Illustrated Gift Books
Monk, and others—on- and offstage,
taken by Blue Note Records cofounder
and photographer Francis Wolff, between
1939 and Wolff’s death in 1971.
Plotted: A Literary Atlas by
Andrew DeGraff (Pulp/Zest, $24.99)
offers original maps of fictional landscapes and locales, including Hamlet’s
Elsinore, Ahab’s ocean, Robinson
Crusoe’s island of despair, and the warrens of Watership Down.
Frank Stella: A Retrospective (Yale
Univ., $65), coinciding with the
Whitney Museum’s exhibition of the
same name, is a slipcased catalogue
showcasing more than 100 works from
the artist. The New York Times wrote
recently that Stella “has done more than
any other living artist to carry abstract
art, the house style of modernism, into
the postmodern era.”
Heirloom Harvest: Modern
Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden
Treasures by Amy Goldman, photographs by Jerry Spagnoli (Bloomsbury,
$85), is the result of a 15-year collaboration between Goldman, a plant conservationist and heirloom gardener, and
Spagnoli, who is at the forefront of revitalizing the daguerreotype process. The
fruits and vegetables pictured, such as
Raritan Rose peaches and Silverado
Shard, are all grown on Goldman’s 200-
acre Hudson Valley farmstead.
Astronomy Photographer of the
Year (Firefly, $39.95) gathers photographs from the last six years of the competition run by London’s Royal
Observatory Greenwich. The images, by
photographers of all experience levels,
hold appeal for anyone who enjoys
looking up at the night sky.
Days of Our Lives: 50 Years by Greg
Meng (Sourcebooks, $34.99) is an official retrospective covering five decades
of NBC’s longest-running daytime soap.
Included are never-before-seen images of
the cast, crew, and sets, as well as archival
Stitches to Savor: A Celebration of
Designs by Sue Spargo (Martingale,
$34.99) gathers 200 photographs of
handwork quilts crafted by Spargo, a
Zambian-born folk artist and designer.
The close-up images reveal Spargo’s
inventive stitch combinations and the
variety of embellishments that make up
her textured compositions.
Last Night’s Reading: Illustrated
Encounters with Extraordinary Authors
by Kate Gavino (Penguin, $16) is a journey
through the literary world. At every
reading she attends, Gavino hand-letters
the event’s most memorable quotations
alongside a portrait of the author, among
them Richard Ford, Chuck Palahniuk,
Maya Angelou, and Marilynne Robinson.
Evo Supercars: Behind the Wheel of
the Greatest Cars of All Time (Octopus/
Mitchell Beazley, $29.99) assembles the
100 top high-performance cars ever built,
according to the experts at the U.K.’s Evo
automotive magazine. Featured rides
include Ferrari Daytona (1968),
Lamborghini Diablo (1990), Bugatti
Veyron SS (2010), and the Koenigsegg
One: 1 (2014).
Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Design
Triennial, edited by Andrea Lipps and
Ellen Lupton (Cooper Hewitt, $50),
grew out of the museum’s 2015 triennial celebration. The book features the
work of 62 designers, completed over
the past three years—everything from
fashion to architecture, and lighting
design to nail design.
Inner Constellations by Maïmoruna
Gurerrisi (Glitterati, $75) is the first
book of photography by the Italian-born
artist, whose figurative photographs are
known for their melding of diverse cultural and religious influences. Sometimes
called the Sufi Frida Kahlo, she celebrates
the spiritual power of the feminine form.
Le Corbusier: The Measures of
Man, edited by Olivier Cinqualbre and
Frédéric Migayrou (Scheidegger &
Spiess, $49), accompanies a retrospective
at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The
500 images trace Le Corbusier’s achievements in architecture as well as his work
as a painter and sculptor.
The Art of the Lord of the Rings by
J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Tolkien scholars
Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
(HMH, $40), has just been published to