Los Angeles: Elysium, Inc. 1965. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated glossy paper-covered boards, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Collection of black-and-white and color photos of outdoor female nudes, many full-page, by Hungarian-born American fashion photographer de Dienes, best known as the first professional photographer to shoot Marilyn Monroe, when she was still an unknown Blue Book model. De Dienes began his career as an AP photographer in Europe, later moving to the US to shoot for Esquire, Vogue and Life magazines. He became increasingly interested in nude art photography while living in California in the mid-1940s, eventually publishing over 20 books of nudes. This collection, featuring shots of models being active on beaches, climbing rocks, in fields, and in swimming pools, was published by Elysium, a self-described "nudist publishing company...devoted to presenting educational, scientific, sociological and cultural publications which illustrate the conviction that the human body is clean and wholesome and that increased public understanding of this point of view will contribute to the well-being and advancement of all." With an introduction by fellow photographer and proponent of nudist culture Ed Lange, and a foreword by de Dienes. Small abrasion to bottom edge of upper board; textblock split at gutter roughly one-third of the way in, but holding firm. Light edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #127