FRANK, Robert. Les Americans.

(Paris): Delpire, [1958].  First edition.  Small oblong quarto.  172 pages.  The correct first printing, of Frank’s masterpiece, one of the most renowned photo-books.  The 83 black and white images, accompanied by texts gathered by Alain Bosquet, take you on a wild cross-country ride across quintessential America of the mid 1950s.  As a whole the volume creates a complicated, and yet unsurpassed, visual portrait of the period that was viewed as sceptical of contemporary values and evocative of ubiquitous loneliness.  This a very good copy in boards illustrated by Saul Steinberg.  This copy carries the usually toning to edges and spine, but is otherwise a nice, tight copy, with sharp corners.  A very presentable copy of this classic work.


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