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The Americans. by  Robert; Introduction by Jack Kerouac Frank - Signed First Edition - 1959 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 1337)

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The Americans.

by Frank, Robert; Introduction by Jack Kerouac

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New York: Grove Press, 1959. First edition of the photographer's masterpiece with 83 black-and-white full-page photogravures. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout, Presentation copy, inscribed by the photographer opposite the title page, "To Linda Robert Frank." An excellent near fine example in a very good dust jacket that shows light wear and a few small closed tears. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jack Kerouac wrote in his preface of The Americans, "Robert Frank he sucked a sad poem out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world. To Robert Frank I now give this message. You got eyes." Frank’s Americans eventually achieved legendary status as "the most renowned photobook of all It struck a chord with a whole generation of American photographers Many memorable photobooks have been derived from this mass of material. None has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized than Frank’s masterpiece" (Parr & Badger I:247). "From the more than 20,000 images that resulted, Frank eventually chose 83 of them and arranged them into four chapters ‘With these photographs,’ he later wrote, ‘I have attempted to show a cross-section of the American population. My effort was to express it simply and without confusion. The view is personal’ Such a simple intention for a book that would so alter the course of modern photography" (Roth, 150).

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"Robert Frank he sucked a sad poem out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world. To Robert Frank I now give this message. You got eyes." -- Jack Kerouac, from the preface

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
1337
Title
The Americans.
Author
Frank, Robert; Introduction by Jack Kerouac
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Grove Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1959
Keywords
Robert Frank Autograph, Robert Frank First Edition, Robert Frank's Americans first edition

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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First Edition
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inscribed
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morocco
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fine
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title page
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Cloth
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quarto
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clamshell box
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