Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson

See the Arts Through Expert Eyes

Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New.

Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. We publish high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture. Our children’s books list is also expanding. Headquartered in London, we have a sister company in New York and subsidiary sales and distribution companies in Hong Kong and Paris. Today the group employs 150 staff in London and a further 65 around the world.

Of the ten titles that were published in Thames & Hudson’s first list in 1950, English Cathedrals, with photographs by Martin Hürlimann, was the first and most successful. A testament to the company’s strong belief from the very start in the longevity of books, it remained in print until 1971. Also appearing in the first year of publication was Albert Einstein’s Out of My Later Years, an early indication of the programme’s breadth.

Other major series that imparted depth and prestige to the list were Ancient People and Places, edited by Glyn Daniel, who from the 1950s helped to pioneer a wider interest in archaeology, both in book form and on television. More than 100 titles were published in the series over a 34-year period. The large-format Great Civilizations series, published from 1961, featured contributions by such esteemed academics as Alan Bullock, Asa Briggs, Hugh Trevor-Roper, A. J. P. Taylor and John Julius Norwich.

From producing the first commercial edition of The Book of Kells to the triumphant publication of the six-volume Vincent van Gogh – The Letters, from such technical innovations as ‘French folds’ to the then controversial documentation of graffiti art in Subway Art, Thames & Hudson has always been at the vanguard, both culturally and in its production techniques.

In March 2020, Thames & Hudson unveiled its new Pentagram-designed identity and a new look for its signature World of Art series. Relaunched with the tagline ‘See the arts through expert eyes’, the World of Art now carries a bold new look created by Dutch design studio Kummer & Herrman. The cover design features fluid shapes based on a grid inspired by the Golden Ratio, the system of mathematical proportion believed for millennia to be the secret of aesthetic harmony in nature, art and design.

The world of art and scholarship continues to be at the heart of Thames & Hudson’s publishing programme, which also remains true to its founding principle: to provide a museum without walls.

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    Thames & Hudson – The Perfect Gentleman by James Sherwood

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    About the Author James Sherwood is a London-based style journalist and has been described as ‘the guardian of Savile Row’ by The Rake magazine. He is the author of Savile Row, Fashion at Royal Ascot, James Sherwood’s discriminating Guide to London and Jewelry for Gentleman, all published by Thames & Hudson.
     
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    Thames & Hudson – Jewelry for Gentlemen by James Sherwood

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    The first book of its kind: a dazzling overview of the overlooked art of male jewelry, an increasingly popular requisite of the well-dressed man

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    I. RESTAURANTS • II. HOTELS • III. DRINKS CABINET • IV. SHOPS • V. CULTURE • VI. EXCEPTIONAL STREETS
    About the Author James Sherwood is a London-based style journalist and has been described as ‘the guardian of Savile Row’ by The Rake magazine. He is the author of Savile Row, Fashion at Royal Ascot, James Sherwood’s discriminating Guide to London and Jewelry for Gentleman, all published by Thames & Hudson.  
     
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    Thames & Hudson – The Italian Gentleman by Hugo Jacomet, Lyle Roblin

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    An in-depth celebration of the finest producers of men's sartorial style in the world's most elegant country About the Author Hugo Jacomet is a French columnist, screenwriter, artistic director and film producer best known for his online men’s style magazine, The Parisian Gentleman. His work has been featured in international magazines and periodicals, such as The Financial Times, GQ and Pen magazine. Lyle Roblin is a Canadian-born freelance photographer who lives with his Italian wife and daughters in Milan. His work focuses on tailoring, artisanal craftsmanship, architecture and industrial archaeology.  
     
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    Thames & Hudson – Contemporary Menswear by Nicholas Schonberger, Calum Gordon

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    An all-encompassing, global guide to cutting-edge, independent men’s fashion About the Author Nick Schonberger is a writer, blogger and critic on fashion, culture and music. He lives in New York. Calum Gordon is a fashion blogger.
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    Thames & Hudson – Retro Watches by Josh Sims, Mitch Greenblatt

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    A lively bible of sartorial know-how from one of Savile Row’s modern master cutters. About the Author Richard Anderson has worked on Savile Row for over thirty-five years, having started his career as an apprentice at Huntsman & Co at the age of seventeen. In 2001 he co-founded his own Savile Row company, Richard Anderson Ltd, with Brian Lishak. His memoir Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed was published to great acclaim in 2009. Dylan Jones is the editor of GQ, and the author of several books, including Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones and Mr. Jones’ Rules for the Modern Man.
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    Thames & Hudson -The Finest Menswear in the World by Simon Crompton

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    The only book on menswear to go fully behind the scenes to explain why the featured clothes, accessories and brands are the best in the world About the Author Simon Crompton’s 'Permanent Style' website has become a global authority on luxury menswear. Crompton also writes for the Financial Times, among other magazines, and is the author of The Finest Menswear in the World, published by Thames & Hudson.
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    Thames & Hudson – The Parisian Gentleman by Hugo Jacomet

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    A celebration of the craftsmanship and elegance behind the timeless French brands whose rich heritage is the cornerstone of men’s style About the Author Hugo Jacomet is a French columnist, screenwriter, artistic director and film producer best known for his online men’s style magazine, The Parisian Gentleman. His work has been featured in international magazines and periodicals, such as The Financial Times, GQ and Pen magazine. Lyle Roblin is a Canadian-born freelance photographer who lives with his Italian wife and daughters in Milan. His work focuses on tailoring, artisanal craftsmanship, architecture and industrial archaeology.  
     
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    Thames & Hudson – Living in Luxury by Alexander V. G. Kraft

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    An insider’s look at the ultra-glamorous world of exclusive real estate

    'As well as stunning images, the book also includes a useful guide to types of luxury property … how to buy them and what to pay' Daily Telegraph

    'Interiors to die for' Woman & Home

    About the Author Alexander V. G. Kraft is Chief Executive of Sotheby’s International Realty France. He lives in Monaco.      
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