"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody": First Edition of the death and life of great american cities; Inscribed by Jane Jacobs To Her Editor

  • The Death And Life of Great American Cities.

The Death And Life of Great American Cities.


Item Number: 36084

New York: Random House, 1961.

First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to her editor, “Best wishes to a splendid publisher and friend, David Kent. And a splendid dinner date, Affectionately Jane Jacobs Toronto Jan. 2002.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. An outstanding association copy on one of the most influential books on urban planning ever published.

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.

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