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Monday, November 16, 2009

Judging A Book By Its Cover

We've all heard that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.  But recently, we have found ourselves doing so more and more!

Take for instance, Martin and Osa Johnson's I Married Adventure.  This book's beautiful faux bois cover makes it a focal point of any room. 

Eddie Ross styles I Married Adventure, as seen in Lonny's debut issue.   We love how he added a lucite display box with a gold sea urchin!

On top of a stack of Goyard luggage, Elizabeth Bauer Design.

Image via Stylecourt, who is way ahead of her time and posted here about the Johnson books back in 2007!

On a MoS coffee table...

Locating a copy of this fabulous faux bois version of I Married Adventure is no small feat!  However, you can find it at the MoS store right here

And I Married Adventure's Sequel, Four Years in Paradise, with its stunning giraffe cover:

This book is even more difficult to find than I Married Adventure.  We would love a set of both books!

Another group of favorites that has been popping up all over the place is Coralie Bickford-Smith's set of Penguin Classics.  Her cover illustrations use such fabulous colors and patterns that they add life to some of the classics we haven't read since AP Lit...  I ordered them a while back from Canada but am thrilled to see that they are now available in the US, just in time for the holidays!

Available in the Matters of Style Store at Amazon for $13.60 each!

Part of the set, styled on a MoS desk, between antique alabaster horsehead bookends available here

Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities has been a favorite of designers for quite a while now.  Yes, maybe it has become a bit ubiquitous, but we have to admit we still love it!

BD Jeffries, one of my favorite local shops, image via Stylecourt

Tobi Fairley for Traditional Home

The Proust Questionnaire has been a favorite for years.  But we love Assouline's pink leather bound version,  which focuses on style questions for trendsetters from Alber Elbaz to DVF to Valentino. 

Have you ever bought a book because it had a beautiful cover?  Be honest!

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