With a foreword by H. G. Wells.London & New York: Duckworth & Co; Brentano's,  Stock Code: 114434
With the rare dust jacket - a remarkable survivalFirst edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket: a remarkable survival, we have traced just two copies at auction since 1975. Coburn's New York is one of the cornerstone photobooks of the 20th century and considerably more scarce than the photographer's groundbreaking sister publication, London, put out in the same format in 1909. "Of the two books, it is the New York volume that might be considered the more proto-modernist in spirit, not only because New York itself was the most palpably modern city, epitomized by that great leitmotif of early modernist photography, the skyscraper, but also because the form of the city, as created by these large, monolithic buildings, pushed Coburn towards a more radical way of seeing" (Parr & Badger).
Folio. Original calf-backed grey boards, titles to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black rounded spine cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.
With 20 photogravure plates hand-pulled by Coburn mounted on grey heavy stock marbled paper.
Jacket and binding professionally restored, jacket spine toned and with a few old wax stains to front panel, touch of foxing internally. A very good copy.
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