New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1956. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's light blue cloth, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Collection of black-and-whites photos of female nudes, 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 twenty books of nudes. This collection features shots of models posed in his studio and being active on beaches, climbing rocks, and in sand dunes. Illustrated with black-and-white plates, with descriptive captions including camera settings by Dienes; with an introduction by editor Norman Hall and a preface by Dienes. Lightly rubbed unclipped dust jacket with price inkstamped to upper flap. Item #6437