10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 5,250
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
Observations. Text by Truman Capote. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.
Quarto (370 x 275 mm). 105 black and white photographs. Original printed boards (lightly rubbed); (without acetate dust jacket); original cardboard slipcase, printed in red, blue, and grey (light wear and light soiling); cloth folding box. Provenance: Lee Witkin, influential photography dealer (inscription from Avedon; book ticket).
FIRST EDITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S FIRST BOOK INSCRIBED BY AVEDON TO LEE WITKIN. "Avedon's personal pantheon of artists and performers" is "impeccably sequenced, with a consistently arresting juxtaposition of full-bleed and small-scale" (101 Books). 101 Books, pp.148-49; The Open Book, pp.174-75; Regards à travers le livre 122.
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