10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 1,250
Estimate USD 1,000 - USD 1,500
ARCHIBALD MACLEISH (ed.)
Land of the Free. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1938.
Quarto (232 x 180 mm). 88 black and white photographs . Original linen spine and front cover lettered in black and ruled in blue (one corner bumped); original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (price-clipped, light wear at corners); cloth folding box. Provenance: 'Al Abrams' (inscription from MacLeish).
FIRST EDITION, IN DUST-JACKET, INSCRIBED BY MACLEISH: "For Al Abrams this copy of a disappearing book which maybe has something still to say. Archibald MacLeish forty years after". Essentially an American propaganda book compiling classic image by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Russell Lee and others, Land of the Free "is a curiously inspiring book, a remarkable document of the general sentiment of the era" (The Photobook). The Photobook, vo. I, p.180.
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