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- Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 11.65
This is a book about Kendo Nagasaki, Mick McManus, Les Kellett, Klondyke Kate and Dr Death - men and women who used to fight each other every night for pride and money. Margaret Thatcher once wrote adoringly to Big Daddy, and Frank Sinatra told Giant Haystacks that British wrestlers were the best entertainers in the world. The Duke of Edinburgh... more...
- Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 12.99
The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age. Few things are as exciting?and potentially life-changing?as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry... more...
- Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 11.65
Mauve is the beguiling story of a man who invented a colour, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, artificial colour was derived with difficulty and at enormous expense from animals, minerals or plants. But in 1856 a chemist called William Perkin found a way of making colour from coal. Perkin found mauve by chance,... more...
- Canongate Books 2013; US$ 10.82
Every letter contains a miniature story, and here are some of the greatest. From Oscar Wilde's unconventional method of using the mail to cycling enthusiast Reginald Bray's quest to post himself, Simon Garfield uncovers a host of stories that capture the enchantment of this irreplaceable art (with a supporting cast including Pliny the Younger, Ted... more...
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 14.99
From the author of Mauve, an obsessively readable memoir that brings the mania for stamp collecting to life From the Penny Red to the Blue Mauritius, generations of collectors have been drawn to the mystique of rare stamps. Once a widespread pastime of schoolboys, philately has increasingly become the province of older men obsessed with the shrewd... more...
- Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 9.99
A delightfully inquisitive tour that explores the rich history and the subtle powers of fonts. Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do fonts come from and why do we need so many? Who is behind the businesslike subtlety of Times New Roman, the... more...
- Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 9.99
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of the Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. Simon Garfield?s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps.... more...
- Profile Books 2010; US$ 13.31
Just My Type is not just a font book, but a book of stories. About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, or people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook, or Margaret Calvert,... more...
- Profile Books 2012; US$ 9.31
Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history. With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter,... more...
- Konrad Theiss Verlag 2014; US$ 25.51
Es war einmal, da drehte sich alles um die Erde ? so dachten die Menschen, bis die Astronomen sie eines Besseren belehrten. Jerusalem stand damals im Zentrum jeder Karte, oder Youzhou, wenn wir in China gelebt hätten. Und heute stehen wir im Zentrum unserer eigenen Welt. Auf unseren Navigationsgeräten planen wir nicht etwa eine Route von A nach B:... more...