Chic Reads

Whether sitting on a shelf or stacked on a coffee table, these chic tomes are perfect for adding a luxurious, well-read layer to a space—and of course, they make wonderfully inspiring reads.

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Magnificent Milan

Milan revealed by the spectacular paper architecture of Dario Cestaro, in a 3-D pop-up book that recounts the city’s history in simple texts and curious anecdotes. A fascinating journey through colorful pages that turn into Milan’s most famous buildings, helping even the youngest of readers to recognize its principal landmarks: the Duomo, with its soaring spires; the Castello Sforzesco, with its imposing battlement walls; the Teatro alla Scala, temple of opera; the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, a medieval treasure chest dedicated to the city’s patron saint; the Stazione Centrale, with its daring vaults of iron and glass; and the city’s new skyline, redesigned by skyscrapers over 200 meters in height.

Midcentury Detective Book Club, S/40
Midcentury Detective Book Club, S/40. Forty midcentury era books from "The Detective Book Club" series. New York: Walter J. Black Inc., 1965 - 1986. Colorful books with lightly distressed overall wear are suitable for reading and retro inspired vintage book decor in the mystery lover's library.
Drew Doggett Photography
Sail: Majesty at Sea

The book "Sail: Majesty at Sea" is an intimate look into the world of rare racing sailboats and their enduring beauty, power, and speed as they navigate the open ocean. Focusing on form and shape, the collection uncovers the timeless nature of these majestic boats while emphasizing the elegance and graphic qualities of each design. The resulting images have an undeniable aesthetic appeal and formalism that tell a story of grace and majesty.

This large-format, hardbound 230-page coffee table book was born from Drew’s passion for the sport of sailing and desire to affect change in the lives of those most in need, and was created in collaboration with sailing legend Gary Jobson, who wrote the foreword for the book; and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to which 100% of the net proceeds from book sales will be donated.


The long awaited companion book to Assouline’s award-winning Vintage Cocktails, Craft Cocktails explores the new golden age of the cocktail as culinary art form. World-renowned mixologist Brian Van Flandern shares some of his famous recipes conceived while working as the head mixologist for Michelin three-star chef Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York.


The Hamptons are synonymous with parties: Whether it’s dinner on the dunes, post–horse show cocktails, or even family-style barbecues, from Memorial Day to early autumn, Long Island’s East End is truly the playground of the rich and famous. With her new book, "Hamptons Entertaining," Annie Falk invites us into the seaside communities’ most beautiful estates. Eighteen lavishly photographed parties are featured, offering a wealth of inspiration for table settings and menus, along with entertaining tips that will serve for any occasion. More than 80 recipes--from a Watermelon Margarita and Cold Peach Soup to Lobster Salad on Buttery Crostini and Panamanian Chicken Pot Pie--highlight seasonal ingredients and local produce. A move from summer to fall serves up desserts like Pumpkin-Spiced Crème Brûlée and Apple Crisp with Caramel Drizzle. Tastemakers include a glittering array of financial titans, media moguls, and even a former mayor of New York City.


A brilliant mix of historical fiction, romance, mystery, and fantasy, Diana Gabaldon's popular Outlander series takes readers on a fantastic adventure. The novels follow Claire Randall, a 20th-century nurse whose life is forever changed when she inadvertently time-travels to 18th-century Scotland. Starting with the hardcover edition of the series published by Delacorte Press, the eight books have been united with a stunning image of the Scottish Highlands. Includes: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood.


Inspired by French country decor and the jovial chicken, this cookbook set features an antique illustration laid against a subtly textured background, making it a perfect centerpiece for any kitchen. Includes: "The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century" by Amanda Hesser, "American Cookery" by James Beard, "Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition" by Rombauer & Becker, "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman, and "The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook" by America's Test Kitchen. All books are brand new from the publishers with jackets designed and printed by Juniper Books.


For this set, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is given the royal treatment with custom paper jackets designed to look like antique leather- and metal-bound tomes. Fit for a castle (or your bookshelf) the set includes all five hardcover books in the series, published by Bantam, complete with maps printed on the endpaper of each volume. Includes: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons.


Famed midcentury American writer Truman Capote achieved international success with his brilliant non-fiction novel In Cold Blood, which made him a household name in the late ’60s. His development of literary journalism, in addition to the witty narrations and larger-than-life characters of his other works, have kept him atop the list of the country’s most beloved writers. Including all of Capote’s major works of fiction, short stories, and essays, this set--published by Modern Library with custom-designed covers from Juniper Books--features an iconic image of the author set against a colorful presentation of his name--a fitting tribute to his mesmerizing tales. Includes: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Portraits and Observations, In Cold Blood, The Complete Stories, and A Christmas Memory.


Maya Angelou touched the hearts and souls of millions through her poems, memoirs, plays, films, and her civil rights activism. Moving, and often times painful reflections of her life are balanced by uplifting and joyous memories; her honest and unvarnished approach coming across as a guiding principle that lends the writings a beautiful weight. Juniper Books’ custom jackets feature an illustration inspired by Angelou’s classic autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Each book in the set is a hardcover edition published by Random House or Modern Library. Includes: The Complete Poetry, Letter to my Daughter, The Collected Autobiographies (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven), Mom & Me & Mom, and Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.


In a striking set that includes "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Animal Farm," short stories, and essays, George Orwell’s voice comes across as modern and clairvoyant. The ubiquitous phrase “Big Brother is watching you” might be a midcentury sentiment about totalitarianism, yet in today’s high-tech world, it seems as if it could have been written yesterday. The custom jackets allude to Big Brother as well as vintage TV test patterns from Orwell’s era. Includes: "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Animal Farm," "Burmese Days," "Keep the Aspidistra Flying," "Coming up for Air," and essays. All books are brand new from the publisher, Everyman’s Library, with jackets designed and printed by Juniper Books on a special tear- and water-resistant paper.

Jefferson and His Time, 6 Vols
Christopher de Lotbinière's Rare Books
Jefferson and His Time, 6 Vols
Jefferson and His Time, complete 6 volume set. Boston: Little Brown & Co. Mylar dust jackets. "Jefferson the Virginian," 17th printing, 1948. "Jefferson and the Rights of Man," 11th printing, 1951. "Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty," 7th printing, 1962. "Jefferson the President: First Term," third printing, 1970. "Jefferson the President: Second Term," first printing, 1974. "Jefferson: The Sage of Monticello," first printing, 1981. Slight wear, some browning to edges.

This series of leather bound classics makes an attractive addition to any bookshelf. Each book features gold stamped designs, gilded page edges, and ivory paper. The Canterbury Classics are published by Thunder Bay Press. This set of eight books includes "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and other stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" by Homer, Four Novels by Jane Austen, selected novels of Jules Verne, five novels by Mark Twain, seven novels by Robert Louis Stevenson, four novels by Charles Dickens, and the complete Works of William Shakespeare.


Considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written, Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace remains a tour de force in realism, historical fiction, and philosophy. Entwining the lives of five Russian aristocratic families around the time of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, Tolstoy’s scenes of life and turmoil in St. Petersburg and Moscow come to life with dozens of hyper-detailed characters. The novel culminates at the Battle of Borodino where protagonist Pierre Bezukhov realizes his romanticized vision of war is far from the true horrors he encounters. Juniper Books’ custom jackets bring this scene to life with Louis Lejeune’s painting, “Battle of Borodino, 7th September 1812." A glorious read, this beautiful three-volume hardcover edition published by Everyman’s Library comes complete with silk reading ribbons, cloth bindings, and acid-free natural cream-colored paper. Everyman’s Library uses the celebrated Louise and Aylmer Maude translation. Contemporaries of Tolstoy, they knew the author personally and translated many of his works. Includes: War and Peace Volume 1, War and Peace Volume 2, and War and Peace Volume 3.


For an island of just six million people, Ireland has produced an incredible amount of great writers and poets over the centuries. In evocative jackets, Juniper Books’ Irish Literature Set brings five of the most renowned modern Irish authors to your library. Each blessed with the gift of gab, from the witticisms of late 19th-century playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde, to the frank and profound prose of Iris Murdoch, this five-volume set will be a great addition for anyone in love with this verdant isle. Each book is a clothbound hardcover published by Everyman’s Library, with a silk reading ribbon, and acid-free natural cream-colored paper. Includes: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; The Sea as well as The Sea and A Severed Head, both by Iris Murdoch; The Complete Novels by Flann O’Brien; The Best of Frank O’Connor by Frank O’Connor; and Plays, Prose Writings, and Poems by Oscar Wilde.

Somerset Maugham's The Magician, 1968
Christopher de Lotbinière's Rare Books
Somerset Maugham's The Magician, 1968
The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham. London: Heinemann, 1968. Second edition, second printing. Maugham left London in 1907 to live on the Left Bank in Paris, where he met the celebrated Satanist Aleister Crowley, upon whom the character of the 'magician,' Oliver Haddo, is based. A fascinating picture of bohemian Paris at the turn of the century. This collected edition contains an introduction written by Mr. Maugham.
Penguin Random House
Alain Ducasse's New York

A perfect introduction to New York's food world for New Yorkers and tourists alike. There are many guides to New York restaurants, but this is the first one by Alain Ducasse, the critically acclaimed French chef and multiple-time winner of three Michelin stars in two different cities. From Brooklyn's hippest new restaurants to Manhattan's best street vendor hot dogs, Ducasse reveals his personal selections of Gotham's best culinary destinations. This intimate hardcover comes with a foldout map that is perfect for popping into hand luggage or tucking into a coat pocket. This compact guide focuses primarily on Manhattan and Brooklyn, revealing Ducasse's favorite spots, special finds, and gourmet delights. It captures New York's globally inspired palette of flavors and aromas that blend together into its own unique food culture producing some of the world's best and most innovative restaurants. From bistros, gelaterias, and bakeries to old-fashioned "appetizing" delicatessens, greenmarket stands, and five-star restaurants, any culinary location that is special to New York and at the top of its game, is included in Ducasse's guide.


The seven books in the Word Cloud History series are tasteful editions of important works with attractive "word cloud"-style covers. These books are suitable for any age and library. The titles include "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Prince" by Machiavelli, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northrup, the U.S Constitution, and other key American writings.


A set of four classic romances with custom covers featuring a 19th-century illustration that beautifully expresses a love for literature and also for the reader in your life. Includes "Sense Sensibility" by Jane Austen, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy. Each book is a brand new heirloom quality hardback from Everyman's Library with jackets designed and printed by Juniper Books on a special tear- and water-resistant paper.


Punch is traditionally defined as a specialty cocktail made with fruit or fruit juice, sized up for a crowd--yet these punches are way more than your typical Kool-Aid and peach schnapps fare. With 50 recipes inspired by classic cocktails, infused with fresh herbs and aromatic spices, and topped with champagne or sparkling water, these punches are designed for any time of year, from a lazy summer Sunday to a warm February fireside. The recipes are easy to make and put regular supermarket ingredients to work. With tips for the best glasses to use and how to make colorful ice molds with herbs, flowers, and berries, you'll be ready for guests with any one of these delicious recipes.


Award-winning author Lawrence Weschler’s book on the young Mexican American artist Ramiro Gomez explores questions of social equity and the chasms between cultures and classes in America. Gomez, born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, bridges the divide between the affluent wealthy and their usually invisible domestic help--the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible--by inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic David Hockney paintings, subtly doctoring glossy magazine ads, and subversively slotting life-size painted cardboard cutouts into real-life situations. Domestic Scenes engages with Gomez and his work, offering an inspiring vision of the purposes and possibilities of art.


Like other forms of literature, poetry is constantly evolving, and the modern poets did much to push boundaries and expectations. Now their great works are available in a 10-volume set from the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series. These books are small, beautiful, cloth-bound volumes that feature a silk reading ribbon, acid-free, natural cream-colored paper, and European-style half-round spines. Includes: W. H. Auden, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman.


John Steinbeck is one of the greatest American writers, and The Grapes of Wrath is one of the greatest American novels. The iconic imagery from Elmer Hader’s original design for the first edition of The Grapes of Wrath is used to create the custom jackets for this set. Includes: The Pastures of Heaven, To a God Unknown, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, The Long Valley, The Grapes of Wrath, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, The Moon is Down, Cannery Row, The Pearl, East of Eden, The Wayward Bus, Burning Bright, Sweet Thursday, The Winter of Our Discontent, and Travels with Charley in Search of America.


This set of five F. Scott Fitzgerald books come in custom jackets inspired by the original iconic dust jacket for The Great Gatsby. The jackets are made of tear-proof, water-resistant paper. The titles in the set include "The Beautiful and Damned," "The Great Gatsby," "Tales of the Jazz Age," "Tender is the Night," and "This Side of Paradise." Books published by Scribners Classics Library. Jackets designed and printed by Juniper Books.


Honoring the nautical theme in several of Melville's works, Juniper designed a set of jackets that feature an image of a whale and shipboard planks. Published by Library of America in beautiful heirloom editions. This set of 3 books contains Redburn, White Jacket, Moby Dick, Typee, Omoo, Mardi and additional works.


The Word Cloud Classics series features modern editions of classic literature with fun colorful designs. Their flexible imitation-leather bindings feature Internet-style "word clouds." However, make no mistake, these are printed books that look great on the shelves and also make lightweight and attractive reading copies to take with you on vacation! Includes: Emma by Jane Austen, Persuasion by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. All books are brand new from the publisher, Canterbury Classics.

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