Moments Preserved (Signed First Edition)

Irving Penn

Published by Simon and Schuster, 1960
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This is a signed first edition, first printing of the Irving Penn's first and most famous photobook "Moments Preserved" published by Simon and Schuster, New York, in 1960. Subtitled "Eight Essays in Photographs and Words", "Moments Preserved" gathers Penn's vast variety of enthusiasm ¿ mostly for the vast variety of humanity ¿ and slots them into categories by nationality: the French, the Italians, the English, and the Americans. Though most of these sections include fashion studies, still lifes, and the impressionist scents, they have in common the photographer's deftly understated portraits, printed here in subtlest gravure. Penn reinvented the classic daylight studio portrait for a more casual time, undercutting its formality but heightening its potential as a revealing performance. (Vince Aletti from "The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century") Measuring approximately 13.5 x 10 inches, the book is bound in beige cloth covered boards with a printed dust jacket protected by a mylar cover and is housed in a photographically illustrated laminated cardboard slipcase. The book is in FINE condition with a neat gift inscription. The dust jacket is in FINE condition with very superficial soiling. The slip case is in Near Fine condition with some surface and corner wear as well as some minor soiling to the back to the slipcase. Overall, this is an exceptional signed copy of a classic photobook that is very difficult to find in this condition. The book has been boldly signed and dated by Irving Penn on the first free endpaper and is inscribed to the famous art dealer, Mark Kelman. Cited in "The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century" by Andrew Roth. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Moments Preserved (Signed First Edition)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1960
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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PENN, Irving
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York (1960)
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Jeff Hirsch Books, ABAA
(Wadsworth, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Simon & Schuster, New York, 1960. First edition. Hardcover. First printing. Penn's classic first monograph. Introduction by Alexander Liberman. Includes a very good sampling of some of Penn's classic photographs. A tight near fine copy in a very good plus dust jacket that is lightly soiled and with some very slight wear and in a near fine pictorial slipcase. Signed by Penn on the half title page in 1992. (Roth 158-159) A very nice copy of what is still one of the best books on Penn. Seller Inventory # 149479

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