Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1938. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's yellow cloth, spine and upper board stamped in black, top edge stained gray, original illustrated dust jacket.
Beaton's paean to the splendors of 1930s New York City, inscribed by him with a flourish to the front endpaper: "Best Wishes / Cecil Beaton." Photographer, set and costume designer, diarist, and bright young thing, Beaton got his start as an illustrator and staff photographer for British Vogue, where he contributed fashion sketches and society portraits. He soon found himself photographing the likes of Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, as well as designing sets and costumes for the opera, ballet, Broadway, West End and Hollywood. He did a long stint in New York through the 30s as a regular photographer for Condé Nast Publications, and captures his impressions of the city here in a series of sparkling "pen portraits," from the Bowery to Harlem and everywhere in between. Illustrated throughout with numerous black-and-white photos by Beaton and others, along with dozens of Beaton's line drawings and a color frontispiece. Published simultaneously in the UK. Small bookplate. Light foxing to endpapers and edges, light soiling to cloth; unclipped dust jacket with small triangular chip to front panel near spine, light rubbing to spine-ends. Overall, a quite nice copy of an early Beaton title, scarce in dust jacket and inscribed. Item #1006