Mary Books’s commission for the cover of Paris Vogue, 1925.

Mary Books was commissioned to design the cover of Paris Vogue. A dream come true, she has too many ideas as well as outfits. Which ones will make the final cut? Welcome to The Mary Books Project. ©2017 Mary Khan Graphite, India ink, and chalk on printmaking paper. 15″ x 22″. 

Erotic postcard of Mary Books from a silent film still, 1924.

He held her in his pocket, he held her in his hand. But his heart she was too small for. He had bigger, brighter visions she could never understand. -Excerpt from Girl in a Jar, Mary Books, 1922. One of many erotic postcards of Mary Books. This one is a still from a silent short…

Mary Books on the cover of Motion Picture Classic, 1926.

1926 was a fine year for Mary Books. Her literary vignettes of Paris were finally adapted for the silver screen. Moreover, she was commissioned for yet another magazine cover, this time for Motion Picture Classic. Mary’s “sketches,” like her personality, were a mix of the comedic and erotic. Directors agreed she would be a natural…

Mary Books…Va Nager. Special Edition of La Vie Parisienne, July 24, 1926.

Mary Books was commissioned to illustrate the cover of the French men’s erotic magazine. She also wrote an article for the magazine championing the unmarried woman. Welcome to The Mary Books Project. The commission for the July 1926 cover of La Vie Parisienne (Special Edition) is taking Mary Books forever. She is happy though that…

She was there. With Miles Davis at Columbia 30th Street Studio for the recording sessions of Kind of Blue, April/May 1959.

Iconic, larger than life. Kind of Blue considered a masterpiece of modern music. Modal jazz, flowing improvisation, one take recordings. Racism, misogyny, eccentricity. Tenderness, eloquence, elegance. Subtlety. Social biases with regards to male and female artists. All of these manifest in the mythology surrounding Miles Davis. Graphite, chalk, and watercolour on paper. 24″ x 36″.  2017…

He could turn her wolf eyes blue.

Graphite, soft pastel, and chalk on paper. 15″ x 22″. Finished work. Part of the Wolf Echo album. ©2017 Mary Khan Re-vision – the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes. – Adrienne Rich