“AN ARTIST AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWERS”: LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ROBERT FRANK’S FLOWER IS; ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Item Number: 2705
Tokyo: Yugensha, 1987.
Limited first edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies, with 81 finely screened full-page halftones. Folio, original gray cloth, cloth covered slipcase with halftone print affixed to the cover; original shipping box. In fine condition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Robert Frank.
Flower Is can be regarded as "an eminently fitting apotheosis for stream-of-consciousness photography It is primarily a memorial volume to Franks daughter, who was killed in an airplane crash in 1974 The whole tenor of the book is forlorn, which may be the adjective that best describes Franks work as a whole It reveals an artist at the height of his powers but hardly at peace with the world or himself" (Parr & Badger).
Other Books by this Author
New York: Grove Press, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. In near fine condition. Signed by Robert Frank.
Göttingen: Steidl Verlag, 2009.
First edition. 7 volumes with the original slipcase. Signed twice by Robert Frank, once in volume 1 and on the front of the slipcase. Each volume is in fine condition, as is the box. Seven Stories brings together sequences of single images Frank has been compiling to create books of new work. As always the photographs and stories relate to Franks life and milieu, his homes in Mabou and New York, or a trip to China or Spain. This collection of small books is a new stage in the practice of this remarkable artist who continually challenges the limits of photography and film and strives to avoid repeating himself.
"You got eyes": Rare First Edition of the Famed Photographers First Book The Americans; Inscribed by Robert Frank
New York: Grove Press, 1959.
First edition of the photographer’s masterpiece with 83 black-and-white full-page photogravures. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by Robert Frank. An excellent near fine example in a very good dust jacket that shows light wear and tear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"TO ROBERT FRANK I NOW GIVE THIS MESSAGE: YOU GOT EYES": First Edition of Robert Franks Les Americains; Signed by Him
Paris: Delpire, 1958.
First edition of the photographer’s masterpiece with 83 black-and-white full-page photogravures. Oblong quarto, original boards illustrated by Saul Steinberg. Signed by Robert Frank. In near fine condition that shows light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Germany: Steidl Publishers, 2004.
First edition of this volume, which commemorates the first major exhibit of Frank’s work in Britain. Oblong quarto, original flexible photographic wrappers Inscribed and dated in 2007 by Robert Frank on the title page. In fine condition, issued without a dust jacket.
Signed photograph of Frank Kendall Everest, Jr. Inscribed on the photograph, “To my good friend Stu McLennan from– Frank K. ‘Pete’ Everest Jr. Lt. Col. USAF,” showing the Bell X-2 rocket-powered aircraft. The photograph measures 7.5 inches by 10 inches.
Black and white photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh standing in front of his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis. Inscribed by Lindbergh, “To E. C. Thompson Sincerely Charles A. Lindbergh.” Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed to Thompson and bearing a postal cancellation dated July 15, 1927. Thompson has signed along the bottom margin of the photo, with an inscription to Doty. Earl C. Thompson was a St. Louis businessman who donated funds to buy the plane that would famously be named The Spirit of St. Louis. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 21.5 inches. A striking image with noted provenance.
Signed photograph from Potter Stewart to Irving Kaufman. “For Irving R. Kaufman, With the best wishes and high regard of his friend Potter Stewart.” The recipient, Irving Kaufman was the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, and was awarded the Presidential medal of Freedom in 1987 by President Reagan “for his exemplary service to our country, his work as chairman of the President’s commission on organized crime and his multifacted efforts to promote an understanding of the law and our legal tradition.” He awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1987 by Reagan. In near fine condition.
“Shanghai - one of the wonder cities of the world: Rare First Edition of Shanghai of To-day-A Souvenir Album
Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, 1927.
First edition of this scarce pictorial album of the views of Shanghai. Quarto, original cloth-backed flexible boards, with 38 tipped-in photographs, front stamped and lettered in red on a gilt background, mounted photo label. Introduction by Owen Mortimer Green. Later editions included 50 photographs. In very good condition with some small chips and gift inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.