A Way of Seeing: Photographs of New York by Helen Levitt with an essay by James Agee

Helen Levitt

Published by The Viking Press, 1965
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This is a first edition, first printing of the critically acclaimed photobook, A Way of Seeing: Photographs of New York published by The Viking Press, New York in 1965. A Way of Seeing was Helen Levitt¿s first published collection of photographs and features 50 incredible gravure plates of her pictures taken on the streets of Yorkville, Harlem and the Lower East Side. In The Photobook: A History, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger write, Levitt's photographs are beautiful--major underrated works. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental, always maintaining an objective distance.The casual observer of these pictures, dazzled by their poetry, could easily miss the harsher realities masked by the surface warmth and joie de vivre. The New York Times stated, Helen Levitt was the first American photographer to fully comprehend the essence of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographic message and put it into practice. Like Cartier-Bresson, she understood how to combine intuition and intellect to forge sophisticated, lyrical compositions from commonplace events. Measuring approximately 7 inches x 9.5 inches, the book is oblong and bound in the original black cloth boards in a photographically illustrated dust jacket. The condition of the book is Near Fine+ with very minor age toning to the edges. The dust jacket is price clipped and in Near Fine condition with a bit of wear to the tips, a 1 inch crease on the upper right front corner, and very minor loss at the spine head. Overall, this is a gorgeous copy of an exceptional photobook classic. Cited in all three reference books on photobooks: The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century by Andrew Roth, The Photobook: A History by Parr and Badger, and The Open Book by Andrew Roth. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: A Way of Seeing: Photographs of New York by ...
Publisher: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 1965
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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Levitt, Helen, 1918-2009) Levitt, Helen.
Published by The Viking Press,, New York (1965)
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Book Description The Viking Press,, New York, 1965. Original Wraps. Condition: Very Good. [7] + 78 p. 51 plates, printed in gravure. Small residual glue stain on blank inside cover from removal of original price sticker; otherwise fine. Seller Inventory # 015206

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LEVITT, Helen and James Agee
Published by Viking Press, New York (1965)
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Book Description Viking Press, New York, 1965. Condition: Very Good. First edition. Oblong octavo. Spine a little sunned, bottom corners a little bumped, a very good copy lacking the dustwrapper. Parr and Badger, The Photobook Volume 1, p. 252-253; Hasselblad, The Open Book, p. 214-215; Roth. The Book of 101 Books, p. 178-179. Seller Inventory # 326950

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James Agee and Helen Levitt
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Book Description Viking Press, New York, 1965. Hard Cover. Condition: Poor. No Jacket. Appears to be first edition. 78 p. Includes illustrations. No jacket. Covers worn at edges, scuffed, faded. Stains on hinges and inside back cover. Written inscription to previous owner on front endpaper. Pages and edges of pages yellowing. Small stain on title page. Seller Inventory # 000915

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Helen Levitt
Published by NY: Viking Press (1965)
ISBN 10: 0670752118 ISBN 13: 9780670752119
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Book Description NY: Viking Press, 1965. Condition: Fine. first edition, first printing; 78 pp., original white-stamped black cloth (hardcover), very slight blemish to the front cover, else fine in a very good dust jacket; the jacket is very slightly rubbed at the edges. Photos available upon request. Seller Inventory # ZB1111052

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LEVITT, Helen
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Book Description New York: The Viking Press 1965, 1965. First edition. 195x235mm. pp. [vi], 78. Publisher's black cloth with authors' names stamped in white on the upper cover and the title and publisher stamped in white on the spine. Dust jacket illustrated with black and white photograph by Levitt on the upper cover and spine and part of the lower cover. On the lower cover is an extract from Agee's essay. The jacket (protected in a mylar cover) has some minor wear to the head and foot of the spine and there is some very minor creasing and chipping to the bottom edge of the upper cover. But overall the jacket is in very good condition and the boards and contents are in fine condition. Near Fine Helen Levitt This celebrated book contains fifty black and white photographs by Helen Levitt, mostly taken in the 1940s in the streets of Spanish Harlem. James Agee's essay, split into two parts, bisected by the photographs, was written in the late 1940s. Agee describes Levitt's work as "an uninsistent but irrefutable manifesto of a way of seeing, and a major poetic work". A lost New York world is presented here. Seller Inventory # 2618

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LEVITT, HELEN). Levitt, Helen & James Agee
Published by The Viking Press, New York (1965)
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1965. Cloth in Pictorial Dust Jacket. Condition: Near Fine. First Hardbound Edition. np, 51 b&w illustrations. Designed by Nicolas Ducrot and Christopher Harris. "A Way of Seeing" is the late Helen Levitt's classic presentation of New York street photography accompanied by an incisive essay by the influential journalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and film critic James Agee. An internally bright, most handsome example of the 1965 Viking first hardbound printing (cited on pages 252-253 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume I", pages 214-215 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book", and pages 178-179 of "The Book of 101 Books") published simultaneously with the Museum of Modern Art softbound version showing some light overall wear and handling to its neatly price-clipped dust jacket. Photography Monograph. Seller Inventory # 025643

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Levitt, Helen / Agee, James
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Book Description New-York , Viking press, 1965. Couverture rigide. Condition: Bon. Dust Jacket Condition: Assez bon. Edition originale. Pleine toile noire, titre frappé blanc sur le premier plat et au dos, sous jaquette photographique. 197 x 235 mm. 78 pp., texte de James Agee et 50 photographie n/b d'Helen Levitt qui nous invite par son regard à découvrir les joies de l'enfance dans la dure réalité des quartiers défavorisés de New-York, à la fin des années trente. Un reportage social très personnel, doux et aucunement pathétique. Jaquette restaurée proprement au milieu du premier plat, minime manque en tête et trace d'ancien ex-libris sur la page de garde. Ref: Le Livre de photographies: une histoire: Tome 1 [2005 / p.252]. Seller Inventory # ABE-16999358470

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Levitt, Helen & James Agee
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Book Description Viking Press, New York, 1965. hardcover. Profusely illustrated (illustrator). 1st edition.. Oblong 8vo, 78 pp., Two short, closed tears and very light rubbing to dust jacket, else a nice, bright copy of the original edition, A classic in all the reference works: Parr and Badger, The Photobook Volume 1, pp. 252-253; Hasselblad, The Open Book, pp. 214-215; Roth. The Book of 101 Books, pp. 178-179 Fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 026134

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Levitt, Helen; Essay by Agee, James
Published by The Viking Press, New York (1965)
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1965. First edition of Levitt and Agee's classic collaboration. Oblong quarto, original black cloth, illustrated with 50 black-and-white photogravures. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Signed by Helen Levitt on the title page. Essay by James Agee. "James Agee, dead ten years in 1965, had written his essay for the book in 1946 Although he may not have been the first writer to apply the word lyrical to Levitt s marvelously serendipitous images of urban street theater, his essay was for some time their most persuasive critical frame. In this edition, his text literally brackets the 50 photos, which are arranged in an episodic montage bleak, antic, poignant; sometimes melodramatic, often comic at once suggestively narrative and as ephemeral as a passing glance" (Roth, 178). In this timeless work, "Levitt s photographs are beautiful major, underrated works. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental" (Parr & Badger II:252). Seller Inventory # 807

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