Firstly, this is a carefully chosen collection of beautiful and detailed paintings, which give an accurate record of the British transport scene during the 20th century. Secondly it is a nostalgic reminder of those great days when travel was a new leisure pastime, heralded as an exciting adventure and source of enjoyment.
The transport paintings of Malcolm Root need little introduction. His books continue to sell widely year after year. Combined with Tom Tyler's text, this book brings together a whole new series of transport images, from traction engines to aircraft.
Steam Trains and Jigsaw Puzzles strikes most people as an intriguing title. The origin is simple,however my trainspotting youth has been synchronized with a later interest in jigsaw puzzles. The result is expensive I have a collection of over 250 jigsaws depicting British steam railways. The conclusion is impossible there are over 500 steam railway jigsaw puzzles to collect and they are being supplemented annually. The Liverpool & Manchester Railway marked the arrival of the true passenger railway service in 1830 and presented jigsaw manufacturers with another subject on which to focus. Prior to this date the jigsaw experience, started by John Spilsbury in c1760, was restricted to subjects such as religion, geography, history, monarchs, the alphabet and art. Many characteristics combine to form the basis of nostalgic images buried indelibly in the minds of people who travelled in the steam railway age. Manufacturers have not been slow to tap into this nostalgia and produce jigsaws aimed at stirring those memories and inviting people to reflect on past experiences, good, bad or indifferent. Chad Valley, Victory, Good Companion,Falcon, Waddingtons and Arrow are just a few manufacturers who produced steam railway jigsaws in the past. Most of these companies are now a distant memory while others are in foreign ownership. Equally famous names such as Wentworth, Ravensburger (Germany), House of Puzzles, Gibsons, JR Puzzles and King Puzzles (Holland) continue the manufacturing tradition. Output is generally superb thanks to the efforts of fine railway artists such as Terence Cuneo, George Heiron, T. E. North, Don Breckon, John Austin, Barry Freeman and Malcolm Root. The book is aimed at anyone with an interest in jigsaw puzzles and at those enthusiasts and aficionados who refuse to allow those evocative memories of the Golden Age of Steam to die.
Portraits of the Endemic Flowering Plants of the Granitic Seychelles
Author: Malcolm James Coe
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Located a thousand miles off the coast of Africa, 32 granite islands called the Seychelles are home to plant species found nowhere else in the world. Fearing the disappearance of this endangered flora, renowned botanical artist Rosemary Wise spent ten years painting the Seychelles' unique plant life in its natural habitat. This book features Wise's beautiful paintings along with her written descriptions of the plants. 79 color plates.
Can the past save the future? asks this SIGMA Force thriller from the king of the genre. In Washington DC, a homeless man dies in the arms of Commander Gray Pierce clutching a bloody coin in his hand - an ancient artefact that could unlock a plot threatening the very foundation of humanity. Meanwhile, a group of international scientists are engineering children with exceptional talents into something far greater and far more frightening - a world prophet for the new millennium, one to be manipulated to create a new era of global peace... a peace on their own terms. For Commander Pierce and SIGMA Force, it's a race against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the Oracle of Delphi...