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