New York: Harper & Row, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition (so stated) of Aarons's classic work, capturing (in photographs taken for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town & Country and other publications) members of the privileged class at play in Newport, Bermuda, Gross Pointe, Vail, and other locales. Royal 8vo (336 x 257mm): unpaginated, with numerous color and monochrome photographs throughout. Publisher's navy blue cloth, front cover and spine lettered in gold; photo illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped). Boldly inscribed by Aarons on front fly-leaf: "For / Dave / thanks / Slim Aarons." An excellent example (page margins lightly toned, well executed professional restoration to head of jacket's spine panel, not involving lettering or design, jacket verso slightly spotted), tightly bound and clean throughout. Parr & Badger II, pp. 20-21. Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB2064
Aarons's first book, an "extended and fascinating photo-essay." (Parr & Badger) From the front flap: "Here are the Cushings of Newport, the Fords of Grosse Pointe, and the Rockefellers of New York; here are the kings and queens of Beverly Hills playing croquet, the Cabots sailing off Boston's North Shore, and Barry Goldwater on the range in Arizona. Here are the Whitneys entertaining on Long Island, the Armours in their pool in Lake Forest, the Klebergs on their Texas ranch, and the scions of Palm Beach, San Francisco, and New York having a wonderful time." Rather revolting, but there you are. "After all, anyone who has four Corinthian columns flanking their horseshoe-shaped pool needs little help in appearing ridiculous." (Parr & Badger) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).