Sunday, November 25, 2012

10 Most Expensive Books of This Season.

10) On This Earth, A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt ($130, Abrams)

The $130 list price tag is for the autographed edition, and the book features cloth binding and a tipped-in plate on the front. It is available on Amazon for $95.33

9) Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamoz ($175, Ecco)

Weighing in at 7 pounds and 1,200 pages, Wine Grapes has details on all 1,368 vine varieties currently making wine in commercial circulation. Amazon Hardcover $175  / $110.25

8)  Dolce & Gabbana Campioni by Domenico Dolce ($200, Rizzoli)

560 pages, 450 black and white photos, 12 pounds. Proceeds go to AriSLA, the Italian Research Foundation for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Amazon Hardcover $200 / $174

7) 20th-Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas by The Phaidon Editors

A coffee table book that could double as its own coffee table. Amazon Hardcover $200 / $116.51

6) The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design by The Phaidon Editors

3,000 color illustrations and 300 black and white illustrations across 1,000 pages. Compiled and researched by experts, and illustrated with up to six images per entry, including rarely seen historical and contextual material, The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is the ultimate reference guide for the design professional and enthusiast alike. Designed with exceptional production details and rich with information, this book also becomes an object that appeals to the creativity and imagination of the reader. {Via} Amazon Hardcover $235 / $148.05

5) Nineteenth-Century European Painting: From Barbizon to Belle Epoque by William Rau ($250, M.S. Rau Antiques)

“THE quintessential resource of 19th-Century European Painting,”
1,209 paintings across 1,712 pages, as well as extensive information about each work. The first volume (there are three included) presents an overview of Motherwell’s career, as well as discussing key topics related to the abstract expressionist’s career. Amazon Hardcover $300 / $189

3)  Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure (Limited Edition) 

Put “Star Wars” and “Limited Edition” together and you have a recipe for something pricey. While the regular edition retails for $36.99, the $300 limited edition comes signed and numbered, and has a special slipcase. Amazon Hardcover Special Price $300 / $235.59

2) Taking My Time by Joel Meyerowitz ($750, Phaidon Press)

What you get for the price tag for the book: a two-volume edtion (688 pages, 580 photographs), a signed print, a DVD of Meyerowitz’s film Pop, a “graphic novel” insert, and a second insert for Meyerowitz’s lesson in color versus black and white photography. Amazon Hardcover $750 / $681.90

1) Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller ($2,000, Taschen)

According to Taschen’s site, there are still copies left of the $1,000 edition and even more limited $2,000 edition. For the extra grand, you get a signed image of Marilyn, in addition to the standard features of custom woven duchesse silk, translation booklet, and four foldouts. Amazon Hardcover $1000

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