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Want a beautifully designed book, filled with gorgeously reproduced photos and written about an obscure subject you didn’t know you were interested in until you picked this book? Welcome to Taschen.

Anyone who knows me probably knows that I have an addiction to books that borders on the unhealthy. I look at them, I read them and I buy them (then I usually stack them). I’ve always been drawn to Taschen books, the subject range usually overlaps with my ever-changing interests… from Alchemy to Pop Art. There are probably very few Taschen books I wouldn’t read or appreciate. They do a fantastic range of design books including illustration & art.

My most desired book would have to be the limited edition title about the Japanese photographer Araki.

Everything about this book drips with beauty and seduction, just like the photos of Araki himself. If you are not familiar with his work you will soon want to be, although certainly his photography is not for everyone and some of it is definitely not safe for work.

This is an extremely high production volume limited to just 2500 copies and each individually numbered and signed by Araki himself. What a shame they cost £2000 each… I guess I will just have to make do with the Abridged Budget Version for £40 instead.