Persona Grata.New York : 1954 Stock Code: 140617
NotesFirst US edition, first printing, signed by 20 of the featured personalities, including Noel Coward, Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, John Gielgud, Tennessee Williams, and Laurence Olivier. Some of the signatures are inscribed to the collector, Paul McMahon (d. 2011), a critic, photographer, and artist; a close friend of actress Marlene Dietrich, who was her stage manager, announcer, and dresser for over 13 years. Paul was also a photographer, silversmith, and writer as well as being a pioneer in the fight for gay rights. He spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy's Connection, and many others.
Large octavo. Original pale blue cloth-grained boards, titles in silver to spine, pictorial design of a cherub in silver to front board. With the dust jacket.
30 double-sided plates of monochrome photographic illustrations, pictorial half-title and title page, line-drawing culs-de-lampe.
Corners gently bumped and chipped, slight discolouration along spine and edges, small nick to front joint, the binding otherwise firm and square, internally clean and fresh. A very good copy in the very good jacket, slight darkening to spine, a few edge-splits, else bright and unfaded.
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