INSCRIBED BY IRVING PENN
PENN, Irving. Moments Preserved. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1960). Large quarto, original beige cloth, original dust jacket, original pictorial slipcase. $2500.
First edition of Penn’s first book, signed and inscribed by him on the half title: “For Dr. Hill; Irving Penn.”
Noted for his successful commercial work and particularly for his contributions to fashion magazines such as Vogue, Penn has been lauded for his “imagery of extreme elegance” (Blodgett, 101). This collection features “eight essays in photographs and words” by Penn, ranging from “The Flavor of France” to “Christmas in Cuzco.” “An overview of an astonishingly busy career… Moments Preserved gathers Penn’s vast variety of enthusiasms…Penn reinvented the classic daylight studio portrait for a more casual time, undercutting its formality but heightening its potential as a revealing performance” (Roth, 158). With an introduction by Alexander Liberman.
Book with only light soiling to free endpaper, near-fine; dust jacket lightly soiled and with minor edgewear, several small closed tears to folds; extremely good. Light soiling to original slipcase. An extremely good copy, scarce signed.