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Reads tagged with “vintage”

Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life
Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life

“You see what you want to see. You might think it’s speaking to you, but it’s just your imagination.”

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Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse: Progressive Vintage Children’s Book Starring a Female Architect
Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse: Progressive Vintage Children’s Book Starring a Female Architect

“Henrietta is a world famous home decorator, which means she is — an artist, a designer, a dreamer, a builder, a creator, all that and more, too.”

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How To Be a Nonconformist: 22 Irreverent Illustrated Steps to Counterculture Cred from 1968
How To Be a Nonconformist: 22 Irreverent Illustrated Steps to Counterculture Cred from 1968

“Avoid socks. They are a fatal giveaway of a phony nonconformist.”

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Gorgeous Vintage Illustrations for Aesop’s Fables by Alice and Martin Provensen
Gorgeous Vintage Illustrations for Aesop’s Fables by Alice and Martin Provensen

Timeless visual exorcism of our greatest moral shortcomings, bridging antiquity and today.

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William Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings, with a Side of Literary Derision
William Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings, with a Side of Literary Derision

From the sartorial to the satiric, or how the award-winning author’s youthful pretensions earned him a helping of high-brow mockery.

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Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s
Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s

“A lovely primary-colored geometrical wonderland-light sparkling with every conceivable kind of wit and brilliance and fantasy and fun.”

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Salvador Dalí Illustrates Don Quixote
Salvador Dalí Illustrates Don Quixote

The art of fighting surrealist windmills.

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The Hole Book: Charmingly Illustrated Verses from 1908
The Hole Book: Charmingly Illustrated Verses from 1908

When kids with firearms were still a source of humor, not horror.

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Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading
Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading

A heartening transaction of literary pleasure.

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Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design
Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design

Sowing the seeds of human futures, one pioneering worksheet at a time.

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