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Assouline Publishing

Assouline publishes big, bold and beautiful books about art, architecture, design, fashion, food, travel, photography and much more. This publishing house was only founded in 1994 but it is already famous for producing luxury books that would grace any coffee table. This selection from Assouline Publishing ranges from Cecil Beaton to Penthouse and from Rene […]

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Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

Over on Bookorithms, the AbeBooks Tumblr, my colleague Richard posted about Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton. In her adolescence, the author was an Olympic-quality swimmer and trained toward the goal of swimming in the games. She was good – very good – and so close she could taste it. But she never made it. Now […]

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The Original LOLcats: Harry Whittier Frees

Have you heard of Harry Whittier Frees? Born in 1879, Frees was an American photographer who became well-known for his recognizable and unusual style of photography. Specifically, he posed animals in human scenarios – riding bicycles, painting on easels, sitting in a ferris wheel at the fair. Real, live animals, which he also dressed in […]

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15 Silly Photos of Serious Writers

Nothing is better than seeing folks relax, cut loose and have a good time – especially when they are the serious minds behind some of literature’s greatest triumphs. Flavorwire has a marvelous post of photographs of serious writers enjoying themselves in various wacky ways – Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust, Eudora Welty and more. My personal […]

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Book of the day: Dancing with Cats

I’m drawn to this photobook, Dancing with Cats by Burton Silver and Heather Busch, in the way that I have to look at a car crash on the side of the road as I’m driving by. Clearly that cat has some sweet moves but as for the ginger-haired woman…. what dance move is she actually […]

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Rare Japanese Photobooks

Japanese photography is one of the most vibrant genres in the rare book world.

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Books by and about Kodak

Eastman Kodak, one of the giants of photography, has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports the BBC. Sad but not surprising news as they have hardly been a player in the digital age although I do have a very good little Kodak video camera for filming the children playing the fool. Kodak has been around for […]

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Salami by Hans Gissinger

Salami by Hans Gissinger and Gerard Oberle is a monograph all about salami, with gorgeous photos and accompanying essays. Perfect for the meat-loving artist.

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Eves Without Leaves

I stumbled across this book from yesteryear yesterday. Eves without Leaves, published in 1940, is wonderful title for a book of nude photography. And it was swiftly followed by More Eves without Leaves. John Everard was an important British photographer for four decades and specialized in nude photography. He must have been very relieved when […]

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Video review of illustrated edition of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau & Scot Miller

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau is one of the great travel books. Published in 1865, Thoreau describes the natural environment and people of ‘the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts’ during three short visits to Cape Cod spread over six years. A first edition will cost over $1200 but a great alternative is the […]

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