We've got Taschen
. Self-described as "publishers of art, anthropology, and aphrodesia," they are creating absolutely beautiful books with prices that range from affordable to ouch
. If you don't know what Taschen is capable of creating, you need to take a look at the Walton Ford limited edition of Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra
Limited to 1,500 copies, this signed edition is stunning. Ford's art might not be to your liking, but if you love books, the limited edition is worth a few minutes of your time. Taschen is producing books of such quality ? custom clamshell boxes, scrumptious bindings, color printing to die for ? the end result is like nothing else being offered by mainstream publishers today.
Should you really love Walton Ford, Taschen has an intaglio print edition of Pancha Tantra, limited to 100 copies. It's in the ouch price range mentioned earlier.
If the New York Times is to be believed, then "any store avowing the barest level of chic keeps a book by the art publisher Taschen in stock." Heck, we've got chic.
We've got Valentino Garavani: Una Grande Storia Italiana.
Taschen goes couture for the collector's edition, limiting it to 2,100 copies. If you simply don't know the meaning of ouch, then the Art Edition, limited to 100 copies and containing four signed prints, is definitely de rigueur.
What's the most beautiful Taschen publication available right now? It's got to be Hiroshige, 100 Views of Edo. Bound in the Japanese style, the woodblock prints were reproduced from a set belonging to the Ota Museum in Tokyo.
Multilingual text guides the reader through the world of Hiroshige's ukiyo-e landscapes while the eye is delighted by the colors and sublime sense of balance.
Got Taschen? Get Taschen! Available at their stores in Beverly Hills, New York, Paris, and of course in our own little store right here in Portland, Oregon.