1978 Alberto ‘Vargas’ DJ, 1st Ed, Erotic Art, Pin-Up Girl, Playboy - Esquire, Cheesecake, Art Deco, Hollywood, Follies

A sumptuous presentation of the extraordinary life and work of South American artist Alberto Vargas. One of the true giants of American illustration!!

COLLECTOR'S 1978 first edition hardcover book – Vargas by Alberto Vargas and Reid Austin. Scarce original unclipped dust jacket. Foreword by Hugh Hefner. Publisher: Harmony Books, New York, Copyright, 1978. ISBN 0517530473. Gift Quality.

Alberto Vargas has created an art style so sensuous, so exquisite, that for the past six decades his magnificent paintings of women have come to embody the fantasies of three generations of women and men around the world.

Luscious examples from every period abound - Ziegfeld Follies girls, glamorous Hollywood beauty queens, and finally, the Vargas Girls, ethereal creatures who have graced the pages of Esquire and Playboy Magazine for nearly forty years.

His finest works in a single volume from 1920s to present. 200 SUPERB illustrations, over 60 full page color plates, and striking black & white drawings. Photos do not fully capture brilliant color hues; wait until you see. WOW!!

Featured: Art deco, pastel portraits, movie posters, Hollywood film stars, sex symbols, pin-up girls, calendar art, 20th century art, burlesque etc...

Painted twelve watercolor portraits, leading stars of 1919 Ziegfeld Follies for lobby of New Amsterdam Theatre.

Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Jane Russell, Kimono Girl, Legacy Nude#4,

Marlene Dietrich - Art Deco Dietrich painting for Paramount Studios.

Movie memorabilia includes pictures from Paramount Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers and MGM.

Playboy magazine featuring gorgeous Playboy centerfold nudes and others. March 1965 Playboy magazine with Vargas Girl on cover - dustjacket cover.

Several Esquire magazine gatefolds and Shadowland magazine,


Preface; Forward; Introduction: A man and his woman - extensive Vargas art history text with outstanding illustrations and photographs;

The 20's and the Follies; The 30's and Hollywood;

The 40's and the "Varga" girl; The 50's and the Vargas girl; The 60's & 70's.

SPECIAL Extras: Not part of the book - came from original owner's magazine collection. We love having additional pieces like this.

*One page has painting of a nude woman and two dogs (see photo) would be great framed nice cardstock quality, and gorgeous nude fold-out putting on black stockings, Barbara Stanwyck, art deco illustration and 3 others,

*Three magazine pages, one from article Viva Vargas featuring full page painting of Imogene Wilson on one side, deco style butterfly portrait of 1920's silent film star and several other pictures on various pages.

Oversize hardcover, cream blonde woman, unclipped DJ-$14.95 flap. Cream cloth boards, red gilt spine titles on tan spine, red endpapers. 128 MINT pages. Binding tight.

Fine vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/clean. Cover near fine/bright/clean-few end spine letters lightly faded. DJ near fine/excellent/bright/clean-light shelfwear.

Do not pass up this artistic MASTERPIECE; will make a fabulous gift!!

Item ID: BK1966

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