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Paris has been host to romances, murder mysteries and dramas, but the biggest story of them all is always Paris itself. Explore our selection of novels, memoirs, and history books about the City of Love, Lights, and Literature.
From Le Petit Prince to Nineteen Eighty-Four, numerous landmark books were published during the 1940s. Our selection of first editions from this decade ranges from famous names to writers who have faded into obscurity.
A monochromatic color scheme is black, white and all the variations of a single color. You'd think using just one color would limit the creativity of book designers, but it's actually inspired them to produce many memorable covers.
The 1960s were politically and culturally explosive, and its books were no different. The '60s produced some of the most important works of modern literature, and we've gone back in time to gather the most collectible.
It was the decade that gave us Narnia, Holden Caulfield and 007. But this selection showcases other memorable books published in the 1950s. A little Dennis Wheatley, a slice of Muriel Spark and a dash of Wallace Stegner.
In the days before television, children were entertained and informed by annuals. The likes of W.E. Johns, E. Nesbit and P.G. Wodehouse all contributed stories to annuals over the years. Vintage annuals are now hunted down by book collectors.
Anything goes in YA fiction. WWII adventures, fallen angels, young love, adolescent alienation, sibling rivalry, and even mad cow disease. This selection will challenge and delight avid and reluctant readers alike, regardless of age.
From vintage pulp's voluptuous vixens and science fiction's cyborgs and the civilized gentry of Jane Austen's classics, the world of books is vast. We challenge you to explore the big, wide book world with our literary bucket list.
We scoured the literary world in search of the odd and the obscure - from funny fiction to science fiction, from knitting manuals to alternative art. Take a look at these cult books and prepare to be changed.
Spanning over 200 years of historical fiction, we offer 50 novels that depict everything from political intrigue in ancient Rome to the grim realities of 20th century war. Time travel has never been easier.
Graphic novels have been a major part of the literary landscape since the early 1980s. Our list of recommended titles shows why they should not be ignored by anyone who is serious about reading.
So many great fantasy series, so little time. From Hobbits to magi, knights to gunslingers, from wizarding worlds to complex societies of talking animals, this selection of some of the best fantasy series runs the gamut.
The Companion Book Club reprinted much fiction and non-fiction worth a second look during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Thrillers, mysteries and modern adventure novels were the Club’s staple fodder.
The National Book Awards began in 1950 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Today, it’s the most important event on the American literary calendar and continues to recognize the best in American writing.
Take books that have already made their mark and then republish them with exceptional typography, illustrations, paper and bindings. That's the magic formula for the Folio Society.
We've compiled a selection of the Penguin science fiction series to show you, which range from the early 1960s (when Penguin began deviating from their traditional color-coded designs) all the way through to the 2000s.
While gilt can have practical, protective qualities, it really shines at making a book beautiful. We've found 25 of the most gorgeous, golden, gilded books to showcase.
With a new title released each month, the Scientific Book Club covered a broad range of topics from geology to marine life and fossil fuels to extra sensory perception. Put some science on your shelf.
Black Beauty is the ultimate in horse fiction. Go beyond that classic and discover the stories of horses and ponies in the wild, on farms and ranches - and the people who love them.
Create a list of 50 must-read science fiction books without infuriating the real experts? Well, we tried. These stories stretch from 1864 to 2011, but will teleport readers thousands of years into the future.
Named for Italian publisher and film producer Angelo Rizzoli, this publishing house has been going since 1929, specializing in exquisite books of art, design and much more.
Coralie Bickford-Smith's artwork for Penguin has been setting high standards in the publishing world. Her use of color, patterns and eye-catching imagery is second to none.
Doc Savage has entertained several generations with his thrilling battles against evil. This rugged hero first appeared in pulp magazines, and has won many fans over the decades.
Known for their works that appeal to adult readers but have also written children's books, revisit your favorite author through the pages of their children's books.
J.K. Rowling is back with a novel about English provincial life. Pick up a copy of The Casual Vacancy and discover another 25 recommended novels on provincial strife.
Poetry, prose, essays, critiques and more are showcased, and many world-renowned writers, including Roald Dahl, and Sylvia Plath have found their start in literary magazines.
The American Realism movement began to catch on after the Civil War. Authors were concerned with everyday situations that almost anyone could relate to.
Miroslav Sasek was a Czech author and illustrator, who generally published under “M. Sasek”, most remembered for a series of children’s books called “This Is…”.
Achievement and disaster are closely linked in mountaineering. The triumph of an historic ascent can be painfully affected by the perilous descent.
Humble cookbooks have become highly desirable in the book collecting world. Cookbooks from the 1700s to 1850s can command four-figure prices.
No matter what you call it - monochromatic, black & white - these covers are anything but stark. Book covers seen a resurgence in the use of the black & white design aesthetic.
Queen Victoria was still on the throne when Blyton was born in 1897 but Blyton’s books have been, and still are being, rewritten for the digital generation of young readers.
The origins of blues, rock, jazz, country and hip hop have all been explored by musical historians. The music that shapes your soul can shape your reading too.
Owning a Beatrix Potter collection is like having a slice of literary history on your bookshelf. Her stories shaped bedtime reading for many book collectors who now hunt down rare copies of Peter Rabbit.
He will be forever remembered for creating Madeline, the little girl in a Paris boarding school who was based on his own daughter. But there is more to Ludwig Bemelmans than just Madeline.
Author and illustrator Maira Kalman takes the mundane and makes it colorful and quirky. Maira's artwork is warm and intriguing, while her children's books have been adored by a generation of kids.
We love beautiful books and showcase many eye-catching gems from years gone by. But today's books can also turn heads, especially when a designer called David Pearson is involved.
A fascinating collection of books about Britain's natural history, the Collins' New Naturalist Series is informative but also eye-catching thanks to the gorgeous cover art.
Generations of North American readers were brought up with Little Golden Books. These books have become ingrained into popular culture and today first editions can sell for more than $100.
Hergé's youthful Belgian reporter is still going strong. Tintin debuted in a newspaper in 1929 and his comic strip adventures have captivated millions of readers around the globe.
The early to mid 20th century was a remarkable time for graphic design, and these vintage travel posters are now highly sought-after by collectors, particularly original copies in good condition.
There is a special skill required to making food sound interesting on the pages of a book and that means you should pick your food memoirs carefully. Here are 50 fabulous food memoirs.
50 Essential Science Fiction Books
50 Food Memoirs
Finding the Books of the Lost Generation
Literary Halloween Costumes
The Best Novellas
Great Depression Books
New Naturalist Series
History of Music Genres
Literary Tour of London
Miles Franklin Winners
The Strand Book Store
Lesser Known Works
Vintage Camping Books
The Legacy of J.G. Ballard
Minimalist Book Covers
Come Again: Literary Sequels
Worst Kids in Literature
Most Notorious Books
Tricksters in Literature
W. Heath Robinson
Jokes, Hoaxes & Frauds
Around the World in Children's Books
The Art and Words of Maira Kalman
Pop Art: Fresh Perspectives
Amazing Stories Magazine
Whatever Happened to Harry Potter Readers?
Art Books of Phaidon Press
Die-Cuts to Die For
ABC of Books About Typography
The Blackest Humor
Locked Room Mysteries
Playing Cards on Books
The Hottest Reads for Summer
Zane Grey: King of the Cowboys
50 Books for an 11-Year-Old
A Tipping Point for Non-Fiction
Bound to be Beautiful
Reading by Numbers
A Beginner's Guide to Steampunk Literature
A Book Collection in One Click
Fanciful World of Tasha Tudor
Picasso on the Page
Collectible ABC Books
Brides Books Revisited
Books Signed by Musicians
Best Muckraking Books
Books on Safari
Depressing Russian Literature
A to Z: The Shortest Book Titles
Old Fashioned Horror Books
Higher Learning - Teachers & Schools in Literature
Beauty in a Box
Books of Betrayal
Books about Drink
Books about Shattered Childhoods
The Bleakest Books
Size Matters: The Longest Books
Top 10 Ghostwritten Books
Top 10 Trilogies
Timeless Adventure Books
Post Apocalyptic Fiction
Priests in Literature
Prostitutes in Literature
Books about Betrayal
Books about Starbucks
Bestselling Signed Books of Summer 2009
Books about Prisons
Vintage Australian Children's Books
Canada's Collectible Writers
Top Canadian Books of 2008
30 Novels Worth Buying for Cover Alone
Top 20 Top 10 Literary Lists
Books about Students & Teachers
Villainous Animals in Fiction
Funniest Books According to the British
Top 10 Train Thrillers
20 Indian Novels
Forgotten Military History Books
50 Collectible Books Under $50
Books That Changed the World
Oil! The Book Behind There Will Be Blood
Remembering Princess Diana
Bestselling Sex Manuals
10 Most Expensive Spiritual Books Sold
Bestselling Books for the Twentieth Century for Every Year
Oprah's Book Club
50 Black & White Photography Books
Willy Pogany - Illustrator
Snapping the Sixties: A Decade of Rare Photography
Miroslav Sasek: This is Art
Kate Greenaway's Children
Snapping the Sixties: A Decade of Rare Photography
Ralph Steadman: Gonzo Art and Much More
The Eerie Glory of Edward Gorey
Book Design at its Best - David Pearson
Illustrator Arthur Szyk
Art Nouveau Books
Art Deco Books
The Surreal Thing: Dali
Ansel Adams' Books
Salvador Dali's Books
Most Collectible Photography Books
Most Expensive Art Book Sales
Arthur Rackham - Illustrator
Edmund Dulac - Illustrator
Walter Crane - Illustrator
N.C. Wyeth - Illustrator
Norman Rockwell′s Books
When Authors & Artists Unite
One Red Dot Pop Up Book
Collecting Modern Photobooks
Collecting Art Books
Lily's Bookshelf: Books That Mean Home
Books on The Madness of Mental Illness
Who Writes the Books of Love?
Here Be Dragons...in Literature
Beth's Best Reads of 2012
Great Gumshoes: A Guide to Fictional Detectives
Unlikely Celebrity Cookbooks
Confessions of a Collector
Freaks, Geeks & Gawkers
The Real Comic Book Guy
Not Covering Up: Embracing Romance Novel Covers
Books That Go Bump in the Night
Beth's 25 Favorite Reads of 2011
A Gift Guide: When Not to Give a Book
Desert Island Reads
Laugh Out Loud Books
Local Flavors: Regional Cuisine
The Bookshelf of an Avid Reader
A Day in the Life of a Bookseller
The Greatness of the Graphic Novel
The Best and Worst Films from Books
My Literary Wishlist
Ernest Hemingway's Key West Home
Undercover: Judging People By Their Books
Best Bets for Book Clubs
Romance vs Erotica
Books That Make Us Angry
Books Remaining Unread
Fat in Fiction
Best Short Stories
Realistic Children's Books
Pride in Literature
Required Worldwide Reading
Reading in Iraq
No Place For a Woman: Female Fiction
Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
Doctors in Literature
Big on Biggles
The Scariest Characters
Brief History of Vampires in Fiction
Red-Heads in Literature
Anne of Green Gables
Dogs in Novels
Women of Pulp
Meet the Real Harry Potter
The Wild World of Harry Potter Books
The Man Who Paid $37,000 for a Harry Potter Book
The Cat in the Hat Turns 50
The Little Leather Library
Companion Book Club
Akashic's Noir Series
Arkham House: Weird Fiction Since 1939
Penguin's First 10 Books
Penguin's 75th anniversary
Blindness & Beyond: José Saramago's Literary Legacy
The Visible Man: The Rare Books of HG Wells
Out of this World: Carl Sagan’s Books
The Persuasive Books of Jane Austen
Winston Churchill: The Author Who Saved Britain
Ngaio Marsh: New Zealand's Mistress of the Macabre
Collectible Isaac Asimov
Evelyn Waugh's Elegant English
The Dark, Dark World of Cornell Woolrich
Catalyst of Change: Ellen Glasgow
Dashiell Hammett's Hardboiled Life
The Wisdom of Mark Twain
Remembering Ray Bradbury
Interviews with Authors
Private Life of JD Salinger
Tribute to John Updike
Rise of Neil Gaiman
Best Aussie Authors
Irish Authors - Most Expensive Sales
Authors & Alcohol/Drug Abuse
Father & Son Writing Teams
Larry McMurtry′s Memoir
Barack Obama′s Favorite Books
John Steinbeck - Legend of Literature
F Scott Fitzgerald - Legend of Literature
PG Woodhouse - Legend of Literature
Stephenie Meyer′s Books
Sarah Palin′s Going Rogue
Dylan Thomas Remembered
Arthur Conan Doyle: Beyond Sherlock
Magic of Roald Dahl
Ernest Hemingway Interview
Jack Kerouac Interview
William S. Burroughs Interview
P.G. Wodehouse Interview
Amy Stewart′s Wicked Plants
John Dickson Carr
The Queen of Crime Writing: Agatha Christie
Remembering Kurt Vonnegut
Collectible J.R.R Tolkien
Penguin's Great Food
Local Flavors: Regional Cuisine
Cooking with Booze
Fiction in the Kitchen
Julia Child's Cookbooks
Bestselling Out of Print Cookbooks
Book & Wine Pairings
Most Expensive Cookbook Sales
Recipe for Collecting Cookbooks
Recipes for Success - Recommended Cookbooks
Beyond the Great Wall Cookbook
Sarah Kramer Tells Us How It All Vegan
Classic Cocktail Books