ARMSTRONG JONES, Tony. London. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1958.
Large 4to. Original pale blue cloth, gilt to spine; in the correct first-issue wrapper showing one of the Trafalgar square lions; [unpaginated]; with numerous black and white photographs throughout, including to the endpapers; a good copy, near-fine internally, with wear, fading, and fraying to the edges of the boards, showing through to binding beneath in places; good to very good jacket, which is rubed along the spine and folds, chipped to spine ends, with some larger chips at the lower edge.
First edition, inscribed by the the photographer to the front free endpaper: "To Derek from Tony". An inscription in the photographer's hand is also included at p. [xxxiv] "The Archbishop of York + Mr [S…], next to a photograph of two waxwork Madame Tussaud's figures.
Lord Snowdon's first book, produced before his marriage to Princess Margaret and his entry into high society, capitalised on his growing reputation as a photographer for Vogue and his groundbreaking exhibition at the Kodak Studios in 1957. It is rare indeed to find, both signed and in the first issue jacket. This original, with offline lettering, was not to the photograph's taste, and it was simplified for the second issue.