First Edition of The Private World of Leonard Bernstein; Inscribed by Bernstein
The Private World of Leonard Bernstein.
Bernstein, Leonard; Text by John Gruen; Photographs by Ken Heyman.$750.00
Item Number: 44098
New York : The Viking Press, 1968.
First edition of this intimate work on the life of Leonard Bernstein. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Inscribed by Leonard Bernstein on the half-title page, “For Mrs. Bonnie Bourne with best wishes Leonard Bernstein.” The recipient Bonnie Bourne was the head and founder of The Bourne Company, a legendary music publisher. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped acetate dust jacket. Photographs by Ken Heyman.
In The Private World of Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, virtuoso pianist is seen as only few have been privileged to see him - off stage among his family and friends, working playing, speculating about the future. Author John Greun spent a summer in Italy with the vacationing Bernsteins, then observed the amazingly crowded routines of their life in New York and Connecticut. Ken Heyman's brilliant vivid pictures bring into full view this attractive, meditative, energetic, playful man and his extraordinary wife, children and friends. The Private World of Leonard Bernstein is a fascinating report from inside, words and pictures combining to convey the intimate experience of living under the impact of genius.