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ROBERT FRANK
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ROBERT FRANK

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ROBERT FRANK

The Americans. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. New York: Grove Press, 1959 [but January 1960].

Oblong quarto (210 x 185 mm). 83 black and white photographs. (Edges yellowed.) Original black cloth, spine lettered in gold; original dust-jacket (dust-jacket with some short tears and a few small chips, light soiling). Provenance: Robert Frank (presentation inscription to:) -- Leo Stashin (American photographer) -- Swann (sold, lot 38, 7 May 1987).

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF FRANK'S MASTERPIECE, A RARE COPY INSCRIBED NEAR THE TIME OF PUBLICATION: 'For Leo Stashin. Dec. 1959. Robert Frank'. 'The most renowned photobook of all... none has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized... it changed the face of photography in the documentary mode' (The Photobook). Stashin exhibited in the first 'Photography in the Fine Arts' exhibition at the Metropolitan in 1959. This copy is in a very good example of the fragile dust-jacket. ABPC records no other copy inscribed at the time of publication selling at auction in over 30 years. 101 Books, pp.150-51; The Open Book, pp. 176-77; The Photobook, vol. I, p.247.
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