Mapplethorpe. Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Introduction by Arthur C. Danto. Random House, New York, 1992. 400 pp. First edition. Small folio. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Illustrated, paper covered cloth slipcase. 280 duotone reproductions.
"This collection of nearly three hundred duotone images follows the full course of Mapplethorpe's career, from his early Polaroids to the last haunting self-portraits of the artist contemplating his own death. Included are the society portraits, the famous male nudes, floral still lifes, shocking pictures from the sexual underworld, and many previously unpublished photographs."--the publisher. This is the definitive volume on Mapplethorpe's work, published in cooperation with the photographer's estate. It is an essential for those interested in Mapplethorpe's unique vision and in American culture.
A beautiful copy of the definitive Mapplethorpe monograph; book and jacket are just about Very Fine; slipcase is bumped at one corner of its opening affecting jacket slightly.