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This spring is filled with glamour, glitz and more inspiring coffee table books than ever before, as our globe-trotting bibliophile Jake Gaines chooses the best of the best for you.

DIOR
By Mats Gustafson
This inspired collaboration, for the very first time from the noted Swedish illustrator, is devoted to the Dior collections from 2012 to 2017. $95. At RizzoliUSA.com
STUDIO 54
By Ian Schrager
Behind the scenes at the legendary 70s nightclub is yours to explore, in this spectacular volume containing a treasure trove of the era’s glam. $75. At RizzoliUSA.com
VENETIAN CHIC
By Francesca Bortolotto Possati
Experience the author’s passion for the private side of the mythic city as she visits artists’ studios, meets elegant Venetians, and learns about the palaces’ secrets. $85. At Assouline.com
ALICE’S ADVENTURES
By Alice Hawkins
The author’s work surveys the importance of individuality, role-play, dressing up, fantasy, and playfulness in her extended series of stylized “fashion portraits.” $29.95 at ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com
LONDON SARTORIAL
By Dylan Jones
When in doubt, consult the British as the new looks, updated traditions, and influential designers define men’s fashion today, from the world’s capital of gentlemen’s style. $45. At RizzoliUSA.com
DAVID HOCKNEY: CURRENT
By Simon Maidment, Li Bowen, Martin Gayford, Barbara Bolt and Edith Devaney
Eighty-one acrylic portraits are presented along with recent experiments in perspective in the media of painting, photography, and digital compositing. $75. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com
THE ART OF ELEGANCE: CLASSIC INTERIORS
BY MARSHALL WATSON
A chic edition that showcases an Italianate villa in Los Cabos, a family idyll on a Swedish island, a Gramercy Park apartment, a Newport Beach cottage and beyond. $55. At RizzoliUSA.com
DINNER WITH GEORIGIA O’KEEFE
By Christine Taylor Patten
Featuring recipes collected from O’Keefe’s preferred cookbooks, including her own handwritten notes. Discover the palate behind the palette. $50. At Assouline.com
CREATING HOME
By Keith Summerour
Nine houses are portrayed, exploring their architecture, interiors, and grounds, to illustrate a new idea of home for aristocratic charm and homespun appeal. $50. At RizzoliUSA.com
AUTHOR
By Oona Chanel
An aesthetic playground devoted to the experience of beauty, featuring one of four different collectible covers, each design showcasing one of the most exciting faces in the fashion industry. $100. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com
THE DECORATED HOME: LIVING WITH STYLE AND JOY
By Meg Braff
The importance of finishing touches, the little extras, can elevate a room’s decor from good to great for gracious living… as this volume illustrates. $45. At RizzoliUSA.com
GATEAUX: 150 LARGE AND SMALL CAKES, COOKIES, AND DESSERTS
By Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq
What’s not to love about a beautifully illustrated guide to executing perfect cakes, from delightful small bites to show-stopping centerpieces? $55. At RizzoliUSA.com
SEEING TEXAS HISTORY: THE BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
With a rich treasury of popular, iconic and historic artifacts in the collection, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum represents a wide range from Texas’s illustrious past. $40. At UTpress.utexas.edu
HOW THEY DECORATED
By P. Gaye Tapp
Gloria Vanderbilt cleverly noted, “Decorating is autobiography.” That was never so true as in these great rooms of the twentieth century, whose stylish residents still influence our tastes today. $55. At RizzoliUSA.com
NEW YORK LIVING: RE-INVENTING HOME
By Paul Gunther, Gay Giordano and Charles Dovey
What does a home look like in twenty-first century New York? Look no further than this book, where Fifth Avenue penthouses, Brooklyn brownstones and beyond are profiled in high style. $60. At RizzoliUSA.com
FASHION FORWARD: 300 YEARS OF FASHION
By Pierré Berge, Olivier Gabet, Pamela Golbin and Denis Bruna
From the opulence of the court of Louis XV to the catwalk couture of today, this stunningly illustrated volume charts three centuries of fashion trends and innovations. $65. At RizzoliUSA.com
ROBERT ADAM: COUNTRY HOUSE DESIGN, DECORATION & THE ART OF ELEGANCE
By Jeremy Musson
The great eighteenth-century architect, who influenced generations by stamping his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic vision on the English country house interior, is stunningly celebrated. $65. At RizzoliUSA.com
 
THE NEW CHIC
By Marie Kalt & The Editors of Architectural Digest
A new wave of design talent has emerged in Paris that is combining nonchalant elegance with the French capital’s perennial chic flair. Ooh la la. $65. At RizzoliUSA.com
OLD CUBA
By Alicia E. García
An insider’s view of the splendid colonial-era sites of the storied island nation, from the grand apartments and magnificent cathedral of Old Havana to the plantation homes of Pinar del Río. $55. At RizzoliUSA.com