Fake Books

The Art of Bibliophilic Deceit

Armin Müller


58.00 €

About the book

German, English

  • ISBN: 978-3-7165-1859-5
  • Pages: 352
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Published: 6/2020
  • Illustrations: 800 illustrations

Objects that surprise, confuse and sometimes even disturb: Book imitations in the form of jewelry cases, holy water containers, musical boxes, ashtrays, flower vases, as well as containers for photos, cosmetics, sewing utensils, lighters, and much more

Fake books are surprising, confusing, and amazing objects that claim to be something they are not. Some are camouflaged containers for everyday things, others are small treasure chests that guard precious little valuables and personal memorabilia, or that hide some pleasure and passion, some secret indulgence, which makes onlookers curious and fires their imagination.

The objects introduced in this volume are disguised as books, the world‘s highest cultural commodity. They represent an imaginative and creative wealth of successful camouflage and illusion and are masterful examples of the art of bookbinding and artistic crafts, whether historically valuable and technically sophisticated, or amusing examples of every type of kitsch.


Armin Müller

Armin Müller is a trained bookbinder and collector.

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