Paper: 170gsm Fine Art Silk
Binding: Bespoke binding. Traditional techniques. Finished by hand.
Deluxe Edition: 220 copies (numbers 31-250)
The Deluxe Edition is limited to just 220 copies and includes a limited edition photograph of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin taken by Rat Pack photographer Gerald Smith. Measuring 11 x 14 inches, this silver gelatin print is exclusive to the Deluxe and Heritage Editions and is signed and numbered by the photographer. (See image of print above.)
The Deluxe Edition is presented in a stunning Ash-finished wooden case which has been designed and hand-made exclusively for Reel Art Press.
Frank Sinatra’s legendary clique defined life in the fast lane throughout the late fifties and early sixties, dominating American culture and epitomising a life of cocktails, love affairs and Hollywood glamour.
A select group of photographers, including Sid Avery and Bob Willoughby, captured the Rat Pack in their heyday. Many of the images they produced have been largely stored away, many even undeveloped. For the first time, access to these shots has been made possible to produce one deluxe, collector’s edition.
The Rat Pack is the definitive book on Frank, Dean, Sammy and co. tearing up Hollywood and Las Vegas with an extended cast including Marilyn Monroe and JFK. Fifty years on from the year many refer to as The Year of the Rat Pack, 1960, and their influence endures. Shooting Ocean's 11 by day, performing at the Sands by night and sweating out the sour mash in the sauna in between, The Rat Pack includes behind the scenes footage at the JFK Presidential inauguration and house parties with Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe.
With in-depth text by author and leading Rat Pack aficionado Shawn Levy, The Rat Pack is the first collectable photographic book on the men whose appeal transcends generations and who remain the epitome of cool.