June 25, 2008

THIS IS VENICE

I first saw this series of books by Czech illustrator and author M. Sasek in Anthropologie a while back, and could not decide which one to buy. After visiting Venice last spring, I knew it had to be This Is Venice. (Actually, I bought it for DB, and then promptly reclaimed it as my own. See how nicely that works?)The series was first published in the 50s and 60s and the books have recently been republished, giving them a tremendous second wind. I don't think you can go wrong with any of M. Sasek's work, but my favorites have to be This Is London, This Is Hong Kong, and This Is Texas. It is strange how the general feeling and vibe of a city is timeless. I can only hope my non-existent kids like them a third time around! {Images by M. Sasek}

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