Description: Famed photographer Edward Steichen (1879-1973) inscribed and signed this first edition of his book The Blue Ghost in graphite: “To Margaret --- - as if one sailor to another her old skipper Edward Steichen”.
Steichen was a Luxembourgish American photographer whose photographs were published in Art et Décoration, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. He was also a friend of fellow photographer, Alfred Stieglitz, and was the most frequently shown photographer in Steigliz’s Camera Work magazine. They also opened a gallery together, the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which later became known as 291 after its address. In 1944, Steichen directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He also served as Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA from 1947 to 1961, during which time he curated the famous The Family of Man exhibition.
Full title: The Blue Ghost: A Photographic Log and Personal Narrative of the Aircraft Carrier U. S. S. Lexington in Combat Operation. Stated first edition, published in 1947 by Harcourt, Brace and Company of New York. 10 5/8” x 8 ½”. Gilt-stamped navy cloth over boards, pp. (viii), 151, extensively illustrated in black and white. The inscription is scrawled on the front free end paper. From the dust jacket: “This book is a photographic log and a personal narrative by Captain Edward Steichen, USNR (ret.), covering a period of duty as combat photographer on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington.”
Condition: Corners and spine ends bumped and lightly worn, spots of light staining on preliminary pages, toning/offsetting on rear end papers. Dust jacket has chips and tearing at corners, spine ends, and along edges, is lightly stained, and is preserved in a Brodart jacket.