Phaidon Press has been one of the pioneers of the art book format since publishing a number of gorgeous books on artists in the mid 1930s. Originally founded in Vienna in 1923, this company relocated to London to avoid the Nazis and then carved out a niche for itself by producing beautiful but affordable publications adored by art fans.
Phaidon’s huge range of titles over the decades has covered both popular and scholarly art. Every aspect of visual art has been showcased - photography, classical art, pop art, the history of art, the art collections of the rich and famous, fashion, architecture, decorative arts, all the major artistic movements and even cookbooks that, of course, are easy on the eye.
One of its most influential books has been The Story of Art by Ernst Gombrich. First published in 1950, this book encompasses the art world in a single volume. It has sold millions of copies and been widely translated.
Many Phaidon books are large but look out for the listings of gently used and remaindered copies being offered at $1 or similar low prices plus shipping.
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