Seven luxe books for bibliophiles

From photography to food, literature to film, terrific tomes to suit all tastes

Omaha Sketchbook Special Book Edition by Gregory Halpern, £650
Omaha Sketchbook Special Book Edition by Gregory Halpern, £650

Photography: Omaha Sketchbook Special Book Edition by Gregory Halpern

Part photobook and part art object, this limited-edition version of American photographer Gregory Halpern’s series Omaha Sketchbook, from specialist London publisher Mack, comprises 152 C-type contact prints in a handmade linen book. It documents Halpern’s images of Nebraska over the past 15 years, resulting in a lyrical photo essay of masculinity, boyhood, power and “Americanness”. £650, from mackbooks.co.uk.

The Definitive Jacques Tati, £185
The Definitive Jacques Tati, £185
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Film: The Definitive Jacques Tati

Taschen’s playfully designed five-volume set pays homage to the creative French filmmaker and performer, via original essays, interviews, screenplays, photographs, stills, letters, sketches and production materials. “When you watch his films, you realise how much he knew about – and loved – human nature,” David Lynch once said about Tati, “and it can only be an inspiration to do the same.” £185, from taschen.com.

Food: ElBulli 2005-2011

With chapters on things like “hot preparations with gelling agents” and “spherification”, this cookbook from erstwhile restaurant ElBulli – which topped the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list a record five times – is one for adventurous cooks. The seven-part collection includes every recipe cooked at the restaurant in the last seven years of its life. But whether you actually want to cook things like liquorice lasagne or just enjoy reading about those who do, this is one impressive present for food obsessives. £425, from phaidon.com.

ElBulli 2005-2011, £425
ElBulli 2005-2011, £425
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, £395
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, £395

Literature: Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

This smart edition of Pasternak’s 1957 historical novel is not only limited to 750 hand-numbered, leather-bound copies, it’s also signed by Nicolas Pasternak Slater, the translator and nephew of the author. £395, from foliosociety.com.

Poetry: The Waste Land by TS Eliot

This letterpress-printed and hand-bound limited edition of TS Eliot’s modernist masterpiece is beautifully produced by small-scale publisher Thornwillow Press in Newburgh, New York. It is fronted by an original monograph by Sravani Sen-Das, an Indian scholar of Eliot. $95, from thornwillow.com.

The Waste Land by TS Eliot, $95
The Waste Land by TS Eliot, $95
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, $100
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, $100

Illustration: Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Beehive Books has made its name illustrating literary classics in collaboration with acclaimed graphic artists. Its Illuminated Editions run from HG Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (launching June 2020); Japanese illustrator Shimizu’s take on Oscar Wilde tales is both lavish and very lovely. $100, from beehivebooks.com.

Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks, £150
Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks, £150
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Film: Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks

Thames & Hudson’s deluxe reproduction of Jarman’s own sketchbooks contains poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs and excerpts from scripts. It paints a vivid, intimate portrait of the maverick filmmaker and his practice. £150, from thamesandhudson.com.

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