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, 'For ____/Irving Penn' (with signature circled, as he often does). Clothbound in printed dustjacket. Library protector. 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," 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."
Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket and Near Fine slipcase; tight square binding; very clean interior with foxing to boards; crown of jacket reinforced with a small piece of tape; tiny repaired area on rear panel; slipcase typically worn at tips with light soiling around edges of cover image (also quite typical).