19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,125
Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 3,500
Antlitz der Zeit -- Face of our Time. Introduction by Alfred Döblin. Munich: Transmare and Kurt Wolff, 1929.
Quarto (295 x 223mm). 60 black and white photographs. Printed prospectus laid-in. Original card covers (re-backed, repairs), original dust-jacket printed in black (re-backed preserving the original spine, repairs, light soiling).
FIRST EDITION, the issue in card covers with dust-jacket. 'ONE OF THE GREAT DOCUMENTARY WORKS OF ALL TIMES... it would be difficult to overestimate the influence of this work on later photography, documentary, and otherwise' (101 Books). This penetrating work was seen as very dangerous when the Nazis came to power in 1933: copies still with the publisher were seized, and the printing plates were destroyed. With the publisher's printed prospectus for Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts, the universal portrait of Germany of which Antlitz der Zeit forms the basis. The Book of 101 Books, pp.52-3; The Open Book, pp.84-5; The Photobook, vol. I, p.124.
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