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Booth, Alvin (Photographer) & Cotton, Charlotte (Contributor). CORPUS: BEYOND THE BODY. Zurich, Switzerland: Editions Stemmle, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. Alvin Booth's finest achievement. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Alvin Booth: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Alvin Booth. Essay by Charlotte Cotton. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Alvin Booth's "Corpus: Beyond The Body". Male, female, male/female duo, and group-orgiastic nudes, all of them body-painted in gold, to shimmeringly and glisteningly stunning effect. Photographs of ritualized, sadomasochistic poses and acts of sexual intercourse showcase some of the most perfect male and female bodies a photographer can ever hope for. There are also closeup shots of male and female genitals, which are brilliantly put together as miniature collages on a single page. They reproduce Alvin Booth's well-known practice with his original prints, which he painstakingly frames and assembles himself as multiples. One can think of several influences (Andreas Bitesnich, on the one hand, and Robert Mapplethorpe, on the other). But there is a sense of cheerful enjoyment and British wit in even the most explicit photographs that are entirely Alvin Booth's. An absolute "must-have" title for Alvin Booth collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the photographer: "Alvin Booth Chicago 1999". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is also very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on her Contribution by Charlotte Cotton. This title is a contemporary erotic art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed, placed, and publication-year dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with tritone plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the nude and the sex act of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 3908161940. $100.00

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