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Limited to only 300 signed and numbered copies, the Reserve “Collectors” Edition book features a unique teal cover, silk page marker, and a handcrafted clamshell center-opening jewel box that boldly features the Cuban flag. This hardcover book measures 12″ (31cm) x 13″ (33cm) x 1.7″ (4.4cm) and contains over 300 photographs and stories. Designed by Michael, printed and handcrafted in Italy, this elegantly styled 348-page museum-quality photo book and jewel box combination makes a stunning and impressive presentation on any coffee table or bookcase. As part of your box set, you’ll receive a 3-Print Companion Collection of three of Michael’s favorite prints (a $450 value). Each 12″ (31cm) x 12.5″ (32cm) archival Giclee print is signed and numbered to match your book’s number. Each print collection comes with a Vanishing Cuba “Certificate of Authenticity.”

The book’s color images are printed using a proprietary 7-color Spectra System to provide the most vibrant colors. The book’s black & white images are printed using a 2-black and 1-grey TriTone System, delivering superior b&w images with breathtaking results. Ultra-fine, dot-less, stochastic printing rounds out this magnificent work of art. Printing in 10 colors is a rarity among photography coffee table books. Thanks to the support of Heidelberg Press, Epple Inks in Germany, and Longo Press in Italy, we created a truly stunning book. Many have said that we “set the bar.”

Michael has curated his 24 trips to Cuba into a wonderful storytelling photo collection. Each beautifully crafted book is produced with stories in both English and Spanish, with Cuban friends helping guide the narrative with beautiful essays. Michael’s style of photography captures the “Soul of Cuba” in the most authentic, endearing, beautiful, and honest light. His images are so lively; that they jump off the page. His stories are so compelling; that you are transported to Cuba with the turn of every page. 

True, the book is a beautiful photographic storytelling journey through the lost-in-time island nation of Cuba. But it’s also filled with many historical references woven into the writings. For this reason, many prestigious University libraries and public libraries across the globe have purchased the book for their permanent collections.

Available only from the publisher. This edition is handcrafted with prints personally printed by the author. This book ships within 5-15 business days. 

SKU: VCRE2021MJC-003 Categories: ,
  • Reserve Edition "Collectors" Book Features A Unique Limited Edition Cover
  • Custom Designed & Handcrafted Center Opening 'Cuban Flag' Jewel Box
  • Signed & Numbered
  • Limited to only 300 copies
  • 348 Pages
  • 300 Photographs & Stories
  • 3 Print Companion Collection - Archival Giclee Prints (a $450 value)
  • English and Spanish
  • Hardcover
  • The Finest Italian Museum Quality Paper
  • Silk Page Holder Ribbon
  • Book Size: 12" (31cm) x 13" (33cm) x 1.7" (4.4cm)
  • Box Size: 13" (33cm) x 14" (35.5cm) x 2” (5cm)
  • Weight: 12 lbs (5.4 kg)
  • ISBN: 978-1-7377678-2-4
  • Library of Congress: 2021916545
  • SKU: VCRE2021MJC-003
  • All Credit Cards are Accepted. Worldwide Shipping
  • Price: Reserve Edition $395 USD

Additional information

Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 14 × 2 in
Limited Collectors Edition

The Reserve Edition is limited to only 300 signed and numbered copies.

Clamshell Jewel Box

The Reserve Edition is enclosed in a handcrafted clamshell jewel box, wrapped in the Cuban flag.

Signed & Numbered

The Reserve Edition is signed and numbered.

3-Print Companion Collection

Each book contains a 3-Print Companion Collection consisting of three of Michael’s favorite prints (a $600 value). Signed and numbered to match your book's number.

Certificate of Authenticity

Each book comes with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Each book is handcrafted in Italy using only the finest materials.

Unique Reserve Edition Cover

The Reserve Edition features its own teal-colored cloth-bound cover.

10-Color Printing

Printed using a special 7-color Spectra7 process (CYMK plus 3 PMS colors), and a 3-black TriTon (2 blacks and 1 PMS grey).

English & Spanish

Each book's text is in both English and Spanish.

11 reviews for RESERVE EDITION

  1. Ian Robert Knight

    It’s very clear, once you begin to view the images in this impressive book, that Vanishing Cuba will be the standard that all other photography books about Cuba will be judged against. Michael Chinnici has set the bar so high, that few, if any will be able to reach the quality achieved by this publication.

    Even if you’ve never been to Cuba before, when you take the time to browse the images in the book, you’re transported to the communities that Michael explored so many times. The stories told, and the images shown, help you to understand what makes Cuba special, and you begin to see why Michael loves it so much.

    The Reserve Edition, with its slipcover, help to make this book something to cherish. It’s not a book that you’ll shelve after a quick viewing. It’s one that you’ll be proud to own, and something you’ll showcase in a your home for others to enjoy, for years to come.

    Simply put, it’s the best book I’ve ever had the pleasure to own.

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11 reviews for RESERVE EDITION

  1. Roman

    I expected a lot from this book; especially since I know the author and his photography. I was fortunate to be invited by Michael to visit him in Italy where the book was being printed. I spent 4 days at the printer with Michael, so I saw the complete printing and separation process. The quality of the prints off the press was just WOW. I never saw anything like that in my career. I called my print company in Zagreb and I mentioned where the book was being printing. My guy there said to me, “that’s the best place in all of Europe where you can print using this method.” So before I saw the finished book, I knew it was going to be great. I am still fascinated with the quality of this book. I realized that the Reserve Edition was the only option for me, and I chose for myself.

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