(SOLD): FARREN, Mick. The Black Leather Jacket.
(New York, NY): Abbeville Press, 1985. First edition. Small quarto. 96 pages. Ever since a leather-jacketed Marlon Brando slouched across the screen in The Wild One, the jackets mixture of animal magnetism, brooding menace, and sexual provocation has made it a must-have for hipsters, rebels, and fashionistas. This entertaining book chronicles the leather jacket from its roots among World War I flying aces to its present incarnation in high fashion. Along the way, it shows how every generation and subculture — including the Hells Angels, beats, punks, movie stars, counterculturists, and fetishists — has made the leather jacket its own. A very good copy in silver gilt-blocked, jacket-design cloth.