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Beautiful coffee table books

From gardening to Greek gods, these hardback books are beautiful on the outside and inside.

Rachel Deeley

It's a well-known adage that you can't judge a book by it's cover, but any book lover knows that's not quite true. The right volume – whether it's about the cosmos or ceramics, music or mythology – can make a great statement piece and add a personal, decorative touch to any living space.

Whether you're searching for a thoughtful gift that they can read and proudly display on their coffee tables, or simply want a fascinating new book of your own, we've rounded up the best hardbacks that are beautiful on the outside and the inside.

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