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.
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.
Since its founding in 1949, Abrams has specialized in books that present art, pop culture, food, travel, and style in ways that are both accessible and exciting. Find an appropriately eclectic selection here, with topics ranging from chic sailing to Chanel.
The best way to inspire young readers? Gift them with these beautifully illustrated hard-cover books. These editions are full of colorful adventures and destined to become favorites of the young literati — not to mention their parents.
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