Like last year’s post, books are still a forever gift – and much easier on the figure than chocolates. This year’s crop of books spans high art titles to more popular works of culture and science.
Here’s another unique sampling of vintage books for inspired gift-giving from my Etsy shop, tcgVINTAGEetc.
For the automobile lover in your life, the Popular Science Car Owner’s Take-Along Library houses five softcover titles in a sturdy slipcase. This vintage 1971 package provides fingertip information on driving and buying cars supported by photography and diagrams by topic. This set makes a perfect gift for collectors of automobile memorabilia, for vintage car lovers, or for collectors of unique books with period graphics and typography.
The surrealist will appreciate this title. This 1987 first edition of Marcel Duchamp: Manual of Instructions for Étant Donnés is a reproduction of the artist’s notebook for the installation. Along with the original essay insert from the museum’s director, this book showcases Duchamp’s handwritten instructions and photos, and provides insights into the artist’s processes. This near-mint collectible is an exceptional addition to fine art collectors’ libraries, book-form lovers or first-edition collectors.
Seafaring fans – Isabel Hopestill Carter’s writings in Shipmates: A Tale of the Seafaring Women of New England take place against the backdrop of Maine’s 19th-century maritime history, and are based on her parents’ adventures. This historical novel focuses on the story of a woman’s life at sea with her shipmaster husband and their children. Published in the US in 1934, this is a great gift for ‘first edition’ collectors or a wonderful read for those interested in maritime history. This title is one of many volumes from 20th century women writers in my shop.
A special treat for graphic designers or poster artists, the Sixth Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition Catalog features work from top international poster designers of 1989. The portfolio format features a booklet and nearly 100 iconic inserts. This limited first edition is a comprehensive reference volume of late 1980s posters for designers, illustrators and artists and a wonderful addition to a design library. A rare gift for collectors of historical graphics.
For those who devour travel essays, this rare early edition is a unique find. African Creeks I Have Been Up is a memoir by the spirited Sue Spencer, who along with her family, triumphed over difficult living conditions, a trying West African climate, and unending mishaps. Spencer recounts her family’s hilarious misadventures. A perfect addition for collectors of travel memoirs, for humor and adventure fans, or essays of American families living abroad in the 1950s. It’s a fresh and funny read that I’ve enjoyed many times over.
For Bauhaus aficionados (and what designer isn’t) Marcel Breuer Furniture and Interiors by Christopher Wilk is a must have. This 1981 hardcover first edition from MoMA showcases Breuer’s work from the Bauhaus through his mid-century modern furniture and interiors. It is the first comprehensive study of Marcel Breuer’s enormously influential designs. This collectible monograph is a superb addition to an architecture and interior design library, or perfect for collectors of books focusing on vintage furniture design from the 1920s through mid-century modern design.