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The Most Beautiful Book You Own

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nailbombxx

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Could be beautifully illustrated or beautifully written, or both.

Mine would be this magnificent illustrated edition of the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lavishly illustrated by Alan Lee, with about 50 or so full-color plates.





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I really love the Barnes and Noble Collectible edition of Dune.



Would love to have a mint first edition hardcover though. That version is beautiful too.
 

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Tim and Eric's Zone Theory: I bought a ton of copies as recommended. Zone Plane 8 btw.

 
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I wish I was kidding. But I'm not. I found it at work, and I felt it was a sign so I took it home and kept it. And I've had it ever since.
 

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I'm on mobile but I bought a bunch of Robert Sabuda pop up books for my wife / daughter. Check them out (particularly little mermaid and beauty and the beast)
 

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Can't find a great picture but probably my Calvin & Hobbes collection.



You could kill someone with the set too.
 

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Fantastic book OP!


Can't find a great picture but probably my Calvin & Hobbes collection.



You could kill someone with the set too.

This is mine too…I love this series and collection so much. I re-read it every few years.

Oh, this may be my second fav:



and third (not my pick but have the book) :

 

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The American version of Harry Potter.


Mary GrandPre's artwork for the series is wonderful. I looked forward to seeing the artwork on each chapter for each new book.






And the miscellaneous artwork:




 

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When I heard a couple years back that "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" was dropping the old art for some generic looking stuff. I made it my mission to secure copies of the original two books. The art is striking and creepy and memorable.

Brb using imagination cuz no pics.
 

John Blade

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Not the newest version but the original one. Somehow it was in a second hand shop and got it cheap (2 dollars when I got it). Love the book and history of the location.
 

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The Wizard of Earthsea trilogy, by Ursula K LeGuin. I love the late 70's early 80s cover art, they are so beautiful to me:







Also, I love the covers (again) for the late 70s early 80s covers of the Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums books by Anne McCraffrey:





I cannot find a good copy of the Dragondrums cover. :(
 

mclem

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I do have the C&H collection myself, but I'm not going to say that largely because I've not actually dared to open it yet. One day I'm sure I will.

In terms of books I have opened, I have to nominate two on the same theme, because it's a subject I'm passionate about:


Disneyland: The Nickel Tour. It's a history of Disneyland - told through images of the postcards that were for sale there. There's snippets of rides long-gone, pieces of original themed artwork, and all told through the cheap souvenirs available.


A similar premise, a similar large coffee-table book full of full-colour images, but in this case it's the various posters found around the parks. Things like this:


Utterly gorgeous.
 

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The French Laundry Cookbook. It's a coffee table style book as a cookbook.

I will never ever cook from it.
 

RionaaM

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The American version of Harry Potter.

Mary GrandPre's artwork for the series is wonderful. I looked forward to seeing the artwork on each chapter for each new book.
I was thinking of this too. Sadly I only own Half-Blood Prince from that collection, as my copy of Deathly Hallows is the adult British one, and the rest are Latin American Spanish editions. I'd love to get the US edition of the other six books, from what I saw in HBP they are incredibly well done, and those drawings look great.
 
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