Talk:Phaidon Press

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Parts of this summary are taken from the various historical documents on the Phaidon Press website (, others from personal knowledge of the company.

While it is a for-profit company, Phaidon is of such paramount important on the cultural scene I think it warrants an entry (as do several other such publishers). I'm very new to this and don't know how to insert links etc but will return to the article later to try to do so.

There is a lot more that could be said about Phaidon -- about specific books of great importance, about various controversies that have surrounded it (for example, there was some kind of a ugly public spat with a famous art historian some years ago), about the art publishing business in general, about debates over copyright and how those affect art publishers, etc.

I apologize in advance for any standards I haven't followed out of ignorance. As I said, I know that a lot of work has to be done to bring the article up to the proper format and standards. But it's a start ...


As far as I found out the name of the first Phaidon founder was Béla Horovitz (and not Bela Horowiz – but then, maybe that’s the way he wrote his name in the british exile...). And: there seemed to have been a third founder named Fritz Ungar, who is also mentioned as founder of the Saturn Verlag in Vienna, but I couldn’t get any more information on that person so far. Greetings from the german Wikipedia. - 19:32, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Website redirects[edit]

Note now redirects you to a Phaidon store, depending on what they believe is your location based on IP address. For instance, many European users are redirected to the French (!?) Phaidon store, making Phaidon's main site unreachable and unverifiable as a source. Superp (talk) 20:23, 31 May 2010 (UTC)