31 May 2007
Eyes on Russia. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1931. Quarto (280 x 195mm). 16 black and white photographs. Original tan cloth, spine and front cover lettered in black, top edge red (soiled). Provenance: Charlie Chaplin (inscription from Bourke-White in black ink on endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY TO CHARLIE CHAPLIN, INSCRIBED BY BOURKE-WHITE: 'To Charlie Chaplin with my admiration Margaret Bourke-White'. An exceptional association copy: socialism was a key component of both artists' world view. 'Following her Russian visit Bourke-White demonstrated that she had absorbed the lessons of Rodchenko and the magazine USSR in Construction in her book Eye on Russia... she naturally utilized the heightened Soviet style' (The Photobook, vol. I, p.123).
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