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Dovydenas, Jonas (Photographer) & Buckland, Gail (Contributor). NEVADA, A JOURNEY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JONAS DOVYDENAS. Great Barrington, MA: Under-Mountain Press, 1987. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 150 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. Jonas Dovydenas' finest achievement. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Jonas Dovydenas and Under-Mountain Press: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Jonas Dovydenas. Essay by Gail Buckland. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Meriden-Stinehour Press in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality of the images is outstanding in their clarity, warmth, and tonal range. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jonas Dovydenas' "Nevada, A Journey". The Lithuanian-American photographer's serenely beautiful and at their best, magnificent landscape images and portraits of so-called "Ordinary Americans". They evoke nothing less than the central, "trail-blazer" aspect of the national character. What do we think of today when we say "Nevada"? "Las Vegas". And yet, most of the state remains the "American Cowboy" West amid the harsh desert. Dovydenas is unapologetically nostalgic and celebratory about What We Have Lost. He captures for posterity, in these stark landscapes and stoic faces, the physical manifestation of what is, or was, noble and heroic about America. These hymnal photographs of men and women, boys and girls (even babies), in solo and group portraits, who comprise a forgotten America are eloquent and moving. A major book on the American West, worthy to stand alongside Richard Avedon's "In The American West" (1985). An absolute "must-have" title for Jonas Dovydenas and Americana collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by Jonas Dovydenas. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern American photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online have major flaws ("Very Good") yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 136 tritone plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0961916303. $80.00

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