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A Certain Style: The Art of the Plastic Handbag, 1949-59

Gottlieb, Robert, and Frank Maresca

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ISBN 10: 0394568931 / ISBN 13: 9780394568935
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. First printing of first edition. Book and unclipped dust jacket are in fine condition, crisp and clean, with tight binding and sharp corners. A touch of wear at top of and bottom of spine. Full-page color plates throughout. 4to. 119 pp. In protective Mylar. Heavy--may require additional postage if shipped abroad. Bookseller Inventory # 78182

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Title: A Certain Style: The Art of the Plastic ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First edition

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Discusses the history of plastic handbags and shows a selection of unusual designs

From Publishers Weekly:

The 92 American-made plastic handbags from the '40s and '50s exhibited here wear an unmistakable air of the harem. And so they should. Ingeniously wrought companions for the women who carried them, they long served vanity, personalityand uncannily survived all. The result is a gallery of superior fetish objects; their beauty is skin-deep and oracular. The marbled whorls of a Wilardy product cling to its trim, sharp profile; glassy, metal-studded facets bristle on a lady-like grenade made by Maxim Originals. Though pronounced "hard-edged, heavy, and noisy" by collector and New Yorker editor Gottlieb, the handbags are photographed, in full color, as though each conceals a primitive wisdom. Gottlieb insists that "this is what they really look likeif you really look," and his casually graceful historical sketch is as convincing, in its own way, as the visionary portraits in this unusual and provocative book.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Warwick Books, is an Internet-only bookseller that specializes in hard-to-find books for avid readers and collectors. Many of our books are out of print. Specialties include literature, signed firsts, art and photography, design, illustrated books, cookbooks, field guides, children's books, needlecraft books, and Americana. We recently acquired a large private collection of books on military history. The focus is on World War II as well as aviation history. Warwick Books is a member of IOBA, the Independent Online Booksellers Association.

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