“A Renaissance man in the fullest sense of the word… It is the best history book the 21st century has so far produced.”
—The Independent, London
Released on the 60th anniversary of the magazine, this sumptuous six-volume anthology celebrates the decadence, sophistication, and wit of the original men’s magazine and its creator. His personal life and career—from cartoon-drawing childhood to astonishing success with Playboy—are revealed in the most intimate portrait ever. Hugh Hefner’s Playboy highlights the extraordinary years from 1953 to 1979, with a selection of each era’s spiciest centerfolds, but also pieces on art, design, architecture, and writing by literary icons Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming, and Ray Bradbury, as well as some Playboy interviews. The liberalism and civil rights debates in the magazine were nothing short of trailblazing—at a time when the notion of a black President was almost laughable.
A wealth of never-before-seen ephemera from Hefner’s personal archives includes original artwork, cartoons and correspondence, and a long autobiographical text about his youth, military service, early career as a cartoonist, numerous girlfriends, and eventual success with Playboy. A vast selection of personal photos—many previously unseen—include behind-the-scenes shots from the Playboy Mansion, Playboy Clubs, and the Big Bunny jet. This is the definitive history of Playboy and its legendary founder.
First published in TASCHEN’s limited edition series—now available in this unlimited popular edition!
Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926. He served as an infantry clerk in the U.S. Army during World War II and received his bachelor of art degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1949. He started Playboy magazine in 1953, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Hardcover with 25 fold-outs, 6 vols. in box, 7.0 x 9.8 in., 1910 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-3087-3 Edition: English
“The ultimate gift for the globetrotting playboy.”
— The Gentleman’s Journal, London
“Coffee table giants TASCHEN have excelled themselves with a six-volume chronicle of the man who took bunnies out of the kitchen and into the bedroom… Definitely one for the bachelors among you.”
— Men's Health, London
“Presented for the first time as a deluxe reissue, is one of the year’s warmest, most provocative and entertaining publications, is the six-volume Hugh Hefner’s Playboy. The word ‘megabook’ could be used here, particularly as a means to describe the highly intricate work done by TASCHEN, the publisher. A delicious pop autobiography, beautiful and rich.”