1972. Item #4588
London: Countdown Publications with Idea Books London, 1972. Oblong 4to, illustrated with 21
plates tipped onto black paper, with black tissue interleaves. Bound in black boards with title blindstamped at spine, with a photographically illustrated band to fore edge of both boards. One of an
edition of 500 copies numbered and signed by the artist.
The first and only edition of this groundbreaking photobook, one of only two published by the
fashion designer and proprietor of the legendary London boutiques Top Gear and Countdown. The
book was influential at the confluence of fashion and punk in the UK in the 1970’s, and one image,
“Peaches and Dreams” was used for the cover of the Strangler’s “Peaches” single.
“The twenty-one images of this book are the personal fantasies of James Wedge, released by
his interest in the medium of photography and what is capable of expressing. Glimpses of the
mysterious, the suggestive, the erotic, the absurd are given form by photographic techniques.” -
From the foreword.
Boards lightly bowed, with some rubbing to covers, and a very faint and dissipating musty smell
within, else very good.