and presentation is different. This is a coffee table book with much less text, but with beautiful colour pictures. The brief explanations are however informative and to the point, written by a Chinese expert in the history and theory of Chinese Gardens. The greater part of the book is devoted to the origin, the evolution, the aesthetics and the landscaping elements. The last part gives some highlights of 16 classical Chinese Gardens, with many illustrations. This book is therefore an useful addition to that of Maggie Keswick, being more up to date and having much more recent illustrations. The only drawback is that there is no visiting information. There is also no index nor bibliography given.


Writing the Garden
Writing the Garden
by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Writings on Gardens, 31 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Writing the Garden (Hardcover)
Elisabeth Barlow Rogers has written a little book on two centuries of garden writings based on the collection of The New York Society Library. The copy I obtained in the Netherlands is a beautiful production and received the AHS Book Award. It is well written, with sufficient background information and many quotes from the books described. Unfortunately the selected writers are mainly American or English. Many important writers are missing, to name a few: Humphrey Repton, Henry Avray Tipping, Eleanour Sinclair Rohde, R.S. Nichols, Geoffrey Jellicoe and of course all the important continental writers. However this little book is still a good starting point to learn more about the American and English garden writers. Based on your preferences, you can then select those writers of your liking for further reading.


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