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AMERICAN ODYSSEY 1963-1999 by  Mary Ellen Mark - Signed First Edition - 1999 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and


by Mark, Mary Ellen

Condition: Fine/very good

New York: Aperture, 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Mark, Mary Ellen. Folio. 151,[1] pp. including numerous in-text photographic images. Publisher's cloth, spine stamped in silver. Signed and inscribed by the author/photographer, "For Valeria + Johnny - I also _love_ the side show Fondly Mary Ellen 2003 New York." Some rubbing and a few small dents in dust jacket. Fine in a very good dust jacket.

36-year portrait retrospective of the late Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015), who was named the previous year "Most Influential Woman Photographer" by AMERICAN PHOTO magazine. This copy was warmly inscribed to Johnny Fox and his wife at the time, Valeria Duarte, in the year of publication. Johnny Fox (1953-2017) was a celebrated American sword swallower, sleight-of-hand artist, and proprietor of the Freakatorium / El Museo Loco, the first dime museum to appear in New York since the closing of Hubert's Museum in 1969. Located in a Lower East Side storefront from 1999 to 2005, the Freakatorium housed a collection of oddities, relics, photographs, and ephemera largely relating to human anomalies and sideshow performers, as well as a small reference library, of which this volume was a part.

  • Bookseller: W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 713
  • Title: AMERICAN ODYSSEY 1963-1999
  • Author: Mark, Mary Ellen
  • Illustrator:Mark, Mary Ellen
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: very good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Aperture
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1999
  • Keywords: Americana, photography, oddities, sideshows, signed
  • Bookseller catalogs: Photography;


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