Irving Penn. Moments Preserved. Eight essays in photographs and words by Irving Penn. With an introduction by Alexander Liberman. Rosemary Blackmon collaborated on captions and text. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1960. 183 pp. Small folio. First edition. INSCRIBED on title page to Alisa Garland, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue from 1961-1964: 'For Alisa Garland/with greetings and best wishes/Irving Penn'. Clothbound in printed dust jacket. Library protector. Photo-illustrated laminated cardboard slipcase. Numerous gravure and color reproductions.
Some of the most ravishing gravure printing ever!! Penn spent a month in Lucerne, Switzerland overseeing the production 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," says Vince Aletti 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."
About Near Fine in Fine jacket; foxing to boards, with a few spots on endpapers; with just a trace of wear; Near Fine+ slipcase, clean with just one corner abraded.