Vancouver: Fairburn Publications Limited, 1974. First Edition. Spiral bound, photo pictorial goldenrod colored vinyl boards. (37 cm all.) Set 1 (Three books total) Book 1 Male-Full Figure. 103 pps. Some slight scuffing, small transparent splotches of dried glue residue to front board. Book 2 Female-Full Figure. 103 pps. Faint, minor scuffing and small dried glue splotch to rear board. Book 3 Male & Female; Situation Poses & Hands. 110 pps. Very minor scuffing to rear board and very small bits of dried glue residue to head of spine. Volumes 2 and 3 with Order Form and Enquiry tearouts still intact.
Fine. Item #18
Photographic visual reference books with series of models in an exhaustive study of possibility of poses of the human body for artists and illustrators. The purpose of the Fairburn System is to allow the artist the freedom of choice of studying human poses without actually hiring a model or taking a photo, both of which, according to the advertising are both time consuming and expensive. This reference book, however, serves more as a striking visual archive of the styles, attitudes and expectations of the 1970s. From men with briefcases or bellbottoms to jumping women in mini-skirts or women washing dishes in rubber gloves, it is mezmerizing for both its completeness and its 1970s audacity. It is a real page burner.