I thought that this year, I would assemble some gift guides with suggestions ranging from books to bibelots, from food to photography and things in-between. Where possible, I am including links so you can order the items.
As you know, I am the biggest bibliophile and have a collection of hundreds of books, considerably less than my father’s collection which numbered well over 4,000. Here are just a very few that I like this festive season.
I discovered this book on a list that the UK’s Homes & Antiques magazine published. The Collector's Cabinet: Tales, Facts and Fictions from the World of Antiques is filled with everything from British hallmarks to various types of Blue Willow china. Published earlier this year, the 224 pages are filled with arcane facts from this BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter.
Another book, which was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal this weekend, is The White Road: Journey into an Obsession by the potter, Edmund de Waal, who also wrote “The Hare with the Amber Eyes”. This book traces the history of porcelain from its origins in China through France, Germany and finally England.
One book I am enjoying right now is The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life which is a collaboration of Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy. The book has interviews with about 30 designers and decorators who are alumni of the firm, Parish-Hadley, and talks about how the firm influenced what they’re doing today, along with images of their designs. You can see where an idea begins and how it’s later interpreted.
What are your go-to books to give as presents?