Introduction by Horst. Foreword by Janet Flanner. Notes on the plates by Valentine Lawford. Photographs by Horst and George Hoyningen-Huene.
The Viking Press. New York. 1971. First edition. American edition. Hardback; red cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 192 pages. 162 b&w photographs. English. 285 x 230mm. 1.2kg. 670616389. Near fine, in very good dust jacket; some light shelf wear to jacket, some wear to forecorners and spine ends, short 2cm to top edge of front jacket, price-clipped.
An album of photographic portraits of the leading lights of the 1930s art scene by Horst and Hoyningen-Huene. Writers, artists, musicians, ballerinas, actors, opera singers, film stars, fashion designers and the odd "celebrity" are represented, with short accompanying biographies. The sitters include Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Lee Miller, Igor Stravinsky, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Duff and Diana Cooper, Noel Coward, Chanel, Josephine Baker, Cecil Beaton, Visconti... and the list goes on. The photographs are by Horst himself or by George Hoyningen-Huene, who bequeathed his photographic collection to Horst upon his death in 1968. The book acts as a homage and celebration of his 'mentor and friend' and of the time they spent together in the 1930s. Janet Flanner, the long-time Paris correspondent of the New Yorker, provides the foreword to the book.