PENN, Irving. Moments Preserved. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1960). PRESENTATION COPY

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PENN, Irving.
Moments Preserved / Eight Essays in photographs and words.
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1960).

Folio (325 × 240 mm), pp.183, [1] blank. 38 colour and 262 black-and-white photographs, introduction by Alexander Liberman, captions written with the assistance of Rosemary Blackmon. Plain endpapers. Beige cloth-covered boards, spine lettered in black. Printed dust-jacket; light wear to edges and around spine. Photo-illustrated laminated paper-covered board slipcase; wear to edges, sides rubbed, laminate lifting slightly at edges. Inscribed by Penn in black ink to front free endpaper. Laid in is a lengthy signed note on one of Penn's address cards. A fine copy in a very good dust-jacket and slipcase.

First edition, presentation copy, inscribed to a Swedish critic with whom Penn corresponded over a period of almost 30 years: 'For Ulf Hard af Segerstad / with all good wishes, / Irving Penn / New York 1962'. Also with a note from Penn, written on both sides of one of his address postcards. It reads: 'Dear Mr Ulf Hard af Segerstad, I have just recently been looking at clippings of various reviews of my late book Moments Preserved. My wife, who is Swedish, translated your review for me with great care. I don't wish to embarrass you, but I would like you to know that it was the only review written on either side of the Atlantic which understood my aim, and was generous enough to say that it had been in some measure achieved. With many thanks and good wishes, Sincerely yours, Irving Penn'.


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