Rhapsody in Colour
12 superb colour glamour shots by Horace Roye
Undated but 1943. First edition, spiral-bound hardback. with printed titling to upper boards on orange cloth.34 × 28.5cm, unpaginated. Each image in printed on self-patterned paper with foliate design.
A collection of twelve colour plates photographed by Roye, each depicting a semi-nude or partially undressed lady and each with a tissue guard with printed verse on. This book is quite an important early glamour photography book. Horace Roye (1906–2002) is perhaps best known for his Tomorrow's Crucifixion, depicting a nude model wearing a gas mask while pinned to a crucifix caused controversy when published in the North London Recorder in August 1938, but is now a noted photograph of its time. As a photographer of nudes, he successfully contested the obscenity laws of his day.
A good but worn copy. The book is complete with all twelve colour shots. The boards are grubby and there is an old and small water stain to the pages' top edge. The images themselves are in good condition and all tissue guards are present. The title page is tanned.