True design devotees know that no room is complete without books. Whether it be a few volumes stacked on a coffee table or a bookcasehttps://www.chairish.com/collection/bookcases-and-etageres packed full of tomes, there’s nothing like vintage books to level up a room. If you’re hunting for antique books for sale, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Chairish, we carry thousands of vintage volumes, including vintage coffee table books, vintage art books, and multi-volume book collections that have been pieced together by hand and are perfect for lending any room an instant library vibe. We also curate an assortment of rare and first-edition books. Discover hard-to-find volumes by writers and poets like Jean Cocteau and T.S. Eliot. Explore vintage drawing books on design favorites like Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, David Hockney, Gaugin and more. Come with a specific title in mind, or simply come to browse. From epic, first-edition volumes and autographed collector's editions to playful vintage books that can be picked up for a song, you never know what you’ll run across in our collection of vintage books!
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Our curators are well-versed in the types of books that top designers love to drop into rooms as conversation starters. From art books to design books to city books, our collection is meticulously edited so that all you need to do is browse and buy. Need books in a certain texture to lend dimensions to a space? Shop leather books, fabric books and more. For those looking to fill a plethora of empty shelves, be sure to check out our selection of colored book sets, hand-curated by our collector friends at Booth & Williams. Shop collections in hyper-specific hues like fuchsia, chocolate, or boxwood, or opt for paper-wrapped sets for a more minimalist look. Pick up a three-piece book set if you’re looking for a few books to lend height to a console vignette, or select a sprawling, 100-book set to take bookshelves from barren to brimming in mere minutes!
Tie yourself over between trips to the MOMA with art books. The holy grail when it comes to coffee table books, art volumes are relatively easy to source and make it easy to fill your home with culture. If you’re a modern art buff, consider titles dedicated to Mid 20th Century Pop Art masters, like Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat. More into archival artists? Look for titles on everyone from Manet to Monet and Matisse to Munch. If you can't be tied down to a single muse, consider expanding your library to include art books on art genres such as Impressionism, Cubism, or Fauvism.
For the high-level collector, look for titles dedicated to legendary fashion houses like Balenciaga, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Givenchy. Most houses have released anniversary editions, and it’s also possible to find Vogue retrospectives on most brands. Fashion enthusiasts may also want to dig into the Rizzoli books archive. The legendary publishing house has published numerous titles on the fashion houses, as well as their creative heads And while Cecil Beaton falls into many categories other than fashion, his vintage fashion books are among some of the most coveted thanks to his artsy, self-designed dust jackets.
Travel books never fail to ignite the imagination, making them perfect for populating a coffee table, guest room, or office. For the armchair traveler who prefers a high-level overview, look for titles dedicated to entire continents or regions, such as Africa, Tuscany, the Caribbean, or British Columbia. Alternatively, keep an eye out for destination types of books, like the most beautiful beaches in the world, or the world’s most stunning lakes. Narrow down your interests even more, and hunt down niche volumes spotlighting city-specific traits like vintage signs of Los Angeles, castles of Scotland, or Art Deco design in Miami beach.
Whether it’s a volume devoted to a regional interior style such as Moroccan or Parisian interiors, or a single designer’s archival works, design books aren’t just beautiful to flip through, they’re treasure troves of ideas. For the architecturally inclined, seek out books by spatial masters like Frank Lloyd Wright and Gio Ponti. More into interiors? Opt for books about founding interior design doyennes like Elsie deWolfe, Madeleine Castaing, and Dorothy Draper. Dorothy Draper also penned a few guidebooks of her own that are worth hunting down, including Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess.