Andy Warhol: Seven Illustrated Books 1952-1959 available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Andy Warhol: Seven Illustrated Books 1952-1959

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'A rarely seen chapter of Warhol’s creativity' Wall Street Journal

A portfolio of meticulous reprints of seven of Andy Warhol’s 1950s hand-drawn books, created during his pre-fame years

In 1950s New York, before he became one of the most famous names of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was already a skilled and successful commercial artist. During this time, as part of his strategy to woo clients and forge friendships, he created seven handmade artist’s books, reserved to his most valued contacts. These featured personal, unique drawings and quirky texts revealing his fondness for—among other subjects—cats, food, myths, shoes, beautiful boys, and gorgeous girls.

Decades later, with originals now changing hands for thousands of dollars at auction, TASCHEN presents an immaculate portfolio of these seven books, five of which have never before been republished, beautifully packaged together for the very first time and replicating Warhol’s originals as closely as possible down to the format, dimensions, and paper stock. With titles such as Love Is a Pink Cake, 25 Cats Named Sam, and À la Recherche du Shoe Perdu, the series reveals the artist’s off-the-wall character as well as his accomplished draftsmanship, boundless creativity, and innuendo-laced humour.

This colourful portfolio is supplemented by an XL-sized, 56-page guidebook introducing each of Warhol’s illustrations. Complete with rarely seen photographs of the artist, inspirational ephemera, and commercial assignments, it contextualizes Warhol’s 1950s art, offering a glimpse into his early creative process as well as his endearing, playful character.


  • Author: Reuel Golden
  • Format: Portfolio with 7 smaller volumes inserted in cardboard box with handle
  • Publication date: November 2017
  • Language: Multilingual
  • ISBN9783836562096
  • Dimensions: 36.4 x 52.4 cm


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