Chicago: Paris Art Publishing Company, 1933. First edition. Softcover. Large Quarto. Unpaginated [27 pages]. White illustrated wrappers with modernist art deco design in grey and a photographic reproduction on the front cover. This extremely scarce publication was issued in conjunction with the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, for its "Streets of Paris" exhibit, an attempt to recreate the glamour and excitement of Paris, with its night life, entertainment and romance. This publication contains b/w nude photography of various models, often in theatrical poses, for the purpose of creating "art subjects for artists", as is stated on the title page (most likely to avoid censorship or other legal issues of the time). In most of the images, the models are photographed in a manner using various art photography techniques, including silhouette, mutiple-exposure, photo collage and/or superimposition. Other images have additional visual elements or illustrations added via overprinting onto the photographic reproductions, such as backgrounds, frames, borders, and/or other modernist design elements. The exhibit was most famous for the controversial fan dance performances of American burlesque dancer and actress Sally Rand. Of interesting note is the statement, "Caution - this book is not to be mailed", printed on the title page. Initials N.S.E printed in small type on the back cover.
Wrappers with a hole towards the upper left corner of the front cover, (not affecting the illustration) as well as some smudges, stains, creasing, closed tears an small wormholes. The wormholes continue throughout the book block, mostly to the bottom portion of the pages, with mostly minimal effect to the images, when present. Most images clean and vibrant. There has been an attempt to repair some closed tears with scotch tape on the title page and the interior front cover. The leaf containing the third and forth images is detached but present. Wrappers in good-, interior in good condition overall. Protected by modern mylar. Extremely scarce. g- to g. Item #47066