10 April 2008
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
Jazz. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1959.
Quarto (178 x 168 mm). 109 black and white photographs. (A very few margins very lightly yellowed.) Original photo-illustrated boards; in a cloth folding box together with the item below.
Gelatin silver print, 'Chet Baker', (80 x 116 mm), verso annotated in pencil, in a cloth chemise and boxed with the above.
FIRST EDITION. AN EXCELLENT COPY WITH A VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER PRINT, 'Chet Baker', reproduced as a double-page spread on pages 42-43. Photography and Jazz "combine to perfection in Ed van der Elsken's gem of a book"; it is "the most successful" of the many attempts to visually echo the music itself (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.156-57 ("clearly a devoted fan's attempt to capture not just the performer but the performance"); The Open Book, pp.184-85; The Photobook, vol. I, p.246. (2)
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