New Acquisitions

We have an outstanding collection of more than 130,000 books. Our shelves have volumes from the fifteenth-century to the present day, with more being added all the time.


Windsor CastleWindsor Castle : a thousand years of a Royal Palace

edited by Steven Brindle

IBSN-10: 9781909741249; ISBN-13: 978-1909741249



Overview: As England’s largest castle and premier royal residence, Windsor Castle is of outstanding importance: historically, architecturally, artistically and in the life of the nation. This authoritative history of the Castle, the first to be published in 100 years, will draw upon new research and primary sources to present a general account of Windsor Castle and its immediate environs from around ad 700 to the present day, setting this iconic building against the background of wider social, political and cultural events in the life of the monarchy and the nation.

Not only is the book richly illustrated with historical drawings, watercolours and photographs from the Royal Collection and elsewhere, it also includes newly commissioned photography and 3D reconstructions of the Castle at key points in its development, showing how this historic site has changed and evolved over 13 centuries.


South East MaryleboneSouth-East Marylebone 2 Volumes

edited by Philip Temple and Colin Thom

ISBN-10: 0300221975; ISBN-13: 978-0300221978



Overview: Providing essential knowledge about the British capital's built environment, these two volumes cover a large portion of the parish of St. Marylebone, bounded to the south by Oxford Street and to the north by the Marylebone Road, and stretching from just west of Marylebone High Street to the parish boundary along Cleveland Street near Tottenham Court Road to the east. This area is rich in historic buildings and includes some of London's most celebrated addresses, including Portland Place, Cavendish Square, and Harley Street. Among the most important buildings covered in this superbly illustrated book are Robert and James Adam's development of Portland Place, where the Royal Institute of British Architects' headquarters is a notable 20th-century insertion. Other landmarks include Marylebone Parish Church, All Saints Margaret Street and All Souls Langham Place, and the vast, recently demolished Middlesex Hospital. In addition to new photography, this volume includes meticulous architectural drawings and detailed coverage of the topography.


Wyvern The Wyvern collection : Medieval and Renaissance    sculpture  and metalwork 

 by Paul Williamson.

 ISBN-10: 0500021775; ISBN-13: 978-0500021774



Overview: This catalogue of the Wyvern sculpture collection, which is not open to the public, comprises outstanding European sculptures of the medieval period, as well as some Late Antique and Byzantine pieces and related works of the post-medieval era. Objects are made from wood, stone (including alabaster and marble) and terracotta. Also included are medieval works of art in metal, mostly consisting of crucifix figures (corpora), and other functional metalware such as aquamanilia (water vessels for the washing of hands) and candlesticks. This sumptuous publication will interest all those concerned with the material culture of the Middle Ages.