Best in show

a round-up of the year’s most beautifully inspiring books to collect

It's true that bookshelves, even coffee tables, serve as inspiration boards and something of a window into the mind. Add the fact that publishers such as Rizzoli and Assouline are creating ever more beautiful editions, sheathed in rich materials and engraved leathers, and it's clear some page-turners are worth holding on to. So whether your interest is fashion, decorating, food or travel, we've selected a few of the year's most collectible hardcovers filled with inspiring and enthralling photographs and escapist visions. 

Top row from left: Swans – Legends Of The Jet Society, by Nicholas Foulkes, (Assouline); Pretty Much Everything, by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, (Taschen) available for pre-order; Amber, Guinevere, and Kate Photographed by Craig McDean: 1993-2005, (Rizzoli); François Halard, by François Halard and Isabelle Dupuy Chavanat, (Rizzoli); Art Jewels, by Suzanne Syz (Assouline); Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years, by Alexander Vreeland, (Rizzoli). 

Middle row: Dior Impressions: The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior, by Florence Muller, (Rizzoli); Stern Fotografie 72, by Mario Sorrenti, (Stern Portfolios); Private, Giancarlo Giammetti, by Giancarlo Giammetti, (Assouline) available for pre-order; Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes, by Antawan I. Byrd, (Phaidon Press); Dennis Hopper: On the Road, by Dennis Hopper and Jose Lebrero Stals, (Fundación Museo Picasso Málaga); It's Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman, by Charles Churchward, (Rizzoli). 

Bottom row: The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries, by Katrien Van der Schueren, (Chronicle Books); Elizabeth Peyton: Here She Comes Now, by Elizabeth Peyton and Dodie Kazanjian, (Walther König); Oscar Niemeyer, by Matthieu Salvaing, (Assouline); Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home, by Ivan Terestchenko, (Vendome Press); Cecil Beaton: The Art Of The Scrapbook, by James Danziger, (Assouline); Ballets Russes, by André Tubeuf, (Assouline).