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Author and illustrator Maira Kalman takes the mundane and makes it colourful and quirky. She can turn a pile of vegetables or a run-of-the-mill hamburger joint into a thing of beauty. Maira's artwork is warm, whimsical and intriguing, while her children's books have been adored by a generation of kids.
The Rizzoli publishing house is to be thanked for putting multitudes of exceptionally exquisite books into the public eye. Named for Italian publisher and film producer Angelo Rizzoli, the firm has been going strong since 1929, specialising in art, design and beauty of all kinds.
Lovers of beautiful books adore Taschen. A publisher of art books, Taschen was created by Benedikt Taschen in 1980 in Cologne, Germany. It was originally centered on comics only, when the then-18-year-old Taschen found himself with an enormous collection of new, rare and collectable comics, and decided to set up a shop to display and sell them. It went so well that by the end of the 1980s, Taschen titles could be found in multiple languages at prices reasonable enough to make art more accessible to everyone.
These are books that catch our eyes, that demand to be picked up and opened, and that make us want to possess them. Enjoy these exquisite examples of beautiful books, and treat yourself to something lovely and collectable - most are surprisingly affordable.
Spend a surreal week in the company of German artist Max Ernst. Une Semaine de Bonté, a rather unsettling book whose title translates as A Week of Kindness, is a piece of surreal art like no other surreal piece of art - and that's saying something.
Arthur Rackham was an illustrator in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in London in 1867. He began studying at the Lambeth School of Art at the age of 18, and soon found his passion and calling. The first of Rackham's illustrations to be published in a book were in 1893, in The Dolly Dialogues. Rackham never looked back. From that first publication, illustration was his career until the day he died at age 72, of cancer.
We are showcasing 20 examples of books where the superstars of art and literature join forces, resulting in a collector's dream.