As I was flipping through Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works I realized that there was no way my photos would do it justice. This is a gorgeous book, with a cover that’s embossed with gold foil and pages that are full of incredibly rich photos of more than 80 of the world’s most historically important books. So basically this is the type of book you want to have out on your coffee table so people can admire it when they come over.
The books are arranged chronologically, starting with the Ancient Egyptian Books of the Dead and Dead Sea Scrolls, moving through Aesop’s fables and Dickens, and ending with Simone de Beauvoir and Mao Tse-tung. Don’t be intimidated though, because each of the books is presented in such a way that you don’t ever feel like you’re reading a history book.
The Washington Post recently included Remarkable Books in their gift guide, What to Give: Books on History, and I agree with A. Roger Ekirch’s comment that it “begs to be read and pondered, not just scanned.” This isn’t the type of book that just sits on your coffee table or bookshelf. It’s the type of book you want to sit down and read, despite its size and luxurious feel. Remarkable Books would make a great gift for the bookworm on your list. Or you can be a greedy little bookworm like me and get it for yourself. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.