Publisher: A Studio Book / The Viking Press, New York
Publication Date: 1980
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Black cloth, lettering stamped in silver on spine; b/w photo-illustrated dust jacket. With b/w photo-illustrations throughout. Corners and spine tips gently bumped, otherwise book is fine. Dust jacket a little wrinkled and scuffed at corners and spine tips, else fine. From the estate of New York legend, Elaine Kaufman (1929-2010), who's restaurant attracted writers, editors, actors, filmmakers, artists, musicians, CEOS, cops, and robbers for 47 years. She served dinner -- and hosted late-night poker games -- to Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Nora Ephron, Kurt Vonnegut, and more, and when they hit it big, they paid her back. Her restaurant and home were filled with artwork, photographs, memorabilia, and books from her coterie of loyal patrons. WIth a laid-in letter, typed on Harvard University stationery and signed, from writer, editor, and critic Leon Wieseltier: "Dear Elaine, You've been so good about checks and tables -- about finding for me an occasional place int he charmed circle. Please accept this as a small gesture of gratitude & friendship (& with 'greetings of the season'). See you in the city on my next furlough. Leon." A nice association copy. Bookseller Inventory # D2734
Synopsis: From the publisher: "When critics and historians are ready to give their definitive consideration of Sir Cecil Beaton's achievements, there is little doubt that as a diarist he will be found to have had few peers. But it is his reputation as a photographer that will live after him with the acclaim reserved for great artists." Includes Beaton's well-known images of Hollywood stars, Royalty, World War II, Fashion and travel, with extensive text by James Danziger.
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