by Frank, Robert (Photographs by); Jack Kerouac (Introduction by)
Millerton, NY: Aperture, 1978. Reprint. Hardcover. Oblong quarto. 176, pp. Original photo-illustrated dust-jacket over black cloth with silver lettering on spine, and blind-stamped lettering on front cover. "The Americans" is the most notable and important work by Swiss born American photographer and filmmaker, Robert Frank. "In this volume of 83 deeply moving and unconventional photographs, Robert Frank portrays the America of cowboys and politicians; of grocery shops, funeral parlors, and Fourth of July jamborees; of picnics, newsstands, crap tables, cocktail parties, jam sessions, and drive-in movies. Here is the face of America illuminated by an unusual talent." Originally published in 1958, "The Americans" was very influential in the post-war period, and earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his skeptical outsider's view of American society. Black and white photo of unknown origin laid in at interior front cover. Some soiling and age-toning to dust-jacket. Minor to moderate water-staining on binding. Lower margin of pages slightly rippled due to damp exposure. Book inscribed to previous owner at front free endpaper. DJ and binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. (Inventory #: 39891)
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