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John Derian Picture Book Hardcover – 22 Aug 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 01 edition (22 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579656471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579656478
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 3.8 x 36.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set to triumph in this season s top coffee table book competition. . . . John Derian Picture Book contains beguiling images drawn from old prints and lithographs. . . . We suspect that some people may buy two copies, one to display and another to cut up for pictures and to decorate the walls.
The Times (London)

John Derian s ultimate paperweight.
Vanity Fair

Big lush pages.
The New York Times

Gorgeously wordless.
The Boston Globe

A picture book for adults: John Derian s dreamlike world fascinates. . . . We bet we ll see framed pages from this book on many walls.
PaperCity

Truly a must-read.
Vogue.com"

Thick, satisfying . . . gloriously oversize. . . . A treasure trove of inspiration, the artist s first book is an object to covet.
The Wall Street Journal

Big lush pages.
The New York Times

A feast for the eyes. . . . The book brims with untold stories.
Wallpaper

Joyfully nostalgic. . . . An eye-popping tour of [Derian s] archives.
Elle Decor

Destined to become a collector s item.
Better Homes & Gardens

The quality of paper and ink used in making the book makes you feel like you re flipping through a collection of prints.
The Houston Chronicle

This simple, beautiful book filled with nearly 300 images from the 18th and 19th centuries, defies categorization. . . . All of the oversize pages are frame-worthy.
The Los Angeles Times

If you could bring yourself to rip out the pages and frame them, you would be able to decorate an entire apartment with this book. But having all the exotic and vintage illustrations in one place fantastic creatures (mostly dogs), seafaring vessels (and men), far-flung gardens (and the things that grow in them) is a warm comfort on a cold winter day.
T: The New York Times Style Magazine

John Derian s ultimate paperweight.
Vanity Fair

A picture book for adults: John Derian s dreamlike world fascinates. . . . We bet we ll see framed pages from this book on many walls.
PaperCity

Gorgeously wordless.
The Boston Globe

No words. Doesn t need em.
New York Magazine

An enchanting miscellany of marvels.
Harper s Bazaar (U.K.)

Set to triumph in this season s top coffee table book competition. . . . John Derian Picture Book contains beguiling images drawn from old prints and lithographs. . . . We suspect that some people may buy two copies, one to display and another to cut up for pictures and to decorate the walls.
The Times (London)

Truly a must-read.
Vogue.com

If there s one coffee-table book that s the must-have gift book of the season, this one is it. . . . Arresting, odd, and lovely images.
Kirkus Reviews
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"Thick, satisfying . . . gloriously oversize. . . . A treasure trove of inspiration, the artist's first book is an object to covet."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Big lush pages."
--The New York Times

"A feast for the eyes. . . . The book brims with untold stories."
--Wallpaper

"Joyfully nostalgic. . . . An eye-popping tour of [Derian's] archives."
--Elle Decor

"Destined to become a collector's item."
--Better Homes & Gardens

"The quality of paper and ink used in making the book makes you feel like you're flipping through a collection of prints."
--The Houston Chronicle

"This simple, beautiful book filled with nearly 300 images from the 18th and 19th centuries, defies categorization. . . . All of the oversize pages are frame-worthy."
--The Los Angeles Times

"If you could bring yourself to rip out the pages and frame them, you would be able to decorate an entire apartment with this book. But having all the exotic and vintage illustrations in one place--fantastic creatures (mostly dogs), seafaring vessels (and men), far-flung gardens (and the things that grow in them)--is a warm comfort on a cold winter day."
--T: The New York Times Style Magazine

"John Derian's ultimate paperweight."
--Vanity Fair

"A picture book for adults: John Derian's dreamlike world fascinates. . . . We bet we'll see framed pages from this book on many walls."
--PaperCity

"Gorgeously wordless."
--The Boston Globe

"No words. Doesn't need 'em."
--New York Magazine

"An enchanting miscellany of marvels."
--Harper's Bazaar (U.K.)

"Set to triumph in this season's top coffee table book competition. . . . John Derian Picture Book contains beguiling images drawn from old prints and lithographs. . . . We suspect that some people may buy two copies, one to display and another to cut up for pictures and to decorate the walls."
--The Times (London)

"Truly a must-read."
--Vogue.com

"If there's one coffee-table book that's the must-have gift book of the season, this one is it. . . . Arresting, odd, and lovely images."
--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

John Derian is an artist and designer who transforms printed images from the past, and in doing so transports the viewer to another world. He established John Derian Company Inc. in 1989, and his decoupage plates, platters, paperweights, coasters, and bowls are still entirely handmade in his studio in New York City, where he employs a small staff of artisans to assist with production. His designs are sold at upscale home stores, in catalogs, and at gift shops worldwide, and he has designed exclusive collections for Cisco Brothers, Astier de Villatte, Target, and more. His retail shops, studio, and homes have been featured in Vogue, The New York Times Style Magazine, The World of Interiors, Elle Decor, and Vanity Fair, among others.


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This is the most beautiful coffee table book. Full of beautiful prints from pre-photography days. A really interesting selection of pictures to look through. I leave a new page open every day so that I can really appreciate it. Highly recommend this lovely book. A great present for people who are difficult to buy for (i.e. have everything) as it's truly original and beautifully presented.
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nice to see he has taken the time to share and research the origin of the artworks - i can imagine that being extremely difficult to do. I bought two copies it is so good.
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Beautiful and extremely inspiring.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 48 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Picture Book! 1 Dec. 2016
By P.McGivern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
John Derian is incredibly talented & I have been admiring his beautiful decopodge plates for years! When I saw his book in my favorite home decor store recently I couldn't resist ordering it for less on Amazon! In fact I ordered 2, one as a gift. The book is full of gorgeous prints one after the other of animals, insects, floral images, a ship, people, ... So vibrant & colorful! It's inspiring to examine the fine detail of each print. Have a magnifying glass next to this fantastic large book on my coffee table! Love love love this book!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone, really! 21 Dec. 2016
By LMF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really do love this book! It's rare to find picture books for adults where the words are left out and all you have is eye candy. Let your imagination soar with every page! Picture after picture after picture. No words. Just pictures. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! I purchased this book for my sister this Christmas. She is mentally & physically disabled and in her 40s. She is too old for the kid picture books, and she isn't able to read the adult picture books that are short on pictures and loaded with words. With this book, she'll be able to keep it open on her lap, turn the page whenever she feels like it and enjoy the intricate details within every story that each picture holds. Thank you, John Derian!
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, kinda 31 Oct. 2016
By papergirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, I have to admit that I am kind of disappointed. But I'm also coming from the perspective of not having paid full price or even the discounted Amazon price for my copy. I was able to purchase this book used and paid less than half the cover price. Had I paid full price or Amazon price I would have been a whole lot more disappointed.

Here is what I like:
The book is very well made.
Reproduction of the images is sharp and clear and colorful.
The paper the images are printed on is a good quality stock.
The images are, indeed, very large - I would guess much larger than the originals based on my experience with antique chromolithographs and steel engravings. If you're looking for details of antique images you're going to get that with this book.

What I don't like so much:
Because the images are so large - more than double or triple their original size in many if not all cases - some have lost their "prettiness" for me.
Content on several pages is very sparse.
Many of Derian's favorite images, which is what this book is all about, didn't really excite me.
The double-page spreads. Ugh. I hate them.
(I've included photos to illustrate my points. My photos of the faces are not detail shots - they are really that large in the book - book page size is about 11" x 14" and the images fill the page.)

So bottom line - had I paid full price or Amazon price I would have been sorely disappointed. But I didn't and because the amount of money I invested was smaller I can set the bar a bit lower. Given that, had I looked through the book before I'd purchased it I have to admit that I would have probably waited for it to get really really cheap.

Book content is 3-stars, book build is 5-stars so I give it 4-stars with a caveat - buy it used if you can.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth It! 27 Nov. 2016
By Paul Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful graphics. Nothing else like it that I know of. Makes one focus on things like the logos on orange crates and the like. An excercise on seeing!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing collection of art that would make for a substantial ... 26 Dec. 2016
By Merk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Amazing collection of art that would make for a substantial coffee table book for anyone. Gave as a gift. Recipient loved it.
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