With an essay by John Berger & Sylvia Grant.London: Secker & Warburg, 1988 Stock Code: 110928
The rare hardback issueFirst edition, first impression, of the uncommon hardback issue. In Flagrante, Killip's "subjective book about my time in England" during its "de-industrialisation" (Killip's preface) is one of the greatest photobooks of the late 20th century, "a dark, pessimistic journey, perhaps even a secret odyssey, where rigorous documentary is suffused with a contemplative inwardness, a rare quality in modern photography" (Gerry Badger). Killip has chosen for the book's epigraph Yeats's poem, "He wishes for the cloths of Heaven", with the famous closing lines, "tread softly because you tread on my dreams", a choice which Berger & Grant, in their essay, describe as "searingly apt... for it is as if all the photos here have been branded, like a hundred cattle, with the tenderness of those eight lines."
Quarto. Original black cloth, titles to spine in silver and to front in blind, black endpapers. With dust jacket.
With Killip's photographs throughout.
An excellent, fresh copy in the slightly toned jacket with extremities rubbed and some faint spots to panels.
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