First Modern Library Edition of Jane Jacobs' The Death And Life of Great American Cities; Signed by Her
The Death And Life of Great American Cities.
Item Number: 658
New York: The Modern Library, 1993.
First Modern Library edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Jane Jacobs on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning. . . . [It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book’s arguments." Robert Caro has cited Jacobs' book as the strongest influence on The Power Broker, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Robert Moses.