31 May 2007
Changing New York. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company Inc, 1939. Quarto (285 x 220mm). 97 black and white photographs. Original light blue cloth, spine and front cover titled in dark blue, original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (binding with wear at spine foot, dust-jacket with short tears and small chip, one tear repaired, larger chips to the back panel and spine foot).
FIRST EDITION IN THE RARE DUST-JACKET. 'Changing New York not only fulfils Abbott's criterion for the historical importance of the documentary mode, but also demonstrates its power as a medium of personal expression' (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.100-1 ('A LANDMARK OF ARTFULLY ARTLESS DOCUMENTATION'); The Open Book, pp.130-1; The Photobook, vol. I, p.141 ('SPLENDID NEW VISION-STYLE COVER' -- apparently the only aspect of the book's design over which Abbott had some creative control).
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