Palma, Luis Gonzalez; Boubat, Edouard; Cartier-Bresson, Henri; Stieglitz, Alfred & Others. WOMAN: A CELEBRATION. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 150 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of its kind ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out upon publication. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Peter Fetterman and Scott Rivera: Small-size volume format. Orange cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted in front and white titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of 20th-century and contemporary photography. Introduction by Peter Fetterman. Essay by the legendary Hollywood actor and collector Whoopi Goldberg. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Publisher's sleeve intact. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Woman: A Celebration". "A photographic homage to Woman in all her glorious diversity and mystery. From a rare image of a grinning Greta Garbo to the direct gaze of a young Guatemalan woman, 'Woman' revels in the breadth of the human experience, with the feted and the nameless shoulder-to-shoulder. The work of dozens of immortal photographers - Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Julia Margaret Cameron, Willy Ronis, Ruth Orkin, and many more - fills this volume. These photographs embody the many moods of their subjects in a breadth of photographic styles, from sepia-tinged Pictorialism to guilelessly Modern. A book as captivating as its focus, this small but substantial package is virtually a history of the photographic medium vis-a-vis its timeless subject" (Publisher's blurb). The "direct gaze of a young Guatemalan woman" is otherwise known as "La Rosa", one of Luis Gonzalez Palma's greatest portraits. Like another great artist/photographer/lover of his subject, he can honestly say: "My medium is Woman" (Alfred Stieglitz). A gem. An absolute "must-have" title for Luis Gonzalez Palma and photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently, uniquely, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on his Contribution ("La Rosa", Plate #65) by Luis Gonzalez Palma. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a photography book classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The First Edition sold out upon publication. ALL other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. 120 black-and-white and color plates. Some of the greatest photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811840980. $100.00

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