10 April 2008
American Photographs. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1938.
Quarto (214 x 200 mm). 87 black and white photographs. Original black cloth, printed paper label on spine; original printed dust jacket (split along rear joint, some browning along edges); black cloth folding case. Provenance: Peter C. Bunnell, photo historian and scholar of American photography (presentation inscription from Evans; stamp).
FIRST EDITION OF EVANS'S MASTERPIECE. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY EVANS TO PETER BUNNELL: "Peter Bunnell from Walker Evans cordially". It is an excellent association: Bunnell's career at MoMA was bracketed by Walker Evans exhibitions: 'Subway' in 1966, and the 1971 retrospective. "A great work of art", which "HOLDS A WELL DESERVED PLACE AT THE TOP OF THE PANTHEON" (The Photobook). RARE INSCRIBED: according to American Book Prices Current, only 3 inscribed copies have sold at auction since 1975. The Book of 101 Books, pp.98-9 ("it immediately established him as a major artist"); The Open Book, pp.128-9; The Photobook, vol. I, pp.114-5; Regards à travers le livre 69 ("HE REVOLUTIONIZED THE PHOTOBOOK").
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