SIGNED. First edition, first printing. Fine/As New cloth-bound hardcover in a Fine/As New dust jacket, protected by a clear mylar cover. BOOKS SHIP THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY, WRAPPED IN PADDING, IN A BOX. A collection of Penn's less well known photographs of the female nude, made in 1949-50 during intense sessions with artists' models that were essentially an antidote to the ephemeral fashion work of his day job. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, that later traveled. Photographs by Irving Penn; essay by Maria Morris Hambourg; foreword by Philippe de Montebello. SIGNED BY PENN on the half title and inscribed. 96 pages with 4 gatefolds; 54 tri-toned b&w plates + 10 b&w text illustrations; 11.25 x 11.75 inches.