Jordan: Images from the Air

Petra (1993, new revised edition 2004)

Yemen: Land and People (2002)

Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans (2001, reprinted 2002)

Petra und das versunkene Königreich der Nabatäer (German edition of above, 2002)

High Above Jordan (1989)

Imperial Istanbul (1989, revised edition 1998)

Testament to the Bushmen (1984, paperback edition 1985)



Jordan: Images from the Air by Jane Taylor

Jordan: Images from the Air

La Jordanie vue du Ciel

Written and photographed by Jane Taylor

21 x 28 cm; 160 pages

English and French editions in both hardback and paperback versions

Published September 2005


Set on the eastern rim of the Jordan rift, the deepest gorge on earth, this small country is heir to millions of years of geological change and thousands of years of human creativity. This book – the author/photographer's celebration of twenty years of aerial photography in Jordan – gives a privileged Olympian view of both the land and its monuments, taking us through the changing colours of the seasons, from spring green to the rich browns and ochres of summer, autumn and winter.


"Jane Taylor's extraordinary photographs are more than works of art. They are a testament to the author's deep understanding of Jordan and the many dimensions of our society... an exceptional opportunity to meet the people, heritage and spirit of our land."

From the Foreword by HM King Abdullah II


Available in Jordan only – contact

Price: hardback: £15; paperback: £10


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Petra by Jane Taylor


Written and photographed by Jane Taylor

20 x 26 cm; 144 pages

English, French and Spanish editions, all in both hardback and paperback versions

Published November 2004


An updated, redesigned version of the highly popular book first published in 1993, including many new photographs


Reviews of the original edition:


"This glorious pictorial guide to the red city of Petra is a wonderful book. Jane Taylor gives a history of the development of Petra, from its first to last inhabitants... her photographs give colour and texture to this book, a rare visual treat of a subject not documented often enough."

Good Book Guide


"Stunning colour photographs, including spectacular aerial shots... Petra has never looked so good... The text is well researched, up-to-date and accurate, and written with style and infectious enthusiasm. Excellent and highly recommended."



English edition available on

French and Spanish editions available only in Jordan – contact

Price: hardback £13; paperback £8


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Yemen: Land and People by Jane Taylor


Land and People

Text by Sarah Searight

Photography by Jane Taylor

Miranda Morris on Soqotra

Foreword by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

25 x 21 cm; 160 pages

Published in 2002


"A rare example of a book where pictures and text really complement each other and where the text can be read for its own sake... a first rate introduction [to Yemen]... A broad survey of the country is followed by nine chapters each devoted to a particular region, the last of which is a beautifully written special contribution on the island of Soqotra... Each chapter not only introduces us to the landscape, people, architecture and distinctive customs of one of the areas that make up this remarkable land but also provides much of the historical background."



"The photography of the Hadhramawt is nothing short of wonderful, and that standard is kept throughout the book."

The Tablet


Price: UK – £19.99; US – $29.95

Available from bookshops, or

Also available in Jordan – contact



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Petra: Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans by Jane Taylor - Hardcover  

Petra: Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans by Jane Taylor - Paperback

Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans

Written and photographed by Jane Taylor

28.3 x 22.8 cm; 224 pages

Published in UK in 2001 (reprinted 2002); 

US edition 2002; German edition 2002


The Nabataean Arabs, one of the most remarkable peoples of the ancient world, are today known mainly for their hauntingly beautiful rock-carved capital – Petra. Yet vivid traces of Nabataean creativity and power also appear in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, among the wild rock formations of Wadi Rum, along trade and pilgrimage routes in Sinai, in towns and temples throughout Jordan and into Syria, and in the Negev desert. This richly illustrated book tells the story of a great but lost civilization, the growth of their multifaceted culture, their relations with their neighbours (Romans and Judaeans) and the demise of their kings and kingdom.


"A well-researched and very readable historical review of the Nabataeans... which, illuminated by her brilliant photographs, does justice to a great and unjustly forgotten civilization."

British Museum Magazine


"She writes marvellously for her audience. She has complete command of her material and obviously loves it. I was deeply impressed by reading the book."

Professor Glen Bowersock, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, US


Price: UK – £30; US – $30.95; Germany – €49.90

Available from bookshops, or

Both English and German editions also available in Jordan – contact



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High Above Jordan by Jane Taylor

High Above Jordan

Aerial Photographs by Jane Taylor

Foreword by HM King Hussein

33.5 x 25.5 cm; 64 pages

Published in 1989; reprinted 1990, 1992, 1995 (also in French, German and Italian)


This was the first book to give a comprehensive view of the beauty and variety that awaits the traveller to Jordan, and with the added drama of spectacular aerial views.


"A truly stunning album of colour aerial photographs of some of the most important archaeological and historical sites in Jordan... [including] Amman, Jerash, Pella, Umm al-Jimal, Qasr Amra, Madaba, Machaerus and Petra... it is refreshing for once to see them from such a totally different perspective."

Palestine Exploration Quarterly


Out of print – possibly available in UK libraries



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Imperial Istanbul: A Traveller's Guide by Jane Taylor

Imperial Istanbul

A Traveller's Guide

Includes Iznik, Bursa and Edirne

21.5 x 13.8 cm, 344 pages

Published in 1989; revised edition 1998


"An amazingly detailed, well organized guide to the architecture and monuments of Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul... But Imperial Istanbul isn't just a dry architectural catalogue. It's full of interesting stories that give some human meaning to arches and columns and fountains... There's no doubt in my mind that Ms. Taylor's book will never be surpassed. Billions and billions of stars!" reader review


"Taylor has impressive historical knowledge and writes with elegance, not just about what you can see in the buildings, but about how and why they were built, what was said about them and what made them distinguished in their own times... This is a brilliant book about a brilliant city; and the imperial cities of Iznik, Bursa and Edirne are also given proper space and the Taylor touch."

Sunday Times (London)


Price: UK – £12.99; US – $19.95

Available from bookshops, or

Also available in Jordan – contact



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Testament to the Bushmen by Jane Taylor

Testament to the Bushmen

Laurens van der Post and Jane Taylor

25.5 x 19.5 cm; 176 pages

Published 1984 in UK and US; paperback edition 1985


Testament to the Bushmen bears witness to the plight of the San people of the Kalahari Desert in the early 1980s, illustrated by Jane Taylor's photographs. It also records a voyage of rediscovery for Sir Laurens van der Post, whose television films and books about the Bushmen in the 1950s first alerted the world to the imminent loss of the way of life of these first people of Africa. The bulk of the book is Jane Taylor's account of the history, rituals and customs of the San of southern Africa, in particular in their last refuge in the Kalahari; it concludes with Laurens van der Post's moving meditation on these gentle, storytelling people.


Out of print – available in many libraries


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