These coffee table books focus on images.
"National Geographic Image Collection"
By National Geographic, Michelle Anne Delaney, Maura Muvihill, $50
For decades, National Geographic photographers have been taking unforgettable images. In this collection, Delaney, a historic photography curator at the National Museum of American History, and Muvihill, director of the magazine’s image collection, select some of the most compelling pictures.
By Alberto Oliva and Norberto Angeletti, $75
Since its founding in 1892, Vogue has generated almost as many headlines as it has printed and is a rich resource of images of nearly 120 years of style. In that time, some of the most celebrated photographers have presented their work in the magazine, including Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn.
"One Hundred Flowers"
By Harold Feinstein, $50
Feinstein’s images are just as home on a coffee table during the heart of winter as when summer is in full flower. His photographs of blooms were called by one reviewer “almost pornographic in their luscious detail.” Another asks, “Can blossoms such as these really exist outside of dreams?”
"One-Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns of Italy"
By Paolo Lazzarin, $45
Lazzarin captures the rustic beauty and architecture of Tuscan villages, baroque churches and L’Aquila’s 99 fountains with oversized photography and informative sidebars.
By Carol Walker, $29.95
Take a good look now, because these majestic, wild creatures may soon disappear forever. First published in 2008, this book won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Photography that year and paints a beautiful and haunting portrait of some of the last herds of mustangs in the western United States.
Compiled by Paul Eisenberg, GateHouse News Service