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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Bedrooms: Creating the Stylish, Comfortable Room of Your Dreams Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Bedrooms: Creating the Stylish, Comfortable Room of Your Dreams Hardcover The bestselling author of A Room of Her Own, Kitchens, and Bathrooms is back with Bedrooms, a showcase of ...
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Early 2000s North American Modern Books

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Materials Matter Set by Theodora Alfredsdottir
Located in Geneve, CH
Materials matter set by Theodora Alfredsdottir Unique set Materials: Granite Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 18 cm Theodora Alfredsdottir is a product design studio based in London. The...
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2010s English Modern Books

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Granite, Marble

Picasso Challenging the Past Book by Elizabeth Cowling and Pablo Picasso
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Picasso: Challenging the Past Book by Elizabeth Cowling and Pablo Picasso. Picasso: Challenging the Past Paperback – May 3, 2011 From his earliest years Pablo Picasso was a passion...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Brazil's Modern Architecture by Elisabetta Andreoli
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This book is the most comprehensive survey and analysis of Brazilian modern architecture to date, written by a young generation of Brazilian architects and historians for an internat...
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2010s American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Be Extraordinary, The Spirit of Bentley, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Since its founding nearly a century ago, Bentley has become an arresting and eloquent voice for the British persona. This book not only illustrates the engineering excellence of the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Calder The Complete Bronzes Book
Located in New York, NY
Calder: The Complete Bronzes book. Published on the occasion of the exhibition; October 25 - December 8, 2012, New York, New York. Acknowledgements: "It is our honor and privilege ...
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2010s American Modern Books

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Vintage Picabia Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Picabia book An iconoclastic poet and painter, open to everything that was "other" and different, responsive to any form of newness - not only in art but to such external re...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Books

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From the Far West Carpets and Textiles of Morocco Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
From the Far West Carpets and Textiles of Morocco Fiske, Patricia L. and Pickering, W. Russell and Yohe, Ralph S. in black cloth covered board very lightly worn, corners very ligh...
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1980s Moroccan Vintage Modern Books

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"Living with Books Vintage Decorative" Book by the New York Times
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Living with books soft cover vintage decorative book by The New York Times Rita Reif 123 pages Black and white pictures The New York Times Book Company, 1968.    
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1960s American Vintage Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Olga Hanono The Art of Beautiful Living
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Olga Hanono: The Art of Beautiful Living (Cloth Hardcover) by Marcela Aguilar y Maya In Stock in Los Angeles 288 pages 150 illustrations Released in June 2019 W 24.8 x L 33 x ...
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2010s American Modern Books

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Nureyev, 1995
Located in London, GB
Nureyev Phaidon Press, London, 1995. Softcover in dust jacket. The book presents some of the most iconic photographic images of Nureyev and contains a complete resume of Nureye...
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20th Century European Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Sig Bergamin Maximalism Book by Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
About the product: Architect and designer Sig Bergamin’s bold Brazilian style comes across clearly in his vivid, eclectic work. A self-described “maximalist,” Bergamin travels con...
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2010s Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Architizer: The World's Best Architecture, Phaidon
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A spectacular celebration of the most inspiring contemporary architecture from around the globe The Architizer A+Awards represent a celebration of the year's best architecture and...
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2010s American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Alaïa Livre de Collection by Prosper Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Alaïa: Livre de Collection by Prosper Assouline (Hardcover) In stock in Los Angeles For over 35 years, Prosper Assouline and Azzedine Alaïa were close friends. As a tribute to th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Marc Jacobs Illustrated by Grace Coddington
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Marc Jacobs Illustrated (Hardcover) by Grace Coddington In stock in Los Angeles A unique monograph of over 50 collections created by the fashion designer Marc Jacobs in the past ...
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2010s American Modern Books

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in Stock in Los Angeles, AB Concept, Paola Singer, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Founded in Hong Kong two decades ago by Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, AB Concept has been touted as one of the most innovative design firms in Asia and across the globe. The forward-thinki...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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in Stock in Los Angeles, So Far So Goude by Jean-Paul Goude
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Ibiza Bohemia (Hardcover) by Renu Kashyap & Maya Boyd In stock in Los Angeles So Far So Goude represents Goude's work from the late 1960s up to the present. It is, in fact, an ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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in Stock in Los Angeles, Portraits of the New Architecture 2, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Following the success of the first volume, Portraits of the New Architecture II introduces thirty-four new and exciting architects and architectural firms whose projects are shaping ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Valentino: At the Emperor's Table by André Leon Talley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Valentino: At the Emperor's Table by André Leon Talley In stock in Los Angeles As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, “Valentino Garavani desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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in Stock in Los Angeles, Giacobetti by Jérôme Neutres
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Giacobetti (Hardcover) by Jérôme Neutres In stock in Los Angeles Francis Giacobetti reinvented not only the nude, but the entire artistic process of capturing images in video and...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Diane Arbus Revelations 1st Edition
By Diane Arbus
Located in London, GB
Diane Arbus. Revelations. Published by Schirmer Mosel, Munich, 2003. Extensive survey of photographs by Diane Arbus spanning her entire career, many of them never before published....
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Early 2000s American Modern Books

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Araki by Araki The Photographer's Personal Selection
Located in London, GB
Nobuyoshi Araki Araki by Araki The Photographer's Personal Selection Published by Kodansha America Inc. 2003. First Edition. Hard back in pictorial dust jacket. Illustrate...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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New York Photographs Book by Andreas Feininger, 1964
Located in Atlanta, GA
New York Photographs Book by Andreas Feininger. Color & black and white photo-reproductions by Andreas Feininger (1906-1999), American photographer and a writer on photographic tech...
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1960s American Vintage Modern Books

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The Last of the Nuba by Leni Riefenstahl Vintage Decorative Hardcover Book
By Leni Riefenstahl
Located in Oakland Park, FL
The Last of the Nuba by Leni Riefenstahl Vintage Decorative hardcover book Publisher ? : ? Harper & Row; 1st edition (January 1, 1974) Language ? : ? English Hardcover ? : ? 208 p...
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1970s European Vintage Modern Books

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The Pot Book, Edmund de Waal
By Edmund de Waal
Located in London, GB
Edmund de Waal The Pot Book Published by Phaidon Press, London 2011. Hardback first edition in dust jacket. 'The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Cl...
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2010s Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Lisa Perry Fashion Homes Design, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Lisa Perry, known for her 60s-inspired collection of clothing and accessories reminiscent of Courrèges and Cardin, is now showcasing her longtime passion: the home. Her love for desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Beaumarly Paris by Gilbert Costes, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Beaumarly Paris (Hardcover) In stock in Los Angeles Icons of the Parisian lifestyle, Beaumarly establishments encompass more than twenty ultra-stylish cafés, hotels, nightclubs, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Stills, First Edition, 1990
Located in London, GB
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills Published by Jonathan Cape, London 1990. First edition monograph on Cindy Sherman's iconic early work; The 'Untitled Film Stills' series of 40 ph...
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1970s British Vintage Modern Books

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Louis Icart The Complete Etchings Book by William Holland
Located in Atlanta, GA
Louis Icart, The Complete Etchings book, by William R. Holland, Clifford P. Catania and Nathan D. Isen, 1990. 1988 marked the one-hundredth anniversary of Louis Icart's birth. There...
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1990s American Modern Books

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Picasso Paris, Boeck and Sabart Vintage, 1955, First Edition Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage, 1955, first edition, Picasso, S.P.A.D.E.M. Paris, Boeck and Sabartes, Vintage, Picasso, First Edition, 1955. Description: Pablo Picasso. Wilhelm Boeck and Jaime Sabartes. Pu...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Books

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Ed Van Der Elsken 'Jazz' Signed First Edition 1959
By Ed van der Elsken
Located in London, GB
Ed Van Der Elsken. Jazz. Signed First Edition. De Nederlandse Boekenclub, Den Haag, 1959. Signed by author to half title. Rare first edition. This book is an extraordinary record o...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Modern Books

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Herb Ritts Duo First Edition 1991
Located in London, GB
Herb Ritts. Duo. Published by Twin Palms Publishers, Altadena, CA, 1991. First edition. A Herb Ritts classic produced to benefit amfAR, Elizabeth Taylor’s Foundation for AIDS. Rit...
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1990s American Modern Books

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Styles of Living The Best of Casa Vogue Vercelloni, Isa Coffee Table Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Styles of Living: The Best of Casa Vogue coffee table hardcover book. by Isa Vercelloni New York: Rizzoli, 1985. This is a compendium of fabulous houses, unashamedly showcasing th...
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20th Century English Modern Books

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The Big Book Of Harley-Davidson Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Big Book Of Harley-Davidson: Official Publication by Harley-Davidson, Inc. Bolfert, Thomas C. Published by Harley-Davidson Inc. Milwaukee, 1989 The Big Book Of Harley-Davidso...
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1990s American Modern Books

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A Wonderful Time An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life Vintage Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life vintage hardcover coffee table book From the front flap of this 190 page book: "'A Wonderful Time' captures magnificently th...
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1970s North American Vintage Modern Books

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"The Big Nude" Sumo Book with Stand Helmut Newton
Located in Atlanta, GA
Helmut Newton's Sumo book. One of the most exciting books ever published by Taschen. Signed and numbered to interior 'Helmut Newton'. This book is number 00902 of 10,000 from the fir...
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1990s German Modern Books

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Black Dolls: Unique African American Dolls, 1850–1930
Located in London, GB
Black Dolls by Margo Jefferson. Published by Radius Books/ Mingei International Museum, 2015. Hardback in dust jacket. First Edition. This important book presents the history of Af...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Picasso Paris by Boeck and Sabart Collectible Art Book First Edition, 1955
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage, 1955, first edition, Picasso, S.P.A.D.E.M. Paris, Boeck and Sabartes, Vintage, Pablo Picasso, First Edition, 1955. Description: Pablo Picasso. Wilhelm Boeck and Jaime Sabart...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Books

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in Stock in Los Angeles, Place Vendome by Alexis Gregory, Assouline
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Whenever the rich and famous are in Paris, they head for the city’s most beautiful square, the Place Vendome, originally conceived by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, First Architect to the S...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Sourcebook of Modern Furniture
Located in Richmond, VA
Hardback coffee table book sourcing modern furniture design. By Jerryll Habegger and Joseph H. Osman, published by 1989. 1st edition, 470 pages. "The Sourcebook of Modern Furnitur...
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20th Century Modern Books

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The Bigger Picture 30 Years of Portraits Book by Diana H. Walker
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Bigger Picture: 30 Years of Portraits Book by Diana H. Walker. As a Time magazine photographer covering the White House through four presidential administrations, Diana Walker e...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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Pablo Picasso, a Retrospective, Library or Coffee Table Book, 1980 New York
Located in New York, NY
Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective, The Museum on Modern Art, New York, library or coffee table book, 1980. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective,...
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20th Century American Modern Books

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The End Montauk, N.Y. 'Signed'
By Michael Dweck
Located in New York, NY
First edition (stated) photographic essay documenting the surfing subculture on the eastern end of Long Island. Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, in 2004. Tall 4to, unpaginated...
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Early 2000s American Modern Books

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Christie’s New York Masterworks, 1900-2000
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Christie’s New York Masterworks, 1900-2000 This catalog includes Daum, Galle, Lalique, among others with various recent artists this out of print post auction catalog consists of 26...
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Early 2000s North American Modern Books

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Figure in Fired Clay
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book discussing the various appearances of the human form over the centuries. By Betty Blandino, published in 2001. First edition, 144 pages. "The Fi...
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Early 2000s Modern Books

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Paul Klee
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage paperback coffee table book featuring artist, Paul Klee. By The Museum of Modern Art, published in 1987. First edition, 344 pages. "This book, published to accompany a maj...
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1980s Vintage Modern Books

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New York Times Home
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book discussing modern design styles, problems, and solutions. By Suzanne Slesin, published in 1982. First edition, 269 pages. "In ?The New York Time...
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1980s Vintage Modern Books

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Royal Diana and Charles 's Wedding Philatelic Panels Collection 125 Stamps
Located in Plainview, NY
The Royal Wedding Philatelic Panels Collection was published by the Postal Commemorative Society in 1983. The album collection of historic Royal Wedding Commemorative Stamps also fea...
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Late 20th Century Modern Books

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In Stock in Los Angeles, Coca-Cola Kiss the past Hello by Stephen Bayley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Coca-Cola: Kiss the Past Hello by Stephen Bayley In stock in Los Angeles One of the most famous and unmistakable shapes in the world since its introduction in 1915, the Coca-Cola...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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LA Lost & Found
Located in Richmond, VA
Hardback coffee table book discussing the history of architecture in Los Angeles. By Sam Hall Kaplan, published in 1987. First edition, 224 pages. "As Los Angeles has grown, much ...
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1980s Vintage Modern Books

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Christie's Dec. 2010 Important 20th C Deco, Art Collection of Max Palevsky
Located in valatie, NY
Christie's December 2010 Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Collection of Max Palevsky. 1st Ed softcover auction catalog 426 lots illustrated in color and fully described...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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David Smith: The Sculptor and His Work
Located in Richmond, VA
Hardback coffee table book discussing the work of sculptor, David Smith. By Stanley E. Marcus, published in 1983. First edition, signed, 207 pages. "This book traces the career of...
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1980s Vintage Modern Books

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Christies May 2005, 20th Century Decorative Arts, Paris, 1st Ed
Located in valatie, NY
Christies May 2005, 20th Century Decorative Arts, Paris, 1st Ed. 66 lots on 88 pages photographed in color and described. With results. NPT Books, a division of Trent Antiques, has...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Books

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David Rago & John Sollo Auction Catalogs, 20th C Modern 3/2002, 10/2003
Located in valatie, NY
David Rago & John Sollo Auction Catalogs, 20th c Modern 3/2022, 10/2003. A pair of 1st Ed softcover auction catalogs 20th c modern. 2002 catalog with results. A total of 1796 lots ph...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Books

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A History of Ballet and Dance in the Western World Book by Alexander Bland
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A History of Ballet and Dance in the Western World Book by Alexander Bland. Title A History of Ballet and Dance in the Western World Author Alexander Bland Publisher Praeger, 1976...
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20th Century American Modern Books

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Normandie, The epic of the giant of the seas Book, by Bruno Foucart, 1985
Located in Atlanta, GA
Normandie, L'Epopé du Géant des Mers book (The Normandie, the epic of the giant of seas) by Bruno Foucart, 1985. The Normandie, "French quality liner", "floating exhibition", "steel...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Books

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Issey Miyake
Located in Richmond, VA
Hardback book featuring the work of designer, Issey Miyake. By Laurence Bénaïm, published in 1997. First edition, 80 pages. "Issey Miyake is the quintessence of the postwar Japane...
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1990s Modern Books

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Vintage Decorative Hardcover Book Ansel Adams by Barry Pritzker
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage decorative hardcover book Ansel Adams by Barry Pritzker 192 pages in black and white Brompton Books, 1991 Greenwich CT Size: 14.5 10.5 x 0.25.   
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1990s American Modern Books

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