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FOR THE PERSON WHO APPRECIATES FORM AS MUCH AS FUNCTION

1. The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands, Edited by Huw Lewis-Jones

Amid a cornucopia of 167 full-color images, we find here maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, nursery rhymes, literary classics, and collectible comics. An enchanting visual and verbal journey, The Writer’s Map will be irresistible for lovers of maps, literature, and memories—and anyone prone to flights of the imagination.

2. Dune: Deluxe Edition by Frank Herbert

A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This edition of Dune includes an iconic new cover,  Spice blue-stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers, a beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket, and a redesigned world map of Dune.

3. GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt

With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, GLORY puts Black beauty front and center with more than 100 breathtaking photographs and a collection of powerful essays about the children. At its heart, it is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate beauty of Black hair, and Black beauty.

4. Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P. Lewis

Black men appropriating, subverting, and reinventing the dress styles of society elites—described as “high-styled rebels” by author Shantrelle P. Lewis—are influencing the language of contemporary fashion. Dandy Lion presents and celebrates the black dandy movement, and its designers and tailors, in photographs and stories from all over the world.

5. Popol Vuh: A Retelling  by Ilan Stavans, Illustrated by Gabriela Larios

An inspired and urgent prose retelling of the Maya myth of creation by acclaimed Latin American author and scholar Ilan Stavans, gorgeously illustrated by Salvadoran folk artist Gabriela Larios and introduced by renowned author, diplomat, and environmental activist Homero Aridjis.

6.  Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks by Keith Haring

Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks collects one singular series of Haring’s drawings: a series of cartoonish penises inspired by the city of Manhattan, made in the late 1970s. Sometimes the inspiration is quite literal, as in a drawing of the Twin Towers reimagined as two erect penises. Other times, the relation is more atmospheric, as in the drawing of a frenzied mass of penises evoking the hustle and bustle of the city but also recalling the dynamism of Futurist painting, captioned “Drawing penises in front of The Museum of Modern Art.”

7. Red: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau

In this beautifully illustrated book, Michel Pastoureau, the acclaimed author of BlueBlack, and Green, now masterfully navigates centuries of symbolism and complex meanings to present the fascinating and sometimes controversial history of the color red. Pastoureau illuminates red’s evolution through a diverse selection of captivating images, including the cave paintings of Lascaux, the works of Renaissance masters, and the modern paintings and stained glass of Mark Rothko and Josef Albers.

8. Artemisia by Nathalie Ferlut

This full-color graphic novel recounts the remarkable story of Artemisia Gentileschi, whose life story is told through the lens of Artemisia’s daughter as she questions her mother about their family history. The ensuing tale spans most of Gentileschi’s life, beginning with her childhood in Rome in her father’s painting studio, to the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of a tutor and the arduous trial that followed, as well as the highlights of her prolific career in which she received commissions from clients as powerful as the Medici and the English royal family and became the first woman admitted to the prestigious Academy of Arts in Florence.

9. Object Compendium  by Kilian Eng

This definitive edition collects all of Kilian Eng’s otherworldly landscapes and retro-futuristic illustrations in one massive volume, including previously unpublished works. Each dreamlike image immerses the viewer in a unique environment, full of engrossing detail and surreal beauty. Eng is one of the most popular and acclaimed digital illustrators working today. His prints of dreamy landscapes and his retro-futuristic style are admired by many. He is known for his Mondo poster series, designing posters for Game of ThronesThe TerminatorJodorowsky’s Dune, and Sony PlayStation. He has also designed many acclaimed album covers for M83, Sturgill Simpson and soundtracks for AlienBatman Returns, and Prometheus. Kilian earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Graphic Design & Illustration from Konstfack University of Arts, Craft & Design in Stockholm and has won numerous awards for his illustrative work.

10. THE BLAZING WORLD: An Illuminated Edition by Margaret Cavendish, Illustrated by Rebekka Dunlap

The Blazing World is one of the most fascinating, unusual and astonishing pieces of literature in the English language. Written in 1666 by Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, the story follows a young woman who is transported to a world of animal-people, becomes their empress, and eventually leads an invasion back into her own world, complete with bird-man bombardiers and submarine ships. The tale involves spirit possession, astral projection, the many-worlds theory, and an interdimensional otherworldly queer romance that is centuries ahead of its time. Featuring numerous full-page and spot illustrations, and housed in an elaborately die-cut and embossed slipcase, this is an heirloom edition designed to be a work of art in its own right. With an introduction by Brooke Bolander. 9×12″, 138 pages.

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