Phaidon’s empire of world-renowned books on food, architecture, fashion, design and travel complement the publisher’s beginnings. Named after Socrates’s pupil Phaedo, who was known for his discourses on immortality, this London-based publishing house got its start in 1923 as a producer of high quality, reasonably priced literature, philosophy, and history books. In 1936 it added art to its repertoire, publishing some of the first monographs of Van Gogh and Botticelli. All volumes pair erudite text with breathtaking photography; a perennial favorite is Phaidon’s stunning, large-scale Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.
Renowned for their lavish photography and top-notch text, Phaidon’s books elevate cultural writing to an art form. Shop the sale to get inside an influential lensman’s mind (<i>Guy Bourdin</i>), get inspired by beautiful interiors (<i>The American House</i>) — or just get ideas for dinner (<i>Fish: Recipes from the Sea</i>).
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Whip up a fantastic dish from the lushly illustrated cookbooks by London-based art and architecture publisher Phaidon. Throwing a party? Pick up <i>The Book of Tapas</i>. Craving Italian? Flip through <i>Tuscany</i>. There are even classic titles for little chefs, including <I>The Silver Spoon for Children</i>.
If you’re a stylish fella — or looking for the perfect gift for the sophisticated man in your life — these beautifully illustrated, well-written books are a coffee table must. Architecture, design, fashion, luxury brands — many of the makings of the good life are represented in this selection.