“Rhythm,” published in 1935, is a book of photographs featuring Anthony J. Tony Sansone (1905-1987) taken by Edwin Townsend when Sansone was modelling for Arthur Lee’s sculpture “Rhythm.” Sansone is widely regarded as the first male physique icon and was internationally recognized as “the world’s finest specimen of physical development.” Rhythm is amongst the first published and best known books of male physique photographs, which spurred the physical culture movement and piqued a homo-erotic interest. A legendary classic.
Frontispiece portrait of Sansone. Foreword by sculptor Arthur Lee. Illustrated with black and white images of Sansone modelling and posing, and two images of Lee’s sculpture. Full frontal images are edited, consistent with publishing standards in the 1930s.
Extremely rare. 49 pages. Measures 6-1/2” by 8-1/2”