Photobooks almost as good as summer itself.
- •"Surfing: 1778-2015," by Jim Heimann (Taschen, $200)It weighs almost 16 pounds or more than two surfboards and requires its own dune buggy to transport it. Heimann covers the entire history of surfing, from James Cook’s arrival in Hawaii to the present day. He also details surfing culture, fashion, and the evolution of the surfboard, among other topics, while making stops at Hawaii’s Waimea Bay and California’s Sunset Beach, Malibu and Half Moon Bay along the way.
- •"Dream Treehouses" (Abrams, $45)For big kids dreaming of an arboreal chateau, the French company La Cabane Perchée builds glorious treehouses, and "Dream Treehousea," written by the men who design and construct them, is a collection of their extraordinary work. The 40 treehouses detailed in this book are getaways, studies, man caves, playhouses — and all are pure majesty. Many are accessed by spiral staircases that twirl around tree trunks. Others have terraces and grand windows. Some even sport bathtubs and toilets.
- •"Beaches," by Gray Malin (Abrams, $40)Gray Malin specializes in bird’s-eye photographs of beaches, the lucky dog. This collection includes his most stunning work: an emerald California sea, the frothing surf breaking near blue umbrellas, people sprawled on luminous sand. Geometric umbrellas look like the cut-off tops of coconuts in Cancun, like orange swirl Creme Savers in Saint-Tropez & dollops of meringue in Dubai. “From above,” Malin writes, “a simple beach becomes a blank canvas that allows me to start seeing the world as art."