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cof·fee-ta·ble book

(kô′fē-tā′bəl, kŏf′ē-)
An oversize book of elaborate design that may be used for display, as on a coffee table.

coffee-table book

(Journalism & Publishing) a book designed to be looked at rather than read

cof′fee-ta`ble book`

an oversize, expensive, and usu. illustrated book suitable for displaying, as on a coffee table.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: book - an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
book, volume - physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together; "he used a large book as a doorstop"

coffee-table book

[ˈkɒfɪteɪblˌbʊk] Nlibro m de gran formato (bello e impresionante)
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While this book showcases color photographs of American jewelry and tableware from 1890-1940, there is more focus on text and survey than in many coffee-table books, and less reliance on full-page photographs.
IT'S always a disappointment that compilers of coffee-table books have never taken the cue from Kramer, the Seinfeld character who produced a coffee table book, with little fold-out legs, that actually became a coffee table.
A creative book publishing service that uses BookSmart, proprietary software designed to transform digital content into professional quality coffee-table books.
The artists featured in most coffee-table books are familiar; they have had their works showcased at museums world-wide, projected onto 30 foot screens in front of 100-person art history classes, and featured in countless numbers of books and other publications.
I hope this leads to more coffee-table books for other cartoonists.
You've seen coffee-table books on all, and you'll see more soon enough.