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By Eric Newill

This season, there’s nothing more fashionable than a good book! Whether it’s for your coffee table or for your cultural stimulation, we’ve hand-picked 10 must-have titles for your literary entertainment. And since several of these tomes are available in a limited edition only, we suggest you head to Books & Books now!

Pool Party
Art collector and bon vivant Johnny Pigozzi is a key member of the beau monde, and it seems every beautiful one of them has frolicked at his legendary Cap d’Antibes retreat, Villa Dorane. Take a peek inside this sun-kissed world, where Bono, Elle Macpherson, Mick Jagger and Naomi Campbell have let down their hair. Pigozzi’s private archives are your ticket in. (Rizzoli)


Drive Time
For more than a century, extraordinary motorcars have influenced the equally complex world of fine watches. Author Aaron Sigmond showcases these precision, from the Rolex Daytona up through such new beauties as the Breitling by Bentley. (Rizzoli)


Helmut Newton: Pages From the Glossies
The outré visions of German photographer Helmut Newton found their ideal setting in the pages of the world’s leading fashion magazines, where his bizarre and erotic imagery mixed with edgy typography and droll text. This new edition collects more than 500 spreads created over 40 years, along with Newton’s tales of how they came to fruition. (Taschen)


Guy Bourdin: A Message For You
In the late ’70s, photographer Guy Bourdin and his muse, Charles Jourdan model Nicolle Meyer, collaborated on a dreamlike series of images that influenced a generation. This new volume combines Bourdin’s painterly portraits with his myriad inspirations, a vision board that comes to life through Meyer’s memories. (Steidl)


Bonnie Cashin: Chic Is Where You Find It
Coach founding designer Bonnie Cashin used her Hollywood years dressing stars like Irene Dunne as the basis for her groundbreaking work in mid-century ready-to-wear, creating the image of the “modern woman.” Stephanie Lake includes drawings and photos from Cashin’s personal collection to resurrect an essential fashion icon. (Rizzoli)


Les Diners de Gala
Since its initial publication in 1973, twisted gourmands have practically starved themselves to find a copy of Salvador Dali’s Surrealist cookbook, filled with the artist’s otherworldly visual takes on such culinary curiosities as conger eel and thousand-year-old eggs. Happily, Taschen has now reprinted it, complete with original recipes and gustatory proclamations from the master. (Taschen)


Bellissima!: The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975
Alongside the Via Veneto and La Dolce Vita, the futuristic designs of postwar Italian cars and motorbikes cemented the country’s position as Europe’s aesthetic capital. This new book showcases the sheer beauty of these fantastic and rare autos. (Rizzoli)


Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie,1972-1973
It was the height of the late rock icon’s pansexual Ziggy Stardust moment, and, as Bowie’s official photographer, Mick Rock captured the enigmatic and private artist at his most intimate. Taschen’s limited-edition book (only 1,972 copies) is signed by both Bowie and Rock—and worth every bit of its $4,000 price tag. (Taschen)


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