Koln; London: Taschen, 2009. First Limited Collector's Edition, Number 268 of 1500 sets. SIGNED by Hugh Hefner and includes a 7 x 7 cm piece of Hef's famous red silk pajamas, worn by the gret man himself. Complete in six volumes plus a facsimile edition of Playboy #1 from 1953 featuring Marilyn Monroe, in Plexiglas slipcase. 4to. 3506 pp. Text in English with German, French, and Spanish translations. Indices. A wealth of never-before-seen ephemera from Hefner’s personal archives includes original artwork, cartoons and correspondence, and 700 pages of autobiographical text about his youth, military service, early career as a cartoonist, numerous girlfriends, and eventual success with Playboy. A vast selection of personal photos—many previously unseen—include behind-the-scenes shots from the Playboy Mansion, Playboy Clubs, and the Big Bunny jet. Features 59 of the hottest Centerfolds in full size, and all 312 covers from the magazine’s first 25 years presenting a comprehensive overview of artwork and pictorials by all of the important Playboy artists and photographers. Item #20669
Hugh M. Hefner presents an illustrated autobiography with chronological highlights from Playboy’s first 25 years. His personal life and career—from cartoon-drawing childhood to astonishing success with Playboy—are revealed in the most intimate portrait ever, ranging from 1926 to 1979. This sumptuous six-volume anthology celebrates the decadence, sophistication, and wit of the original men’s magazine and its creator. Hugh Hefner’s Playboy highlights the extraordinary years from 1953 to 1979, with 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.