The Lines of My Hands.
Item Number: 263
New York: Lustrum Press, 1972.
First American edition. Folio, original black and white wrappers. Signed by Robert Frank on the title page. In near fine condition with some light wear to the extremities.
This candid book includes a number of images from Robert Frank's best-known work, Les Americains, a collection of documentary photographs of everyday American life during the 1950s, particularly among the Beats. Also contains photographs of Frank's family, and images made during his travels abroad in Peru, Spain, England, France. "The publication in Japan was confirmation that the stream-of-consciousness style was the prevailing mode in Japanese photography" (Parr & Badger).
Other Books by this Author
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.
"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.
"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.
“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
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.
New York: Grove Press, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. In near fine condition. Signed by Robert Frank.
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.
"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people": First Edition of Photographs; Signed by Annie Leibovitz; Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer
New York: Pantheon/ Rolling Stone Press Book, 1983.
First edition of this collection of photographs of celebrities taken by Leibovitz. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Annie Leibovitz on the title page. Additionally signed by Tom Wolfe, who contributed the introduction and also signed by Norman Mailer, whose photograph is in this volume. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Photograph of Calvin Coolidge by Harris & Ewing. Inscribed in the lower border, “To Frederick I. Cox, With regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Blindstamped in the lower left by Harris & Ewing. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 20.25 inches.
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.
“THE ONLY PEACE IS THE PEACE OF OVERWHELMING VICTORY”: LARGE THEODORE ROOSEVELT INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH AS PRESIDENT
Large framed signed photograph of Theodore Roosevelt sitting, signed while in office. Inscribed by him, “To John Still, Esq. with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt, April 7th 1908.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 22.5 inches. An attractive piece.