Reading the classics
is an essential part of any well-rounded education. Whereas this was once understood as the study of ancient Greek and Latin literature, today a classic book is also one that presents outstanding examples of visual culture
. Pictorial masterpieces
from the sciences and humanities can communicate the richness and complexities of the past - from Antiquity to Medieval, Renaissance, and more modern times. Drawings, etchings, sketches, engravings, diagrams and other optical devices tell us about the history of the world
. For artists and art lovers, subjects as diverse as typography, biology, theology, and cartography, can come alive through antiquarian images that were delicately handcrafted, sometimes centuries ago.
of classic books
offers full facsimiles
of rare book
titles and curated selections of exquisite pièces de résistance. High quality photographic reproductions
of original color plates provide new access to fascinating and intriguing historical images
including botanical studies, city maps, biblical illustrations, costume catalogues, human anatomy, and mathematical principles. TASCHEN classics
come in stunning XL and XXL editions
as well as in the portable and collectible Bibliotheca Universalis series
. Introductions, commentary, and excerpts of original text
give contextual information to these captivating exemplars of imagination and genius.
Some texts, like Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities
, are complete reprints
of esteemed yet difficult to obtain books and others, such as, Codices illustres - The world’s most famous illuminated manuscripts
, are anthologies of a subject area - sure to become classics in their own right. Whatever your interests, - architecture, religion, or geography - these art books form a paragon of knowledge
that everyone should read. So start designing your own collection of classics
and make a scholar of yourself and a salon of your bookcase.