New York: Grove Press Inc., 1985. 1st US Edition. Large quarto, publisher's white cloth, spine and upper board stamped in gray, gray coated endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"The woman who, before intimacy, was so sure her lover was a man above the common herd, is terrified lest he has only been trying to add another woman to his list of conquests as soon as she has nothing more to refuse him. Lingering in her subconscious is the thought that being a queen she has made herself a slave" (from Stendhal's On Love). Signed first US edition of a celebratory (and mildly, if benignly, sexist) photographic collection of women taken by celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer Norman Parkinson. This rapscallion hodge-podge, compiled and designed by Saatchi and Saatchi madman Paul Arden, blends fashion and flirtation to produce what Parkinson conceives as his formulation of "intelligent eroticism." Studded with several famed femmes such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Hall, Barbara Cartland, Estée Lauder, and Isabella Rossellini. Lavishly illustrated with 65 full page color photos, and interspersed with quotations from Cole Porter, Stendhal, Noel Coward, and others. Signed by Parkinson on title-page. Originally published in the UK earlier the same year. Gift inscription to front endpaper. light soiling to cloth; light edgewear to price-clipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #2653