Ah, the coffee table book. A collection of cool photographs juxtaposed with interesting tidbits you can drop at a cocktail party. Some are small, some are big, and some are simply gigantic, like Goliath Books’ Super Sexplosion, a five-and-a-half pounder dropping in the U.S. later this week. But it’s not the only book-hemoth—or even the only sexy one—as you’ll see on the following pages. —Nicholas Pell
Super Sexplosion This 800-plus-page tome features “more than 2,000 images of pure pleasure, joy and NAKED CHICKS!” Gee, why would anyone be interested in that?
Mid Century Ads: Advertising From The Mad Men Era In the days before Photoshop, print advertising was a real art form. It’s honored in this two-volume, 13-pound collection of the finest ads from the age when men in fedoras roamed the earth... outside of Brooklyn.
Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images Get 100 years of high-quality portraits of intellectuals, artists, socialites and everymen—like the 9/11 firemen above—in this compilation of VF’s best. At seven pounds, it probably won’t stray from the coffee table.
Bad Girls Hotel Light on weight at just over a pound but heavy on content, Bad Girls Hotel is a photo book from Goliath shot by prolific lensman Bob Coulter. It’s sort of like a Suicide Girls collection, except good.
Life: The Platinum Anniversary: 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography No publication documented the American Century quite like Life did. This 4.5-pounder offers everything from Elvis swiveling his hips to U.S. soldiers raising the flag over liberated territories during World War 2. America, fuck yeah.
Everest: Mountain Without Mercy For the armchair mountaineer, this book is as essential as a sturdy set of crampons. Weighing in at just over three pounds, it documents one man’s Everest climb through an IMAX lens.
The Big Book of Breasts 3D What’s better than a big book dedicated to breasts? One done in 3D. From coffee table book titans Taschen comes this 4.4-pound mammarial memorial. ’Nuff said.
Diane Arbus: Revelations Arbus documented everything from circus freaks to Norman Mailer with her camera. Her work shows real people doing real things, rarely posed. More than five pounds of artistic glory right here.
Bespoke: The Men's Style of Savile Row If you admire nice suits and exquisite tailoring, you don’t need us to tell you about Savile Row. But you might need us to tell you that this five-and-a-half pound coffee table book spotlights it best.
Howard Huang's Urban Girls You know Huang’s work from Black Men magazine, for which he shot icons like Vida Guerra and Jacki-O. This relatively light two-pounder showcases the Taiwanese photog’s anime-influenced pics.
The Big Show: Charls M. Conlon's Golden Age Baseball Photographs It was a simpler time when women weren’t allowed to vote, but you were allowed to pick a runner off by hitting him with the ball. Weighing in at just under four pounds, The Big Show captures pre-World War II baseball in all its gritty glory.