London, South Kensington
19 May 2009
The Somnambulist. New York: Lustrum Press, 1970.
Quarto (312 x 222 mm). 48 black and white photographs. (Small area of discolouration in one margin where adhesive once held Gibson's slip.) Original photo-illustrated card covers (extremities and front cover lightly rubbed). Provenance: Ralph Gibson (presentation inscription on a Lustrum compliments slip to:) -- Allan Porter.
FIRST EDITION OF GIBSON'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED, AND PRESENTED TO ALLAN PORTER, the noted editor of Camera magazine: 'Dear Alan [sic] -- the spread in "Camera" was superb, the 350 copies very useful -- accept this in gratitude -- Ralph'. With this book Gibson 'took the stream-of-consciousness mode into a new and potentially exciting territory -- the unconscious... many of the pictures are amongst the most recognizable from the time' (The Photobook). The Somnambulist is also the first publication of Gibson's own 'immensely popular and influential' Lustrum Press (The Photobook). The Photobook, vol. I, p.259; Regards à travers le livre 144.
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