Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
  • A series of books encompassing visual images of the decades and the changes the world underwent. These are not just iconic images of famous events and people, but images of everyday people doing everyday things all over the world. The 1930s: Old dreams turned to dust and new dreams turned into nightmares. The nations of Europe marched to war, Strikes and lockouts, 'talkies' and skyscrapers, dictators and New Deals...a unique collection by the world's finest photographers. The 1940s: A decade divided: the world at war, its triumphs and tragedies, victories and victims. Peace, rest, recovery and rebuilding. New hopes and new problems - the tumult of history through the eye of the camera. The 1950s: A world in the icy grip of the Cold War. The Shadow of the Bomb. Little Rock and Notting Hill, the Hungarian Uprising, Suez and Cyprus. The conquest of space - all the triumph and tragedy of a tense and violent age. The 1960s: The Swinging Sixties, a maelstrom of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Pop and the Pill, the Maxi and the Mini, the Stones and the Beatles, Sharpeville, Dallas, Vietnam - the agony and the ecstasy, captured as only the camera can. The 1970s: Terrorism and violence from Beirut to Belfast, from Cyprus to Soweto, from Munich to Mogadishu. The Ayatollah Khomeini, Tricky Dicky Nixon, General Ami, Pol Pot - a young Michale Jackson and an ageing Elvis - explosively revealed by the camera's silent witness.
  • Those of us of a certain age will remember the Ladybird children's book series which, through use of simple vocabulary and images, informed children of the world around them and how it worked. Like everything else, the Ladybird books underwent a political correctness change but are still in print. However, this offering is for grown-ups...This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope.  This entry in the series informs grown-ups how to plan and execute the perfect 'sickie'.  
  • From time immemorial, priests, saints, occultists and soothsayers have used the ancient art of candle burning in prayer, supplication or to create a reality. It's a cornerstone of practice in Christian faiths and witchcraft and paganism. This book simplifies and demystifies the ancient practice with advice on the best colours to use, the phase of the moon, the appropriate day of the week, incantations and even alternative Bible verses for those uncomfortable with paganism. More importantly, it tells  the practitioner what NOT to do and underlines the rule of, 'Do what thou wilt - with harm to none.'
  • The epic story of the two Biblical cities ruled and ruined by a corrupt, sadistic queen.  Lot is commanded by God to take his people to the valley of the Jordan - but the queen is determined to lure him into her web of voluptuous, forbidden temptations.  Cover art represents Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker and others from the Rank Film production.
  • E.W. Cole began a small publishing and second-hand book selling business in 1865. By 1873 he had opened the first incarnation of his book arcade, with the recognisable rainbow arch facade. The Cole's Book Arcade became one of the great iconic stores of Melbourne in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Cole's Funny Picture Book was first published in 1879, being sold from the Book Arcade for 1/- and selling a thousand copies that Christmas. The book is divided into fanciful magical 'Lands'; Girl Land, Picture Puzzle Land, Santa Claus Land etc. It  also  features the Cole's Patent Whipping Machine for Flogging Naughty Boys (wildly politically incorrect now!) Re-printed and re-edited many times and often with new content added, the book was in its 48th edition with 230 pages and over 400,000 copies had been printed by November 1918.  All Australian kids looked for their Cole's Funny Picture Book every Christmas. As well as all the different 'Lands' to explore, there's puzzles, games, riddles, little moral tales on not being selfish, information about other countries and all manner of Victoriana. With fabulous black and white fine line illustrations and some color pages.
  • In this volume for little ones, from a long, long time ago...Where The Rainbow Led To, Mrs Albert G. Latham; The Carol Singers, Violet Bradby; A Day's Outing, May Byron; Alfred Allgood And The Fairies, Aston Moore; Jill And Her Journey, May Byron; The Cricket Match, Jessie Pope; In The Enemy's Country, Mrs. Albert G. Latham; Jim, Alice Talwin Morris; The Lost Half-Crown, Mrs. Albert G. Latham; How To Play Croquet, Ann Marston; A Little Hero, May Byron; Betty's Plan, Gladys Davidson; Just Like Daddy, Mrs Albert G. Latham; How To Make The Best Of Things, Alice Talwin Morris; Billy The Boaster and The Mollycoddle, May Byron. With some colour and black and white illustrations done by H.M. Brock:
  • Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive her husband's desertion in post-Depression America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous, selfish daughter... Made into a classic film noir starring Joan Crawford in 1945 and revisited as a miniseries in 2011 starring Kate Winslet.
  • David is the art student son of the Minister for Communications.  He knows his father has a chance of becoming Prime Minister but he also knows that his father's brother is a homosexual living with a flamboyant young actor.  Even a touch of scandal will bring ruin.  So it strikes David as odd when his battle to live away from home is successful on condition that he becomes his uncle's lodger.  Set in the England of the late 1960's.  The author, Martyn Goff, was one of the creators of the Booker Prize and he wrote several novels on the theme of homosexuality at a time when homosexuality in Britain was a criminal offence.