Physically Pleasing Books

A Listmania! list by J. WOFFORD "wofford" (Texas)
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The list author says: "These are books that I value as objects. Apart from their verbal content, the books themselves are physically beautiful, interesting, or intriguing.

The sort of books that you put on your desk and people can't help picking them up.

The sort of books that have to be books--they could never be converted to a mere download and still retain their full charm."
McSweeney's, Issue 36
1.  McSweeney's, Issue 36 by Dave Eggers
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  "A box filled with mini-books and other assorted trifles."
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Quimby the Mouse: Or Comic Strips, 1990-1991
2.  Quimby the Mouse: Or Comic Strips, 1990-1991 by Chris Ware
The list author says:
  "Anything by Chris Ware deserves a place on this list. I think his most physically interesting book is Quimby the Mouse, which arrests the eye quite literally from cover to cover. Plus, it's huge."
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The Prophet
3.  The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
The list author says:
  "My copy of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is tiny, black, with yellowing pages and enigmatic artwork. A very nice book to hold and peruse."
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Astonish Yourself: 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life
4.  Astonish Yourself: 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life by Roger-Pol Droit
The list author says:
  "An intriguing book that invites meditation. Plus I like the cover."
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Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)
5.  Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks) 
The list author says:
  "Okay, this is not a book for reading. But you can't beat Moleskine for physically pleasing books, even if they're blank."
$17.02   Used & New from: $9.80
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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
6.  The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "Here it's not the cover that appeals as much as the pages within. This book will never be quite as delightful in digital form."
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Wainwright Pictoral Guides, Book 1: Eastern Fells, 50th Anniversary Edition (Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells)
7.  Wainwright Pictoral Guides, Book 1: Eastern Fells, 50th Anniversary Edition (Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells) by Alfred Wainwright
The list author says:
  "Wainwright's guides to the Lake District won't be of much use outside of England, but they are beautiful books. Each page reproduces a hand-drawn and -lettered leaf of Wainwright's original manuscript, complete with precise maps, imaginative charts, and delicate illustrations of one of Earth's most beautiful regions."
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