Fuck spring cleaning. It is the turn of the year that gets me burning old to-do lists and deleting shit and taking out the trash. Amidst the dust and the junk and the I-don’t-need-its, I discovered a folder full of pretty pretty books that I photographed at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair and forgot to share with you. Well, feast your eyes because here they come:
The Russian stall had a particularly drool-worthy exhibit set up. I took far more than two photos, but hey, you gotta draw the line somewhere. There’s only so much bandwidth in the world, and we don’t want to crash my server with all that staggering pixel beauty.
Many of my favorites were children’s books. I must have taken 500 photos of children’s books. Recognize those last ones? I fell so hard for Kindermann Verlag’s children’s retellings of classics, that I queried them for some review copies. I wrote about their publishing house and general program here, and reviewed their versions of Faust and Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).
This next one may have topped them all, however. The Bible, being released as a mouth-wateringly gorgeous graphic novel. As much as Christianity isn’t my thing, The Bible is an important piece of literature, and I absolutely adore these illustrations. Smart move on the part of God’s PR people, tell you what.
Furthermore: I need to start reviewing cook books because there is a “genre” of beauties that look purdy on my shelves (I do like to cook, when properly inspired, after all).
You might remember me raving about Portuguese publisher Edelvives stunningly illustrated children’s books in this book porn post. Well, they’ve also recently put out their own Moby Dick, among other things that I would really like to have on my shelves.
If only I could read Portuguese, pod damn it. Then I would have a reason to request all the review copies from them forever and ever. So much gorgeous. So much swooning. Such expensive books.