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Well this is a lovely treat – @herb_lester’s London Address Book. Cover by @doble_entendre. A fine, fine stocking-filler.

Fantastic Annual 1970. In the sixties, British comics were all about war and sport. These annuals, published by Odhams, simplybtepeinted a batch of imported Marvel comics – this edition features the X-Men versus Frankenstein’s Monster, Doctor Doom’s origin story, plus some cracking Iron Man and Thor stories. Picked up from a boot-fair when I was small, I think this was probably my first taste of comics. Decades later, it still lives up to its title. The two-colour pages are particularly lovely. And it smells great.

Psychology and Space (1970) by Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Lebedev. Designer unknown. One of Dr B’s, from when she was doing research into … dramatic pause … SPACE DEATH.

Sense and Nonsense in Psychology by H. J. Eysenck, 1963. Cover designed by Michael Kitson. It’s always worth raiding the wife’s bookshelves for stuff like this. #pelican

The Christmas season doesn’t officially start until Kellogg’s roll out the 1950s Norman Rockwell Santa. I wish they kept this version of the Corn Flakes logo the rest of the year.

You Shall Know Our Velocity, written and designed by Dave Eggers, 2002. Always been a fan of Eggers’ work, forever playing with the conventions of how a book is supposed to work. The story starts on the cover and continues on the opening endpaper – apparently a lot of bookshops returned it as faulty!

The Black Cloud by Frank Hoyle, 1960. Science fiction by a scientist.

After sitting patiently on my bookshelf for twenty years, this is finally getting a proper outing tonight. Fingers crossed the boy approves.

The tiled North Eastern Railway map at York station is just lovely. Someone should make/sell replica tiles – would gladly have this in my bathroom.

‪Wittgenstein (1971), from the first series of Fontana Modern Masters, featuring a section of Oliver Bevan’s painting Cascade. Lots more about this series at www.fontanamodernmasters.org‬

The new @CreativeReview has landed with a welcome thud. I may be a tad biased (cough-page 162-cough), but it’s really settled into the new double-size format, and this is one hell of an issue. Interviews with @tomgauld, @oliverjeffers, @coraliebickfordsmith and @paulsahre; @julieberghoff on designing The Handmaid’s Tale; a look at @ltmuseum’s Poster Girls exhibition; @saloneeg on @sciencemuseum’s Illustrating India exhibition and the @stownpodcast; @nickasbury on brand storytelling; and loads more. So damn good.

James Joyce by Harry Levin. One of the @faberbooks covers I designed for @bymonotype’s Wolpe exhibition.

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