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In 2003 Hilary Thayer Hamann self published an ambitious coming of age novel that went on to become an underground classic. Anthropology Of An American Girl, Hamann’s breakout first novel explores the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herself.  At it’s core it is a moving depiction of first love, following Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, through her early adulthood in the high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s. Now revised and reissued by Spiegel & Grau, it has gone on to rave reviews, and is a current best seller.

Description: SIGNED BY H. T. HAMANN on the front free end page. TRUE FIRST EDITION of the now classic novel. Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated First edition with # line 10-1. Published September, 2003. Green cloth with gilt title to spine edge. Rare first state with “E”  for “Eveline” stamped in gold foil to front board. Very minor edge wear to dust jacket, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory# 23071


Anthropology of an American Girl
Haman, Hilary Thayer

Publisher: Vernacular Press
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hardbound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound in burgundy color silk over boards with gilt titles. Published on the occasion of the Thursday November 20, 1980 auction held at the Hotel Richemond, Geneva. Sale code “Polar Star”. 12 beautiful full page, full color plates. The star of the auction the “Polar Star” a 41.285 cts. cushion shaped diamond, once owned by Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte, and the Russian Princess Tatiana Youssoupoff. Later Acquired by Cartier’s Paris and sold to the oil magnate Sir Henry Deterding. A very nice copy of a scarce auction catalog.

Bookseller Inventory # 25038


A Casket Of Magnificent Jewels:
The Collection Of The Late Lydia Deterding


Publisher: Christie’s; Geneva, Switzerland
Publication Date: Thursday November 20, 1980
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued

54 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island NY 11964blackcatbooksOZ booksSince 1996 Black Cat Books has been buying and selling fine used books in their book shop, now located in the heart of Shelter Island, N.Y.  Stop by and browse over 20,000 fine and used titles, in all subject areas. From it’s inception, Black Cat Books has offered a well-chosen selection of titles for the reader and collector, presented in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The Black Cat is the a place to discover something new to read, one from your favorite author, or an out of print title you haven’t seen for years. An ever changing stock of vintage collectibles & signed first editions are presented in a well maintained and orderly shop. The second floor is now open, so please feel free to stop in and check it out. Our Summer hours are 10-5 every day, other times by chance or appointment. The owner and book buyer Dawn Hedberg is always looking to find new and collectible books in all subject areas.

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A pioneer in the field of visual communication, Paul Rand is acknowledged as one of the greatest graphic designers of all time. He began his career in an era when working by hand was a given. He developed a fresh and individual design language drawn from European art movements including Russian constructivism, de Stijl, and the Bauhaus. He is probably best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, UPS, and  ABC. He taught design at Yale University, and was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1972.

Description: SIGNED BY PAUL RAND on the half title page. Wear to wrappers and some wrinkling to spine edge, otherwise very good. Interior clean. 239 pages profusely illustrated with the work of Paul Rand, many in full color. A Rare copy, signed by the legendary graphic designer Paul Rand!

Bookseller Inventory# 27327


Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art
Rand, Paul

Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Signed Second Paperback Printing

Richard AvedonRichard Avedon revolutionized fashion photography starting in the post-World War II era and redefined the role of the fashion photographer. He became internationally recognized for his photography during his long career at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker, and beyond. Although Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer, his greatest achievement has been his reinvention of the genre of photographic portraiture.  Avedon’s pictures continue to bring us a closer, more intimate view of the great and the famous. the portraits are often well lit and in front of white backdrops, with no props or extraneous details to distract from their person.

Description: Hard bound limited edition with pictoral boards, no dust jacket as issued. Published on the occasion of the November – December, 2001 exhibition. Folio measuring 12 x 15 inches. The Avedon images presented here, many for the first time, were made in Paris for Harper’s Bazaar during the 1950s. What is particularly special about this presentation is that the images are being reproduced to the exact scale of the engraver’s prints made for Avedon by the master printer Andre Gremola, and are uncropped, on their original mounts, with all of the artist’s notations on both front and back. Thus, they provide a remarkable portrait of the working methods of one of the most influential fashion photographers in history. OUT OF PRINT AND SOUGHT AFTER!

Bookseller Inventory # 26905
Avedon Made In France


Made in France
Thurman, Judith and Avedon, Richard

Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Edition: First Edition

Toni Morrison is a highly esteemed American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Morrison began writing fiction as part of an informal group of poets and writers at Howard University who met to discuss their work. She went to one meeting with a short story about a black girl who longed to have blue eyes. She later developed the story as her first novel, The Bluest Eye. She wrote it while raising two children and teaching at Howard. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize. She has also worked as an editor for Random House, a critic, and given numerous public lectures, specializing in African-American literature.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated First edition. Nobel Prize winner’s scarce first book. Grey boards with blue cloth spine, stamped in silver. First issue unclipped dust wrapper with $5.95 & 10/70 on front flap. Previous owners 479 written in blue ink to inside flap of jacket, otherwise with interior clean. Some very minor foxing to end pages and page edges. Very slight age toning to white dust wrapper, otherwise very good. Binding tight. The true first edition / first state of Morrison’s landmark book.

Bookseller Inventory# 26491


The Bluest Eye
Morrison, Toni

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Hardcover
Book CVondition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Christian Dior was arguably the most important fashion designer of the twentieth century. One of a handful of designers who dominated 20th century fashion along with Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret & Yves Saint Laurent. His career was launched in 1947 with his very first collection, in which he introduced the “New Look“. Featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and very full skirt, the New Look celebrated ultra-femininity and opulence. After years of military and civilian uniforms, sartorial restrictions and shortages, Dior offered not merely a new look but a new outlook. While the House of Dior is still a thriving business today, Dior’s untimely death in 1957 left the fashion world without a great dictator of style. Christian Dior designed under his own name for only a decade, but his influence will be felt for many years to come.

Description: Dior Autobiography. Hard bound with 1/2 jacket wrapped around, as issued. 238 pages with 12 B/W photographs. Text in French. Moire-type pink endpapers. Gray cloth boards with title stamped in black to upper spine edge. Preface de Pierre Gaxotte de l’Academie Francaise. Some minor wear to edges of cloth boards, otherwise good.

Bookseller Inventory # 20780


Christian Dior et Moi
Dior, Christian

Publisher: Bibliotheque Amiot Dumont
Publication Date: 1956
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

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