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    Sale 2110

    Fine Photobooks From An Important Private Collection

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38


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    Roll, Jordan, Roll. Text by Julia Peterkin. New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933.

    Quarto (290 x 210 mm). 90 hand-pulled photogravures, and one additional signed gravure laid-in, tissue guards. Original cream half-cloth and brown boards, front cover blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others rough-trimmed (light spotting on spine, gilt flaking in places); original slipcase (repaired, stained); cloth folding box with cloth chemise for the additional plate.

    FIRST EDITION, DELUXE ISSUE IN THE ORIGINAL SLIPCASE. ONE OF 350 COPIES SIGNED BY ULLMAN AND PETERKIN, AND WITH AN ADDITIONAL SIGNED PHOTOGRAVURE. "Ullman's soft-focus photos -- rendered as tactile as charcoal drawings in the superb gravure reproductions here -- straddle Pictorialism and Modernism... many of her pictures would not be out of place in a Farm Security Administration photo essay" (101 Books). "One of the most singular documentary photobooks of the 1930s" (The Photobook). This copy numbered 70. 101 Books, pp.78-9; The Photobook, vol. I, p.135 (the trade edition).

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