M. Sasek 2013 calendars now on sale


A few M. Sasek calendars have been appearing. I’m not exactly clear on what’s in the range or where to find them but London, San Francisco and New York definitely seem to have calendars of some shape or form.

I’ve added any I could find to the US and UK M. Sasek Amazon stores:

M. Sasek art prints now available

The rights situation around M. Sasek’s estate has recently been resolved. This opens the way for a range of M. Sasek products, just in time for Christmas. First up are these limited edition art prints from The Bookroom Art Press in Brighton.

There is a good choice of prints from various Sasek books, all turned into hand-numbered giclee prints.

Prices start at £49 for an unframed print. See The Bookroom Art Press for the full range.


This is New York film: rare DVDs available

[With apologies for the long silence...]

There are a small number of This is New York film DVDs currently available on ebay. There were four This is films and they are very hard to find (no sightings of This is Ireland yet).

As the original films are so rare most copies show their age. The colours are not what they once were but it’s still amazing to see Sasek’s books come to life. This is Israel is on YouTube if you want to get an idea of how the films were produced by Weston Woods. They are very simple, but still have a lot of charm.

There are only four DVDs left so get in quick if you want to snap one up.

This is the Way to the Moon out in June

"Birdwatchers" at Cape Canaveral

This is the Way to the Moon (originally This is Cape Canaveral, then This is Cape Kennedy) is reissued in June by Rizzoli. Amazon gives the dates as June 1 for the UK and June 23 for the US.

If you’re wondering about the name change, Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. However, the residents weren’t so keen and reclaimed the name Cape Canaveral in 1974. The NASA installation based there now goes by the name Kennedy Space Center, so this new title is a neutral way of describing the space center and the surrounding area.

Due to the subject matter this is one of the most unusual This is books with some great illustrations of giant missiles, huge antennae, astronauts (human and non-human) and even a chocolate space shuttle, all recreated with incredible detail.

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Londres, Paris and Rome reissued in France

Paris par M. Sasek Londres par M. Sasek Rome par M. Sasek

The first three This is books, This is Paris, This is London and This is Rome have been reissued by Casterman in French (as Londres, Paris and Rome).

I’ve heard that these reissues are a lot closer to the originals than the Rizzoli ones. They are available online from amazon.fr.

This is M. Sasek – new site live

Well, finally the new site is up. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but hopefully it’s better than the last one.

Major changes are:

  • This news blog, which you can now follow using RSS or email
  • Information on the This is books, particularly which ones have been republished is now bang up to date
  • The other areas have all had a spring clean

In the new few months I hope to add:

I’d be really glad to hear what you think of it, and if you have any ideas about what you’d like to see here in future.

Thanks for visiting.

New This is M. Sasek blog

A London news seller

The This is M. Sasek website is getting so out of date that I am quite ashamed! It’s been over 2 years since I updated it. I could reel off lots of excuses about corrupted hard disks, lost passwords, and a general lack of time to sort it out but it’s not worth going into the details. What is important is to get something up and running again so I’ve made this blog as a place for all the M. Sasek news that’s fit to print.

Stay up to date

There isn’t always a lot of news, so to make it easier to follow you can subscribe to the feed using an RSS reader, or have the latest news emailed to you. Or you can get updates by following This is M. Sasek on Twitter, if you like that kind of thing.

Anything to suggest?

The main site will be getting a spring clear in the next few months (hopefully). In the meantime please have a look round and let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the blog, or on the website once it’s all shiny again. It’s been a bit of a rush putting it all together so do let me know if anything isn’t working.

This is Greece out on 20 February 2009

Pictures from This is Greece by M. Sasek

This is Greece will be reissued by Rizzoli on 20 February 2009.

Originally published in 1966, This is Greece is a delightfully sunny tour of the Greek Islands. There are hardly any clouds in the whole book! From ancient wonders like the Acropolis and the Parthenon, to the hustle and bustle of modern-day Athens, it’s a colourful portrait of a fascinating country.

This is Britain out on 15 June 2008

This is Britain is reissued on 15 February 2008.

Originally published as This is Historic Britain in 1974, this was the last book in the This is… series. The original title makes it clear what you get in this volume – a tour of Britain’s historic sights. Perhaps because of the subject matter it’s less colourful than the other titles, but the accuracy of the architectural drawings is amazing.

This is Israel out on 15 June 2008

Grape carriers from This is Israel by M. Sasek

This is Israel is reissued on 15 June 2008.

Originally published in 1962, This is Israel was the 9th book in the original series. This one even comes with a handy Jewish glossary.