London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
PHOTOBOOKS -- RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf. [Beauty in the Olympic Games.] Berlin: Deutschen Verlag, 1937. 4° (310 x 235mm). 273 black and white photographs. Original cloth, spine and front cover blocked in gilt, original pictorial dust-jacket, publisher's slipcase stamped 'Riefenstahl' (dust-jacket with light wear at the edges including a short tear near the spine, slipcase lacking the flap but otherwise strong and fresh).
FIRST EDITION, A BRIGHT COPY IN THE ORIGINAL SLIPCASE. Riefenstahl's monument to the 1936 Olympics. 'These are such exquisite, such transcendentally beautiful images of athletes, that one almost forgets their context' (101 Books). 101 Books, pp.96-7; Auer, p.255; The Photobook, vol. I, p.151 ('a lavish photobook').
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