Portrait of New York

Portrait of New York
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Cecil Beaton.

London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1948. Revised edition. First published in 1938 under the title 'Cecil Beaton's New York'. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. viii, 136 pages. Over 100 hors-texte b&w photographs and line-drawings within the text. 230 x 160mm (9 x 6"). .5kg. . English. Very good; light wear to edges of jacket, a few small nicks along upper and lower edges, 3 of these are repaired with tape to verso of jacket, creasing and a couple of 1cm tears to front flap, some occasional spotting to verso, not price-clipped; internally a very clean copy.

"My book is... less a guide-book than a catalogue of impressions, mostly visual, of a city that, with each visit, becomes for me ever more beguiling, mysterious and impressive." (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. This edition, re-titled Portrait of New York, was published 10 years later in 1948. The publisher describes it as having been 'so extensively re-written and re-illustrated that it is virtually a new book.'.

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