The Art of the Bookstore: Bookstore Paintings by Gibbs M. Smith is a delightful gift for any bibliophile. Smith, a publisher who is the painter of 68 paintings of bookstores across the United States, used these cosy images for the covers of his company's catalogues. The pictures in the collection of 40 featured in this book range from the independents to the big guys, but all capture the spirit of the bookstore, the repository of hundreds of thousands of clean, shiny dreams, words and images. The paintings are rich, colourful and compelling and will propel booklovers out of their armchairs and into their favorite bookstore.
Hardcover, 96 pages. Gibbs Smith, 2009. $23.10 at Amazon.