|THE BEST OF BOOKTOPIA|
This is a very special newsletter, and one that is
going out to a very small number of people. I have included you because I
just have the feeling that there might be something here that will take
There are only about 40 books included here. They are
all lavish, they all are put together to the very highest production
standards. There are numbered, signed and limited editions, and there
are even the rarest of rare facsimile reproductions of three completely
unique hand made, hand scribed books from the middle ages. Naturally,
the prices of these books reflect their quality and exclusivity.
of the books that I have selected are being published between October
and December so you might have to wait a few weeks for some of them. I
have included fiction plus collections of writings, as well as art,
architecture, photography, collectibles and even added a few
surprises. You will know when you see the one that speaks to you.
of these books will make stunning gifts or additions to your own
collections and a handful will turn out to be good investments. Of
course, I haven't been fortunate to see finished copies of all of them
myself, (I am often only presented with "blads" or release
sheets) but I have reproduced as much information as possible on the Booktopia site, so please click
through and have a really good read, plus a browse through the internal
This is a necessarily eclectic list but it represents a
roll call of the finest imprints and publishing houses in the world. I
do hope you enjoy this selection.
Editor in Chief
|THE COMPLETE VAN GOGH|
VINCENT VAN GOGH - THE COMPLETE
LETTERS by Leo Jansen, Hans
Luijten & Nienke Bakker|
An historic and genuinely
ground breaking publication, this is the most complete record of Vincent
van Gogh to have ever been put together, and is the result of some 15
years of scholarly research.
Published to coincide with an exhibition
at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam that will then tour in London, this
slipcase edition collects together all of the known letters,
correspondence, and writings of that most famous of artists, along side
with reproductions of the sketches and artworks to which he refers.
than 900 letters, 2,300 images, his thoughts and opinions, his
relationships with other artists, family and friends, all laid bare -
this is an absolute treasure trove for the art and history lover as well
as being a window into the creative and troubled soul that was Vincent
Vincent van Gogh - The Complete Letters
Booktopia price $795
|A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME OPPORTUNITY|
|Here we offer magnificent complete facsimiles
of three exceptionally rare and precious books. Of course, the three
originals are under lock and key in museums. The facsimiles are faithful
reproductions, on parchment paper, in full illuminated colour, with
velvet handmade binding and gilt corners, in cases of precious leather.
They come with 300 page, cloth bound commentaries. Each of these
facsimiles is limited to only 750 copies, and full details for each
appear on our site. |
This books offer a rare opportunity for
libraries, collectors and investors to avail themselves of beautiful,
significant and historical treasures.
D'ORO (GOLD BOOK) - THE BOOK OF HOURS CONTAINING THE MILITARY CODEX OF
This mid-fifteenth century parchment
book, probably owned by Christopher Columbus, is written in "bastard
script" and displays rich decorative work with gold initials on highly
decorative handwritten blue or gold backgrounds.
This is both a book
of hours, and a military codex, and contains the hand-written will of
Columbus, scratched out the day before he died.
Click here to see images and read a
full explanation of this most beautiful reproduction.
Military Codex of Christopher Columbus
- Booktopia price $12,500
ST ALBANS PSALTER
haven't seen this, but I have seen copies of just a few pages and even
those are incredibly beautiful.
The St Albans Psalter is one of the
most precious and richly decorated medieval codex. It features 42
full-page miniatures and 214 richly decorated initials. Written in
England between 1119 - and 1146, it includes psalms and other songs,
including a fifth century French piece which is said to be the oldest
example of French literature.
Psalter - Booktopia price $26,500
BOOK OF HOURS OF MARGARET OF AUSTRIA
exquisite illuminated book of hours was written for Margaret of Austria
and her husband Alessandro de' Medici, First Duke of Florence. It
contains 7 full-page miniatures, 20 illuminated initials decorated with
gold paste, gold powder and gold leaf, and more than 200 initials on
Book of Hours
of Margaret of Austria - Booktopia price $14,900
|MASTERPIECES OF ITALIAN CULTURE|
|From Treccani's Masterpieces of Italian
Culture Series - two cities, two unsurpassed collections of art, two
truly precious limited edition records.|
Do click on the titles to
read about them in detail, and to see some internal images.
centuries of Venetian art presented in a leather bound limited edition
volume! Palaces, brotherhoods, public buildings and private alters with a
collection whose richness takes ones breath away.
books are absolutely superbly detailed and produced including, for
example, hand made Velata papers crafted by a particular group of
Italian artisans who have been following their tradition since the
Booktopia price $3,850
a journey through prestigious art collections, this beautiful volume,
filled with reproductions of classic and rare artworks, sculptures and
images of key buildings, Florence tells the story of the entire city. It
showcases not only the rarity and beauty of the artworks – unsurpassed
anywhere in the word – but also what this ‘place of the art’ allows us
to appreciate in its spaces, its river, in its buildings, its structural
grace and splendour.
Booktopia price $3,850
YEAR OF THE FLOOD|| ||THE SECRET HISTORY
AND THE LITTLE FRIEND|
of more than 30 novels and essays, Margaret Atwood is a much awarded
Canadian novelist, poet, social critic and campaigner who has been
short-listed for the Man Booker prize five times.
The Year of the Flood
is Atwood at her inventive best. A dystopic masterpiece, she presents
us with a world where times and species have been changing at a rapid
rate, and both the social compact and environmental stability is wearing
thin. It appears that only two women survive on earth - Ren, a young
trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and
Toby, a God’s Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of
the treatments are edible.
This is a limited edition, presented
in a hardcover slip-case and signed by the author.
The Year of the Flood
Booktopia price $185
Tartt's first novel The Secret History
became an instant classic when it was first available. There was a long
wait for her second, and The Little Friend
found an instant place on the bookshelves of her legions of fans.
The Secret History
is the unravelling of a murder that lies at the heart of secret
bacchanal taking place in a college. What follows is a clinical
dissection of class, status and sexual orientation.
Fast forward 20
years to the publication of The Little
Friend which explores extended family relationships through
the scars left when a young brother mysteriously disappears.
is a limited edition, presented as two hardcovers in a slip-case each
signed by the author.
The Secret History & The Little Friend
Booktopia price $350
MIND AND TIMES OF REG MOMBASSA|
unique and laconic view of Australia, Christopher O'Doherty aka Reg
Mombassa has been at the centre of our cultural life for more than
Fellow New Zealander Murray Waldren chronicles
Mombassa's irreverent, iconoclastic, and dare I say it, idealistic view
of the world with this superb collection of 300 art works, photographs,
band memorabilia and posters.
A must for Mombassa fans.
slipcased edition is signed and numbered by Mombassa and includes a
catalogue of his favourite paintings.
The Mind and Times of Reg Mombassa
$150, Booktopia price $129
Booktopia will have this in stock on publication date.
|ARCHITECTURE - PAST AND PRESENT|
GLORY OF THE SULTANS: ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE IN INDIA 1100 - 1880
by Yves Porter and Gerard Degeorge|
twelfth and the mid-nineteenth centuries, most of the Indian
subcontinent was under Muslim domination, giving rise to a unique
architectural blend of Islamic, Turkish, and Persian influences.
Porter provides the full panorama of this astonishing ensemble,
explaining in depth the key monuments of each period and region.
Accompanying his text are the photographs of Gerard Degeorge, which
lavishly illustrate the details of the monuments and buildings.
is a beautiful work presented with 300 high quality illustrations.
The Glory of the Sultans - RRP
$150, Booktopia price $135
CONTEMPORARY LIVING HANDBOOK 2010-2011 by Wim Pauwels
Pauwels is well known for his source books and this, the third edition,
has become something of a bible for design professionals. His
particular interest is interior detailing, and here, arranged by theme,
you will find the latest inspirations for hallways, entrances, dining
areas, bathrooms, kitchens as well as some pretty interesting treatments
for work spaces and gardens. Included are weblinks for architects,
interior specialists, craftspeople, manufacturers and distributors.
Contemporary Living Handbook 2010 - 2011
RRP - $165, Booktopia price $125
Available late November.
|FASHION - AND BEYOND|
SARTORIALIST LIMITED EDITION|| ||LOUIS VUITTON: ART,
FASHION AND ARCHITECTURE|
fashion will be followers of Robert Schuman's blog. Now we have the essence of more
than four years of candid photography in one handsome volume. Real
people, real clothes - London, New York, Milan, Stockholm. Forget the
high end catwalk. This is what is really happening on the street, all
according to the man Time
magazine named as one of the most influential figures in design.
edition comes in an uber-cool slipcase decorated with thumbnail images
from the very best of the book.
RRP $250, Booktopia
Marc Jacobs, Olivier Salliard|
Of all modern luxury
brands, Louis Vuitton can claim to maintain the richest and most varied
associations with the world of art. Included in this volume are Louis
Vuitton's important collaborations with an elite group of artists,
architects, designers and photographers.
The book is structured as a
seductive anthology of the house's most visible collaborations. Critical
essays examine and position Louis Vuitton's patronage under the
guidance of Artistic Director Marc Jacobs during one of the most fertile
periods of contemporary art and design.
We have some images on the
site - simply stunning - and there is a very cool poster cover as well.
RRP $180, Booktopia price $129
Available mid November.
HERMES SCARF|| ||BVLGARI: 1884-2009:
125 YEARS OF ITALIAN JEWELLERY|
scarf is one of the greatest fashion icons of all time. Worn by royalty
and celebrities, coveted and admired, and now avidly collected, this
deceptively simple square of silk is much more than just an accessory:
it is the stuff of legend. Now for the first time the heritage and
influence of the House of Hermès is fully explored, from the first
scarf’s debut in 1937 right up to the present day.
The Hermès Scarf
RRP $175, Booktopia price $159.95
Green silversmith Sotirios Boularis opened his doors in Rome he probably
never dreamt that his pieces would still be coveted all these years
later. Italianising his name to Bulgari, and then adopting the style of
ancient Rome, Bvlgari, he went on to found an empire that has been
associated with opulence and high fashion for 125 years.
This book is
based on the retrospective exhibition of Bvlgari pieces that was held
in Rome earlier this year, with many pieces featuring the trademark gold
coin and serpent motif. Some of the pieces were favoured by 50s and 60s
icons, Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor.
This book is an absolute
$165, Booktopia price $115
PHOTOGRAPHY AND COLLECTIBLES|
HISTORY OF PARIS IN PAINTING|| ||HELMUT NEWTON: SUMO|
Duby & Lobrichon|
have seen this enormous, thick, lavish book and lingered over its
reproductions, especially its four enormous gate folds.
This is a
very impressive, handsome volume which captures the essence of the most
romantic of cities from its earliest beginnings to modern times.
350 full colour plates, this is a celebration of all things Parisian
through the artist's eye, while at the same time, being a very
comprehensive compendium of Western European painting styles.
Click here to see images and read
The History of Paris in Painting
RRP $495, Booktopia price $449
Available late November.
One of the
most iconic photographers of the twentieth century, Helmut Newton's
gigantic Sumo broke
records for size, sumptuousness and
re-sale value. Copy number one of the original signed limited edition
print run sold at auction in Berlin on April 6, 2000 for 620,000 German
Marks – approximately $430,000. With the physically commanding Sumo weighing
in—boxed and shrink-wrapped—at 35.4 kilos, Newton created a landmark book that stood head and shoulders above
anything previously attempted, both in terms of conceptual extravagance
and technical specifications.
One decade on, this
new edition is in a format that allows for a more democratic
However, proud owners of the new
edition won't wrestle with their copy of Sumo. It comes with a unique stand
for displaying the book at home.
Click here to see details and
Helmut Newton: Sumo
RRP $349, Booktopia price $315
|COLLECTIBLES|| ||THE YVES SAINT
LAURENT PIERRE BERGE COLLECTION|
OF CONTEMPORARY WATCHMAKING by
is something very special indeed, and quite unusual.
interviewed eleven of the world's top watchmakers.
Here he presents
their stories - their passions, their doggedness, their consummate skill
- in keeping alive and progressing their unique craft.
pictures are to die for.
Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking
RRP $145 - Booktopia
Kimono : Past and Present by
Objects of beauty, as well as purveyors of
enormous cultural significance, the kimono has a unique place in
Modernity and tradition are the two features of the
Taisho period (1912 - 1926) and this beautiful collection of Taisho
Kimono is both visually exciting as well as informative.
RRP $190, Booktopia price $139.95
Christiane De Nicolay-Mazery|
Francois De Ricqles
industrialist and patron, Pierre Bergé is perhaps best known as the
co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House and lifelong partner of
Fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent.
In February 2009, 733 pieces from
Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent's art collections, were
auctioned off in a record-breaking sale of the century. These pieces had
furnished their two luxurious residences in Paris. The
five-volume catalogue published by Christie's for the event sold out
before the end of the auction.
The Yves Saint Laurent
Pierre Bergé Collection presents a new volume featuring
photographs of this fabulous collection in situ in their homes, with
detailed commentaries by Christie's experts.
An illustrated appendix
includes images of the works sold, accompanied by their estimated values
and final auction prices.
This visually stunning and informative
volume is a must-have for art lovers and serious collectors.
here to look at the original
Saint Laurent Pierre Bergé Collection
RRP $150, Booktopia price $135
CENTURIES OF RAJPUT PAINTING by
Rosa Maria Cimino and Rajput Singh|
A treasured uncle of
mine had a Rajput miniature on his wall which kept me enthralled
whenever I visited his home, so I certainly have a bias towards this
lovely book (due out December).
In it you will find all the
information you need to de-code and fully appreciate the beautiful
artwork of the royal courts of India.
With 309 colour images, this is
probably the most comprehensive catalogue of Rajput art from the Indian
Four Centuries of Rajput Painting -
RRP $170, Booktopia price $119.95
MAPPLETHORPE: PERFECTION IN FORM by Falletti and Nelson
Earlier this year there was a
huge exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's work at the Galleria
dell'Accademia in Florence which demonstrated clearly the inspiration
that this most contemporary of photographers draws from masters like
Michelangelo. Many people know and love Mapplethorpe for his flowers,
and for his nudes - indeed with both, his trade mark is perfection in
This book has 125 colour and duo tone photos.
Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form -
RRP $195, Booktopia price: $165
DU QUAI BRANLY : THE COLLECTION
This museum in Paris opened a
few years ago and features art from Africa, Oceania, Asia and the
Americas, with the thinking that the art from these regions informs
Australian indigenous artists represented at
the Museum include Kathleen Petyarre (Utopia), Paddy Bedford (Warmun),
John Mawurndjul (Arnhem Land), Ningura Napurrula (Papunya Tula), Lena
Nyadbi (Warmun), Michael Riley (urban), Judy Watson (urban), Tommy
Watson (Papunya) and Gulumbu Yunupingu (Yirrkala). In the case of
Ningura Napurrula, her signature black and white motif appear
superimposed on the ceiling of the administration side of the museum's
This is the first catalogue to be written on the
ground breaking collection, and its structure, with contributions from
37 internationally recognised experts, forms a complete reference guide
and initiation into the world of non-European art.
The Musee du Quai Branly
$150, Booktopia price $129.95
|WARHOL FROM THE SONNABEND
COLLECTION by John Richardson and Brenda Richardson|
Soup cans, Mao, Jackie, Marilyn - Andy Warhol was the icon of pop art.
This book traces his career from hand painted works to the silk screens
that allowed him to completely meld art and pop culture. This book is
drawn from Ileana Sonnabend's own collection as well as the exhibitions
she curated and includes fantastic photos, comprehensive information as
well as previously unpublished letters.
Warhol from the Sonnabend Collection
$160, Booktopia price $139
Available late November.
There are three stand out books in the natural
science area and I was lucky enough to see finished copies of all of
them. I've also ordered one of them, Botanica Magnifica,
Click on the titles to see inside.
by Theodore Cross
We've placed some images on
the site so you can get a really good feel for this stunning book.
Suffice to say that this is the book John Audubon would have produced,
had he had a camera instead of a watercolour palette.
RRP $150, Booktopia price $129.95
ANTARCTIC: LIFE IN THE POLAR REGIONS
by Michael Poliza
and landscape photography are at a new level in this superb collection
of images from
life at both poles. There are more than 180 colour photos in this
magnificent 480 page book, which comes with the endorsement of H.S.H.
Prince Albert 11 of Monaco.
By the way, the Google Preview on this
book is brilliant! Click on the title to see it on our site...
Antarctic: Life in the Polar Regions
RRP $225, Booktopia price $195
Available late November.
BOTANICA MAGNIFICA: Portraits of the World's Most Beautiful and
Rare Flowers and Plants
by Jonathan Singer
book has been distilled from the five volume hand bound original
collection of 250 photographs, of which only 10 sets were originally
With photos of exceptional clarity and detail, presented on
a black reverse, Singer's remarkable images are now available to the
public for the very first time.
Both available late November.
RRP $250, Booktopia price $218.75
Botanica Magnifica leather bound, slipcase
RRP $350, Booktopia
|FOR THE RIGHT PERSON:|
THE LETTERS AND BOOKS OF SIR STAMFORD RAFFLES
AND LADY RAFFLES by Dr John
memoir, artefact, this never before collated material from the Tang
Collection gives an amazing insight into the founding of Singapore as
well as an insight into an intriguing man of letters, statesman and
This 480 page hardback has more than 300 images and is a
The Letters and Books of Sir Stamford Raffles
and Lady Raffles
RRP $150, Booktopia price $135
The Ultimate Resource
More than 2000 authoritative pages,
this is the ultimate resource for the time-poor information-hungry
professional. With dictionaries, check lists, international financial
information, practical guides, biographies and summaries of the world's
most influential financial texts, this is a one stop, authoritative
Click on the title to read excerpts from the book.
RRP $299, Booktopia price $249.95
Is it architecture,
urban design or the ultimate in branding? Two years ago, BMW Welt was
opened adjacent to the BMW headquarters in Munich. It is here that car's
are handed over to their new owners. But BMW Welt is also a landmark, a
display area for BMW products and a venue for events. There is a
technology and design studio and a junior campus for kids.
attractive hardback edition is jacketed and slip-cased and is a must for
car aficionados as well as those with an interest in innovative design
of all kinds.
RRP $200, Booktopia price $175
else in this newsletter has local publication dates between September
and December, we can't resist re-acquainting you with some absolutely
stunning books that have already proven to be enormously popular with
some of our discerning customers, despite the price tags.
|THE RED BOOK|
(additional stock available from December 7)
Booktopia price: $280
|THE BIG FAT DUCK COOK BOOK|
ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)|
Booktopia price: $279
|GOLF COURSES: FAIRWAYS OF THE WORLD|
This now out of print
and we have less than 10 left.
by Helmut Friedel and Annegrete Hoberg|
Colour, shape, composition - 250 colour
photos or full page illustrations, this impressive monograph on Wassily
Kandinsky covers everything from his early days in Russia, to Munich,
the Art Nouveau and Bauhaus movements, his relationship to music and his
later works in Paris.
This is a comprehensive and luxurious edition.
RRP $330, Booktopia price $299