Taschen The Measure of a Man


A wise man once said that leather-bound books and the smell of rich mahogany were markers of a man’s importance. Fine, that man was fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy, and while the importance he attributes to the aroma of rich mahogany may be questionable, his take on leather-bound books is less so. Books, or a lack thereof, say a lot about a man. Does he prefer the Russian literature of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky or the Lost Generation works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald? Or do his shelves perhaps reveal him to be a film buff or petrol head?

If you’re still in the process of building your library, Taschen is the best place to start curating your collection. Since 1980, the Cologne based publisher has produced an extensive collection of art books that feature a range of subjects, including art, fashion, film, architecture, and pop culture. So whether your interests tend towards the art of Michaelangelo and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, or the fashion of Prada and the films of Fellini, there’s a Taschen book for you. While the imprint prides itself on making sumptuous books of art available to everyone, it’s made its mark on the book world by producing some spectacular exclusive tomes. A tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, GOAT (Greatest of All Time) is a behemoth 75-pound, 700-page limited edition volume, which at $15,000, holds the distinction of being one of the most expensive books in publishing history. Restricted to just 1,000 numbered copies, each one signed by Ali and artist Jeff Koons, this book is truly a collector’s item. 

Go ahead, invest in books and stay classy.

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