Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands (Thames & Hudson, $35), due out next month, is an eye-catching collection of fantastical illustrations of places known only to the artists who conjured them. With over ninety vibrant illustrations, there are flights of fancy aplenty, e.g., novelist and artist Edward Carey gives us Cosgrave, an island said to be made from the skeleton of an Irish giant, with an accompanying map depicting the flora and fauna of said place.
Thames & Hudson has also republished a new “compact” and less expensive ($45) edition—but still containing 181 illustrations—of Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage. We stand by our original assessment from 2017: “If you have a penchant for botany, voyages, and travel, this is your perfect storm.”
It’s worth noting too that the universally adored book, The Country House Library by Mark Purcell, which we reviewed in our Holiday 2017 Books about Books Roundup (“If you combined Downton Abbey with books about books, this would be the delightful result.”) has just been published in a sturdy paperback—with flaps—by Yale University Press. If you missed out on the now out-of-print hardcover, it’s a must. Price: $35.