Nausicaä of the valley of the wind box set

By Hayao Miyazaki, VIZ Media

Animation film-maker Miyazaki’s fantasy worlds are unforgettable in the true sense of the word. The acclaimed film ‘Nausicaä’, about a world which human beings have left uninhabitable, was based on his manga, which was serialized in the ‘Animage’ magazine over 12 years from 1982. It has been collected into this box set.

Price: 3,200

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The Avadh Punch: Wit and humour in colonial North India

By Mushirul Hasan, Niyogi Books

The satirical magazine ‘Punch’ led to several imitations in colonial India. The cartoons and caricatures from ‘Avadh Punch’ (1877-1936) took on the Raj and turned an eye on native idiosyncrasies too.

Price: 795

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Les Dîners De Gala

By Salvador Dalí, Taschen

This book, as Dalí said, is “devoted to the pleasures of taste". It features 136 recipes of dishes laid out during the legendary dinner parties hosted by the artist and his wife Gala. And they are sumptuously illustrated by the Surrealist himself.

Price: $59.99, or about 4,000 (shipping charge, $25, extra)

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The New Yorker Book of literary cartoons

Edited by Bob Mankoff, Washington Square Press

Charles Dickens sits glumly at the desk of his editor, who grills him: “I wish you would make up your mind, Mr Dickens. Was it the best of times or was it the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both." This and 103 other such cartoons on literary life.

Price: 2,612

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Mad’s greatest artists: The completely mad don martin box set

Running Press

Don Martin is famous as the “maddest of the MAD cartoonists". During his stint at the magazine, which he left in a huff in the 1980s, the panels featuring slapstick scenes from daily life made him its most popular cartoonist. Go through this heavy box set page by page or use it to whack some nonsense into people.

Price: $123.99, or about 8,300 (shipping charge, extra)

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