Cologne: Taschen, 2011.
Profusely illustrated with Stern's iconic photographs, much in color. 276 pages. Folio, pictorial silk with printed mylar wrapper; protected in cloth box; somewhat soiled. Koln: Taschen, 2011. Limited "Collector's" edition - number 1689 of 1962 copies, signed by Bert Stern. A fine copy in a fine dust wrapper and very good box.
From the publisher, "Taschen has paired Mailer's original text (his 1973 biography Marilyn) with Bert Stern's extraordinary photographs - widely considered the most intimate ever taken of Monroe - to create a fitting tribute to the woman who, at the time of her death in 1962, was the world's most famous, a symbol of glamour and eroticism for an entire generation. This book, conceived by Lawrence Schiller, Mailer's collaborator on five works, combines the author's masterful text with Stern's penetrating images of the 36-year-old Marilyn. Photographed for Vogue magazine over three days at the Bel-Air Hotel, Marilyn had never allowed such unfettered access, nor had she looked so breathtakingly beautiful. Six weeks later, mysteriously, she was dead. In this bold synthesis of literary classic and legendary portrait sitting, Mailer and Stern lift the veils of confusion surrounding Monroe - the woman, the star, the sex symbol - and offer profound insight into an iconic figure whose true personality remains an enigma even today."
Illustrator: Bert Stern
Dust Wrapper: Yes
Condition: Fine / Fine