10 April 2008
La France de profil. Text by Claude Roy. Lausanne: La Guilde du Livre, 1952.
Quarto (279 x 218 mm). 71 black and white photographs. Original photo-illustrated wrappers, original glassine dust jacket (some chipping along spine panel and at extremities); black cloth folding case. Provenance: Jonathan Williams, American poet, essayist and photographer (signature on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY STRAND. Jonathan Williams's copy. Signed copies are uncommon: American Book Prices Current does not record any sold at auction. 101 Books, pp. 136-137; The Open Book, pp. 158-59; The Photobook, vol. I, p.207 ("he was a photographer to his fingertips, the kind that seeks and finds poetry everywhere. La France de profil exemplifies this to perfection"). [With:] An autograph letter signed by Strand, April 1, 1957, to Mr. Oring, offering suggestions where he might be able to purchase Strand's books in New York. (2)
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