Richard Avedon. Preface by Harold Brodkey.
New York. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 1978. First edition. Boldly inscribed in ink by Avedon to front free endpaper ' 'For Natalie and Donald with love, Richard.'. Glossy paper-covered illustrated boards, printed acetate dust jacket. Unpaginated [176 pages]. Over 120 monochrome plates. 365 x 275mm (14¼ x 10¾"). 2kg. 0374232008. English. Near fine with very good jacket; jacket has some slight surface wear, slight wear to head and base of spine of jacket, light toning to jacket spine; very lightly knocked at forecorners; jacket in much better shape than usual.
An anthology of the finest photographs taken by Richard Avedon in his career up to 1977. The subjects of his images read like a Who's Who of the fashion and entertainment world - Lauren Bacall, Brigitte Bardot, Cecil Beaton, Marisa Berenson, Marlene Dietrich, Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn, Bianca Jagger, Loulou de La Falaise, Sophie Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Shrimpton and Gloria Vanderbilt. These portraits are interspersed with his fashion photographs. The cover features Marella Agnelli to the front and 'Dovima with Elephants' to the rear. The book accompanied a retrospective exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.