Books Most Seen II
Above, a hardcover first edition of Osa Johnson's 1941, Four Years in Paradise, with the striking and rare giraffe print cover, is currently available through Paris Hotel Boutique. This book was the follow-up to Johnson's earlier title, I Married Adventure.
Recently, Megan, of Beach Bungalow 8, did a great post, You're So Stylin', about accessories and books that have become omnipresent in design mags and catalogs. (Megan creatively offered some alternatives too.) Her post reminded me of something I wrote last summer, on those oft-seen books: Diana Vreeland's Allure, and Osa Johnson's I Married Adventure. These titles must surely be the top two seen on coffee tables, in homes photographed for shelter magazines. But I see the appeal -- both are interesting books with highly decorative covers. It's an intriguing phenomenon. Maybe there is a collective design unconscious.
To find Johnson's book with the original zebra printed cloth binding, try eBay or Paris Hotel Boutique.