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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)

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ISBN 10: 081291659X / ISBN 13: 9780812916591
Published by New York City, NY: Times Books, 1987
Used Condition Fine Hardcover
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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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First published in 1987 to widespread critical acclaim and hailed by People magazine as one of the ten best books of the 1980s, Joel Sternfeld's startling visual chronicle is at once funny and despairing, calmly beautiful and grim. Sternfeld may be America's greatest fineart color photographer, and here his luxuriant landscapes are full of sly surprises and deadpan wit: a renegade elephant lies exhausted on a road; beached whales daintily punctuate a majestic seascape; a fireman buys pumpkins while a house burns behind him. Now published in an exquisite paper-bound edition with a new preface, these pictures carry even more weight than when they were first seen; they have the poignance and resonance of an America uneasy about its past and uncertain of its future.

About the Author: Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City. His work has been extensively published and exhibited, most notably at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Art Institute in Chicago, and is included in numerous private and public collections in this count

Andy Grundberg Andy Grundberg has been writing about art and photography since 1974. He is currently the Director of The Friends of Photography in San Francisco.

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Title: AMERICAN PROSPECTS: THE TRUE FIRST EDITION -...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Times Books, 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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