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Naked City.

Published: New York: Essential Books, 1945

Stock code: 97203

Price: £2,950

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First edition, first printing. Weegee’s first book. Arthur (Weegee) Fellig is one of the centuries most eccentric artists, famously he would appear at crime scenes before the police. He achieved this by the simple device of spending night after night in the tougher sections of New York listening to the radio traffic on a police radio he had at some time “liberated”. Famous as a sensationalist in his day, time has treated him more kindly and the hard eye with which he shaped his pictures gave them qualities like no others.

Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in grey morocco, titles to spine and front board in silver, wraparound black morocco of New York’s skyline, twin rule to turn-ins silver, black endpapers with the original bound in, silver edges. Illustrated with black and white photographs throughout. A fine copy.

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