Simon and Schuster, New York, 1960. Large quarto, original beige cloth, original pictorial slipcase. First edition. Includes an index of plates. 184 pp., with 39 four-color plates and numerous black-and-white plates, finely printed in Switerland by Camera Publishers, C. J. Bucher, Ltd., Lucerne. 13 x 9-3/4 inches.
Eight essays in photographs and words by Irving Penn. With an introduction by Alexander Liberman. Rosemary Blackmon collaborated on captions and text. Photo-illustrated laminated cardboard slipcase. Numerous gravure and color reproductions.
An absolute masterpiece of printing, Penn spent a month in Lucerne, Switzerland overseeing the process at C.J. Bucher, who had produced Avendon's book Observations the previous year. Each of the eight sections in this monograph "have in common the photographer's deftly understated portraits, printed here in the subtlest gravure," aa cited in The Book of 101 Books. "Penn reinvented the classic daylight studio portrait for a more casual time," he goes on to say, "undercutting its formality but heightening its potential as a revealing performance."
Near Fine in Near Fine slipcase; tight square binding; very clean interior, tiny repaired area on rear panel; slipcase typical minor worn at tips with some darkening around edges of cover image (also quite typical).