AVEDON, Richard (photographer) Truman CAPOTE (author). Observations.

New York. Simon and Schuster, 1959.


Folio ( 366 x 275 mm.). Original glazed paper-covered boards, titled in grey, preserved in the original glazed paper-covered slipcase, lettered in blue, red and black; pp. 151 + [1], including 82 black and white photograph plates; a little rubbing to lower joint, slipcase with some wear and browning, otherwise a very good copy.

First edition. Text by Truman Capote. Designed by Alexey Brodovitch. "Observations is the culmination of a creative collaboration between Avedon and Alexey Brodovitch that began in 1945, when the imperial art director hired the 22-year-old photographer as the youngest member of his team at Harper’s Bazaar" (Roth, 148).

This copy is inscribed by Avedon "Ginette always Dick 10/6/61"

With loosely inserted a typed letter signed by Avedon on his 407 East Seventy Fifth Street headed paper, dated January 16 1986, "Dearest Ginette, Some joy it was to hear your voice this morning. I loves ya, as always, Ever Dick" And also with an autograph Richard Avedon headed card "Ginette - there is a phone call in your future, Dick. With a doodled note in the top right hand corner "My ship has sails" which is topped and tailed with musical notation.

It is not immediately clear who Ginette is, although it is plausible that it was Genevieve Naylor, a photographer whom Avedon worked alongside at Harper's Bazaar in the 1950s.