The latest volume in Assouline's line of "Impossible" luxury books focuses on one of our favorite vices: cigars. The hand-bound luxury edition profiles the most notable cigars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from the most famous cigar makers on earth. Featuring over 100 beautiful illustrations with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, you're guided through fabled Cuban tobacco farms, the processes of master cigar rollers, with images and quotes from the most influential aficionados ever to light up. Epic industry names are well represented, from Dominican Republic's Arturo Fuente to Davidoff of Geneva, as well as the legendary smokes the nation of Cuba has produced. The Impossible Collection of Cigars is presented in a traditional dress trade, hand bound cigar box and is the ultimate addition to the library of any smoking connoisseur.
Width: 17.9" / Length: 20" / Depth: 3.5" / Weight: 18 lbs / 232 pages
Some golf courses are known for their beauty, others their history. Some are lucky enough to have both. But if it's truly worth mentioning, you'll find it in Golf: The Impossible Collection. Compiled by award-winning golf journalist George Peper, this astounding compendium covers the 100 most notable courses around the world. From the hallowed fairways of St. Andrews to greens and clubhouses built within the last few years, it gives intimate details of each and every spot alongside stunning photography and quotes. While the book itself is meant for casual reading, expect a serious urge to start booking tee times when you pick it up. Arrives in a hard shell display case.
Width: 14" / Height: 17" / Depth: 2.75" / Weight: 20 lbs / 200 pages
Rimowa's instantly recognizable grooved aluminum luggage dates back to 1950, but the company's roots go back even farther than that. It was founded in Cologne in 1898 by Paul Morszeck, and it was his son Richard who created the company's first aluminum trunk in 1937 and combined his first and last names to give the company its distinctive moniker. This oversized tome takes a look at the company's 120-year history, from its original wooden designs up through its most recent creations, whether they're made from aluminum or polycarbonate, are carry-on friendly or even iPhone-sized. The informative text is set alongside over 100 illustrations, providing an in-depth look at an icon of design.
Width: 11.0" / Height: 13.8" / Depth: 1.6" / Weight: 7.0 lbs. / 192 pages
Long before it became the party drug of choice with over 10 million users in the 1970s and 80s, cocaine and the unprocessed coca leaf were an essential part of the development of indigenous South American cultures. Cocaïn: History & Culture tells the story of the infamous substance, including the period in the 1880s when the Surgeon-General of the US Army endorsed it for medical use, and the "family friendly" drink known as Coca-Cola — with syrup derived from coca leaves — made its debut. A fascinating examination of cocaine's history, the 184-page book is presented in full color and includes vintage advertisements and examples of its influence, from famous users to film and television illustrations like Scarface and Narcos.
The collection itself is impossible, so owning a copy of this hardbound work of art is the next best thing. For Cars: The Impossible Collection, Assouline turned to automotive journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Neil to compile the definitive list of the most compelling, well-designed cars of the 20th century. One hundred vehicles are profiled — from the 1929 Bugatti Type 35B to the 1996 McLaren F1 — as well as cars with iconic owners like James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Pablo Picasso. Every copy of The Impossible Collection is hand-bound with color plates that are hand-tipped on each page of art-quality paper. It's then packaged in a handsome black rubber clamshell box with a cutout metal plate.
Width: 15.31" / Length: 18.5" / Depth: 2.75" / Weight: 20 lbs / 170 pages
Andy Warhol has been both popular and polarizing since the beginnings of his career, but there's one thing everyone can agree on: his pioneering, dynamic styles in art and commerce have left a lasting legacy. For the first time, the less-known works and projects — sculpture, photography, and film — are being brought together with his biggest hits in The Impossible Collection, a printed compendium of pop art appreciation that demands to be seen. Measuring in at 15 x 18 inches, the 168 pages feature over 100 illustrations and hand-tipped images, making each one unique. They're hand bound and housed in a linen clamshell case, details that give the book an artistic quality worthy of its iconic subject.
15.35" x 18.50" / 168 pages
A Rolex is much more than a watch. And The Impossible Collection is much more than a book. This hardbound work of art pays proper tribute to the most coveted watch brand ever, dating back to the company's genesis in 1905. The most valuable and technically innovate models are showcased - including timepieces never before seen in print. At nearly 200 pages with beautiful illustrations and photography, the book chronicles some of the most iconic watches in Rolex's rich history, from an Explorer worn during Sir Edmund Hillary's expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953, to the Chronograph worn by George Lazenby in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Exceeded only by the craftsmanship of the watches themselves, The Impossible Collection, published by Assouline, is hand-bound with color plates that are hand-tipped on each page of art-quality paper. It's packaged in a linen clamshell presentation case with a metal plaque.
Width: 15.55" / Length: 18.62" / Depth: 2.95" / Weight: 20 lbs / 194 pages