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Hartley Wintney
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RG27 8TW
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42 Harebell Close
Hartley Wintney
Hampshire
RG27 8TW
Contact Clare Trimming
Mobile 07783 257663
Specialists Antiques, Architecture, Art, Design, Fashion, Interior Design, Jewellery, Period Houses, Photography, 20th Century Society
Beaux Books
Stand F14

Richard Avedon's first book, filled with his portraits of artists and performers.

Photographs by Richard Avedon. Comments by Truman Capote.

Observations , Weidenfeld and Nicolson. London. 1959. First edition. British edition. 1959

White printed paper-covered boards, clear acetate dust jacket, white printed card slipcase. 152 pages. Black & white gravure plates throughout. English. 380 x 280mm (15 x 11). 2.2kg.

Note
American photographer Richard Avedon's first book. It is filled with portraits of artists and performers taken by Avedon, accompanied by the irreverent words of Truman Capote. The book was largely a result of the creative collaboration between Avedon and Alexey Brodovitch, art director of Harper's Bazaar, who hired a young Avedon in 1945 to work on the magazine. Many of the photographs included in the book were originally published in Harper's and Brodovitch is responsible for the sleek and graphically simple book design. Sitters include Marella Agnelli, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marilyn Monroe, Chanel, Jean Cocteau, Judy Garland, Cecil Beaton, Igor Stravinsky and Somerset Maugham. [Hasselblad Center. The Open Book. p.174-5; Roth. The Book of 101 Books. p.148-9; Auer. 802 Photo Books. p.386]

Condition
Very good; boards and acetate jacket near fine, with no marks or tears; no inscriptions; slipcase has light wear to forecorners and spine, a small scratch to surface of front board, some light browning and spotting; an excellent copy of a notoriously fragile book
£395