Since Vinayak asked about books, I thought I'd mention this one...even though it's not a book on drawing.
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, as I'm sure you know, is one of the greatest painters to come out of Spain. In fact, he is often mentioned along with Sargent and Zorn as the holy trinity to many an art student. Sorolla, Sargent, and Zorn were contemporaries, and were friends, too. Imagine being in such company!
...But this post isn't about the life of Sorolla. I just wanted to talk about this book. When this book first came out in 2oo6 (I think), it sold out quickly. Typical of highly anticipated monographs, the price started to go up from $65 to $100 to $200. A year or so later, it was being sold for $1450 on Ebay! Those of us who didn't jump on it when it first came out watched in dismay as the price became unaffordable, then ridiculous.
I've actually seen it as high as $1850. I wanted this book but not that badly. I mean I have other books on his work and I can see many more online. Still, good art books are such treasures and I knew this one was really good. My guess was that once the hysteria subsided, the book would come down in price on the secondary market. Sure enough after about three years, it started to fall. I thought I'd wait and see how far it would come down. I'd be willing to pay ... I don't know, $150? Something like that.
A good friend told me that since this book is not a catalogue for a big museum show, there is a good chance that it would be reprinted. (Catalogues typically aren't reprinted) Well that would be great, I thought. I'm in no hurry, I'll just wait and see.
Sure enough, the second edition was published in 2009. And the ridiculous secondary market for this book all but disappeared. Now you can get this second edition for around $70 on Amazon. You may be able to find it for less in Europe. I bought mine from an outfit in UK, but with the shipping, it was about the same. In the U.S. St. Martin's Press is the distributor, so you're not paying an outrageous import price on this product.
Anyway, the book is beautiful and it does contain many paintings not in the other books I have. It has a wonderful chronology at the front of the book, which gives us a very good idea of his place in the art world at that time. And the paintings are awesome. If you have a chance to see these in person, do it. They will blow your mind. The sense of sunlight he imbues in these painting is just amazing. And talk about bravura brushwork! Can you say tour de force?
At $70, it's worth every penny!