Reference Books

The Folio Society’s collection of classic reference books are an unparalleled repository of knowledge. With dictionaries, encyclopaedia and atlases – there is no fact you cannot check. We select works from some of the world’s renowned reference publishers such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Penguin. See below for the full list of Folio Reference books.

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Knowledge is Beautiful book

Knowledge is Beautiful

David McCandless

Engrossing and visually dazzling, this ingenious books makes 'data' both meaningful and entertaining.

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Arts & Crafts book

Arts & Crafts

Judith Miller

This is an essential resource for anyone interested in the movement, with designer profiles and a mine of information for collectors.

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Between Two Worlds book

Between Two Worlds

Malcolm Gaskill

The story of how the English settled in America, revealed through hundreds of contemporary letters, journals, books and more.

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Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall  book

Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall

Hester Vaizey

The story of the dramatic changes experienced by East Germans after the fall of the Berlin Wall, told through the eyes of eight former citizens of the former German Democratic Republic.

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The New Cambridge History of English Literature book

The New Cambridge History of English Literature

The acclaimed seven-volume contextual survey of the entire history of English literature throughout every major period of its development.

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Cities that Shaped the Ancient World book

Cities that Shaped the Ancient World

John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich explores the everyday life, culture and beauty of the Ancient World through the cities that came to define it.

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The Classical Tradition book

The Classical Tradition

Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most and Salvatore Settis

A lively compendium of articles on the many ways the ancient Greeks and Romans shaped our way of life - from mathematics to popular culture.

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Collector’s Edition book

Collector’s Edition

Stuart Tolley

A fascinating survey of outstanding design, from the Vatican Secret Archives to Radiohead's In Rainbows.

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Compact Oxford Leather Bound Dictionary book

Compact Oxford Leather Bound Dictionary

Perfect for any home or office, the Compact Oxford Dictionary provides easy reference at your fingertips. This fine reference title is bound in blue leather and lettered in gold leaf.

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Compact Oxford Leather Bound Thesaurus book

Compact Oxford Leather Bound Thesaurus

Perfect for any home or office, the Oxford Thesaurus provides easy reference at your fingertips. This fine reference titles is bound in blue leather and lettered in gold leaf.

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The Crossing of Antarctica book

The Crossing of Antarctica

George Lowe and Huw Lewis-Jones

A celebration of a terrifying and exhilarating journey - an essential book for anyone interested in polar exploration.

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Decorative Arts from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance book

Decorative Arts from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Carsten-Peter Warncke

This new edition, complete with commentary, of one of the landmark books on the decorative arts, gives a glimpse of the treasure chambers of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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The Earth - An Intimate History book

The Earth - An Intimate History

Richard Fortey

In his ‘Intimate History’, Richard Fortey unlocks the geological secrets of the earth – its origin and the constant processes that destroy and create it. His aim is to unite the natural and human history of particular places with the geological realities that underlie them.

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The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich  book

The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich

Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle

Two gifted historians explore the realties behind the many myths surrounding the official secret police of Nazi Germany.

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The Golden Age of Maritime Maps book

The Golden Age of Maritime Maps

Catherine Hofmann, Helene Richard and Emmanuelle Vagnon

This book takes stock of the state of knowledge on these maps, bringing together contributions from a dozen European specialists, who trace their history and explore their diversity of style.

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