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

BLG44
Mark Lamster
Doubleday
2010
316
0307387356
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

BLG16
Rebecca Miles
DK Publishing
2015
200
1465425659
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing.
$20.00

Culture Smart! Belgium

BLG26
Mandy Macdonald
Kuperard
2005
168
1857333225
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

Belgium/Luxembourg Map

BLG15
HEMA Maps
Hema
2
3828300073
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful map of Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:250,000.
$10.95

Benelux Map

NTH03
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2012
2
2067122983
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
$12.95

Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg

BLG41
Inc. Dorling Kindersley
DK Publishing
2017
344
1465457410
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$25.00

Fodor's 25 Best Brussels & Bruges

BLG61
Fodor's
Fodor's
2015
128
1101879432
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide to Brussels and Bruges, with an excellent map, includes a choice selection of attractions, shops and restaurants, ideal for a short visit.
$17.99

Good Beer Guide Belgium

BLG40
Joe Strange, Tim Webb
Trafalgar Square
2014
368
1852493119
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
The seventh edition of Webb's invaluable guide to breweries, beers and bars.
$26.95

Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg

BLG39
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1743213913
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.99

Rick Steves Belgium, Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent

BLG60
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
364
1631216090
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In his comprehensive guide to Belgium's four major cities, tour guru Rick Steves profiles the best sights, strolls, accommodations and cuisine of each. Illustrated with black-and-white maps and photographs.
$19.99

Time Out Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges

BLG43
Time Out (Editor)
TimeOut
2015
336
1846709857
PAPER
Guidebook
12/1/2010
0
0
0
0
An up-to-date guide on what to do and where to go by the people who publish Time Out Magazine.
$19.99

Wallpaper City Guide Antwerp

BLG57
Wallpaper City Guides
Phaidon Press
2012
103
0714864382
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

The World Atlas of Beer

WLD235
Tim Webb
Sterling Publishing Company
2016
272
1454922176
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Not just an artfully illustrated guide to this delightful beverage -- its origins, brewing methods and technologies -- the oversized hardcover book also profiles 500 great beers.
$30.00

Brussels, A Cultural and Literary Companion

BLG63
Andre De Vries
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
264
1566564727
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This historical and cultural portrait of Brussels focuses on the city's perpetual search for an identity. DeVries shows a capital on the fault line between Latin and Germanic cultures and a people so down-to-earth that they invented Surrealism.
$15.00

Bosch, Art & Ideas

BLG52
Laurinda Dixon
Phaidon Press
2003
352
0714839744
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

A Tall Man in a Low Land

BLG19
Harry Pearson
Little Brown and Company
2000
246
0349112061
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic, is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate.
$15.95

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

EUR25
Bill Bryson
HarperCollins
2001
254
0380713802
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character.
$15.99

Austerlitz

GER282
Anthea Bell (Translator), W. G. Sebald
Modern Library
2012
298
0375756566
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Niccolo Rising

BLG13
Dorothy Dunnett
Random House
1999
470
0375704779
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Resistance

NTH93
Anita Shreve
Back Bay Books
1997
256
0316789844
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.99

The Professor

BLG27
Charlotte Bronte
Penguin
1989
316
0140433112
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Bronte's first novel, published posthumously, is based on her experiences with Emily as a language student in Brussels in 1842.
$12.00

For Kids

Asterix in Belgium

BLG22
Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo (Illustrator)
Sterling Publishing Company
2005
48
0752866508
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In the beloved series of adventures, Asterix and Oberix find themselves amongst the Belgians. It' a classic comic the whole family will enoy.
$12.99

King Ottokar's Sceptre

EUR323
Herge
Little Brown and Company
2011
62
0316358312
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Originally published in 1938, in this eight book in the series Herge sends his globetrotting young reporter Tintin to the kingdom of Syldavia to stop a villainous gang from stealing the royal scepter and overthrowing the government.
$8.99

Tintin and Alph-Art

BLG35
Herge
Little Brown and Company
1986
62
0316003751
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
The last, unfinished tale in the Adventures of Tintin, published posthumously, set not in an exotic location but in the world of modern art.
$11.99

Explorers on the Moon

SCI252
Herge
Little Brown and Company
1967
62
0316358460
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Tintin and his fellow explorers encounter seemingly insurmountable danger on the first manned rocket to the moon.
$11.99

Castafiore Emerald

BLG36
Herge
Little Brown and Company
1975
62
0316358428
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Twenty-first in the series, and one of the few not involving exotic travels, a gypsy fortune-teller's prophecy for Captain Haddock begins coming true, Bianca Castafiore's emerald vanishes and Tintin is hard put to clear everything up.
$11.00

The Calculus Affair

EUR324
Herge
Little Brown and Company
1976
62
0316358479
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This cold war spy tale, 18th of the The Adventures of Tintin, finds Captain Haddock and Tintin racing through Switzerland and France in search of their missing friend, winding up in Borduria -- an Eastern European nation no less interesting because it is entirely invented!
$11.99

More Books

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

EUR17
Johan Huizinga
University of Chicago Press
1997
467
0226359948
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well-translated classic of 1924 is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands.
$32.00

Flemish Art and Architecture 1585-1700

BLG07
Hans Vlieghe
Yale University Press
2004
304
030007031
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A lavishly illustrated overview of the art of the southern Netherlands from 1585-1700.
$57.00

Making of the Middle Ages

EUR105
Richard W. Southern
Yale University Press
1953
0300002300
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A classic history of 10th to 13th century Europe, covering culture, politics and major personalites.
$25.00

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

CAF08
Adam Hochschild
Mariner Books
2006
384
0618711678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization.
$16.95

A Bridge Too Far

WAR21
Cornelius Ryan
Touchstone
1995
670
0684803305
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
War historian Cornelius Ryan chronicles in detailed, readable prose the battle of Arnhem, one of the most important -- and bloodiest -- campaigns in World War II.
$19.99

A Time for Trumpets, The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge

WAR23
Charles B. MacDonald
William Morrow & Company
1997
720
0688151574
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A massive, authoritative history of the Battle of the Bulge.
$21.99

Villette

BLG17
Charlotte Bronte
Penguin
2004
672
0140434798
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Bronte's last published work, also known as the "Brussels novel," is an emotionally complex, somber tale that draws on the author's school teacher days. Her description of Villette (Brussels) is a realistic portrait of the cosmopolitan city.
$13.00

Rough Guide Belgium & Luxembourg

BLG18
Rough Guide
Rough Guides
2015
376
1409369587
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Belgium and Luxembourg in the British series.
$22.99

The Lady and The Unicorn

BLG24
Tracy Chevalier
Plume
2005
250
0452285453
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this rich historical novel, Chevalier (Girl With A Pearl Earring) imagines the wealthy patrons, social milieu, intrigue and incident behind the 15th-century tapestries now hanging in the Cluny in Paris.
$16.00

The Twentieth Train, the True Story of the Ambush of the Death Train to Auschwitz

BLG30
Marion Scheiber
Grove Press
2005
320
0802141854
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A fascinating portrait of WWII-era Belgium and the quiet resistance against Nazi occupation. Not until late in the book does the ambush of the subtitle occur, when three young men raid a deportation train bound for Auschwitz to rescue its passengers.
$14.00

Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians

BLG48
Antony Mason
Trafalgar Square
2009
92
1906042225
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining.
$9.95

Wonder

BLG50
Hugo Claus
Archipelago Books
2009
338
0980033012
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Claus mixes expertly crafted stories of postwar Flanders with poignant psychological portraits rich in mythological and literary allusion.
$15.00

Marco Polo Brussels

BLG59
Sven-Claude Bettlinger
Marco Polo
2012
140
3829706812
PAPER
Guidebook
8/28/2012
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.99

Worth Looking For

The Sorrow of Belgium

BLG02
Hugo Claus, Arnold Pomerans (Translator)
Overlook Press
2003
608
1585672386
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
This vivid novel about an adolescent boy and his experiences from 1939-1947 focuses on the Belgian (and Dutch) experience during World War II.
$17.95

Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp

BLG14
Elizabeth Honig
Yale University Press
1999
336
0300072392
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
An insightful, illustrated study of the transformation of Flemish society.
$75.00

Jan Van Eyck

BLG53
Till-Holger Borchert
Taschen
2008
96
3822856878
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
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.
$9.99

The Master of Bruges

BLG54
Terence Morgan
Trafalgar Square
2011
313
0230744133
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
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.
$13.95

Van Eyck in Detail

BLG55
Annick Born
Harry N. Abrams
2013
255
1419707523
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
An unprecedented examination of the master painter Van Eyck. Opening with a biographical note and an essay on the technique of oil painting on panel, the authors explain the significance of individual details and how Van Eyck achieved his innovative artistic results.
$65.00