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Italy's Private Gardens: An Inside View
Italy's Private Gardens: An Inside View
by Helena Attlee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 28.00

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Private views on Italian gardens, 22 Jan 2011
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Inside views on private Italian gardens are presented in this book, many of which are not open to the public. Perhaps for this reason there is unfortunately neither map nor any information on website, address or telephone. The concept of this book is not new, more than 30 years ago similar books were popular on English gardens (The Englishwoman's garden and many others). I selected this book because many gardens were unknown to me, but a few such as Ninfa, are very well known and described much better in other books. Many of the garden owners are plants-man or -woman and these gardens lack often a strong architectural backbone such as in the classic Italian garden. Perhaps for this reason there are many pictures of plants and not enough overviews of the gardens. Therefore mainly recommended for plant lovers.


How Modern Science Came into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-century Breakthrough
How Modern Science Came into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-century Breakthrough
by H. Floris Cohen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 83.72

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnus Opus on the Scientific Revolution, 20 Dec 2010
Floris Cohen has been writing books on the Scientific Revolution since 1994, both in the English and Dutch language, which were all well received. This book is his Magnus Opus, encompassing all his findings and ideas on the subject. The book is analytical, but the author has sought to make storytelling and analysis go well together, in which he has been very successful. When writing History pattern must be discerned, not imposed and the author has therefore coined concept and theories in ongoing dialogue with the empirical material found at every stage. The aim of the book is to resolve the two biggest questions; how modern science came into this world and how it managed to stay there. The author has achieved this brilliantly in almost 800 pages. Most books on the subject focus disproportionately on what happened in England at the expense of the Continent, but here a balanced treatment of European nature-knowledge, wherever it flourished, has been achieved. It is not a book to read in one go, but it is well written and understandable for a large audience, therefore a must for all those interested in the History of Science.


Understanding Wine Technology - The Science of Wine Explained
Understanding Wine Technology - The Science of Wine Explained
by David Bird
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wine described from the technology perspective, 24 Nov 2010
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Most wine lovers just drink wine and don't have to understand how wine is made, as for driving a car, you don't need to know the technology behind it. But if you are interested in the why and how of certain aspects of wines and wine tasting, this book gives you a valuable insight in the world of wine making. All explanations are clear and kept simple, you do not need to be a chemist to understand. The 3rd edition has been brought up to date, as the wine technology is improving all the time. The chapters on Quality Control and Quality Assurance are excellent and to the point, these subjects are more in my own field of expertise. Recommended for all who want to know some more about wine and wine making.


GRAPES AND WINES: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours
GRAPES AND WINES: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours
by OZ CLARKE AND MARGARET RAND
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.71

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wine described from the grape perspective, 24 Nov 2010
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Wines are normally described based on the location, wine yard or country of origin. Oz Clarke had however the brilliant idea to describe wines based on the grape(s) used. Information is given on each grape used for making of wine. For the most important grapes, further details are given such as history and geographic locations, viticulture and vinification, taste and a limited number of recommended producers and wines. Since the world of wine is constantly changing, this book is regularly updated, the latest revision is from 2008. It gives a very original, unique and informative look on the available wines around the world, therefore highly recommended for all wine lovers.


The Classical Country House: From the Archives of Country Life
The Classical Country House: From the Archives of Country Life
by David Watkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 32.00

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Classical Order and the Country House, 7 Nov 2010
Aurum Press has published more than twenty books on houses and gardens based on the archives of Country Life Magazine. Each book has selected the houses, their interiors and gardens from a certain perspective, such as region, period, architect or having been demolished. This book is one of the latest in these series, now for the first time based on one major theme - Classicism - from the early 17th century till the present time, with the houses located all over our western world. The text is informative and well documented. The greatest flaw of this book is the poor selection and arrangement of the beautiful photographs along the text. The time span of these pictures is about a hundred years, from old fashioned black and white to modern colour photographs, here presented in an incoherent manner, which gives the book a chaotic and confused presentation when browsing through the pages. David Watkin's text deserves a better design and layout.


Elegance in Science: The beauty of simplicity
Elegance in Science: The beauty of simplicity
by Ian Glynn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The romance of Science, 17 Oct 2010
My attention to this book was drawn by a favorable review in the science section of a Dutch newspaper. Besides the explained elegance in Science, part of the book is also biographical for a few scientists such as Rumford and can be compared in this respect with "The age of wonder" of Richard Holmes. Discussed are a limited number of fields; celestial mechanics, heat, electricity, light, nerves, brain and finally the genetic code, the last 3 items clearly more in the expertise of the author, Professor of Physiology. The style of writing is pleasant and not too difficult and gives a highly romantic flavor to the discovery of the wonders of our world by leading scientists.


The English Country House (Country Life Magazine)
The English Country House (Country Life Magazine)
by Mary Miers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 50.00

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The romance of the English Country House, 17 Oct 2010
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Mary Miers has made a selection of 62 English Country Houses as featured in Country Life since about 1980, when beautiful colour photographs were used for the first time. The houses are arranged in a loosely chronological order and are predominantly large and grand. However a few houses such as Beckside are of a more modest scale, built by skilled local craftsmen according the popular builders' pattern books of the day. All photographs are of very high quality, as can be expected from Country Life. In addition to the introduction by Mary Miers there are 6 essays by leading historians presented in the form of small booklets at intervals in the book. This book has primarily been made for the American market and can be seen as complementary to the many books of Aurum Press on Country Houses also based on the archives of Country Life, but mainly from the earlier period with mostly high quality black and white photographs. For a modest price you will get a beautiful coffee table book to dream of a rich and romantic life in the English countryside.


Historic Gardens of Gloucestershire
Historic Gardens of Gloucestershire
by Timothy Mowl
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Garden History of Gloucestershire, 1 Oct 2010
This is the first book of the series of books on historic gardens of the English counties from the garden historian Timothy Mowl. Most books on garden history deal with Countries or even Continents, but Mowl proves that also smaller area's such as the English counties deserve their own profile. Gloucestershire is Mowl's own county and is in his opinion the richest county for gardens in England. The gardens are described in historical sequence, starting with the Renaissance and ending with the later 20th century gardens. Gardens covering more periods and styles due to later alterations and additions are therefore discussed in more than one chapter. For the earlier periods there are many bird's eye views, drawn by John Kip of gardens now vanished or changed to later styles. This book lacks the county map with locations of gardens as given in all later books in this series. A perfect book for readers interested in garden history and less a book for planning your garden visits.


Historic Gardens of Wiltshire
Historic Gardens of Wiltshire
by Timothy Mowl
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Garden History of Wiltshire, 21 Sep 2010
This is the third book from the garden historian Timothy Mowl in his series of books on historic gardens of the English counties. Most books on garden history deal with Countries or even Continents, but Mowl proves that also smaller area's such as the English counties deserve their own profile. Prehistory has run like a theme through Wiltshire gardens and there are many famous historic gardens like Stourhead and Wilton. The gardens are described in historical sequence, starting with the Middle Ages and ending with the later 20th century. Gardens covering more periods and styles due to later alterations and additions are therefore discussed in more than one chapter. A perfect book for readers interested in garden history and less a book for planning your garden visits. The pictures are not of high quality and most in black and white, with a colour section in the middle.


Historic Gardens of Dorset
Historic Gardens of Dorset
by Timothy Mowl
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Garden History of Dorset, 21 Sep 2010
This is the second book from the garden historian Timothy Mowl in his series of books on historic gardens of the English counties. Most books on garden history deal with Countries or even Continents, but Mowl proves that also smaller area's such as the English counties deserve their own profile. Dorset is one of the more rural counties of England and has many unspoiled historic gardens. The gardens are described in historical sequence, starting with the Renaissance and ending with the later 20th century gardens. Gardens covering more periods and styles due to later alterations and additions are therefore discussed in more than one chapter. A perfect book for readers interested in garden history and less a book for planning your garden visits. The pictures are not of high quality and most in black and white, with a colour section in the middle.


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