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The Dot and the Line: A Quirky Vintage Love Story in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster, Animated by Chuck Jones
The Dot and the Line: A Quirky Vintage Love Story in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster, Animated by Chuck Jones

“Moral: To the vector belongs the spoils.”

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T. S. Eliot’s “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees”: A Rare Vintage Gem, Illustrated by Enrico Arno
T. S. Eliot’s “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees”: A Rare Vintage Gem, Illustrated by Enrico Arno

“There are several attitudes towards Christmas, some of which we may disregard: The social, the torpid, the patently commercial…”

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The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook and Lewis Carroll’s Guide to Dining Etiquette
The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook and Lewis Carroll’s Guide to Dining Etiquette

“As a general rule, do not kick the shins of the opposite gentleman under the table, if personally unacquainted with him; your pleasantry is liable to be misunderstood — a circumstance at all times unpleasant.”

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The Cat and the Devil: Rare Illustrations from James Joyce’s Little-Known Children’s Story
The Cat and the Devil: Rare Illustrations from James Joyce’s Little-Known Children’s Story

Gerald Rose’s wonderful drawings depicting Joyce himself as the satanic protagonist of his irreverent children’s book.

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The Seducer’s Cookbook: A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Seduction
The Seducer’s Cookbook: A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Seduction

“Seduction … is becoming as much of a lost art as hand-caning and bookbinding. But while those two crafts can be replaced by machine work, seduction, if it is not done ‘by hand,’ will not be done at all.”

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Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser
Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser

Three of history’s greatest geniuses converge around some of the finest satire ever written.

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Salvador Dalí Illustrates Montaigne: Sublime Surrealism from a Rare 1947 Limited Edition, Signed by Dalí
Salvador Dalí Illustrates Montaigne: Sublime Surrealism from a Rare 1947 Limited Edition, Signed by Dalí

Two of history’s most formidable talents, at the intersection of literature at art.

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Outer Space Humor: Vintage Illustrated Astro-Jokes from the Zenith of the Space Race
Outer Space Humor: Vintage Illustrated Astro-Jokes from the Zenith of the Space Race

“A visitor from Jupiter, watching a typical Western on television, remarked to a friend: ‘How come the hero has a biped riding on his back?'”

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When Edward Gorey Illustrated Dracula: Two Masters of the Macabre, Together
When Edward Gorey Illustrated Dracula: Two Masters of the Macabre, Together

“No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.”

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The First Book of Firemen, 1951
The First Book of Firemen, 1951

A whimsically illustrated vintage homage to the men and women of The Red Menace.

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