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· Swarovski,Fine Book Collecting,Audrey Hepburn,Chanel,Lady Gaga

A huge benefit in the life of a bookseller, or collector, is coming across truly beautiful volumes. This happened for me, just last week. I acquired a book that I found spectacular and, at least to me, the fact that the book was only a few years old, confirmed that it is still possible to create fine, printed books.

So, I can cheat on the writing of this week’s musing, since below is my Abebooks posting of this gorgeous book, that I wrote up a few days ago.


Swarovski – Celebrating a History of Collaborations in Fashion, Jewelry, Performance, and Design; Contributions by Vivienne Baker, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Colin McDowell, Suzy Menkes, Alice Rawsthorn, Deyan Sudjic, Nadja Swarovski; Rizzoli, New York, 2015. First edition; Printed in Italy. From Nadja Swarovski’s Preface – Welcome to this magnificent celebration in words and images of 120 years of Swarovski. My great-great-grandfather Daniel Swarovski founded his crystal company in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria 120 years ago with an extraordinary vision – to bring light and glamour to the world with his precision-cut crystals. Queen Victoria counted as one of our first customers, but when Daniel was asked his goal in life, he replied – Diamonds are for royalty, I want to create a diamond for every woman. Today Swarovski crystals have become the vital element of fashion jewelry. Fashion designers using Swarovski’s crystals include Chanel, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen. Some of the performers pictured in this book include Lauren Hutton, Audrey Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. Everything about this book is first class. The paper, the inserted mini-booklets in each section, the heavy silver section dividers and the photographs are simply incredible. This is one of the most gorgeous books I have ever had the privilege of handling.

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This very, large format book, 352 pages measuring 310mm X 245mm, is in fine condition as is the 132mm paper band that partially covers the book. This heavy volume will require additional postage.”

There was an unusual first associated with this book, as well. The pricing label on the back cover had the usual dual pricing. So much in US dollars and so much in Cdn. dollars. And it was the same amount $85! Why bother with the distinction? And, so I priced this book at, drum roll please, $85.

Have a happy Labour Day Weekend.

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