10 April 2008
Men at Work. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1932.
Quarto (253 x 200 mm). 51 black and white photographs. (Occasional light soiling in the margins.) Original green cloth, front cover lettered in black (spine faded, corners rubbed); original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (light soiling, light wear); cloth folding box. Provenance: Hester D. Jenkins (inscription from Hine).
FIRST EDITION, IN AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE DUST-JACKET, AND WARMLY INSCRIBED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER: "To Hester D. Jenkins with memories of many years of fellowship and sympathetic criticism". "Hine's major and best-loved photobook is in the typical 'heroic worker' mode of the 1930s documentary photographer. It celebrates the dignity of labour and that most 'modern' industrial subject -- the American skyscraper" (The Photobook). Hine was a major influence on the way Americans perceived issues surrounding social conditions. The series includes a number of iconic images documenting the building of the Empire State Building. Hester Donaldson Jenkins (1869-1941) was a professor at the American College for Girls in Constantinople. The Open Book, pp.108-09; The Photobook, vol. I, pp.117, 126.
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