Does anyone know a good book on learning figures drawing?

and perhaps a book/illustration containing lots of figures/sculptures that one could use to practice figure drawing with?

i do plan on attending life/figure drawing sessions in the future to draw live models, but i figured i would get the basics down first.

also, can someone suggest a good set of pencils (or box sex) for doing figure/life drawings? and a good sketch notebook medium for these types of practices?