Friday, 7 May 2010

Are Taschen serious?

You may be forgiven for thinking that the publisher of such titles as The big book of breasts and The big penis book would not have titles that would be of interest to an academic library. However, you would be wrong.

As a recent profile in The Sunday Times attests, Taschen are a very peculiar publisher indeed - “as happy to publish a book of explicit gay cartoons as a perfect facsimile of the Luther bible of 1534.”

The University of Westminster libraries have over 100 titles from Taschen, only a minority of which are racy in any way: the latest acquisition – the complete published works of Karl Blossfeldt.

Search for ‘Taschen’ in Library Collections Search to see what we have, visit to read about their history or visit their shop in Chelsea (which I have now added to my google map) and decide for yourself!