"FOR LENA, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION": SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF WOMEN, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ TO LENA HORNE
LEIBOVITZ, Annie. Women. Essay by Susan Sontag. (New York): Random House, (1999). Folio, original white paper-covered boards, original dust jacket. $2500.
First edition, an exceptional presentation/association copy boldly inscribed to the legendary Lena Horne by Leibovitz the year of publication, “For Lena, with great admiration, Annie Leibovitz, New York, 1999," featuring over 115 black-and-white and color photogravures (many double-page).
While working at Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines during the 1970s and '80s, Leibovitz fundamentally redefined the photographic portrait. "The haunting images in this mesmerizing book show women in such astonishing variety that no cliché or generalization about the sex will ever again suffice" (New York Times). With essay by Leibovitz's partner, writer Susan Sontag, who died in 2004. From the estate of actress, singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, whose long struggle to blaze new ground for African Americans was immortalized in her 1980s one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music.
Interior fine with only tiny bit of edge-wear to rear free endpaper. A fine inscribed presentation copy with an especially memorable association.