"THE CLEAR SHINE OF A WELL-POLISHED MIRROR": FIRST EDITION OF LOCAL COLOR, SIGNED BY CAPOTE, WITH PHOTOGRAVURES BY CARTIER-BRESSON
CAPOTE, Truman. Local Color. New York, Random House, 1950. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $2500.
First edition of Capote's first non-fiction book, signed by him, with 18 splendid photogravure plates juxtaposed to Capote's text, including images by Cartier-Bresson, Louis Faurer, Bill Brandt and others, a handsome copy in original dust jacket.
Norman Mailer once called Truman Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation." In the nine essays collected in Local Color, Capote's first non-fiction book, he first displays the creative shift from fiction to reportage that ultimately produced his masterpiece—In Cold Blood (1965). Written from 1946-50, in pieces Capote later described as "a written geography of my life," Hollywood, New York, Brooklyn, Haiti, Europe, Ischia, Tangier, Spain and his native New Orleans are portrayed in the shimmering prose that became Capote's legacy—a style that proves "extraordinarily straightforward, clean and cool… his early Local Color portraits… have the clear shine of a well-polished mirror" (New York Times). First edition, precedes limited edition published in England the same year. Containing essays previously appearing in the New Yorker and published here for the first time in book form.
A fine copy.