AMERICAN PROSPECTS: THE TRUE FIRST EDITION - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Sternfeld, Joel (Photographer); Grundberg, Andy & Tucker, Anne Wilkes (Contributors)

Published by New York City, NY: Times Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 081291659X / ISBN 13: 9780812916591
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1st Printing. 128 pages. Published in 1987. Collection of color photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Joel Sternfeld and Elissa Ichiyasu: Oversize-volume format. Pale cream cloth boards with silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Introduction by Andy Grundberg. Afterword by Anne Wilkes Tucker. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Amilcare Pizzi SPA in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. The plates reproduce, exquisitely and vibrantly, the fine nuances of the originals. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 1987. Presents, in its rare First Edition, Joel Sternfeld's "American Prospects". One of the "touchstone" books in photographic history: Seminal, influential, indispensable. "A search for the truth of a country not just as it exists in a particular era, but as it is in its ever-evolving essence. It is a sad poem, but also a funny and generous one, recognizing endurance, poignant beauty, and determination within its sometimes tense, often ironic juxtapositions of Man and Nature, technology and ruin" (Publisher's blurb). Sternfeld published the much-awaited sequel, "Stranger Passing" (2001), more than fifteen years later. Both volumes now enjoy canonical status. An absolute "must-have" title for Joel Sternfeld collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. This is, quite simply, the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen of a book that is usually found with either minor ("Near-Fine") or more serious flaws. Please note: Times Books was a subsidiary of Random House, and adopted the latter's First Edition indications: "First Edition" statement accompanied by a full number line beginning or ending in 2 (instead of 1). These "true first" points remained unchanged until 2004/2005, and even so, on a very inconsistent basis. Please note: Unlike most other copies available online, the DJ spine has no fading whatsoever. Copies available online command up to $1000, despite such flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 55 color plates. Joel Sternfeld's "American Prospects" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOEL STERNFELD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 081291659X. Bookseller Inventory # 17923

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Title: AMERICAN PROSPECTS: THE TRUE FIRST EDITION -...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Times Books
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: no
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book Description Times Books, New York, 1987. hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Joel Sternfeld (illustrator). First edition. 26x31cm. Very light wear to dustjacket; stamp on top of book block and on first empty page; else fine Text: English / American Prospects is Joel Sternfeld\'s landmark first book of ironic color photographs. A most handsome copy of the hardbound Times Books first edition (cited on pages 34-35 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger\'s The Photobook: A History Volume II, pages 338-339 of The Hasselblad Center\'s The Open Book, page 60. book. Bookseller Inventory # 39

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Book Description Times Books, New York, 1987. hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. Joel Sternfeld (illustrator). First edition. 26x31cm. Light rubbing to dustjacket; name owner on title page; else fine Text: English / Joel Sternfeld\'s landmark first book of ironic color photographs. A most handsome copy of the hardbound Times Books first edition (cited on pages 34-35 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger\'s The Photobook: A History Volume II, pages 338-339 of The Hasselblad Center\'s The Open Book, page 60). book. Bookseller Inventory # 1401

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Book Description Times Books/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. About the book: Hardcover with jacket. First Edition, First Printing. Book is in very good condition. Clean interior, no markings. Jacket is in very good condition with moderate wear. Additional photos available upon request. We're not satisfied unless you are. Bookseller Inventory # 000805

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Book Description Crown/ Times Books, U.S.A., 1987. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. a fine copy with no markings, dj has a small wrinkle near edge of book - the defect is very minor and not that noticeble otherwise fine/ very fine Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 024347

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Book Description Times Books, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First Edition, First Printing. Times Books in association with The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1987. Hardcover in pictorial dust jacket. First edition, first printing. 128 pages with 55 four-color plates. 10-1/4 x 12-1/4 inches. Cited in Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books, pp. 260-261; Andrew Roth, The Open Book, p. 338; Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook, vol. 2, pp. 34-35. BOOK CONDITION: Very Good; solid, tight binding, clean throughout, slight lean to the spine, circular discoloration to lower margin of cloth on front cover; in a Very Good dust jacket with slight wrinkling and curling from shelf wear to edges and a dime-sized hole at center of the spine. Overall a solid, clean copy with the aforementioned cosmetic defects. "American Prospects is less a composed sequence than a series of deceptively classical compositions. But many of the pictures contain wild juxtapositions: firefighters extinguish a blaze while one of their number shops nonchalantly for pumpkins matching the flames; a basketball hoop stands sentry in a new suburban dead end; pretty flowers shimmer alongside a sports car in the same wild pink. The idealized semirural life is really a world of uncanny disquiet, perfectly suited to the still and mute image" (Aperture Magazine). Bookseller Inventory # 872

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Book Description Times Books, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First Edition, First Printing. Times Books in association with The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1987. Hardcover in pictorial dust jacket. First edition, first printing. 128 pages with 55 four-color plates. 10-1/4 x 12-1/4 inches. Cited in Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books, pp. 260-261; Andrew Roth, The Open Book, p. 338; Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook, vol. 2, pp. 34-35. Book Condition: Very Good; a bright, tight, clean copy throughout with a slight lean to the text block and circular moisture stain to both lower front and lower rear margin (about the size of a half dollar coin) in a Very Good dust jacket showing shelf wear along edges and a small dime-sized hole at center of spine extending to front joint. Bookseller Inventory # 1799

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Book Description Times Books / The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, New York, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First edition. Inscribed by the photographer, Joel Sternfeld, on the half-title, "To Bob- I really met you (and was happy to do it.) / Best wishes -- (Signed)." 1987, First Edition. Hardcover, oblong 4to., silver cloth. A Very Good+ copy in a Good dust jacket. There is a small purple ink mark on 4 pages of photos; contents otherwise unmarked. There is abrasion from sticker removal on the rear fly leaf and pastedown. Square, sound binding. The DJ is clean, but there is shallow loss at the corners and spine ends; two 1-2 inch closed tears present near the crown of the spine, and a 2-inch closed tear at the bottom right corner of the front panel. Both areas of tearing have faint tape shadows as well, but no stickiness or other signs of removal; DJ spine sunned. The DJ is now housed in a mylar wrap. Uncommon signed by Sternfeld. Digital images available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 0076394

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Book Description Times Books. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. 1987. 1st Large oblong 4to. Cloth, dj., illus. Printed and bound by Amilcare Pizzi, Milan. First edition. Dj rubbed at edges and worn at corners, otherwise a very nice, fresh copy. Bookseller Inventory # S33691

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Book Description Times Books / Museum of Fine Arts Houston, New York / Houston, 1987. Hardback. Book Condition: Near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good +. First edition.. Oblong 4to. (10.5 x 12 inches). Unpaginated. Colour frontis. 53 colour plates + 1. Original grey cloth, spine lettered in silver, title to upper side stamped in blind, trifle bowed at fore-edge. Pictorial d/w, not price-clipped, mild shelf-wear, trifle furled to edges, trifle nick to backstrip, sun-faded to backstrip and adjacent edge of the upper panel. Name and date of previous owner in ink to front free endpaper. Stated First Edition with number string from 9 to 2 with the words First Edition centred below the number string indicating this is a first printing. Times Books, a subsidiary of Random House, used the latter's unusual First Edition points: 'First Edition' statement with a full number string beginning with 9 and ending in 2 (instead of 1). A Near Fine copy in a slightly sun-faded d/w. We reduce the default shipping charge for lighter books or use it for a tracked service if books are expensive or uncommon. We pack books securely in boxes, or corrugated card or cardboard, and protect corners with bubble-wrap. Bookseller Inventory # 7537

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