Cof­fee ta­ble books are al­ways great gifts

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Cof­fee ta­ble books are al­ways great gifts for just the right en­thu­si­ast, and they’re plen­ti­ful at hol­i­day time as quick grabs or ad­vance buys. A few sug­ges­tions, based on in­ter­est area:

Fash­ion & celebrity

“Harper’s Bazaar: Models,” by Derek Blas­berg: Christy, Naomi, Linda, Kate, Gisele and more. In all, the mag­a­zine’s edi­tor in chief, Glenda Bai­ley, and edi­tor at large, Blas­berg, have se­lected 28 fa­mous faces, with es­says, cov­ers and in­ter­views. Abrams, $65.

“Curves,” pho­to­graphs by Vic­to­ria Janashvili:

Por­traits fo­cused on body es­teem for women, all women short, tall, big and big­ger. Janashvili ends with a nude self­por­trait to, she writes, “see my­self as a beau­ti­ful one - like all the women that I pho­to­graph.” Self-pub­lished, $51 at Cur­ves­the­book.com.

“Cre­at­ing the Il­lu­sion: A Fash­ion­able His­tory of Hol­ly­wood Cos­tume De­sign­ers,” by Jay Jor­gensen and This book cover im­age re­leased by Earth Aware Edi­tions shows “The Na­tional Parks: An Amer­i­can Legacy,” with pho­to­graphs by Ian Shive.

Don­ald L. Scog­gins: The peo­ple be­hind movie fash­ion get their due in long es­says ac­com­pa­nied by pro­duc­tion shots, il­lus­tra­tions and be­hind-the-scenes can­dids. From the silent era of Greta Garbo to Johnny Depp’s pi­rate. Run­ning Press, $65.

“Peter Lind­bergh: Im­ages of Women II,” de­signed by Juan Gatti, text by Werner Spies, Wim Wen­ders and

Peter Handke: The Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher’s work span­ning 2005 through 2014, black and white from the worlds of fash­ion, so­ci­ety and film. Por­traits and nudes in­clude Nicole Kid­man, Tilda Swin­ton and Kate Winslet - and a few fa­mous men. Schirmer/Mosel, $99.95.

Photography, film & il­lus­tra­tion

“Schatz Im­ages: 25 Years,” by Howard Schatz: A stun­ning, two-vol­ume box set from the award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher span­ning por­traits of mur­der­ers and ath­letes, dancers and models, preg­nant moms and “in­ter­est­ing no­bod­ies,” as the pub­lisher puts it. A lim­ited-edition ret­ro­spec­tive. Glit­terati Inc., $365.

“Fellini: The Six­ties,” by Manoah Bow­man: Fo­cused on

the di­rec­tor’s most iconic work, in­clud­ing “Dolce Vita,”“81/2,” “Juliet of the Spir­its” and “Fellini Satyri­con.” In­cludes some never-be­fore-seen archive pho­tos, along with stills and es­says from an ar­ray of con­tem­po­rary writ­ers. A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Turner Clas­sic Movies and Run­ning Press, $65.

“Nex­tinc­tion,” by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy: A fol­low to the car­toon­ist’s wild col­lec­tion of ex­tinct birds. The 192 here, in Steadman’s trade­mark trippy style, are alive but en­dan­gered, in­clud­ing the gi­ant ibis, the kakapo and the spoon-billed sand­piper. Steadman and Levy have dubbed them­selves the “gonzo­va­tion­ists.” Por­tion of pro­ceeds to BirdLife In­ter­na­tional. Blooms­bury, $50.

“Back to the Fu­ture: The Ul­ti­mate Vis­ual His­tory,” by

Michael Klas­to­rian and Ran­dal Ata­ma­niuk: Mark­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of the orig­i­nal movie, hun­dreds of im­ages from all three in the time-travel tril­ogy. Con­cept art and sto­ry­boards are also in­cluded, along with cast and crew in­ter­views. Harper De­sign, in con­junc­tion with Univer­sal Pic­tures, $50.

TV & mu­sic

“Dr. Who: Im­pos­si­ble Worlds,” by Stephen Ni­cholas

and Mike Tucker: For the hard-core fan, this vol­ume of­fers a 50-year his­tory of the show in art and de­sign. Ex­tras at the back in­clude sketches, schemat­ics and full-color sets on cards tucked into an en­ve­lope. Harper De­sign, $45.

“Blue’s Hands,” by Joseph A. Rosen: The pho­tog­ra­pher chron­i­cles his own 30-year love af­fair with blues mu­sic fo­cus­ing on the work­ing hands of some of the greats. In full color close-ups, from juke joints to con­cert halls and lux­ury lin­ers, Rosen sticks to his mis­sion of let­ting the hands tell the story, with nugget bios of each artist at the back. Schif­fer Pub­lish­ing, $29.99.

“Bob Dy­lan All the Songs,” by Philippe Mar­gotin and

Jean-Michel Gues­don: This is the story be­hind ev­ery track. That’s 492 songs. Along with ex­haus­tive notes on play­ers, lyrics and pro­duc­tion, the two have in­cluded bites of back­story for true “Dy­la­nol­o­gists.” Pho­tos of the man and his fa­mous friends and col­lab­o­ra­tors abound. Black Dog & Leven­thal, $50.

“Dust & Grooves: Ad­ven­tures in Record Col­lect­ing,”

by Eilon Paz: One need not be a vinyl head to ap­pre­ci­ate this book, but one does need a healthy ap­pre­ci­a­tion of mu­sic. This gem reads like “Hu­mans of New York” of the crate-dig­ging scene. Paz first self-pub­lished his ode to vinyl col­lec­tors, be­gin­ning in New York but spread­ing to col­lec­tors from Por­tu­gal to Ja­pan to his na­tive Is­rael and back again to Brook­lyn. In all, he tells the sto­ries and lov­ingly pho­to­graphs the col­lec­tions of more than 130 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Acid Jazz record la­bel co-founder Gilles Peter­son, among other no­ta­bles. Ten Speed Press, $50.

Travel & pop cul­ture

“Pas­sage to Cuba,” by Cyn­thia Car­ris Alonso: The pho­tog­ra­pher has spent 20 years shoot­ing Cuba. At a time of open­ness for Amer­i­can visi­tors, she cap­tures street scenes, historic mo­ments and beau­ti­ful land­scapes, from Ha­vana to the sparkling blue shore­line of Va­radero Beach. In thought­ful but spare text, she ex­plains the Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture of Old Ha­vana, poses the dancers of Cuba’s wa­ter bal­let team and shares her shots of a rally cel­e­brat­ing the re­turn of Elian Gonzalez. Sky­horse Pub­lish­ing, $45.

“John Baeder’s Road Well Taken,” by Jay Wil­liams:

No­body cap­tured “diner con­scious­ness” quite like the re­al­ist painter Baeder. In this vol­ume, Wil­liams cre­ates a full ac­count of Baeder’s life, in­clud­ing in­ter­views with the artist and nearly 300 im­ages of his collectable diner paint­ings, wa­ter­col­ors, vin­tage pho­tos and mem­o­ra­bilia. The Ven­dome Press, $45.

“The Na­tional Parks: An Amer­i­can Legacy,” pho­to­graphs by Ian Shive: The Na­tional Park Ser­vice marks its 100th an­niver­sary in 2016. From a por­trait of a gold­en­man­tled ground squir­rel in Glacier Na­tional Park to a serene sun­set at De­nali, this book in­cludes more than 200 never-be­fore-seen im­ages. A bald ea­gle guards prey in Olympic Na­tional Park, the stark dunes at White Sands cre­ate a wind pat­tern and the sun­rise turns peaks yel­low in Death Val­ley. In­sight Edi­tions, $50.

“Revolution: Map­ping the Road to Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence, 1755-1783,” by Richard H. Brown and

Paul E. Co­hen: 60 de­tailed, full-color maps tell the story of the Amer­i­can Revolution. Many doc­u­ment de­ci­sive bat­tles, ac­com­pa­nied by es­says putting them into con­text. Geeks of the pe­riod will revel. W.W. Norton & Com­pany, $75. — AP

This book cover im­age re­leased by Black Dog & Leven­thal shows, “Bob Dy­lan All the Songs,” by Philippe Mar­gotin and Jean-Michel Gues­don.

This book cover im­age re­leased by Harper De­sign shows, “Dr Who: Im­pos­si­ble Worlds,” by Stephen Ni­cholas and Mike Tucker.

This book cover im­age re­leased by Ten Speed Press shows Dust & Grooves: Ad­ven­tures in Record Col­lect­ing,” by Eilon Paz.

This book cover im­age re­leased by Schirmer/Mosel shows “Peter Lind­bergh: Im­ages of Women II,” de­signed by Juan Gatti, with text by Werner Spies, Wim Wen­ders and Peter Handke.

This book cover im­age re­leased by WW Norton & Co shows Revolution: Map­ping the Road to Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence, 1755-1783,” by Richard H Brown and Paul E Co­hen.

This book cover im­age re­leased by Harper De­sign shows, “Back to the Fu­ture: The Ul­ti­mate Vis­ual His­tory,” by Michael Klas­to­rian and Ran­dal Ata­ma­niuk.

This im­age re­leased by Run­ning Press shows “Fellini: The Six­ties,” by Manoah Bow­man.

This book cover im­age re­leased by The Ven­dome Press shows “John Baeder’s Road Well Taken” by Jay Wil­liams.

This book cover im­age re­leased by Schif­fer Pub­lish­ing shows “Blues Hands,” by Joseph A Rosen.

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