"He does not journalistically catch his models unaware, but eases them into the requisite moment of self-revelation": First edition of portraitist Laon Maybanke's First Faces; inscribed by him to actress Vivien Leigh
Maybanke, Laon. Introduction by Paul Dehn (Vivien Leigh).$1,750.00
Item Number: 88078
London: Arlington Books, 1962.
First edition of Laon Maybanke’s book of photographic portraits. Octavo, original pictorial boards, portrait of Vivien Leigh to the front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by Laon Maybanke to Vivien Leigh on the front free endpaper, “For Vivien Leigh, As promised…and to thank you Laon Maybanke April ’65.” In near fine condition. A nice association.
Writer, actor, and photographer Laon Maybanke is best known for his 1952 film Hit Parade. He additionally played minor roles in several films throughout the 1960's and 70's including Night Watch (1973) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey. Academy Award-winning actress Vivien Leigh became a Hollywood icon with leading roles in David O. Selznick's 1939 production of Gone With the Wind and the 1951 film version of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh's glamorous 'look' was the subject of hundreds of studio photographers' works who hailed her harmonious features and bewitching allure.