10 April 2008
DAVID DOUGLAS DUNCAN
This is War! A Photo-Narrative in Three Parts. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.
Quarto (300 x 225 mm). 124 black and white photographs. (Faint dampstain.) Original red cloth, spine titled in black, front cover blocked in black (extremities lightly faded, endpapers browned); original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (chipped, soiled); cloth folding box. Provenance: David Douglas Duncan (inscription to:) -- Dan Bradley.
FIRST EDITION. A VERY GOOD ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY DUNCAN TO HIS CHIEF OF PRODUCTION WITH WARM APPRECIATION: "To Dan Bradley. In the very beginning everyone stated that it would be impossible to produce such a book so quickly. When they said that the quality would suffer they were so wrong! We at Life consider this book to be the finest job of manufacturing a picture book on the market. You did it. Dave Duncan." Duncan, who was in Japan at the start of hostilities, became the Korean War's chief chronicler. "This is War! cemented Duncan's reputation and established a trope in late 20th-century war photography, that of the common soldier... doing his job as best he could" (The Photobook). The Photobook, vol. II, p.237.
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