RAY, Man (1890-1976)
Self portrait : Man Ray. (Presentation copy inscribed by the artist)
New York : An Atlantic Monthly Press Book / Little, Brown & Company, 1963. First Edition. Octavo, publisher’s cloth in illustrated jacket (rubbed and a little chipped); a presentation copy inscribed and signed on the half-title by the great American artist Man Ray ‘For Beverly and Eaton Ballard, Man Ray, 1966’; 402 pp, 32 b&w illustrations; ownership signature ‘Ballard’ to front free-endpaper; clean throughout, a very good inscribed copy.
Man Ray’s autobiography describes the artist’s journey from humble beginings as Emmanuel Radnitzky from Ridgefield, New Jersey, to his rise to prominence in the world of Dadism and Surrealism in France, and his life in Paris, New York and Hollywood. The 1966 date of this presentation copy corresponds with the artist’s return to Los Angeles to attend the comprehensive Man Ray retrospective exhibition held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Eaton Ballard was a Pasadena businessman.