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Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

by Mark Lamster

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Ranging from his home in Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Lamster uncovers the gripping tale behind one of the world's most famous painters and his double life as a secret agent, diplomat and political operative in 17th century Europe. (BLG44, $17.00)

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

by Rebecca Miles

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing. (BLG16, $20.00)

Culture Smart! Belgium

Culture Smart! Belgium

by Mandy Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (BLG26, $9.95)

Belgium/Luxembourg Map

Belgium/Luxembourg Map

by HEMA Maps

  • MAP

A colorful map of Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:250,000. (BLG15, $10.95)

 
Benelux Map

Benelux Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000. (NTH03, $12.95)

Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg

Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg


by Inc. Dorling Kindersley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it's the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (BLG41, $25.00)

Good Beer Guide Belgium

Good Beer Guide Belgium


by Joe Strange | Tim Webb

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

The seventh edition of Webb's invaluable guide to breweries, beers and bars. (BLG40, $24.95)

Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This comprehensive practical guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs, and chapters on history, culture and attractions. (BLG39, $24.99)

Marco Polo Brussels

Marco Polo Brussels


by Sven-Claude Bettlinger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 140 PAGES

This unique pocket guide is full of insider tips on where to stay, eat, drink, and sight-see. Includes a handy street atlas and a pull-out map. (BLG59, $9.99)

Time Out Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges

Time Out Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges


by Time Out

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An up-to-date guide on what to do and where to go by the people who publish Time Out Magazine. (BLG43, $19.95)

Wallpaper City Guide Antwerp

Wallpaper City Guide Antwerp


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 103 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (BLG57, $9.95)

The World Atlas of Beer

The World Atlas of Beer


by Tim Webb

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Tim Webb (Good Beer Guide Belgium) and Steve Beaumont (worldofbeer.com) collaborated on this celebration of beer and beer-producing regions. Not just an artfully illustrated guide to this delightful beverage -- its origins, brewing methods and technologies -- the over-sized hard cover book (it would look good on your coffee table) also profiles 500 great beers. It's on our holiday list! (WLD235, $30.00)

Bosch, Art & Ideas

Bosch, Art & Ideas


by Laurinda Dixon

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This volume, part of Phaidon's Art & Ideas series, explores the life and times of Hieronymus Bosch, one of the major artists of the Northern Renaissance, with 200 illustrations, 180 in full color. (BLG52, $29.95)

Jan Van Eyck

Jan Van Eyck


by Till-Holger Borchert

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

Van Eyck left an indelible impression on Renaissance art and paved the way for future realist painters. Part of Taschen's Basic Art series, this volume features a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, cultural and historical importance and illustrations. (BLG53, $9.99)

Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp

Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp


by Elizabeth Honig

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

An insightful, illustrated study of the transformation of Flemish society. (BLG14, $60.00)

A Tall Man in a Low Land

A Tall Man in a Low Land


by Harry Pearson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate. (BLG19, $16.95)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character. (EUR25, $14.99)

Austerlitz

Austerlitz


by Anthea Bell | W. G. Sebald

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Seabald's haunting book, evocative of WWII Europe, travels from the magnificent railway station in Antwerp to London, Paris and the streets in Prague where the narrator Austerlitz was born and fled during the Nazi devastation. Tenth anniversary edition. (GER282, $17.00)

Niccolo Rising

Niccolo Rising


by Dorothy Dunnett

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 470 PAGES

From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series. (BLG13, $15.95)

Resistance

Resistance


by Anita Shreve

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Shreve adeptly explores the themes of love and loss in her WWII story of a married Belgian woman who falls in love with the British pilot she is sheltering as part of the underground resistance movement. (NTH93, $13.99)

The Master of Bruges

The Master of Bruges


by Terence Morgan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

This thrilling historical novel is based on the life of the master painter Hans Memling. Set in 15th-century Bruges, when Memling was without a peer in the artistic world, the tale follows Memling's love of Princess Marie, the daughter of his powerful patron, the Duke of Burgundy. (BLG54, $13.95)

The Professor

The Professor


by Charlotte Bronte

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Bronte's first novel, published posthumously, is based on her experiences with Emily as a language student in Brussels in 1842. (BLG27, $12.00)

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