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Harry N. Abrams

Abrams Books
Parent company La Martinière
Founded 1949
Founder Harry N. Abrams
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, NY
Distribution Hachette Book Group USA
Key people Michael Jacobs, President, CEO
Publication types Books
Imprints Abrams Image, Amulet, Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Official website

Abrams, formerly Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (HNA), is an American publisher of high-quality art and illustrated books, and the enterprise is a subsidiary of the French publisher La Martinière Groupe. Abrams publishes the following imprints:

  • Abrams Books
  • Stewart, Tabori & Chang
  • Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Amulet
  • Abrams Image

Run by President and CEO Michael Jacobs, Abrams publishes and distributes approximately 250 titles annually and has more than 2,000 titles in print. Abrams also distributes publications for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy, Vendome Press, Booth Clibborn Editions, Other Criteria, and 5 Continents.[1]


Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, Abrams was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art books.[2][3] Times Mirror acquired the company in 1966, and Harry Abrams retired in 1977. For many years, the company was under the direction of Paul Gottlieb (publisher), until January 2001, eighteen months before his death.[4] Abrams had been acquired by La Martinière Groupe in 1997.[3]


Abrams Books

Abrams Books publishes illustrated books on the subjects of art, architecture, photography, graphic design, interior and garden design, fashion, music, comic arts and graphic novels, and sports. The Abrams imprint is under the direction of Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Eric Himmel and Senior Vice President and Publisher Steven Tager. Books published by this imprint includes Himalayas,The Art of Walt Disney,[5][6] Norman Rockwell's Christmas, Gnomes,[7][8][9][10] Faeries,[11][12] Man’s Best Friend,[13][14][15][16] Avedon: Performance,[17][18][19][20] Vanity Fair: The Portraits,[21][22][23][24] Rolling Stone: 1,000 Covers, Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature, The Diary of Frida Kahlo,[25] Earth from Above,[26][27][28][29][30][31] Twilight, Tiffany Style, Textile Designs, Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time, Tim Flach: Equus, Dogs Gods, Graffiti World, Mom's Cancer, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, and R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues; Jazz & Country, as well the bestselling "365" and "Discoveries" series. In Spring 2009, Abrams launched a sub-imprint devoted to comics and graphic novels, Abrams ComicArts. In addition to its own titles, Abrams distributes books for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy, Vendome Press, Booth Clibborn Editions, Other Criteria, and 5 Continents. Abrams will be publishing these books in Spring 2013: The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Jen Corace, a new version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale; The Museum by Susan Verde, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, a picture book that celebrates visiting the museum; How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure, in which a kitten learns all things feline; Henry’s Hand by Ross MacDonald, starring two best friends: a monster, and his right hand; and Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, illus. by Yuko Shimizu, the true story of how Kenichi Zenimura introduced the game of baseball to Japanese internment camps during WWII.[32]

Stewart, Tabori & Chang (STC)

Stewart, Tabori & Chang (STC) was founded in 1981 by Andrew Stewart, Lena Tabori, and Nai Chang, three former Harry N. Abrams executives. STC was purchased by Éditions de La Martinière in 2000 and is now an imprint of ABRAMS under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Leslie Stoker.[33] STC is a publisher of illustrated inspirational and practical titles. The house specializes in the categories of cooking, crafts, interior design, sports, green living, sports, pets, and popular culture. Some of STC's bestselling titles are Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for the Food, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, Bunny Williams's Affair with a House, and Grandmother Remembers, which has sold 2 million copies. Over a dozen of STC's cookbooks have won James Beard[34] and International Association of Culinary Professionals[35] awards over the years, and three STC cookbooks have been named Best Book of the Year by those organizations.

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Abrams Books for Young Readers was launched in 1999, under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Howard W. Reeves. The books range from story books to poetry to the fine arts and other nonfiction. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line for preschool to middlegrade readers include the bestselling Enigma by Graeme Base; Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th–Century American Art, 2002 winner of the coveted Michael J. Printz Honor Award;[36] Maritcha by Tonya Bolden, 2006 winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award;[37] The Jellybeans and the Big Dance by bestselling author Laura Numeroff; and Laurent de Brunhoff’s Babar's Museum of Art.

Amulet Books

Amulet Books is a list of novels and nonfiction for young adults and middle grade readers, launched in 2004, under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Howard Reeves and Associate Publisher Susan Van Metre. Since its inception, Amulet has published many bestselling and award-winning books, including Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series,[38][39][40][41][42][43][44] Lauren Myracle’s Internet Girls series,[45][46] Michael Buckley’s Sisters Grimm series,[47][48][49] and Aidan Chambers’s This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn.[50][51]

Abrams Image

Abrams Image was launched in Spring 2006 to publish stylish illustrated and nonillustrated books with a little more edge in the categories of music, humor, reference, photography, design, and popular culture. Highlights of the list include the national bestsellers Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar and Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. Other notable titles include Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, Pot Culture, The Facebook Book, Make the Bible Work for You, Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, and No Wave: Post Punk. Underground. New York. 1976—1980, Office Mayhem: A Handbook to Practical Anarchy.


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