10 April 2008
Slightly Out of Focus. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947.
Octavo (235 x 174 mm). 121 black and white photographs. Printed review-slip laid-in. (Fore-edge lightly soiled.) Original brick-red cloth, spine lettered in black (light spotting); original printed dust-jacket, flap corners clipped, perhaps as issued (corners and spine ends chipped, light wear at edges, light soiling); cloth folding box. Provenance: Pascal Covici (inscription from Capa).
FIRST EDITION, REVIEW COPY. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY CAPA TO PAT COVICI: "To Pat Covici who published my first book [Death in the Making] and sold 317 copies in ten years of it. With continuous love, Robert Capa". Capa clearly did not hold this against him -- the following year Covici, who had also discovered Steinbeck and since moved to Viking, published Steinbeck and Capa's collaborative A Russian Journal. 101 Books, pp.126-27 ("Capa understood that fiction and documentary are two sides of the same coin long before the New Journalism"); Associations, pp.58-60; The Open Book, pp.148-49.
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