December 16th

Beauty is in the eye of the book holder – Books, kits, and tools of the trade for aesthetes, creatives, and art history fans of all ages & stages.

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Looking for Rare Square's picks? Find them below:

Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love
 New York, NY: Stewart Tabori & Chang, 1995.

Leonard Cohen's poetic song is gloriously married to the artworks by Henri Matisse. The perfect book for art lovers, song lovers, and all other lovers as well.
First edition. Signed by Leonard Cohen with publisher’s letter included.

Tom Rankin's Sacred Space
Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1993. 

Black and white photographs that explore the heartfelt religious expressions of African-Americans in the Mississippi Delta. 
Forward by Charles Reagan Wilson. Signed by Rankin on the title page.

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American Landscapes: Meditations on Art and Literature in a Changing World By Ann J. Abadie (Editor), J. Richard Gruber (Editor) Cover Image
By Ann J. Abadie (Editor), J. Richard Gruber (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781496845733
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - October 20th, 2023

American Landscapes: Meditations on Art and Literature in a Changing World is a major contemporary survey of landscapes in art and literature of the United States, especially the American South.


Dorothea Lange: Seeing People By Philip Brookman, Sarah Greenough, Andrea Nelson, Laura Wexler, Nana Adwoa Nyamekye Ferdnance (With), Elizabeth Fortune (With), Kyra March (With) Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9780300272000
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Published: Yale University Press - November 14th, 2023

An expansive look at portraiture, identity, and inequality as seen in Dorothea Lange’s iconic photographs
 
Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) aimed to make pictures that were, in her words, “important and useful.” Her decades-long investigation of how photography could articulate people’s core values and sense of self helped to expand our current unde


The Warped Side of Our Universe: An Odyssey through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist))
$50.00
ISBN: 9781631498541
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Published: Liveright - October 31st, 2023

Epic verse and pulsating paintings merge to shed light on time travel, black holes, gravitational waves and the birth of the universe.


One Woman Show: A Novel By Christine Coulson Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781668027783
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2023

A “modern masterwork” (NPR)—remarkably told through museum wall labels—about a 20th-century woman who transforms herself from a precious object into an unforgettable protagonist.

Author Christine Coulson spent twenty-five years writing for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Madman's Gallery: The Strangest Paintings, Sculptures and Other Curiosities from the History of Art By Edward Brooke-Hitching Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781797221762
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2023

Enter The Madman’s Gallery and discover an extraordinary, illustrated exhibition of the greatest curiosities from the global history of art, featuring one hundred magnificently eccentric antique paintings, engravings, illustrations, and sculptures, each with a fascinatingly bizarre story to tell.

Brought to light from the depths of libraries, museums, dealers, and g


Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death By Laura Cumming Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982181741
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Published: Scribner - July 11th, 2023

Named a Top 100 Must-Read Book of the Year by Time and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker * Winner of the 2024 Writers' Prize for Nonfiction * Shortlisted for the Inaugural Women’s Prize for Nonfiction

New York Times bestselling author Laura Cumming “combines first-rate art history with deeply felt memoir” (The Washingto


Camille Pissarro: The Audacity of Impressionism By Anka Muhlstein, Adriana Hunter (Translated by) Cover Image
By Anka Muhlstein, Adriana Hunter (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781635421705
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Published: Other Press - November 28th, 2023

A Best Book of 2023 by The New Yorker

From the acclaimed biographer and author of Balzac’s Omelette, an engaging new work on the life of “the father of Impressionism” and the role his Jewish background played in his artistic creativity.


Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith By John Szwed Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374282240
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 22nd, 2023

Named one of the Best Books of 2023 by the New Yorker and The New York Times' Dwight Garner

“The first comprehensive biography of this hipster magus . . . [John Szwed] allows different sides of Smith’s personality to catch blades of sun. He brings the right mixture of reverence and comic incredulity to his task.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times


My Art Book of Adventure (My Art Books) By Shana Gozansky Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781838666996
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 6th, 2023

Selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2023

As Oprah says on OprahDaily.com – 'Created for kids, these little books pair famous artworks (Gauguin! Kerry James Marshall!) with read-aloud text ("Love is... soft snuggles... and tender nuzzles").


Aaron Slater, Illustrator (The Questioneers) By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419753961
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 2nd, 2021

Aaron Slater, Illustrator is an uplifting story about the power of art, finding your voice, and telling your story even when you’re out of step with your peers, from Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, the #1 bestselling creators of Sofia Valdez, Future Prez and Ada Twist, Scientist!

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!


Artifice By Sharon Cameron Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338813951
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Published: Scholastic Press - November 7th, 2023

A dramatic story of duplicity and resistance, betrayal and loyalty, set against the backdrop of World War II, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light in Hidden Places.

Isa de Smit was raised in the vibrant, glittering world of her parents' small art gallery in Amsterdam, a hub of beauty, creativity, and expression, until the Nazi occupation wip


Celebrate the 10th anniversary of a groundbreaking book on creativity with this limited anniversary hardcover, with a new afterword, color endpapers pulled from Austin Kleon’s sketchbooks, and a ribbon marker.
 
Ten years after its initial publication, the message of Steal Like an Artist remains powerful: embrace influence, follow interests wherever they take u


The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs By Austin Kleon Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780761185680
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 6th, 2015

The next step in your creative journey.

How to use this journal
1. Carry it with you wherever you go.
2. Do at least one exercise every day.
3. Repeat the first two steps until the pages are full.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Steal Like an ArtistShow Your Work!.


Liberty Thorpe 11 x 14 Paint By Number Kit By Galison, Liberty, (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Galison, Liberty, (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780735376885
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Published: Galison - March 14th, 2023

Liberty London is known for its floral and graphic prints and the offering of innovative and eclectic designs and accessories. The Liberty Thorpeness Paint by Number Kit from Galison features one of Liberty’s famous patterns for a fun and mindful activity.


Blank Flipbooks (3-Pack) By Peter Pauper Press Inc (Created by) Cover Image
By Peter Pauper Press Inc (Created by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781441335050
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Published: Peter Pauper Press, Inc, - July 4th, 2020

Cake: A Cookbook By Maira Kalman, Barbara Scott-Goodman Cover Image
$25.00
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ISBN: 9781101981542
Published: Penguin Press - April 10th, 2018

With great style, wit, and joy, Maira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman celebrate their favorite dessert.


Green Is for Christmas By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593353387
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Published: Philomel Books - October 18th, 2022

In this Christmas story starring the crayons from the #1 New York Times bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit, Green Crayon is certain that he is the only Christmas color in the box. Of course, Red, White, Silver and even Tan have something to say about that...


The Crayons' Christmas By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
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ISBN: 9780525515746
Published: Penguin Workshop - October 15th, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with the Crayons in this festive story from #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This special book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster, and even a pop-up Christmas tree!


The Day the Crayons Quit Red 12 Plush By Drew Daywalt Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781579824211
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Published: MerryMakers - February 20th, 2018

$28.99
SKU: PM1001Z

The classic way for aspiring artists to create millions of amazing designs is back and better than ever! The Original Spirograph Deluxe Set features all the iconic wheels and rings of the original, re-engineered and updated for today. The kit features a high quality, durable carrying case with snap-in storage and a built-in drawing surface. The precision engineered Spirograph gears work with the three design pens included in the set as well as with most standard pens, markers and pencils. Spirograph putty holds the Spirograph pieces securely on the paper so that you can create intricately beautiful designs with no holes in the paper! The set also comes with 20 sheets of design paper and a full-color design guide, which explains the fundamentals of drawing with Spirograph, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own designs!


Studio Series Junior Tempera Paint Sticks (Set of 12 Colors) By Peter Pauper Press (Created by) Cover Image
By Peter Pauper Press (Created by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781441341785
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Published: Peter Pauper Press - September 3rd, 2023

Kids will love how fun and easy it is to use Paint Sticks


$37.99
SKU: J3SP70003

The colorful, reusable kids drawing tablet with creativity texture tools

  • Colorburst technology for fun colored drawing and writing.
  • Each texture tool has three patterns inlaid for up to 12 texture options.
  • Comes with three different rubber stampers and two different paint brush styluses.
  • Protective storage bag keeps your tools and board tucked away neatly.


Parenting Advice to Ignore in Art and Life By Nicole Tersigni Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781797222172
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 22nd, 2023

From the author of the hit Men to Avoid in Art and Life and Friends to Keep in Art and Life comes a collection of all-too-familiar unsolicited advice parents receive on the daily.

From in-laws and other parents to complete strangers and even your own kids—when it comes to parenting, everyone's a critic.


Museum Bums Notecards By Jack Shoulder, Mark Small Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781797218915
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 5th, 2023

A celebration of classical art, history, and shapely derrières, Museum Bums Notecards are sure to get any recipient giggling. 
 

From the lusciously rendered bottoms of Renaissance painting to the abstract curves of contemporary art, these sixteen all-occasion notecards are a sight to behind behold!


Men to Avoid in Art and Life By Nicole Tersigni, Jen Kirkman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Nicole Tersigni, Jen Kirkman (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781797202839
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 11th, 2020

Men to Avoid in Art and Life pairs classical fine art with modern captions that epitomize the spirit of mansplaining.

This hilarious book perfectly captures those relatable moments when a man explains to a woman a subject about which he knows considerably less than she does.


Men to Avoid in Art and Life 2024 Wall Calendar By Nicole Tersigni Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781797222158
Published: Chronicle Books - July 25th, 2023

Through its unlikely pairing of classical artwork and meme-style captions, the Men to Avoid in Art and Life wall calendar highlights the universally female experience of having her area of expertise explained in great inaccurate detail by an overly confident mansplainer. 
 

This calendar is the perfect present for Galentine's Day, Mother's Da