Philadelphia & New York. J. B. Lippincott Company. 1938. First edition. American edition. Signed by Beaton in ink to front free-endpaper - 'Best wishes / Cecil Beaton'. Yellow cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. viii, 261. Colour frontispiece, over 100 b&w photographs and line-drawings within the text. 230 x 160mm (9 x 6¼"). .8kg. . English. Good; jacket generally in very good shape, there is some wear to head and base of spine and to rear top edge, a couple of short 1cm closed tears to front top edge, light ruffling to forecorners, light browning to spine and to fore-edges, spotting to verso, not price-clipped; spotting and browning to cloth boards, spotting to edges and endpapers, light spotting to prelims and occasional spotting throughout, mainly to top margin.
"He has captured the spirit of Manhattan as only a foreigner can, from a Bowery flophouse to his Louis Seize bed in the Waldorf, from a highbrow party in Harlem to a lowbrow ball on Fifth Avenue." (Cecil Beaton).
Beaton's Cecil Beaton's New York was written before the war and provides a witty and glamourous snapshot of Manhattan in the 1930s. Beaton spent much of his time in New York during this period as a photographer for Conde Nast. The book captures the city he experienced - it's style, exuberance, diversity, people and culture. Beaton's photographs and illustrations complement the text, alongside images by other contemporary photographers.