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AlUla Book (2nd Edition): Impossible Collection

AlUla Book (2nd Edition): Impossible Collection


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AlUla Book (2nd Edition): Impossible collection by Assouline


Assouline in collaboration with the destination of AlUla announces the release in September 2020 of an immersive book of photographs and illustrations entitled, AlUla. With stunning images shot by internationally renowned photographer Robert Polidori and interpretive illustrations by multidisciplinary artist Ignasi Monreal, AlUla virtually transports readers to the destination, giving them a glimpse into the city's rich history and a unique look at the local culture of AlUla.

Available in Assouline's exclusive Ultimate and XXL formats, this oversized luxury volume is a celebration of human milestones and natural wonders, sharing the majesty of AlUla.

Nestled deep in the vast desert of northwest Arabia, AlUla is known as a cultural oasis and living museum with more than 200,000 years of human history: from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers; civilizations such as the Nabataeans, Dadanites and Romans; Muslim pilgrims en route to Mecca and Medina, and trade caravans traveling the incense route; to today's communities who mingle and exchange cultural ideas with travelers from around the world.

AlUla is home to relics both old and new, including Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage site, Hegra, with remains dating back to the Nabataean kingdom, as well as modern monuments including Maraya, a concert hall and award-winning multi-purpose entertainment venue which is also the largest Guinness Book of Records mirror venue in the world.

Each page of this luxurious, limited-edition exclusive book delves into the ancient mystique of the destination, where innovative and artistic people lived and traveled in its exceptional landscapes and contoured mountains, leaving traces of their language, culture and of their way of life. Images and illustrations captured in the book include monumental tombs carved into Hegra's outcrops, nature-carved rock sculptures including Jabal AlFil (also known as Elephant Rock), and petroglyphs (or rock art) showcasing examples of animals that inhabited AlUla thousands of years ago.

Exclusive white gloves and canvas tote bag are included with every purchase of an Ultimate Collection book.


  • 156 pages
  • 90 illustrations
  • In English language
  • Released in September 2020
  • L 35.5 x W 43 x D 7.6 cm
  • Artisan edition in a luxury flip case
  • ISBN: 9781614289890
  • 10,002 kilograms

About the Author

AlUla photographer Robert Polidori began his career in the mid-1980s, when he photographed the Restoration of Versailles, and he has since documented sites around the world. Preferring the beauty and stillness of working with a large format camera and slow shutter speeds, Polidori views the pieces as vessels of memory. He has twice won the Alfred Eisenstaedt Prize for magazine photography, he has published more than a dozen photo books, he has had major solo exhibitions at major galleries, and his work is held in the collections of many renowned museums around the world.

About his experience photographing AlUla, Polidori says: “The natural situation of AlUla is simply incredible and unprecedented, and I was fascinated by it. I seek to try to restore what I call an iconic image, showing its whole and most often showing its entirety through its details and vice versa. I tried to give a timeless image.

Polidori also shares more of his experience at AlUla in a video, which provides an overview of the book and selects Polidori's photos.

AlUla illustrator Ignasi Monreal is a multidisciplinary artist born in Barcelona and currently based in Rome. He works in various media including painting, design, creative direction and film. He created Gucci's Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, the first of its kind to be entirely digitally painted, for which he was shortlisted for the Beazley Designs of the Year award. Since then, he has worked with brands such as Bulgari, Four Seasons and AirBnb, among others. An animated video brings AlUla's Montreal illustrations to life.


Assouline's ultimate collection is a tribute to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with hand-stamped color plates on artist-quality paper, each page of this limited edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Covering a range of subjects from jewelry and fashion, to fine art and “impossible collections,” the ultimate collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell boxes, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signifying a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.

SKU:AlUla 2nd Edition Impossible Collection

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