It's time for my first round of 2011 gift mixes. There's something kind of luxe yet still very personal about a customized set of books (maybe it's the feeling of abundance), so I've compiled some sets and pairings. Truth be told, while I tried to keep the cost of these sets from getting sky high, a few definitely do exceed the amount I can typically afford to spend per present. Hopefully the combos will simply spark your imagination. And maybe you'll recognize some old favorites from past posts. When possible, I've opted to link to a museum gift shop or directly to the publisher, but most of the titles should be available at a variety of book shops.
Red Set: Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color by Elena Phipps; The Red Dyes: Cochineal, Madder and Murex Purple by Gosta Sandberg -- thanks Linda, aka Ms. Wis, for prompting me to include this one; and A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield. Total, roughly $80 excluding tax and possible shipping charges.
Alternative: Pair one book with a homemade red tassel bookmark.
California Design, 1930–1965 edited by Wendy Kaplan; Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson; and The Ceramics Bible by Louisa Taylor. Total estimate $145 before tax.
Alternative: Any one of the three above with a tiny vintage pot, your own handmade vase, or Heath espresso cup.
Lace Set: Lace from the Victoria and Albert Museum by Clare Browne; The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions by Edwina Ehrman; and Lace: A History by Santina M Levey. Total about $230 excluding tax and possible shipping charges.
Alternative: Just one book wrapped in re-usable laser-cut (or lace-like) paper.
Bloomsbury Set: Beyond Bloomsbury by Alexandra Gerstein and A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections by Nancy E. Green and Christopher Reed. For the pair, around $50.
Bonus: Anna Fewster Bloomsbury letterpress bookplates with one book or both, $17.
[Again, White from the Courtald Gallery's 2009 exhibition, Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913–19.]
Related past post: White Out.