Philippe Halsman's Jump Book

Philippe Halsman's Jump Book
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Philippe Halsman.

New York. Simon and Schuster. 1959. First edition, first printing. Black paper-covered boards, backed with orange cloth, dust jacket. 94 pages. 178 b&w photographs. 285 x 220mm (11 x 8"). 0.55kg. . English. Very good; the dust jacket has light shelf wear, there are a couple of short 1cm closed tears at the head of spine and a couple of 0.5cm closed tears to bottom edge, slight fading to spine, residue of price sticker on front flap, not price-clipped; very small knock to lower edge of boards, light orange mark to rear board; an excellent copy in a very good example of the fragile dust jacket.

A scarce copy of the first printing with the dust jacket. Philippe Halsman was a US magazine photographer. During the 1950s he photographed America's greatest men and women. After each sitting he would ask his subject to jump for him, few refused. The ensuing photograph went into his Jump collection. The Jump Book presents a collection of 178 of these images. Famous subjects include Grace Kelly, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Aldous Huxley, John Steinbeck, Marc Chagall, Dali, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Groucho Marx, Peter Ustinov, Liberace and Tallulah Bankhead. Halsman's witty text accompanies the irreverent images. It lays out his theory of 'Jumpology' in which the subject reveals their true self whilst in the act of jumping.