Famous Portraits. L. Fritz Gruber, Editor. Ziff-Davis, New York, 1960. First American edition. Large quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 159 pp. of impressive gravure portraits of well-known people by 19th and 20th century photographers.
A collection of one hundred famous photographic portraits that reveal the essential character of the sitter in a powerful visual statement. Included are Sarah Bernhardt by Nadar, John Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron, Igor Stravinsky by Arnold Newman, Picasso by both Man Ray and Irving Penn, Irving Penn by Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo by Steichen, and many others. On the dustjacket is Edward's Steichen's darkly dramatic portrait of J. P. Morgan. A near fine copy with some light offsetting onto front inside endpaper; dustjacket has some edge chips (some neatly repaired on verso) and the back panel has some light shelf-soiling in the white background. In clear book glassine.
Accompanied by: The Great Pierpont Morgan by Frederick Lewis Allen. Harper Brothers Publishers, New York, 1949. Octavo. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. x + 306 pp. Of interest here, for the dustjacket --
which is illustrated with the same Edward Steichen portrait of J. P. Morgan as the title above. The tonal range in this rendition of the image is more realistic; more gray tones give Morgan a less dramatic look. Free front endpaper neatly excised; some edge chips and top 1/4 inch of jacket spine repaired with matching paper. In clear glassine.