The Americans. Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac.
The Americans
The Americans
The Americans
The Americans

The Americans

ISBN: 9783865215840
Gottingen, Germany: Steidl/ National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2008. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. "That crazy feeling in America when the sun is hot on the streets and music comes out of the jukebox or from a nearby funeral, that's what Robert Frank has captured in tremendous photographs taken as he traveled on the road around practically forty-eight states in an old used car (on Guggenheim Fellowship) and with the agility, mystery, genius, sadness and strange secrecy of a shadow photographed scenes that have never been seen before on film. For this he will definitely be hailed as a great artist in his field. After seeing these pictures you end up finally not knowing any more whether a jukebox is sadder than a coffin." (from Introduction by Jack Kerouac, unpaginated) The breakthrough collection of photographs by Robert Frank (1924-2019), the Swiss-born photographer who captured the American landscape & its inhabitants in images at the same time & with the same exalted rawness as did the writers of the Beat Generation in poetry & prose. Jack Kerouac's introduction, quoted above, is a sincere homage from a kindred spirit who understood the deep connection between Frank's images & his own immortal words in describing what they both encountered "on the road" - the REAL America. Frank's photographs were taken as he traveled across the continent during 1955-1956, & the first American edition with a careful selection & Kerouac's introduction was published by Grove Press in 1959. There followed many printings & editions of this wildly popular work over the years. Offered here is the 2008 edition published by the venerable German Steidl imprint in association with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition thus, a solid & stately production. A classic of photography, with a decidedly Beat sensibility as confirmed by the Founding Father himself in his famous introduction; an essential collectible in a relatively affordable but increasingly rare & well-done version. Book in very fine condition with only one very small spot-smudge at side edge of text block; small area of print residue on blank page opposite title page; miniscule bumps at upper corners of some page leaves; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only a few tiny bumps & short, faint creases at thin edges & corners of front, back covers & spine. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4147]

Price: $60.00