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Travelling by the Book

25.07.2016

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It’s not always necessary to get on a plane or train to travel. Sometimes opening a good book is enough. Three recommended reads for an exciting summer thought-journey.

 

The Art of Flying

The sense of freedom and exclusivity has been celebrated since the dawn of commercial air travel. The art and glamour of flying is the focus of this coffee-table book released by the British publishing house Assouline. Flick through the adventure that is flying and admire the jet-set age of the ’40s and ’50s when air travel was the epitome of technology, luxury and culture. From the original technological achievements to the present day, this volume not only recounts the history of aircraft design and architecture but also the Concorde uniforms created by prestigious designers like Dior, Emilio Pucci and Moncler – which played their part in establishing the mythic art of flying.

The Art of Flying
Text by Josh Condon
Assouline, English, hardback, 176 pages, approx. £159

Nomad Deluxe

“We were all nomads once,” declares well-known travel writer Herbert Ypma, whose new book seems to summarize pretty much everything that has to do with the universal need to move, change location and gather new impressions. In this volume he has compiled at times far-flung, at times familiar destinations around the world where nature, culture and architecture combine in perfect beauty and hospitality. Packed with divine destinations you’ll long to visit, Nomad Deluxe couldn’t be more inspiring.

Nomad Deluxe
Herbert Ypma
Assouline, English, hardback, 272 pages, $85

 

Die Welt im Spiel

Since the 17th century a lively culture has developed around geography-themed games. Despite being from an age far removed from reality shows and computer games, these intensive parlour games are surprisingly similar to our contemporary pastimes. Put out a blaze as a firefighter in Amsterdam? Or go on a forbidden scramble up St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna’s latest tower-climbing game? Or perhaps an expedition to the North Pole? In board games people went on imaginary journeys, immersed themselves in wilderness adventures, travelled through time or circumnavigated the entire globe, all the while leaving their fates up to the roll of the dice. Ernst Strouhal has collected the best historical travel games from Europe, Japan and North America: small works of art to browse and then play yourself.

Die Welt im Spiel
Ernst Strouhal
Brandstätter, German, hardback, 224 pages, €59

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Assouline © courtesy of Lufthansa Archive

Assouline © courtesy of Lufthansa Archive

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Assouline © Herbert Ypma

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