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The Legendary Designer's Personal Copy of One of His Best Books
By David Hicks
Beautiful first edition of this interior design classic, with Hicks's ownership inscription.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
"[T]he most famous decorator of his day." — The New York Times
Hicks's daring use of bold patterns, solid primary colors, and a mix of modern and antique helped define the look of the 1960s and '70s. While designing for the rich and famous (Vidal Sassoon, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helena Rubenstein), he also published nine books between 1966 and 1996 for a more popular audience. DECORATION is the fifth book in his series on design and interior decorating, each with their immediately identifiable op-art covers. This copy bears Hicks's ownership inscription, noting that this is his "Paulton Sq. copy," where he moved shortly before DECORATION was published. Books signed by Hicks are notably elusive. This is the first we've encountered, and with such provenance, almost certainly the best we ever will.
Read more: Owens, obituary for David Hicks in The New York Times.
(London): Britwell Books, (1972). 12'' x 9.25''. Publisher's original full red cloth with gilt titles. In original unclipped (£5.50) red dust jacket with op-art design by David Hicks. 168 pages. Illustrated throughout in both color and black and white. Tiny bit of crimping to lower half of the jacket spine. Else a remarkably bright and sharp copy.
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