Featured favorites - Coffee table books
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"A Century Under Sail" photographs by Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld – 200 black-and-white photographs from the extensive files of two renowned nautical photographers. This book will delight both sailors and spectators.
"Planetfall: New Solar System Visions" by Michael Benson – Michael Benson has used the massive output of interplanetary spacecraft, to create this beautiful, over-sized book of photographs that shows the solar system only seen before through the Hubble Space Telescope.
"Horses: Breeds, Cultures, Traditions" by Susanna Cottica – The fabulous photographs in this volume celebrate 50 breeds of horses and the equestrian cultures that surround them. This is a beautiful book for equestrians and animal lovers in general.
"The Rolling Stone 50" by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Woods – On July 12, 1962, The Rolling Stones went on stage at the Marquee Club in London. In this fascinating volume, The Rolling Stones pay homage to those 50 years in which they have performed for more people than any other band.
"The Art Book" – A new way of looking at art. It debunks art historical classification by comparing old and new paintings, photographs, and sculptures alongside of each other.
Book Den East
"American Whalers In The Western Arctic" with text by John Bockstoce and watercolors/drawings by William Gilkerson (1983) – A luxurious volume (no. 313) of a limited edition describing the final epoch of the great American whaling fleet ($450).
"The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys" edited by Joe Engers and with photography by Bill Buckner (1990) – Describes the places of origin, the carvers, history and collecting lore of this popular and practical folk-art ($60).
"The Besler Florilegium Plants of the Four Seasons" (1989 reproduction of the 17th century study) – 542 pages; gorgeous color prints; slipcased, the volume is perfect for the most fastidious collector ($290).
"Audubon's Birds of America" with informative text by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson (1980 Audubon Society's Baby Elephant Folio edition) – Beautiful prints, beautifully reproduced and presented ($200).
"North By Northeast" with paintings by Ray Ellis and text by Walter Cronkite (1986) – The famous collaboration by two popular Vineyarders ($30).
"Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha's Vineyard" by Tom Dunlop and photos by Alison Shaw – From the publisher, Vineyard Stories: "WoodenBoat Magazine calls this book 'a feast for the eyes and the mind.' It will appeal to craftsmen, boat lovers, and those who love beautiful things made by hand."
"Martha's Vineyard: A Photographic Essay" by Charles Fields – This absolutely stunning book features black-and-white photographs of the Island.
"On This Earth, A Shadow Falls" by Nick Brandt – This book combines two into one, featuring black-and-white works from a world famous photographer, along with essays.
"More Than Human" by Lewis Blackwell, photos by Tim Flach – Flach has been taking photos of animals for years, and this is a culmination of his endeavor. Wonderfully photographed monkeys, pandas, tigers, bullfrogs, and many more.
"The Rolling Stones 50" by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Woods – Includes more than 1,000 illustrations of the iconic figures.