Do You Like Art Books? Do You Have or Display "Coffee Table" Book
Last weekend my mother and I went shopping in Altanta looking for carpet, fabric for a shower curtain, and other odds and ends. At one store I found her absolutely awestruck, poring over a huge book, The Complete Drawings and Paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. The art is reproduced beautifully, with wonderful sharp detail. The imprint is Taschen, a German company that publishes a lot of art books. There is interesting editorial comment and some explication, but it is clearly a book to be looked at, drooled over, and opened again and again. At almost 700 pages and oversized, it weighs as much as a toddler! My mom bought it for us for the new basement room and I was thrilled.
Most people call these "coffee table books," since that's usually where you find them. I see fewer and fewer of these in peoples' real homes, although they're still part of tried and true decorating of a certain type. Personally, I love such books, have them in my home and love to look through them elsewhere. I usually keep a book of Central Park photographs in our living room, everybody loves that one. In the library right now I have a Beatles book and one on WWII, both recent Christmas presets from our eldest son.
Do you like such books, and do you have and display them? Do you look thru them in friends' houses?