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10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

Whether a bachelor pad or family home, the coffee table book speaks volumes about the tastes of its owner

If you think that coffee table books are the domain of the women in your life, think again, gentlemen. Their pages are to be explored and appreciated; their covers are crucial to the colour and character of a room.

Whether the coffee table in question is the key feature of a bachelor pad, or nestled within a family home, the books placed upon it speak volumes about the tastes of their owner. Make sure you invest in the ones that say the right things.

Here are our top picks:

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

Escapism at its finest. From natural phenomena, to mysterious animals, to manmade enigmas, the world’s finest photographers grant us a glimpse into the world’s most elusive spectacles.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

This homage to the boxing legend and cultural icon is a worthy addition to any collection. This celebration of his life through pictures, memorabilia, original essays, and interviews necessitates more than just a quick flick through the pages.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

Every boy’s dreams, converted into architecturally stunning reality. The gorgeous images will have anyone craving an alternative style of living.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

The World Atlas of Coffee

Just because it’s called a coffee table doesn’t dictate that coffee should be a theme amongst your selected books. However any gentleman interested in getting the most out of his morning caffeine hit can benefit from the expertise of the world’s master coffee producers.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

Mario Testino: Portraits

How many icons can you fit into one book? The unique and vibrant images that fill these pages are a celebration the stars of fashion, cinema, royalty and music, as well as Testino’s work itself. 

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

Goodwood Revival

This glamorous time capsule of motor racing is charted in a series of nostalgic and beautiful images. A seamless amalgamation of fashion and motor sport.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

1000 record covers

A must for any music fan, this book reveres record covers as a evocative works of art, as well as iconic symbols of their period.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving a Wider Audience

Featuring the communication of Leonard Da Vinci, Roald Dahl, and Elvis Presley amongst others, ‘Letters of Note’ ranges from humorous to heart-breaking and is a reminder of the power of written correspondence.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

The James Bond Archives

As if 007 needed any more immortalisation, this book upholds the captivating aura of this impeccably British character with behind the scenes insights and images from the archives of EON Productions, from the making Dr No. to Spectre.

10 books every gentleman should have on their coffee table

One Savile Row: The Invention of the English Gentleman

An history of timeless elegance. An exploration of Gieves and Hawkes’ iconic tailoring, from the eighteenth century to today’s collections, and the elite clientele across the decades, this is an imperative addition on classic men’s style. 

And, of course, no gentleman’s coffee table is truly complete without the latest copy of our Gentleman’s Journal magazine.

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