I enjoyed the Barnaby Conrad book a lot when it came out in 1988, but less so when I re-read it last month. There's a bit too much about the mythology and alleged psychotropic effects. Still, it can be found fairly inexpensively and is worth reading.
I bought Marie-Claude Delahaye's very compact English edition of "Absinthe, The Living Legend" and regret it given the high price and lean amount of useful information. Half of the book reads like an infomercial for Fée Verte. Not much substance there.
I have her spoon book on order but I'm sure that's in a very different category. That's about as specialized as it gets.
I definitely recommend "Encylopedia of Absinthe" by David Nathan-Meister. It is not really in the form of an encyclopedia but it is packed with good information and great photos. However it is expensive, though if you shop around you'll find that prices vary wildly. Hunt for the best price you can get. That said, a lot of what is in the book is exactly the same as in the online 'virtual museum'. If you spend enough time surfing that site you'll read much of the same text and see the same pictures. But I am a book freak so I appreciate having it all in compact form that I can pick up and read leisurely on the couch anytime I feel like it.
Scott M's book on absinthe antiques is an absolute must if you have any interest in the accouterments.
I'm still waiting for a comprehensive new edition of a book that will bring the story further up to date. There's a ton of information on this forum that post-dates any of the books I'm aware of. Clearly there's a need for such an updated book today.
Edited by Georges Meliès, 31 July 2013 - 01:01 PM.