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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 1st edition (30 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822811998
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822811993
  • Product Dimensions: 43.2 x 10.2 x 55.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,634,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've got copy 4066 of this sumptuous (and reassuringly?) expensive package and I thought this review should really detail what you'll get for your money.

ONE: An oversize Kodak colour film box, nineteen inches high by sixteen wide and three deep, this is a big facsimile of the box that De Dienes kept some of his Marilyn prints in. The package weighs twelve pounds and will hardly fit any bookcase. The inside has recesses for the two books and one booklet. Black silk tape allows for easy access of the contents.

TWO: A large, beautifully designed and printed, 240 page book of Marilyn photos printed on thick paper. Although the printing screen is not the highest (150 dpi) the photos leap off the page, especially the full-page colour ones. Many of these photos seem to be very private shots of Marilyn that De Dienes took during her career (a few show her with other people, a hairdresser and bookseller). Several at the back of the book show Marilyn's face montaged into clouds or surrounded by celestial bodies. Between the photos, printed in silver ink and in a large typewriter font, there are excepts from De Dienes memoirs. Also printed in silver are smaller photos with his hand-written captions.

THREE: A booklet with twenty-four, one to a page, magazine covers featuring De Dienes photos of Marilyn. Seventeen of them are European titles. Predictably, great photos are weakened by logos, cover lines and generally poor cropping. I thought this booklet was rather disappointing in its production.

FOUR: The 608 page facsimile of De Dienes manuscript and composite book. I think this is the most fascinating item in the box because of the production problems.
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By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have item,the photographs will just astound you. The quality is superb, just the packaging alone is worth the money.
This book will surely become a collectable.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd8e798) out of 5 stars Marilyn boxed. 5 May 2003
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've got copy 4066 of this sumptuous (and reassuringly?) expensive package and I thought this review should really detail what you'll get for your money.

ONE: An oversize Kodak color film box, nineteen inches high by sixteen wide and three deep, this is a big facsimile of the box that De Dienes kept some of his Marilyn prints in. The package weighs twelve pounds and will hardly fit any bookcase. The inside has recesses for the two books and one booklet. Black silk tape allows for easy access of the contents.

TWO: A large, beautifully designed and printed, 240 page book of Marilyn photos printed on thick paper. Although the printing screen is not the highest (150 dpi) the photos leap off the page, especially the full-page color ones. Many of these photos seem to be very private shots of Marilyn that De Dienes took during her career (a few show her with other people, a hairdresser and bookseller). Several at the back of the book show Marilyn's face montaged into clouds or surrounded by celestial bodies. Between the photos, printed in silver ink and in a large typewriter font, there are excepts from De Dienes memoirs. Also printed in silver are smaller photos with his hand-written captions.

THREE: A booklet with twenty-four, one to a page, magazine covers featuring De Dienes photos of Marilyn. Seventeen of them are European titles. Predictably, great photos are weakened by logos, cover lines and generally poor cropping. I thought this booklet was rather disappointing in its production.

FOUR: The 608 page facsimile of De Dienes manuscript and composite book. I think this is the most fascinating item in the box because of the production problems. The original pages were typed on one side of a sheet of ordinary paper and this facsimile is on similar weight stock so that the back of each page has some text showing through, as the original (There is a production problem here though, the paper rightly has text show-through but the photos do as well, on the original paper only the white back of the photo would have been visible). Although the manuscript was in black and white it has been printed in four colors to create the aged paper look and the few handwritten numbers in green and red that De Dienes wrote on the photos. You can see all of his corrections and deletions to the manuscript and read the comments he wrote about the various contact prints of Marilyn and other printed ephemera he stuck on back of each page.

The original composite section has a hundred pages (it becomes two-hundred pages in this facsimile) of cut-out contact prints which De Dienes stuck on the typewriter paper, again they are reproduced in four-color black because of the occasional handwritten colored numbers, even the image of the punched file holes on each page is reproduced. Hundreds of these contacts show how he photographed Marilyn and you can see how dozens of shots were taken of which only one or two were probably published. Most of these images have never been seen before and certainly never in the form that they are presented here.

Overall I think the Marilyn Box is an amazing production package. A world famous visual icon is presented in a unique way.

*** FOR A LOOK INSIDE click customer images under the contents photo.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd8e7ec) out of 5 stars beautiful, sumptuous package 15 July 2003
By Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I opened this box on Christmas morning, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. A recent convert to Marilyn-ism, this was one of the first books about her I owned, and I'm so glad, because I think it's important to know Norma Jeane before you know Marilyn. These huge, glorious photographs taken by Andre de Dienes capture her innocence and natural beauty at a time when she was an unknown model. De Dienes' memoirs are touching and reveal Norma Jeane as she was to him, a man who fell in love with her, as so many would in the future. After paging through these books, you are left to feel as though Norma Jeane Dougherty would never look quite as beautiful again (and of course she would, but not in the same way). Revealing Marilyn Monroe at her earliest beginnings, this limited edition package is definitely worth the money.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd8ec24) out of 5 stars WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! 8 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book by Andre de Dienes is the most amazing title ever assembled on Marilyn Monore. ANY fan of Marilyn's will find this book worth every dollar. The design and reproductions are amazing! The diaries are a wonderful read! ...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd8efd8) out of 5 stars Utterly Amazing (But Shop Around) 30 Oct. 2012
By Lite-Brite91 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After debating the purchase for years, I finally decided to buy this book. I couldn't be happier! :)))) This book set is really really great & I absolutely LOVE it.

Even after reading the measurements & other reviews about its size, I still had NO IDEA how large it really was..... It's nearly 2 FEET TALL and almost as wide!!! Not to mention the 15 pounds it weighs! Knowing that I was still shocked pulling it out of the packaging! (You should really get a ruler so you get the full effect of how large it is)

The large book is fantastic. It has some of the most beautiful pictures of Norma Jeane that you will ever see. (I especially adore the ones where she's makeup free) The youthfulness and charm she exudes in these photos really give you a feeling of genuine happiness which can be hard to find in her later years. Not only are the photos top shelf but Andre's writings give insight to not just his & Marilyn's lives but also to the era. The book itself is also well bound and put together, with an imprint on the first page saying the book number (Mine is 5001/20000) & the place/ time it was created. Truly wonderful.

The second book is just as amazing. It's essentially Andre's journal from the time he met Norma Jean- on. It's fascinating to read the stories of how they met and the impact that they had in each others lives. There are also many great pictures and hand written notes that give a rare glimpse into her life before she was the blonde bombshell we all came to love. The book is also very thick. (600+ pages) The slight downside of this book is the thinness of the pages. You can see through some of them, but never bad enough to make it unreadable.

The last is a magazine with the 25 or so covers that Marilyn has graced. It's still very beautiful but as you will find a bit of a throw away given the greatness of the other two books.

And who could forget the box! It might be my favorite thing strangely enough. The recreation of Andre's very own Kodak photo box is a really cool & unique piece. A work of art in its own right.

Long story short this is a really amazing box set. You should snatch one up when the right opportunity arises.

The only issue for me was the price.... Being in college & on a tight budget it was hard for me to splurge for a book.... Even if it is on a world icon like Marilyn Monroe. After finding it cheaper on a rival site (Sorry Amazon!) I gave in.

This book is pretty amazing but don't break your bank to get it. Because of the rareness of it they typically go for $400-up, but I would hold out. $200 was my limit to spend on a book & after looking around I found one in great condition for even cheaper! So if you're interested my advice would be to shop around first. :)

Still, it's a perfect treat for any Monroe fan.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :))
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd910f0) out of 5 stars A book for a sturdy coffee table 22 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For the Marilyn fan, this is a great book. The photographs reproduced in the large book are magnificent. The large book is difficult to read with silver ink on white paper, but it is cleaned up excerpts from the smaller facsimile typed recollections of De Dienes. It is heavy, thus a sturdy coffee table is required.
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