A Book of Wonder
Devised, edited and produced by Robert Violette and published in 2008 by Selfridges & Co.
Introduction by Nicholas Blincoe
Co-edited by Jane Withers
Designed by Kerr/Noble
Illustrated by James and James
Hardback, 292 pages, 140 illustrations
21 x 14.4 cm
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'A luxury item, an extravagance, a bonbon of a publication'.
– William Wiles, ICON
'It is a delight...[a] charming little book' – Lucia van der Post,
To mark the opening of its flagship 'Wonder Room', Selfridges & Co. approached Robert Violette to create a book on the subject of 'wonder'. The result is this encyclopaedic and illustrated volume of arcane, modern and commonplace wonders. In addition to including the opinions provided by customers, employees and members of the public, Selfridges and Violette Editions solicited responses from notable figures in art and design including David Adjaye, Tom Ford and Sir Paul Smith, amongst many others.
On 1 March 2007, a notice was placed on Selfridges' website asking members of the public to answer the following question: What are the wonders of your world? For 60 days, this question remained on the website and was additionally circulated in letters, e-mails and by word of mouth. During that time, hundreds of replies were received, many of which are collected and illustrated in this volume. This book goes far beyond the usual lists of ancient and modern wonders promoted by governments and the tourist industry, celebrating the idiosyncratic phenomena that enthral, inspire and move us.
A Book of Wonder was included in Grafik magazine's Review Top Fifty and nominated for a D&AD Award 2008.