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EVANS, Walker.

American Photographs.

With an Essay by Lincoln Kirstein.

Published: New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1938

Stock code: 63231

Price: £1,750

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First edition, first impression, recording the first one-man show given to a photographer at MoMA. “It constitutes a document of 1930s America so persuasive that Szarkowski has remarked: ‘It is difficult to know now with certainty whether Walker Evans recorded the America of his youth, or invented it'” (Parr & Badger).

Quarto. Original black cloth, printed paper label to spine. With the dust jacket. 87 plates from photographs. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Head of spine a little faded, small rough spots where plates 22 and 40 were stuck to the facing pages, not affecting the images. An excellent copy in the rubbed, tanned, and nicked jacket with a chip from the head of the spine panel affecting the title.

Bibliography: Parr & Badger I, 114–5; Roth, p. 98.

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