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. 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.
The Fine Print
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibilty to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 10 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All items are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions), first editions (i.e. first printings), unless otherwise noted. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All items subject to prior sale. Domestic orders over $250 and international orders over $500 ship gratis. We use USPS unless otherwise requested. Expedited, overnight, or international shipping, as well as other carriers, may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to accomodate institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.