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McCartney, Mary (Photographer) & Rylance, Mark (Actor/Subject). TWELFTH NIGHT. London, England: Heni Publishing, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Giulia Garbin: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with full-page photographic reproduction pasted in front and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Mary McCartney. Essay by Mark Rylance. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The production values are exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Mary McCartney's and Mark Rylance's "Twelfth Night". A book-length photographic appreciation of the actor's "behind-the-scenes" preparation for his imminent stage performance. "When Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance agreed to be photographed by English photographer Mary McCartney as he applied his make-up prior to his performance as Olivia, the understanding was that McCartney would leave after he was made-up. But to her surprise, Rylance leaned over and asked whether she would like to remain in order to photograph him and the rest of the cast (including Stephen Fry, in the role of Malvolio) backstage. Documents this intimate and privileged experience, capturing the entire performative arc undertaken by the actors involved. From both the intense psychological preparation to the candid moments of relaxation that accompany the intensity of the stage wings, McCartney's work creates a fascinating juxtaposition of these intricately costumed figures in various stages of period dress against the backstage spaces of the theater" (Publisher's blurb). "Behind-the-scenes" fascinates and enthralls because it mirrors both Life and Art. Whereas the actual performance, the so-called "finished product", departs from reality altogether in order to transport and immerse us in another world, in this case, Shakespeare's no less. Deploying (that is, borrowing to fruitful effect) the rich, dark-hued palette and portraiture style of Rembrandt, Mary McCartney's photographs in "Twelfth Night" capture this Before/After as few photography books have in recent memory. An absolute "must-have" title for Mary McCartney and Mark Rylance collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Mary McCartney and Mark Rylance. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which their signatures were obtained. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is NO American Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates. One of the greatest actors of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0993316115. $100.00

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