New York: Lehmann Maupin. 2001.

Large 4to, 305 by 230mm. 64pp, 72 colour plates (inc 2 gatefolds). Fine in cream cloth with black and caramel stamps in grey card slipcase. The first, and only, edition of this legendary and much-cited photography book. It is Teller's record of the 1999 Miss World competition where he photographed each contestant. The portraits are all close-ups and are reproduced here in a highly polished and glossy form. The atmosphere of brittle unreality which hangs over beauty contests and where we see only a heavily worked artifice is cleverly captured in these celebrated images. Lots of hair and teeth. A signed and numbered edition of 500 - this is 374/500.