In addition to stirring artwork and hand-scribed text, Remarkable Books: The World's Most Beautiful and Historic Works also has Gift for Dad written all over the pages it has extracted from the tomes of history. A permanent resident for the coffee table, and gem for the enthusiastically literate, Remarkable Books guides readers through 75+ of the world's "most celebrated, rare, and seminal books and handwritten manuscripts ever produced."
Explore in full color books ranging from ancient (The Art of War, originally written on bamboo leaves) to political (Chairman Mao's Little Red Book) to just plain purdy (Birds of America). Remarkable Books also discusses the stories behind the books and their creators, and provides insight into their social and cultural context. Works are ordered chronologically to weave a sense of how the growth of human knowledge reflects itself in the bookmaking process.
Capping off its worthiness of prominent display, both in homes and under the Christmas tree: Remarkable Books: The World's Most Beautiful and Historic Works is itself a beaut, wrapped in a textured jacket with gold foil.