The Genteel
October 27, 2020


American political satirist and journalist P.J. O'Rourke once stated, "Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." A coffee table book, then, ought to achieve this feat by simply existing in the room; every page strategically designed, every image carefully curated, and every sentence patiently crafted to bring knowledge to the reader with utmost beauty. 

Art publishing houses, Phaidon and Steidl, have curated their list of must-have books specifically for The Genteel reader. In good graces, we also offer our own selection to enrich both the home space and the mind. 



(Clockwise from top left: Black & White by Bruce Davidson, US$345; Black Maps by David Maisel, US$75; Screen Tests/Portraits/Nudes 1964-1996, Gerard MalangaUS$15; Stranger Passing by Joel SternfeldUS$74)


(Clockwise from top left: Ballet by Henry Leutwyler, US$88; Kate Moss edited by Fabien Baron, £50;  Monoi: Paradise Imagined. Uman The Essays 8 by Chris Dickey, US$25; Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs, US$60; The James Bond Archives Limited Edition, US$180; Nobuyoshi Araki. Bondage, US$1,000)



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