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Germain, Julian (Photographer/Author) & Whiteley, Michael (Contributor). IN SOCCER WONDERLAND: A FAN'S VISION OF FOOTBALL (WITH A FAN'S SOUVENIR FOOTBALL STAMP ALBUM) . London, England: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 168 pages. Fine.

Collection of photographs with accompanying text on subject. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. It comes with a copy of the "In Soccer Wonderland" Souvenir Football Stamp Album, which is now very rare. A brilliant production by Julian Germain and Why Not Associates: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Julian Germain. Germain's text is beautifully and movingly written, an autobiography of a fan's obsession that serves as a prism of his life. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. The book was originally shown at the exhibition of the same name held at The Photographer's Gallery London in 1992. Presents one of the most unusual sports photography books ever published, with a design that flawlessly captures the vibrancy, dynamism, and sheer excitement of the game on the page through the juxtaposition of Julian Germain's contemporary photographs and text with graphics, layout, doublespreads, vintage photographs, souvenirs, trading cards, head dolls, trophies, and other soccer memorabilia. The British, European, and Latin-American fanaticism about soccer, which has made it the world's greatest sport, is the subject of the book, and it is truly wonderful indeed (the title is clearly an inverted homage to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"). "Germain is a pioneer of the contemporary photo-collage book, whereby different types and generations of the photograph are combined to make a pluralist genre of photobook" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). Parr and Badger are idiosyncratically and dogmatically opinionated about their own passion for photography books. But their inclusion of "In Soccer Wonderland" is a sure goal. Julian Germain's images leap off the page with such infectious spontaneity, and his book should delight and dazzle not just soccer fans but all lovers of great photography books. A "must-have" title for Julian Germain and photography book collectors. This is an Import title, had very limited distribution, and is now very highly collectible. It comes with a copy of the Stamp Souvenir Album, which is now virtually impossible to find. This is the only such set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. All other copies available online have major flaws. A rare set thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates. All 24 stamps are encased in the original glassine sheet. "In Soccer Wonderland" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the finest living British photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO NEIL LEIFER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1873968302. $600.00

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