Peen in 3-D And Other Delightful Reads on Sale This Week
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However, with TASCHEN books proliferating tabletops nowadays, you're more likely to set your cup of tea on an 1800s rendering of a circus clown flying on a trapeze, or the largest male reproductive organ you've ever seen (on paper, anyway).
That's right -- The Big Book of Penis is one of TASCHEN's bestsellers (3D editions available), and also one of the store's many books you can snag for half the original price this weekend.
TASCHEN bookstores worldwide are having a blowout sale, offering thousands of slightly damaged and display copies of store favorites for as much as 75% off. The TASCHEN Miami store, located at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, will hold its sale from today through Sunday, Jan. 22.
TASCHEN is a publisher notorious for both its elite taste for quality and an, ahem, streak of the unorthodox. The company's stated mission has been to publish innovative, fabulous art books at popular prices. Those prices are about to get more popular come Friday. Although the sale books will vary by location, Miami store manager Sanda Trapero gave us the lowdown on some notable titles to scoop up this weekend.
75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking: $100
TASCHEN started out as a comic book store in 1980; its founder, Benedikt Tashcen, dreamed of sharing his extensive collection of comics with the Cologne community. Many years -- and dreams realized -- later, TASCHEN offers 75 Years of DC Comics, The Art of Modern Mythmaking, a mammoth hardcover measuring 11.4 x 15.6 inches of full-color adolescent delight. The book contains over 2,000 images, fold-out timelines measuring nearly four feet and an appendix filing bios on artists, writers, editors, publishers, and actors alike. The store's description warns that even Superman might have trouble lifting this XL book, so if you can manage to carry it out of the store it's yours for $100 -- that's half the original $200 price tag.
Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals: $100
This collection, centered on Latin American art hero Diego Rivera, is another coffee table book too big for your coffee table. "Mr. Taschen wanted this sale to be bigger, better, bolder than ever," explained Sandra. Emphasis on the bigger.
Like the DC Comics book, this one folds out into stunning renderings of the Mexican artist's celebrated works. Other XL books that will be 50% off include art books on Matisse, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio, a tribute to Muhammad Ali, and The Book of Palms, a volume devoted exclusively to the 19th century art and study of palm trees. (What better accessory for a Miami Beach living room?)
Architecture Now! 7: $19.99
The multi-volume Architecture Now! series examines contemporary architecture worldwide with thoughtful prose and photographs as inventive as the buildings they capture. Each edition is an industry update from the last, and is organized A-Z for easy reference. Architecture Now! 7, the latest in the series, is subtitled After the Fall: Architecture in a New Economic Climate. The edition examines how architects are stretching their creative muscle in a time of budget constraint -- something most of us can relate to, unfortunately. A variety of the Architecture Now! titles will be available at the sale for $19.99, half of the original $39.99 price.
The Big Book of Breasts: $29.99
TASCHEN is known for pushing the label with erotic and fetishistic imagery that wouldn't otherwise hit the average mainstream book nook. Take the publisher's popular Body Part Series, for example: Breasts, penis, butt, legs, and, most recently, pussy all cheerfully and unapologetically adorn TASCHEN bookshelves worldwide in all their stupefying glory.
The volumes, however, balance shock value with high art and pop culture history to create a visual diorama as educational as it is pornographic. On one page of The Big Book of Breasts, a large pullout quote by Dolly Parton puts it all into perspective: "I do have big tits. Always had 'em -- pushed 'em up, whacked 'em around. Why not make fun of 'em? I've made a fortune with 'em."
Dolly's bazoombas -- and many, many more -- are all yours for $29.99, half off the original price. Look out for the other books in the Body Part series, as well.
Menu Design in America, 1850- 1985: $29.99
What's more iconic of American culture than our love of food? Take a cross-country, century-long road trip in this delightful volume that spotlights that little printed paper of words and pictures that, during each fleeting encounter, represents the most crucial, agonizing decision in your universe: the food menu.
Revisit the Jetsons-like spacey graphics customary of 1950s diners; ogle over the posh dinner offerings at the Rockefeller Center Rooftop; gasp at a circa-1935 image of what appears to be a woman squirting wine out of her nipples into the glasses of several eager, black-tie gentleman at the French Casino in Chicago.
Menu Design in America: A Visual and Culinary History of Graphic Styles and Design 1850-1985 provides a visual feast (ha ha) for all at 50% off the $59.99 original price.