18 May 2006
Les Américains -- The Americans. Paris: Robert Delpire, 1958. Oblong 8° (210 x 185mm). 83 black and white photographs. Original glazed illustrated paper over boards after a drawing by Saul Steinberg, without dust-jacket as issued (very light soiling, very faint spotting to top edge).
FIRST EDITION. A VERY GOOD COPY OF FRANK'S MASTERPIECE, 'THE MOST RENOWNED PHOTOBOOK OF ALL' (The Photobook). The first American edition followed in 1959. The Open Book, pp.172-73; The Photobook, p.247 ('A GREAT BOOK... NONE HAS BEEN MORE MEMORABLE, MORE INFLUENTIAL, NOR MORE FULLY REALIZED THAN FRANK'S MASTERPIECE... IT CHANGED THE FACE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE DOCUMENTARY MODE). Cf. 101 Books, pp.150-51.
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