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 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..."
About Near Fine; clean and bright internally; small hand-written name, inside front cover; light tanning to extremities; tiny tears to backstrip top and bottom of spine (1/4"-1/2"); small area of discoloration, base of spine; jacket is Fair with partial loss to front panel; taped repairs; case structurally sound, with some some splitting along joints; moderate tanning, smudging.