19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 2,250
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
Life is Good & Good For You In New York. Trance Witness Revels. London: Roto-Sadag, [Geneva] for Photography Magazine, 1956.
Quarto (275 x 215 mm). With the original booklet of captions fixed to the binding, as issued, by a black cord. 188 black and white photographs. Original black cloth, spine and upper side lettered in gilt, original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (dust-jacket chipped at spine ends and corners, short tears, one long creased tear). Klein's signature in red felt-tip pen on the title-page.
FIRST EDITION, THE RARE BRITISH ISSUE, SIGNED BY KLEIN. Klein's New York is among the most influential photobooks, and 'one of the first great pop books' -- 'a quintessential monument to the American cultural scene' (The Photobook). The British issue is arguably the rarest of the various issues, particularly in jacket. 101 Books, pp.140-43 ('MATCHLESS, A TIME BOMB THAT'S NEVER BEEN DEFUSED'); The Open Book, pp.164-65; The Photobook, vol. I, p.243 ('RAW, KINETIC, AND UTTERLY ORIGINAL').
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