Lot 68 of 446:
Let us now Praise Famous Men, 1st Ed.  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$240
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Title:
Let us now Praise Famous Men

Author:
Agee, James and Walker Evans

Place:
Boston

Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin

Date:
1941

Description:

Illustrated with 31 reproductions of photographs by Walker Evans. 8vo. Black cloth, spine lettered in silver. First Edition, first printing.

"One of the great photography books of the 20th century — but one that languished on the trash heap for almost a quarter of a century before being recognized by the public.  The book juxtaposes Walker Evans's straightforward black-and-white documents, most of them portraits, with Agee's heated, often stream-of-consciousness text. Together these two viewpoints provide a glimpse into the ‘cruel radiance' of life in the Deep South during the Depression, a complex vision of the poverty, the dignity, the love, and pain of the sharecroppers' existence."  [Roth, The Book of 101 Books, p. 17; Parr and Badger, The Photobook Volume 1, p.144.]
 

Lot Amendments

Condition:
Slight bumps at spine ends, small tear to cloth at spine, mild toning to endpapers and edges; very good.


 
Item number:
315992
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