London: Quartet Books, 1978. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's burgundy cloth, spine stamped in silver, printed peach end papers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s first book, signed by him on the half-title in the year of publication. Comprises portraits of numerous celebrities, models, and royalty, all women, taken from the 1940s through the 70s, accompanied by adulatory text on the subjects by a number of notables, including Roderick Gilchrist on Bianca Jagger, Hugh Wheeler on Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Cardiff on Ava Gardner, Kathleen Ferrier by John Amis, Eric Morecambe on Angela Rippon, Kermit the Frog on Miss Piggy, and many more. Credited as a seminal influence by the likes of David Bailey and Brian Duffy, Parkinson garnered acclaim with regular appearances in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar over the course of a seven-decade career. Illustrated throughout wih color and black-and-white plates. Price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing to head of spine and minor edgewear. Near fine. Item #4162