Archive for September 26, 2013

New Books Posted, September 2013

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Unsorted:

How To Be A Superhero by Doctor Metropolis
The Lover by Marguerite Duras (Movie Cover)
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Forbidden Knowledge: Sex – 101 Sensual Acts NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (Edited by Alan Ryan)
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (UK edition)
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon

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The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (30th Anniversary Edition)
An Introduction to Modern Philosophy by Garrett Thomson (1993)
Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History by Richard Shenkman
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
What is the What by Dave Eggers
The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
V. by Thomas Pynchon
The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula by Roderick Anscombe
Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human by Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
The First Man by Albert Camus
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
The Geography of Thought by Richard E. Nisbett
Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll
Animal Farm by George Orwell (Centennial Edition)
Dictionary of Subjects & Symbols in Art by James Hall
Essays of E.B. White
Generation of Swine by Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2
The Good Body by Eve Ensler
The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms (Edited by Ron Padgett)
The Mammoth Book of Tales from the Road (Kerouac, Steinbeck, Thompson, etc)
As Francesca by Martha Baer

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The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
Mao II by Don DeLillo
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson (Medical Historical)
The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners by James Joyce
Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch
The Rituals of Dinner by Margaret Visser
The Elements of Copywriting by Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly
The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

Happy shopping!

– www.avalon.ph

Field Notes America the Beautiful and Night Sky Edition Now Available

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Field Notes: America the Beautiful. Now available on our website.

Spring 2013: America The Beautiful Edition. Printed 3/13, Edition size: 45,000 books. Proudly Printed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.

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Each book measures 3-1/2″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall and is bound with a rugged three-staple saddle-stitch process. Durable Materials, Pocket Size.

When you think of FIELD NOTES, two things should be abundantly clear by now: first, obviously, we are obsessed with the design and variety of pocket notebooks of the twentieth century. Second, simply put, we love the U.S.A. The good, the bad, the corny, the deep; all of it. Our commitment to American materials and labor is well known.

As we set out to create the eighteenth COLORS limited edition, we dug into Aaron’s collection of vintage memo books for inspiration, and set out to pay tribute to the cross-country-road-trip spirit of America, via the vibrant full-color aesthetic of the beautifully-roughhewn memo books and road maps of the 1960s.

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In today’s world of computerized precision, it was challenging to find anything but the brightest-white paper, and our printer takes great pride in perfection. Printing oversaturated photos on yellowed paper, with a purposefully out-of-register 100-line screen, was nearly outside the capabilities of modern machinery and left pressmen scratching their heads. But we made it happen! The dust has settled, and we present our beefiest FIELD NOTES ever. Colorful stock photography of “Spacious Skies,” “Amber Waves,” and “Mountains Majesty” are reproduced in full-color on heavyweight, off-white, Tango-coated one-side covers, and stuffed with 48 pages of burly Finch “Soft White” paper ruled with “Looseleaf Blue” ink. They’re bound together with shiny copper staples, and as always: they’re manufactured in the very nation they celebrate.

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Each 3-Pack includes an “America the Beautiful” water-transfer decal inspired by the ubiquitous decals that mid-century tourists proudly applied to their Samsonite, Airstream, or Chevy Bel-Air. The decal is screen-printed in fluorescent colors on a clear backing, waiting to be briefly soaked in water and applied to an inviting, soon-to-be-more-attractive surface.


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Field Notes: Night Sky Edition. Now available on our website.

Summer 2013: Night Sky Edition. Printed 6/13, Edition size: 45,000 books. Proudly Printed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.

Countless lines of prose, poetry, and music have been written in hopes of capturing the magic of a summer night, but leave it to FIELD NOTES to take an inexplicably transcendent feeling and distill it down to basic science: it’s the stars. If you live in the city, you may often forget that there are more than a handful of ’em up there. But if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere without light pollution, seeing the Milky Way stretched across the sky on a moonless summer night never gets old.

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Our nineteenth edition of FIELD NOTES COLORS celebrates the wonders that cross the summer sky each night. The “Night Sky” 3-Pack features French Construction “Blacktop” covers, mapping out three sets of constellations that have graced the northern hemisphere summer sky long before “summer” was given a name. Constellations and popular asterisms are highlighted in silver holographic foil. Inside is our usual beloved Finch Opaque text paper, with a new “Reticle Graph,” sort of a hybrid of our popular dot-grid and graph papers. It’s all bound together with shiny black staples.

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Choosing the sections of sky to depict involved a lot of research. Illustrating thousands of stars was a lot of work. But even after all that, and a self-taught crash course in astrophotography, we weren’t prepared for two amazing nights at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada.

There’s only so much information we can cram into a 3.5- x 5.5-inch pocket notebook, but our love of 4-point Futura is well known, so cram we did. The three books are roughly aligned to midnight in the northern hemisphere in early, mid-, and late summer, and replacing our usual “Practical Applications” the inside back covers features corresponding facts and tips to help get your stargazing underway. After a clear night and maybe a cocktail or two, you’ll impress your friends by finding Arcturus, pointing out the Summer Triangle, and locating the “Andromeda Galaxy” M-31, all with your naked eye!

Fashionary x Swash Limited Edition Now Available!

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FASHIONARY have teamed up with digital printing guru SWASH LONDON for a series of limited editions patterned with SWASH’s iconic prints! With Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka’s signature hand-drawn and hand-painted artworks on durable fabric, Fashionary gets a completely unique look!

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Fashionary x Swash Crimson Chronometer

 

Available on our website and ready for check-out: Fashionary x Swash Crimson Chronometer.

 

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Fashionary x Swash Candy’s Palace

 

Available on our website and ready for check-out: Fashionary x Swash Candy’s Palace.

 

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Fashionary x Swash Cheveux De Marie

 

Available on our website and ready for check-out: Fashionary x Swash Cheveux De Marie.

Swash are Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka, a duo celebrated for their signature hand-drawn and painted artworks, instilling their digital prints with the charm of human touch.

After meeting at Central Saint Martins in 2001 the pair spent time in Sarah’s hometown of Penzance, Cornwall before working in Toshio’s home of Japan for a year. The brand emerged after Sarah and Toshio won the prestigious Hyères prize in 2004. They were later invited back to exhibit 100 framed drawings, a scarf retrospective and 3D sculptural installation. Today they are based in creative East London.

Another important landmark in the partnership came in 2005 when Swash acquired their beautiful whippet Candy, who quickly became an inspirational talisman and recurring motif in their designs from scarves and accessories to the more recent total-Swash-look womenswear. With over 70 stockists worldwide Swash have created anniversary scarves for Barneys and Le Bon Marché, exhibited handmade balloons at Liberty and adorned 5 floors of Isetan with Candy prints and giant animals. Other store projects include those at Tomorrowland and HP Theatre in Japan, Gago in France, RA in Belgium and Cochinechine in London.

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Sarah and Toshio have fashioned a special drawing and scarf to cover The New York Times “T Magazine” as well as consulting for respected Parisian womenswear houses and lifestyle brand Habitat. Most recently the duo have worked on the Handmade project for Wallpaper* Magazine and again decorated Hyéres festival this time with Swash deckchairs. They have also completed an international collaboration with Camper shoes, which has seen worldwide exposure of the brand, closest to home are the Swash for Camper London bus adverts.

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Happy Shopping!

www.avalon.ph

August 2013 links

Various links we shared via our social network accounts for August 2013:

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August 15: Found on the web http://fuckyeahbookarts.tumblr.com/

“A blog for creative types interested in the (un)conventional world of Book Arts! Posts here will feature artist’s books, illustration, book binding, typography, sketch-booking, scrap-booking, print-making, paper making, altered books, how to guides, zines, paper engineering and more!”


August 17: Recommended viewing to our journal / notebook buyers. Bullet Journal


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August 18: Let’s play a game. Name the book based on its word cloud. Post your scores! http://www.sporcle.com/games/ubergerber/word-cloud-titles


 

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August 21: How does reading affect your senses? From one of our dear customers, Reading: A Feast for the Senses –http://jennifernon.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/reading-a-feast-for-the-senses/


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August 23: The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebookhttp://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/08/23/the-manly-tradition-of-the-pocket-notebook/


And we leave you with image of the month from Twitter user @lilynovels

Books + Cat combo, from Twitter user @lilynovels

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All images from their appropriate linked website.