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Archive for November, 2009

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Diana Vreeland was the beginning and the end in all things chic. Her persona and dictums were not to be overlooked or ignored.  Diana Vreeland was the twentieth century’s greatest arbiter of style and elegance. As fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar for twenty-five years, Editor in Chief of Vogue and as creator of fantastic exhibits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Diana, with her passion for living, her legendary wit and charm energized the world of style and fashion for over fifty years. Vreeland set about reinventing the job of fashion editor. Richard Avedon credits Vreeland with starting “a totally new profession”. She had the unique ability to always think “outside the box”. Even the décor of her Park Avenue apartment was an original. Billy Baldwin, the famous New York decorator who actually worked with her on the project, Diana said that she wanted her apartment to look like a garden in Hell. Diana Vreeland will always be remembered as  a visionary and a pioneer in the world of style, elegance and fashion.

Description:
Hard bound first edition with dust jacket. SIGNED BY DIANA VREELAND on the half title page with her customary “D. V.”  in green ink.  Very minor edge wear, otherwise fine.  A SCARCE SIGNED COPY!

Bookseller Inventory # 21060

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D. V.
Vreeland, Diana

Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition

kellywearstlerIn this stunning book, Kelly Wearstler presents gorgeous photographs of her most incredible design achievement — her home, the Hillcrest Estate — in a luxurious large-format hardcover with an elegant cloth slipcase With her impeccable taste, fearless technique, and eye for colors, shapes, patterns, and fabrics, Kelly Wearstler’s status as an internationally acclaimed interior designed is unmatched. She will confidently cover walls in black and white floral wallpaper, embellish a bedroom with a sculpture of a greyhound, or add a lush space of color to a completely white room. Combining grace and flawless skill, she can change a simple room into a work of art.

Description: Hard bound limited edition in publishers slipcase. #1887 in a limited edition of 3000 printed copies. Photography by Grey Crawford and Mark Edward Harris. A beautifuly produced edition.

Bookseller Inventory # 18305

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Domicilium Decoratus : Hillcrest Estate, Beverly Hills, California
Wearstler, Kelly

Publisher:  Collins Design
Publication Date:  2006
Binding:  Hard Bound
Book Condition:  Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition:  No Dust Jacket
Edition:  Signed & Limited Edition


folder1baldanfolder1cfolder1aDuring the 1950s, New Yorker Daisy Aldan (1918-2001), poet and renegade publisher, gained notice for her revolutionary translation of enigmatic French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. She founded Tiber Press in 1953, publishing her own work and that of Village poets such as John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, James Schuyler, as well as the artwork of Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchel, Larry Rivers, Robert Motherwell, and Grace Hartigan.  Her Folder Magazine was for years a home to the work of then-unknown artists whose careers in many cases became stellar. Although a recipient of many awards and Pulitzer Prize nominations, Aldan’s own career never achieved the heights of some who filled Folder Magazine’s pages. To support herself, she worked as a teacher at New York’s prestigious High School of Art and Design, where her presence became an institution.

DESCRIPTION:
Folder was literary and art magazine published in New York in the early 1950’s.  Vol 1#1.  Winter 1953.  #35 of a limited printing of 500 printed copies. Three original silk screen prints by George Hartigan. Pages loose, as issued, in printed paper folder. Some minor wear to folder, with spine edge torn, otherwise very good. RARE! Contents: Poetry by Frank O’Hara, Sandra Wool, John Ashbery, Edwin Treitler, Alexander Randolph, Daisy Aldan, George Hartigan, James Merrill, Leon Hecht, Jean Garrigue, Kenneth Koch and Giorgio Caproni. Playlet by James Schuyler. Short Stories by Frederick English, Giusseppe Patroni Griffi, Robert Hellman, and William Fense Weaver.


Bookseller inventory #
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Folder Magazine
Aldan, Daisy


New York’s Greenwich Village was to become the backdrop for Dawn Powell’s “New York cycle” of books which feature her biting wit mixed with an unflinching, and some times comical look at urban life. From the 1930’s until the 1960’s Powell continued to document New York literary scene as she saw it. The novels in her “cycle” include: Turn Magic Wheel, The Locusts Have No King, The Wicked Pavilion, A Cage for Lovers, and The Golden Spur. The Golden Spur was nominated for the National Book Award, but it failed to win. On March 8, 1963, Dawn wrote in her diary:

“Was told yesterday I had not won the National Book Award. I felt some relief as I have no equipment for prize-winning—no small talk, no time for idle graciousness and required public show, no clothes either or desire for front. I realize I have no yen for any experience (even a triumph) that blocks observation, when I am the observed instead of the observer. Time is too short to miss so many sights.”

Some critics believe that her distaste for pretension associated with self-promotion contributed to Dawn Powell’s lack of commercial success during her lifetime. She avoided the spotlight, preferring to let her work do the speaking for her.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Some wear to edges of boards . Rubbing to dust jacket. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 15769

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A Cage for Lovers
Powell, Dawn

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1957
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

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