Philippe Halsman's Jump Book

Philippe Halsman's Jump Book
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Philippe Halsman.

New York. Simon and Schuster. 1959. First edition, second 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, in good dust jacket; some shelf wear to jacket, light marks to white surface, a couple of short tears to top edge, wear at head and base of spine with short tears and some loss, spine faded; some uneven fading towards top of boards; internally clean with no inscriptions.

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.