South Brunswick and New York: AS Barnes, 1967. First Edition. INSCRIBED and dated in the year of publication by the author on the front endpaper to "Playboy" founder Hugh Hefner: "To Hef / with love / Bunny Yeager / 12/67."
From the estate of Hugh Hefner, with full provenance included.
As a model and photographer, Yeager's association with Hefner and "Playboy" goes back to the earliest days of the magazine, and her pioneering work in photographing models outdoors in natural light, in active poses, and often looking directly at the camera, would become a part of the magazine's overall aesthetic of nude photography. Beginning with her photograph of Bettie Page, wearing only a Santa hat and decorating a Christmas tree, for the centerfold of the January 1955 issue, Yeager would photograph a total of eight centerfolds, including the first Playmate of the Year, Lisa Winters, whom she discovered, as well as numerous covers and pictorial spreads. She would also appear in the magazine as a model five times, and was dubbed the "Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds" by Hefner himself.
Yeager's influence on nude and pinup photography reaches far beyond her photographs for "Playboy," and her work was widely seen throughout the 1950s and 1960s. She took over 1,000 photographs of Bettie Page, and their collaboration helped launch Page from an underground (and under the counter) fetish model to mainstream fame and success as a pinup. In 1962, Yeager was sent to Jamaica to photograph Ursula Andress in her bikini to promote "Dr. No," and Yeager would return to the island several times, leading to the publication the title on offer here, "Camera in Jamaica," her second book.
Very Good plus, with a bump to the bottom front corner, in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Jacket lightly toned and soiled, with light creasing to the extremities.