‘Hugh Hefner’s Playboy’ – a Six-Volume Anthology by Taschen
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Playboy and its founder Hugh Hefner have teamed up with Taschen to publish a six-volume anthology of the magazine’s history, documenting the decadence, sophistication and wit of the original men’s magazine and its creator. Focusing on the 25 years between 1953 and 1979, the anthology includes a selection of each era’s spiciest centerfolds and writing by literary icons Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac and Ray Bradbury, as well as some of the most important Playboy Interviews, including Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Richard Nixon, and Roman Polanski. In addition, the series will provide a unique insight into the personal life and career of Hefner with a long autobiographical text about his youth, military service, early career as a cartoonist, numerous girlfriends, and eventual success with Playboy. Alongside the texts are never-before-seen personal photos and behind-the-scenes shots from the Playboy world. This definitive history of the magazine will set you back £900 (approx. $1,400 USD) and is available in a limited edition of 1,500 numbered copies, each signed by Hefner and packaged in a Plexiglas case. Find out more here.