Are you a Design Junkie? eBay has got your fix. Better than an antique store, dive into the endless options starting with the collection entitled By Design by curator LeDecouvreur.
Maurice Sendak, the mind behind Where the Wild Things Are, spent a better part of the 60’s illustrating children’s books. Here’s a rare first edition illustrated by the artist himself entitled Lullabies and Night Songs written by Alec Wilder. It’s a perfect gift for a new parent beginning a sharp collection.
Watch List: Chanel Special Edition
Produced exclusively for Assouline by Chanel, this triple book set is a rare, out-of-print piece of Chanel history. Founder Gabrielle Chanel aka “Coco Chanel”, invented a style synonymous with modernity and chic. The story is told in 3 volumes: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume. Although this particular bid ended, keep your eyes open for this quilted classic to return to eBay.
Here’s a 1955 Bazaar treasure with a cover photographed by Richard Avedon, discovered on eBay this week (Buy it Now). If you are tickled by the photography, dive into all things Avedon on eBay too, from vintage issues to coffee table books.
Curator Corner: Jack Kerouac
One of our fav eBay curators, Shelflifer, is a book connoisseur extraordinaire. The literary sleuth located a 1967 edition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road Again. It’s a second printing as stated on the jacket and copyright page… a perfect gift for the hungry young rebellious mind.
Take a look at the Kerouac book on Ebay, in addition to the entire collection of Beat Poet books entitled “High Priest of the Beats”.
Curator Corner: Book Binding
One of the most studied of eBay curators, TheShelfLifer, is a tenacious searcher of beautiful books. His latest affinity is the hunt for rare books of English and French origin, whom he feels that “share a passion for turning library shelves into exotic displays of leatherwork and metallurgy”. Take this book for example, Evangeline by Longfellow (seen above), an outstanding First Edition sold on eBay for $3900.
If you want to take a wildly emotional visual journey, dive into all things Frida Kahlo on eBay. There’s a wise selection of prints, books, and figurines to keep her explosive heart near you at all times.
Looking for some guidance on things that matter in 2014? Consider F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words of wisdom to his 11 year old daughter. Read the rest of his letter on Brainpickings.
While you are at it, check out the impressive books by F. Scott Fitzgerald on eBay (expect some first editions too).
(Graphic & Text: Jauretsi)
The Codex Seraphinianus is one of those creative masterworks that only a genius could strive to achieve. Created by Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini over the course of two years, the book is an encyclopedia of the imaginary. From large-eyed fish to water-logged labyrinths, each made-up article is accompanied by text in fictional language. It is a marvel — and, believe it or not, a genuine, first edition is currently available on eBay. Click here to see it.
(Image courtesy of Rizzoli via Unurthed. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Do you know a young curious reader? How about gifting them one of the most epic pieces of literature ever? eBay has a bevy of vintage print editions of Lord of the Rings.
(Photo: RoseVintage. Text: Jauretsi)