Observations. Photographs by Richard Avedon. Comments by Truman Capote. Designed by Alexey Brodovitch. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1959. 151 pp. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Folio. Hardbound. Original acetate plastic jacket [protected by additional acetate protector. Printed slipcase. Numerous gravure reproductions.
Avedon's seminal first book is included in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books. Writing there, Vince Aletti said, "Observations is the culmination of a creative collaboration between Richard Avedon and Alexey Brodovitch that began in 1945...Though it didn't take long for Avedon's fame to eclipse Brodovitch's legend, their reputations are inextricably linked...Impeccably sequenced, with a consistently arresting juxtaposition of full-bleed and small scale, black-and-white images, as well as generous expanses of cool white space and architectural blocks of slate-gray italic text, Avedon's first book is Brodovitch's summing up..."
Fine-; some wear to extremities; remarkably bright copy, with a small chip to rear panel of original acetate; Near Fine+ case with original $15 price sticker; a few spots of foxing and scuffing; small tear (3/4") at upper joint