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Aviation Firsts: 336 Questions and Answers

by Joshua Stoff

Fact-filled compendium covers virtually all "firsts" in the history of flight, from the first human being to fly and the first American president to fly to the first woman to command a space shuttle mission....


Precious Stones, Vol. 1

by Max Bauer

This classic study begins with a general analysis of precious stones followed by descriptions of their cutting and mounting. The remainder of this volume focuses on the diamond. 52 figures.


Old-Time Men and Women Vignettes in Full Color

by Carol Belanger Grafton

More than 300 dazzling, royalty-free illustrations of dowagers, debutantes, soldiers, sailors, and men of every description sporting top hats and other regalia. Perfect for a variety of projects.


Early American Decorating Techniques: Step-by-Step Directions for Painting and Stenciling

by Mariette Paine Slayton

Comprehensive guide includes 27 authentic, ready-to-use, full-size patterns for restoring and decorating trays, tinware, boxes, rockers, chairs, walls, and more. Complete instructions.


The Politics of Interweaving Performance Cultures: After Postcolonialism: Beyond Postcolonialism

by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Torsten Jost & Saskya Iris Jain

This book provides a timely intervention in the fields of performance studies and theatre history, and to larger issues of global cultural exchange. The authors offer a provocative argument for rethinking the...


Scouts in Bondage

by Michael Bell

Step inside Michael Bell's antiquarian bookshop, stocked with rare and fine collectibles of infinite variety, from Book of Blank Maps, With Instructions, to Autobiography of the Best Abused Man in the World....


Ancient Carpenters' Tools: Illustrated and Explained, Together with the Implements of the Lumberman, Joiner and Cabinet-Maker i

by Henry C. Mercer

Over 250 illustrations depict tools identical to ancient devices once used by Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese, including axes, saws, clamps, chisels, mallets, and much more. Invaluable sourcebook.


Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques

by Kristina Harris

This vintage how-to manual — the first modern American sewing book — provided turn-of-the-century seamstresses with clear instructions for altering patterns, hand-sewing stitches, and creating shirt-blouses,...


Treasury of Ironwork Designs: 469 Examples from Historical Sources

by Carol Belanger Grafton

Elaborately wrought designs for gates, fences, finials, banisters, window grilles, bedsteads, cathedral screens, other architectural and decorative appointments, Gothic to Art Nouveau — meticulously rendered...


The History of Underclothes

by C. Willett Cunnington & PhiIlis Cunnington

Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century,...


American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs

by Priscilla Harris Dalrymple

Over 280 rare photographs document "Sunday best" clothing from the 1840s to the 1890s. Bustles, pantalets, top hats, waistcoats, bowlers, other attire, as well as hairdressing and tonsorial styles.


English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide with 1,117 Illustrations

by C. Willett Cunnington

Remarkably thorough descriptions, information about hundreds of fashions: morning dresses, riding outfits, bridal gowns, more. Also millinery, footwear, etc. Based on contemporary sources. Indispensable for...


Bloomingdale's Illustrated 1886 Catalog

by Bloomingdale Brothers

Famed merchants' extremely rare catalog depicting about 1,700 products: clothing, housewares, firearms, dry goods, jewelry, and more. Invaluable for dating and identifying vintage items. Also, royalty-free graphics...


Leonardo on the Human Body

by Leonardo Da Vinci

Here are clear reproductions of over 1,200 anatomical drawings by one of humanity's greatest geniuses — still considered, nearly five centuries later, the finest ever rendered. 215 plates.


Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey

by Alison Gernsheim

Bonnets, capes, caps, shawls, bodices, and crinolines as people actually wore them from 1840 to 1914. More than 200 photos depict aristocrats and members of the middle class as well as celebrities.


The Mode in Hats and Headdress: A Historical Survey with 198 Plates

by R. Turner Wilcox

This stunningly comprehensive survey of hats and headgear from ancient Egypt to mid-20th century illustrates an astonishing range of styles — plumed turbans to modern homburgs, plus images of hairstyles, jewelry,...


Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs

by JoAnne Olian

One-piece strapless bathing suits and dresses with plunging necklines for women; business suits with wide lapels for men; bluejeans and plaid shirts for girls; and much more. Over 300 black-and-white illustrations....


Classic French Fashions of the Twenties

by Atelier Bachwitz

This fine reproduction of a 1929 catalog features fashions for all occasions, with 54 color plates showcasing everything from chiffon promenade dresses to a white alpaca jumper and a silk-and-lace evening gown....


The Story of the Wreck of the Titanic: Eyewitness Accounts from 1912

by Marshall Everett

An "instant" book, published soon after the sinking of the Titanic, this illustrated volume abounds in facts about the voyage and passengers as well as details of the wreck and survivors' accounts.


Oriental Armour

by H. Russell Robinson

Detailed, scholarly study, enhanced with over 400 illustrations, surveys defensive armor of Persia, Turkey, India, China, Ceylon, the Philippines, Korea, Tibet, and other regions. Splendid overview brings together...