Book reviews — August 1990
CONSERVATION IN DOCKLAND — OLD BUILDINGS IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT By Paul Calvocoressi
Price £2.00. From Docklands Forum, 192 Hanbury Street, London E1
This important pamphlet highlights the treatment of historic buildings as redevelopment has taken place — outlining both good and bad examples with the use of illustrations and descriptions.
The Spring/Summer Catalogue from HMSO includes the following titles which may be of interest:
Eleven regional guides from the Museums Association which spotlight the most interesting museums in the British Isles. One volume covers London. Paperback £7.95 each.
MOVING THE GUNS
The first book to chronicle the story of the mechanisation of the Royal Artillery. It follows the technical development of the means to move artillery from the first experiments carried out after the Crimean War through to the beginning of the Second World War. Paperback £13.
THE GREATEST GLASSHOUSE. The Palm House at Kew
A vivid account of the history and recent restoration of the building and also a survey of the rich variety of trees and plants it contains. Hardback £25.
In the late 17th and early 18th centuries the Lowther family turned a simple fishing village into one of the largest ports in the country. This volume traces the progress and process of building construction and identifies the dates, types and distribution of buildings both surviving and demolished. Paperback £25.
NEW REFERENCE BOOKS
The following books, culled from the Bowker-Saur catalogue for July-September 1990, seem worth noting for reference purposes.
DICTIONARY OF BUSINESS BIOGRAPHY. Editor David J. Jeremy Ph.D, Research Fellow, Business History Unit, London School of Economics
This is the first comprehensive study of British business leaders from 1860-1980 and contains over 1,000 biographies of business men and women. It includes the sources used in preparing the entry. The four volume work costs £150.
BRITISH BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX
Compiled by the Humanities Reference Systems Unit, English Department, Glasgow University. This four volume printed index to the British Biographical Archive is also a biographical dictionary in its own right — with over 170,000 names it is the largest single listing of British biographical information in existence. The four-volume work costs £498.
THE RAASAY IRON MINE
The latest mailing from the AIA contains an insert on this book. To quote the publicity — An iron mine on Raasay in the Inner Hebrides? Worked by the Germans in the First World War? Not very likely, but it happened and the remains are still there to be seen. The book of this unlikely enterprise is full of other intriguing surprises... The human stories are just as fascinating as the often innovatory engineering techniques." Subsidised by the Highlands and Islands Development Board the book is available at a much-reduced sale price from L. & P. Draper, Cnocraisan, Culbokie, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV7 8JH, at £7.50 (cheques, payable to L. & P. Draper.) BILL FIRTH
A LONDON DOCKLANDS ALBUM. By Peter Marcan
Peter Marcan Pubns. 1990. 72pp AA format copiously illustrated £5.95, ISBN 1 871811 00 7. Price £5.95 plus 75p post and packing from Peter Marcan Pubns, 31 Rowliff Rd, High Wycombe, Bucks., KP12 3LD
An album of assorted illustrations moderately well reproduced, relying heavily on the Illustrated London News et al. The quality of printing of some pages could make this a valuable purchase for the book-breaking trade. What is perhaps more interesting than the 19th century views, many of which are quite well known to GLIAS members, is a selection of the work of 20th century artists. £6.00 is rather a high price for what might be described as a published scrapbook but the collection could be useful for reference. It is a pity more complete source references are not given, rather than 'Illustrated London News 1889'. BOB CARR
© GLIAS, 1990