The Wonders of Science, Louis Figuier
“The biography of luminaries of science … is entertaining for every audience,” – says the author of the book “The Wonders of Science”, which became one of the first collections of stories about the lives of great scientists. French writer and naturalist of the 19th century, Louis Figuier (1819 – 1894) tells the story of the great scientists – from antiquity to his era, from philosophical treatises era through the industrial revolution to the modern world. Most of the names that appear on the pages of the book are well known to the educated reader. A beautiful gift edition of three volumes will be a worthy addition on the shelves of a bibliophile and the personal collection of any intelligent person.
Treatises, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The famous Roman Stoic philosopher, poet and statesman, educator of Nero himself, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) remains today one of the most widely read authors. His moral philosophy has not lost its relevance and remains in demand in the modern world against the background of religious decline and shaky moral foundations. The heart of his philosophy is the ethics, to which all phenomena are subject. Seneca teaches the reader how to live with dignity if one has nothing to believe in and no one to rely on. His works are not just the science of endurance in the face of pain, but also a spiritual therapy. Seneca has a wide audience of admirers, and a deluxe edition in a luxurious leather binding is a universal gift for a thoughtful reader.
The Prince & The Art of War, Niccolo Machiavelli
“The Prince” is one of the most important and famous political works by Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), a Florentine thinker, philosopher, writer, and politician. Many rulers used it as a table-top book. Machiavelli developed a theory of a secular state devoid of the ecclesial morality. He insisted that any means were good in struggling for a sound state – violence, treachery, and deception, in particular. This might shock with its cruelty, but if you read carefully, you will see that many points of the book can really be taken for granted. They have indeed found their levels today. The book also includes “The Art of War” tractate, a sample of rough and practical approach to the tactics and strategy of war.
Glass for sparkling wine Champagne Wine Glass, 460 ml
Article number: 4425/28
Now the exquisite sparkling wine will reveal all its secrets. The elegant glass of Riedel Superleggero Champagne Wine Glass with a classic high stem and a tapering bowl will allow you to enjoy “champagne splashes” – weightless bubbles that embody the beauty of the wine. The crystal wine glass will perfectly frame the precious sparkling wine, highlighting the richness of its taste and delicate aroma.
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Glass for cognac Cognac VSOP, 160 ml
Article number: 4400/71
The harmonious shape of a tulip was the prototype for the transparent, crystalline Riedel Sommeliers Cognac VSOP glass. It is this form that perfectly discloses the aroma and taste of cognacs labeled “Very Superior Old Pale”. The noble drink commands respect. In a glass with a proper bowl, it willingly reveals to the palate a refined blend of aroma and fruit tones. An additional bonus is golden amber sparks when the drink starts to glimmer in the crystal glass.
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The Science of Winning by Alexander Suvorov
This legendary work by Generalissimo of the Russian Army Alexander Suvorov (1730 – 1800), written in 1795 after the suppression of the Polish revolt, comprises the commander’s invaluable warfare considerations and instructions. In his commander’s carrier, Alexander Suvorov didn’t lose a day, time an again he zapped the outnumbered hostile armies. He is well-known for his caring for soldiers, including his participation in development of the new hard wearing uniform. The edition includes several parts (Watch Parade and Talking to Soldiers in Their Language), and is believed to be a literary monument of the Russian military thought. In this book, which was used to educate several generations of commanders, Suvorov explained his views on soldier training and tactics. This book doesn’t just reveal the strategic secrets – it also touches on ethic aspects of the war, starting with unneeded murders and ending with the call for taking care of ordinary people.
Glass for red wine Hermitage, 590 ml
Article number: 4400/30
Created between 1993 and 1995, the Riedel Sommeliers Hermitage glass is designed to search for revelations in the silky taste of Shiraz wine – aka Syrah. Its round shape perfectly conveys the classic flavour with notes of toasted bread, black olives and spices. The composition becomes velvety and balanced in a very special way. The wine forsakes unnecessary bitterness, with tartness turning into sweet accents in the back area of the tongue, with weightless floral shades coming to the fore.
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The Great Initiates, Édouard Schuré
Édouard Schuré (1841 – 1929), a French writer, philosopher, and music expert, author of novels, plays, as well as historic, poetic, and philosophic works, created his major work “The Great Initiates” to share his thoughts on the possibility and need of reconciliation between science and religion as related to esotery. In his work, he considers the matters of conflicts between religion and science, aberrant concepts of truth and progress, unity of the theory of mysteries and unconscious progression of science toward theosophy. Schuré described the way that ancient philosophers and old masters have followed in pursuit of truth: Ramah, Krishna, Hermes, Moses, Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, and even Jesus Christ.
This work is dedicated to the author’s lady friend Margaret Albana Mignaty.
The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
Before you is the work of life of the ancient Roman historian Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (ca. 70 AD – ca. 126 AD). He wrote it when being the secretary of the emperor Hadrian. The book is a collection of biographies of Julius Caesar and the eleven first Roman princeps – from Augustus to Domitian. Instead of listing military campaigns or government reforms of emperors, which is common for this genre, Suetonius collected anecdotes from the life of the rulers, described their appearance, habits, details of their personal life. And although the first pages of the book are irretrievably lost, and the biographies do not follow the chronology, the work became significant for the world history. It is this work that is the primary source and an inspiration behind a greater part of famous stories and plots: about Caligula’s horse, the actor’s exercises of Nero, Vespasian’s expression “money does not smell” and many others.
Ethnographic description of the peoples of Russia, Gustave Theodor Pauly
Gustave Theodor Pauly (1817 – 1867), a Russian ethnographer of the 19th century, a member of the Russian Geographical Society, although a German by birth, was known as Fyodor Khristianovich. His work Les peuples de la Russie is a series of ethnographic essays. They describe different aspects of life of various social classes. The people described in the book are representatives of the Indo-European, Caucasian, Ural-Altai peoples, inhabitants of Siberia and Russian America. In cooperation with Pauly, famous scientists and artists worked on the book to furnish it with chromolithographs, many of them being colourful everyday scenes drawn from life.
The Will to Power, Friedrich Nietzsche
“The Will to Power” is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900), nearly iconic and believed to be his most important work, although it is an edition comprising the author’s notes published by his sister. Quite literally, one can say that this work produced almost every modern school of thought. Calling the morality of the day false, Nietzsche associated will to power with will to live. He saw it as the major impetus and the prime human ability. The will to power – this is the basis of the world, the most internal essence of existence. The author calls to radical reappraisal of cultural, philosophic, and religious values.
This gift book is intended for a Superman, powerful, strong, successful, having a will to succeed.
Little Zaches, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
There are fairy tales for adults, and an immortal classical example of that is Little Zaches, nicknamed Zinnober by the German writer Ernst Theodore Amadeus Hoffmann (1776 – 1822). Full of irony, the book tells the story of the author’s epoch, it describes the ugliness of absolutism, loyalty of contemporaries, bare lawlessness. The protagonist is grotesquely ridiculous, ugly and stupid, but the merciful fairy Rosabelverde endowed him with a unique ability. Whatever good happens in the presence of Zaches – it is always attributed to him, and any shameful thing done by him goes to someone else’s account. Everyone bows to Zaches, he rises as high as to become a minister. But the magician Prosper Alpanus turns up to help a young student Balthazar to remove the spell and expose the truth to ordinary people.