10 April 2008
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Millerton, New York: Aperture, 1986.
Oblong quarto (228 x 255 mm), 126 color photographs. (Faint yellowing in the margins.) Original blue cloth-backed boards, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered in blind (extremities rubbed, hinges split); original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (corners and spine-ends chipped, a few short tears and creases); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Michael Karman (inscription from Nan Goldin, dated L.A., 8 May 1993; bookseller's note).
FIRST EDITION, ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY GOLDIN TO HER PRINTER, MICHAEL KARMAN: "For my beloved printer and his lovely wife with love + thanks! Nan Goldin". Inscribed copies of this book are distinctly uncommon. "Perhaps the most influential contemporary photo book since Diane Arbus's 1972 monograph" (101 Books). "The book has been immensely influential, setting the tone [for, and] remaining the first (and best) of a whole photobook genre we might term the confessional mode. This has proved to be one of the most popular genres of the 1990s, and in this century its popularity is increasing rather than waning" (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.253-53; The Open Book, 332-33; The Photobook, vol. II, p.39.
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