Coffee-table books show a man’s taste, while also elevating home and boat décor. Some of the latest titles profile great men, knockout sports, body ink, and adventure travel. Check out Trillionaire’s recommended coffee-table books. Limited editions up the ante.
MATTHEW WEINER’S MAD MEN (Taschen, $200). Alpha male, the dapper Don Draper, is only part of the appeal of the landmark cable show Mad Men. The two-volume, slipcase collectible has photographs, key script excerpts, and interviews with the show’s creator, producer, director, and costume designer. Get inspired to live like a “mad man.”
GOAT (Taschen, Champ’s Edition, $15,000). In the wake of Muhammad Ali’s death in June — and coinciding with an exhibit at Taschen Gallery, Los Angeles, through the end of August that features a tribute to Ali — this edition is signed by “The Greatest of All Time.” The edition also contains four gelatin silver prints signed by photographer Howard L. Bingham and Ali.
THE ART OF SAILING (Assouline, $845). Although not a new book, it’s worth mentioning for the sheer beauty of its photography. Since 1888, Alfred Edward Beken and his family have captured images of boats on the Isle of Wight in England, famed for its International Sailing Regatta. The book includes on-deck crew portraits, action shots, and stills. Quotes on seafaring from powerful and literate men, such as Mark Twain and President John F. Kennedy, complete the collection.
BEYOND SKIN (teNeues, $4,500). Ed Hardy is known for bringing the art of tattooing into the mainstream domain. For those who view “tats” as a fashion statement, Hardy’s iconic work over the last four decades has been integrated into places and things. The publisher describes the book as a scintillating overview of an artist who has tapped the pulse of our time. The collector’s edition features a portfolio with a signed and numbered lithographic print.
SOUTH POLE (Assouline, $4,500). An over-sized tome about the British Antarctic expedition of 1910 to 1913, the luxury hand-bound edition is the first waterproof book ever created. The 150 copies of the limited edition have a foreword signed by Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Anne of Great Britain. Put the book on ice for a party conversation starter.
SURFING, 1778-2015 (Taschen, $200). Celebrating the sport on and off the water in culture, including film, art, and fashion — plus the philosophy of surfing — the book took three-and-a-half years to research. Over 900 images chart the global phenomenon. A perfect read for out at sea and as decoration in a yacht stateroom.