New York: Random House, 1992. Limited edition. Hardcover. 157/250 special-bound volumes. Folio. 382 (1)pp. Original red Morocco with black lettering on spine, housed in black silk-covered slipcase. Gilt edges. Marbled endpapers. Five frontispieces. Photo-illustrated half-title. Publisher's device on title page. Red colophon page at rear.
Definitive overview of Mapplethorpe's black and white photography, including nudes, portraits, self-portraits and other works of the controversial photographer known for his provocative homo-eroticism and the national debate over public funding he triggered, culminating in the 1990 so-called Mapplethorpe obscenity trial based on Mapplethorpe's work shown in the exhibition "The Perfect Moment" at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. Slipcase with very light wear. Near fine condition. Item #47237