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Furniture Reference Books, Shaker, Early American, Contemporary Collection of 5
By Various Makers
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A collection of five hard-bound history of furniture styles and makers reference books full of color photos and illustrations. Covering Early American, New Hampshire Seacoast, Shaker...
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20th Century American International Style Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Tahiti Contemporary Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Tahiti : contemporary art in an age of uncertainty : Hirsch Farm Project / Mitchell Kane. The sixth annual book published by the Hirsch Farm Project, an arts-based think tank, addres...
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20th Century American Folk Art Vintage Contemporaries Books

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  • Tahiti Contemporary Art Book
  • Vintage Tahiti Contemporary Art Book
  • Tahiti Contemporary Art Book
  • Vintage Tahiti Contemporary Art Book
H 7.5 in. W 11 in. D 0.25 in.
Contemporary Danish Furniture Design 'Book'
Located in North Yorkshire, GB
This book as you may see from the main image; is termed "a short illustrated review" - which describes the work of some 120 Danish Furniture Designers and is accompanied buy 520 illu...
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20th Century Vintage Contemporaries Books

  • Contemporary Danish Furniture Design 'Book'
  • Vintage Contemporary Danish Furniture Design 'Book'
  • Contemporary Danish Furniture Design 'Book'
  • Vintage Contemporary Danish Furniture Design 'Book'
H 9.63 in. W 6.75 in. D 0.69 in.
S. H Glenister, Contemporary Design in Woodwork, 1955
By S.H. Glenister
Located in London, GB
First edition, published by John Murray, 1955 A wonderful collection of contemporary design reproductions, including photographic illustrations of furniture taking influence from ...
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Late 20th Century British Vintage Contemporaries Books

Contemporary Quilts from Traditional Designs by Mosey, Carol L
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Contemporary quilts from Traditional Designs by Mosey, Carol L Format/binding hardcover Book condition Used - fine Jacket condition Very good + First edition, first printing so...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Susan Rothenberg Collectible Contemporary Art Book by Joan Simon
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Susan Rothenberg collectible contemporary art book by Joan Simon Synopsis: Susan Rothenberg is recognized as an innovative painter and was a key figure in the revitalization of pai...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Interiors for Contemporary Living 1st Edition, 1960
By The Architectural Press Co.
Located in London, GB
Published by The Architectural Press Co. 1st Edition, 1960 This beautiful book is a comprehensive survey of modern European ideas on interior decoration. More than 220 photograph...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Art in Vienna 1898-1918 Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele and Their Contemporaries
Located in valatie, NY
Art in Vienna 1898-1918: Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele and Their Contemporaries, by Peter Vergo. Phaidon, 1993. 3rd Ed softcover. The rebel artists of Vienna overwhelmed the artistic est...
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1990s English Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Napoleon, Illustrated with Prints from Contemporary and Other Portraits by Baily
Located in Langweer, NL
'Napoleon, Illustrated with Prints from Contemporary and other Portraits' by J.T. Herbert Baily. 126,(2) pp. illustrated, steel engraving frontispiece, 14 illustrations added to the ...
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20th Century Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Contemporary Shops in the United States, Forward by George Nelson, 1946
Located in London, GB
Contemporary shops in the United States Forward by George Nelson Architectural Book Publishing Company, New York 1946 A fascinating visual survey drawing on shop design and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Lolita Sleeping with Comic Books - Sag Harbor 1961
By Bert Stern
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
As one of America's most influential and celebrated photographers, Bert Stern shot the still photos of actress Sue Lyon for the movie Lolita in 1962, which led to one of the memorabl...
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1960s Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Originally issued, self-published catalog by The Dunbar Furniture Corporation of Indiana, Berne, Indiana, 1956. Hardcover with acid-free Mylar dust jacket. Black and white boards hav...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

  • Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
  • Vintage Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
  • Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
  • Vintage Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
H 0.5 in. W 10.25 in. D 11.5 in.
Jens Risom: Contemporary Furniture Catalog
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare, out of print, self-published catalog for the Jens Risom showroom in 1955. Includes a wonderful portrait of the late designer in the intro profile. Photographs shot by Richard A...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

  • Jens Risom: Contemporary Furniture Catalog
  • Jens Risom: Contemporary Furniture Catalog
  • Jens Risom: Contemporary Furniture Catalog
  • Jens Risom: Contemporary Furniture Catalog
H 0.5 in. W 9 in. D 11.5 in.
Eero Saarinen, Library of Contemporary Architects, 1971
By Eero Saarinen
Located in London, GB
First edition, published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 1971. Introduction by Rupert Spade, with 70 photographs by Yukio Futagawa. One of the most renowned American architect...
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Mid-20th Century American Vintage Contemporaries Books

"Robin & Lucienne Day, Pioneers of Contemporary Design" Book
By Robin Day, Lucienne Day
Located in London, GB
Published by Mitchell Beazley, 2011 A publication of works of the revered British design duo. Robin and Lucienne Day were phenomenally influential in the post-war design world, wo...
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Late 20th Century British Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Deering Davis Contemporary Decor Restaurants, Lounges, Bars, 1950
By Deering Davis
Located in London, GB
First edition, published by Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1950. This book is not only valuable for it's wealth of detail, it presents a fabulous selection of American restaur...
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Mid-20th Century British Vintage Contemporaries Books

Women of Design, Contemporary American Interiors, Forward by Andree Putnam
By Beverly Russell
Located in London, GB
Published by Rizzoli first edition, 1992 Women of Design profiles thirty two women who have dominated the world of interior design, included are photographs of some of their fines...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

Contemporary Modern Helmut Newton Big Nude Sumo Book Stand Signed Numbered
By Helmut Newton, Philippe Starck
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an incredible, sumo art print book, "The Big Nude," signed by Helmut Newton, numbered 3,114/10,000 and chrome stand by Philippe Starck. In excellent vintage...
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1990s Vintage Contemporaries Books

Study of Various Books
By Paul Cadmus
Located in New York, NY
Study of Various Books Conté crayon on paper 7.325 x 9.5 inches (18.6 x 24.1 cm) This work is offered by ClampArt in New York City.
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20th Century Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Reclining Nude with Books and Pencils on Lawn
By Fernando Botero
Located in Long Island City, NY
A oil on canvas painting by Latin American Master, Fernando Botero. Featuring a beautiful, voluptuous nude on a lawn surrounded with books and pencils. It is signed lower right and ...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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S.H Glenister, Contemporary Design in Woodwork Vol II
By S.H. Glenister
Located in London, GB
First edition, published by John Murray, 1961 A great book for learning about the craft behind Mid-Century Modern furniture, whether for repairs on joinery or inspiration for new ...
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1960s British Vintage Contemporaries Books

In the Neoclassic Style Empire, Biedermeier and the Contemporary Home
Located in Oakland Park, FL
In the Neoclassic Style: Empire, Biedermeier and the Contemporary Home Explores the rich neoclassical style of interior design known as the Empire style and shows examples of it's p...
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1990s North American Neoclassical Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Selections from the Permanent Collection of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary
Located in valatie, NY
Selections from the Permanent Collection of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. LA Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1990. First edition softcover. A catalog of an exhibition e...
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1990s American Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Contemporary Realism / Impressionism still-life interior w/ books & sculpture
By Peter Thrasher
Located in Bryn Mawr, PA
This is a classic, oil on canvas academic Contemporary Realist painting of an interior depicting a desktop surface holding a sculpture, paintings, books, and other items with Impress...
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1980s Impressionist Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Canvas, Oil

PRAYER, Signed Lithograph, Holy Books, Jewish Art
By Moshe Castel
Located in Union City, NJ
PRAYER by the Israeli artist Moshe Castel (1909-1991) is a limited edition lithograph printed in 14 colors using traditional lithographic techniques on archival Somerset paper 100% a...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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PRAYER, Signed Lithograph, Holy Books, Jewish Art, Blue Green, Black
By Moshe Castel
Located in Union City, NJ
PRAYER by the Israeli artist Moshe Castel (1909-1991) is a limited edition lithograph printed in 14 colors using traditional lithographic techniques on archival Somerset paper 100% a...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Lithograph

Jens Risom Contemporary Furniture Catalog
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom furniture catalog for 1955, with sections on cabinets and headboards, chairs, sofas, tables, and desks. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photos of furniture item...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

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  • Jens Risom Contemporary Furniture Catalog
  • Jens Risom Contemporary Furniture Catalog
  • Jens Risom Contemporary Furniture Catalog
  • Jens Risom Contemporary Furniture Catalog
H 11.25 in. W 8.75 in. D 0.5 in.
Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
First edition of the lavish 1956 Dunbar Furniture catalog, in black and white and color, featuring innovative layouts by Hockaday. The index in the back features specifications such ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Contemporaries Books

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  • Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
  • Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
  • Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
  • Dunbar Book of Contemporary Furniture
H 11.5 in. W 10.25 in. D 1 in.
8 Volumes Furniture Forum Reference of Contemporary Design Books
Located in Long Beach, CA
8 Volumes Furniture Forum Reference of Contemporary Design Books. Price is per book. Vol. 24 1974 (Available) Vol 13 Annual (Green ...
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20th Century Vintage Contemporaries Books

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By Dalia Ramanauskas
Located in Port Chester, NY
DALIA RAMANAUSKAS (b. 1936) Dalia Ramanauskas was born in 1936 in Kaunas, Lithuania. She came to the United States in 1949, where she later graduated from Southern Connecticut Colle...
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1970s Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Paper, Ink

Fruits and books on a plaid tablecloth, unique piece, oil paint on paper, 1989
By Raymond Debieve
Located in Lempzours, Dordogne
Raymond Debiève (1931-2011) - Painter, ceramist and sculptor Raymond Debiève was born on 29 May 1931, just like his twin brother Michel, in a popular suburb of Maubeuge (Northern Fr...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Vintage Contemporaries Books

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Vintage Contemporaries Books For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of vintage contemporaries books available on 1stDibs. There are many Contemporary and Impressionist versions of these works for sale. These items have been made for many years, with versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Adding a colorful piece of art to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — see the vintage contemporaries books on 1stDibs that include elements of blue, gray, beige, brown and more. Moshe Castel, Fernando Botero, Raymond Debieve, Paul Cadmus and Dalia Ramanauskas took a thoughtful approach to this subject that are worth considering. Frequently made by artists working in oil paint, paint and lithograph, all of these available pieces are unique and have attracted attention over the years.

Finding the Right Books for You

Antique and vintage books add a sense of culture and style to any room. Displaying these types of books in your living room or reading nook can warm a space with a distinguished feel.

Several factors make antique books highly desirable. Original jackets, ornate binding, illustrations and quality of the print all contribute to making a vintage book special. Rare books are of great interest to collectors in the know and can command high prices at auction. In 2021, an important early artist book by Andy Warhol sold at auction for more than $106,000. Somewhere between all the commercial work he did as an ambitious young graphic designer in the early 1950s and his first real debut as a Pop artist a decade later, Warhol produced a trove of incredibly charming drawings. His illustrated self-published artist books from the 1950s are very rare.

Many collectors seek the first edition of certain books. Fewer copies of a book and higher demand make it a rare find. A book that contains the author’s signature also makes it much more prized than other examples of the same title.

Collectors and designers decorate rooms with vintage books for a cozy feeling in a home. Coffee-table books, such as those featuring photography and design, serve as conversation pieces or offer a relaxing moment when leafed through.

Interior designers look for vintage books when they want to add color or detail. For instance, leather-bound books can create a scholarly air while mid-century titles offer a modern edge. Vintage international books or first editions can provide a sense of history.

No matter the genre, there is a book for you. You can find rare, one-of-a-kind antique books on 1stDibs. Browse by authors, like celebrated architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as by period, including mid-century modern, Art Deco and Victorian.

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Tauba Auerbach’s Geometric Pop-Up Book Is Mighty Rare, Thanks to a Hurricane

Tauba Auerbach’s Geometric Pop-Up Book Is Mighty Rare, Thanks to a Hurricane

This sculptural art book has an epic backstory of its own.

Step inside the Storied Mansions of Palm Beach’s Most Effervescent Architect

Step inside the Storied Mansions of Palm Beach’s Most Effervescent Architect

From Spanish-style courtyards to fanciful fountains, these acclaimed structures abound in surprising and elegant details.

Known for Its Funky Furniture, Atelier Biagetti Has Launched Golden Workout Equipment

Known for Its Funky Furniture, Atelier Biagetti Has Launched Golden Workout Equipment

The couple behind the fabled Italian studio are both loved and hated for their rascally conceptual design projects. Now, they're venturing into sustainable luxury gym products and perfecting coffee. Photo courtesy of Atelier Biagetti

Medal-Worthy Memorabilia from Previous Summer Olympics

Medal-Worthy Memorabilia from Previous Summer Olympics

Gear up for the highly anticipated Tokyo Games with unique items that celebrate athletes, events and host countries.

A Heady Group of Industry Insiders Pick the World’s Top Interior Designers

A Heady Group of Industry Insiders Pick the World’s Top Interior Designers

With a vast range of styles and perspectives, this global roster of talents represents the best of design.

Why ‘Nest’ Was Best: The Rule-Breaking Interiors Mag Gets a Second Act

Why ‘Nest’ Was Best: The Rule-Breaking Interiors Mag Gets a Second Act

Designer Todd Oldham takes a loving look back at the shelter pub whose eclectic style and substance inspired so much about the way we live now.

Alex Assouline Shows Us How to Curate the Perfect Private Library

Alex Assouline Shows Us How to Curate the Perfect Private Library

The publishing scion has crafted a surprisingly successful business out of designing high-end book displays.

The Secret Ingredient of Paris Essex’s ‘Crazy Blankets’ Is . . . Friendship

The Secret Ingredient of Paris Essex’s ‘Crazy Blankets’ Is . . . Friendship

The creative duo Tiphaine de Lussy and Carolyn Clewer have been collaborating on fashion and art projects for decades. With their latest knit and crochet creations, eyes and mouths are everything.