The Art of Steampunk is a companion book to an exhibition held by Oxford's Museum of the History of Science in 2009/2010. You can view a lot of the exhibition content online at the museum's website.
There are 17 international artists featured in total, with a wide range of backgrounds from engineers to costume designers.
The book is well designed and also includes a Steampunk 101 for those of us intrigued by steampunk but not quite sure what it's all about. If you're interested in costume or prop design, I do think this could be a nice addition to your library too. I can't really compare with what else is in the marketplace as I haven't seen many books on the subject myself.
Some of the pieces are outright stunning (see a few examples below). I think the book shows that it's not just some hobby where people wear a lot of goggles but something that can be art. If I ever win the lottery, I'm commissioning a steampunk clock!
About the author:
Art Donovan is the owner of Donovan Design, a handmade lighting company with clients like Tiffany & Co, Bennetti Luxury Yachts, and Four Seasons Resorts. He also specializes in Steampunk-inspired lighting and artwork, and runs a blog devoted to the subculture at http://artdonovan.typepad.com/blog/. He's also a regular contributor on The Steampunk Home blog, and was the curator of the Steampunk Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at The University of Oxford.
The official release date is 1st August 2011 however it looks like you can get it earlier direct from Fox Chapel Publishing. Thanks to Fox Chapel for providing me with a copy for review.
Want to get more involved in steampunk? Here's a few upcoming festivals:
Steampunk World Fair
May 20–22, 2011, Piscataway, NJ
Events include Steampunk vendors, live music, deejays, costumes, art, jewelry and more.
Bay Area, May 21–22, 2011
Detroit, July 30–31, 2011
New York, September 2011 TBD
Events include DIY science and technology, rockets, robots, steampunk, arts, crafts and more.
World Steam Expo
May 27–30, 2011, Dearborn, MI
Events include a mad science fair, charity masquerade ball, high tea, artists, dealers and more.
Asylum — The UK Steampunk Convivial
Sept. 9–11, 2011, Lincoln, UK
Events include exhibits, performers, a beer festival, workshops, panels and more.