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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: £19.28

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.


Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2011
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2011
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique yearly overview of the World Wine Industry, 20 Sep 2010
Presently I am buying each year the Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book, as each year it brings the latest information on the state of art with respect of all better wines made worldwide. It is neither for beginners nor for persons not familiar with better and often more expensive wines. But 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 strongest features are the French and especially the Bordeaux wines, the latter having a special section. Each year has also a different colour supplement at the back of the book, this time an interesting essay on the reinvention of vinous Spain.


What Price Bordeaux?
What Price Bordeaux?
by Benjamin Lewin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.77

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique overview of the Bordeaux Wine Industry, 7 Sep 2010
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Master of Wine and Scientist Benjamin Lewin has made a thorough study of the Bordeaux Wine Industry based on a wealth of collected information. Topics include terroir, typicité, classification, pricing, organization, selling tactics and methods, wine critics, scandals and frauds, vinification methods and assemblages, garage and second wines, global warming and much more. You have to read this book to be up to date on the background and present status of the Bordeaux wines. It is really a no nonsense page turner.
There is only one weak aspect, Lewin is neither a marketing expert nor a management consultant, so he gives no clear advise what to do with this information. However every person can set his own strategy, based on his own knowledge and this book. The outcome will of course be very different, depending on your capacity and interests. As a longtime buyer and consumer of these wines I have done so. If you are an investor or any other player in this market, your strategy will certainly be different.


Paper Captain
Paper Captain
by Juliet Cezzar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.78

3.0 out of 5 stars A History of Ships with Paper Boats, 23 Aug 2010
This review is from: Paper Captain (Paperback)
As a sequel to the Paper Pilot, the Paper Captain presents 20 Paper Boats, which you can build and play with. A very brief explanation is given on the workings of a Ship and the background and history for each of these Paper Boats. The starting point is the "Sovereign of the Seas" of 1637 and the book ends with the Container Ship "Emma Maersk" of 2006, so both Military as well as Merchant Ships are presented. Each Ship has a different Scale (not given), but to understand the relative sizes, all Ships are also presented on one page in Scale 1 : 1500. These Paper Boats are not too difficult to make with proper instructions, they include the underwater part and can be made waterproof. The detailing and size of each of the Boats varies enormously, unfortunately beautiful Liners as the "Normandie" and "Queen Mary 2" are very simply executed and are very small, by having a large Scale. All in all still an enjoyable book for Fathers and Sons.


Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles
Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles
by Robert Sackville-West
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The story of the Sackvilles and Knole, 20 Jun 2010
This is an inside story of many generations of Sackvilles and their attachment to Knole. The author states that however timeless the phrase Knole and the Sackvilles may seem, its sense of continuity is a fiction based on name changes and new titles. From the contents of the book and the Family Tree given, we count 6 Earls of Dorset, 4 Dukes of Dorset and 7 Barons (or Lords) Sackville. All of them are described in detail in this book based on the family archives which contains many diaries and letters. From the book emerges a very scandalous aristocratic family with many ups and downs, which could with ease fill many years of a TV soap production. The author, the 7th Baron Sackville, has a great sense of humor and a pleasant style of writing, with quotes from letters as "Her breasts are too delicious for words - round firm and soft with two darling little buttons which I adore kissing". For readers not familiar with the English traditions the use of both the Lord and Baron title for the same person is sometimes confusing. My main complaint is however that the information on the building history of Knole is very limited and given only in text without any explaining drawings or pictures. For instance I would like to see the changes made by the author on his rooms at Knole.


The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens
The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens
by Tony Russell
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures of lovely Cotswold's gardens, 11 April 2010
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Tony Russell has made a selection of the finest gardens to visit in the lovely Cotswold's. The descriptions of the gardens are short, but to the point. The best feature of this book are the many beautiful photographs. A list of all gardens with address, telephone and website information is also given, so based on your preferences you can research and organize well in advance a tour along your own favorite Cotswold's gardens.


Bordeaux Châteaux: A History of the Grands Crus Classés since 1855
Bordeaux Châteaux: A History of the Grands Crus Classés since 1855
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.42

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures of the Grand Cru Classified Chateaux of Bordeaux, 11 April 2010
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After a short explanation of the 1855 classification system and its history, each classified chateaux is described in detail with stunning pictures. Chateaux Léoville Las Cases is not included, not being a member of the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés. This coffee table book is very positive on all chateaux and gives unfortunately no information on the quality and personality of the wines produced. For all the years since the classification started the overall rating is given (1855-2005). This book, produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this classification, is more for admirers of beautiful Chateaux in France than for wine lovers.


Elizabethan Instrument Makers: The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making
Elizabethan Instrument Makers: The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making
by Gerard L'E. Turner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £85.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information, poorly presented, 13 Jan 2010
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The information with respect to the title contains only the first 31 pages of the book and can be summarized as follows: There are about a dozen instrument makers known and six are described in detail. The origin of the London trade in precision instrument making comes from the Low Countries and the basic skills were based on map, chart and book engraving.
The book gives furthermore much more valuable information on all known maps, charts, books and instruments made in this period and their attribution, also the story of Sir Robert Dudley as an exceptional patron is given. For general information on the types of instruments is referred to other books, with the exception of the Compendium and the Folding Rule, which are described in detail. The description of the instruments is detailed, the photo's however of poor quality. The book lacks a logical sequence and the Contents and Index are definitely required to find the information. For scientific instrument collectors it remains a valuable book.


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