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M. Louis

Published by The Polygraphic Company of America (printer) (c.1939), (n.p.) (1939)

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From: ReadInk, ABAA/IOBA (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: The Polygraphic Company of America (printer) (c.1939), (n.p.), 1939. Softcover. Condition: Good+. First Edition. [somewhat worn copy, clear front-cover overlay cracked near bottom left corner, plastic-comb binding also cracked in middle but still fully holding, rubbing/scuffing to front cover overlay]. (B&W photographs, pen and ink drawings) "A history of hairstyles, containing descriptions of coiffures throughout the centures, and an account of the romantic historic events that led to their creation." M. Louis, per his title-page credit, was Director of the American Hair Design Institute. Born Louis Napalitan in Sorrento, Italy, he came to New York in 1921 and eventually turned himself into a well-known brand in the field of hairstyle trends. He made numerous radio and later television appearances, served as a hairstyle consultant for Hollywood studios (which does not seem to have resulted in any on-screen credits, although his New York Times obituary in 1950 claimed that he "made several motion-picture shorts"), and staged hundreds of fashion shows and beauty clinics in department stores across the country. Also per his NYT obit, "he was credited with having introduced the Page Boy, Up-Sweep, Feather Cut and the new short hair-cut which now is in vogue." This was his only book, and can be reckoned as a "Hollywood association copy," bearing as it does the ownership stamp of the legendary M-G-M makeup artist William Tuttle on the inside front cover. The Foreword is by the legendary Harper's Bazaar editor Carmen Snow. Seller Inventory # 23735

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Six thousand years of hair styling by: SNOW Carmel, M.

SNOW Carmel, M. LOUIS, Munkacsi, Steichen, Alexey Brodovitch, Andy Warhol, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Brassai, Lauren Bacall, Cocteau etc.

Published by M. LOUIS Hair Design Institute, Carmel Snow; (1939)

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About this Item: M. LOUIS Hair Design Institute, Carmel Snow;, 1939. Soft cover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. Special Edition. Descriptions of coiffures through out the centuries and an account of the romantic historic events that led to their creation. An extraordinary and singular work by M. LOUIS, artist, sculptor, hair stylist and director of the "M. LOUIS Hair Design Institute", who gives us an expertly research about hair fashion from the Stone Age to end of 1939. Foreword by Carmel Snow (27 August 1887-1961), the influential editor of the American edition of Harper's Bazaar from 1934 to 1958. During this period Snow worked closely with Edward Steichen, the Hungarian photojournalist Martin Munkacsi, the famous art director Alexey Brodovitch, Andy Warhol, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Truman Capote, Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton, Christian Dior (his 1947 début collection she named the "New Look") and many other noted designers and photographers. She also discovered Lauren Bacall and put her on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. When the great Hungarian photographer Brassaï heard of Snow's retirement, he was said to have abandoned (!?) photography for good. Original and only edition, published in 1939 by M. LOUIS Hair Design Institute, Carmel Snow, soft cover, 4to, bound in white plastic spiral with black stiff paper covers and one transparent acetate cover, as originally issued. 96 pages, text by M. Louis with numerous b/w photos and drawings in the text and 19 b&w plates at end of book. The black cover is in fair condition with tears and paper loss to extremities (some repairs made with tape to verso), back panel totally loosened from spiral, else clean. The acetate cover chipped with some loss to bottom edge, internal pages very good and clean in tight binding. A good- rare title. Seller Inventory # 011011

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