"This book tracks the path of three crucial illusions in my life. The first section is about the illusion of laughter, and a young man's discovery of the fine line between hilarity and panic. The second section is about the illusion of power. The third section is about the loss of all illusions. All of the images were brought to me by the real people and events of my time..." -Richard Avedon
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, number 44 of only 250 copies signed by Avedon; complete with special engraver's proof (10.5 x 13.5 in) of Marilyn Monroe laid-in.
Lavishly illustrated with 284 photographs documenting Avedon's career from the 1940's to the 1990's.
On his portrait of Marilyn - one of the most famous portraits of the icon ever taken - Avedon explained: “For hours she danced and sang and flirted and did this thing that’s—she did Marilyn Monroe. And then there was the inevitable drop. And when the night was over and the white wine was over and the dancing was over, she sat in the corner like a child, with everything gone. I saw her sitting quietly without expression on her face, and I walked towards her but I wouldn’t photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no" (Richard Avedon Portraits).
New York: Random House, (1993). Folio, original white cloth with gray and black lettering, original slipcase, original publisher's shipping box. Just a hint of toning to spine, a touch of rippling to cloth on front cover (much less than usual). An outstanding copy, as fine as we've seen.
Price: $4,900 .