Denny, Frances F. (Photographer) & Locascio, Lisa (Contributor). LET VIRTUE BE YOUR GUIDE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANCES F. DENNY. Sante Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 108 pages. As New/As New.

Debut collection of color photographs, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. Advance Signed Copy of 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. A brilliant production by David Chickey: Oversize-volume format. Pink cloth boards, as issued. Photographs by Frances F. Denny. Original fictional piece, "Primer", by Lisa Locascio. The latter beautifully complements the evocative portraits of contemporary descendants of the original Mayflower/Puritan settlers of America. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In integral protective plastic covers with white titles printed in front and on the spine, as issued. Presents Frances F. Denny's "Let Virtue Be Your Guide". Her stunning and award-winning sequence of portraits of women-descendants, and their surroundings, of the very first white settlers of America. "Examines the author's family and their deeply-rooted history as early settlers of New England (one ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower). Unearthing the idea of feminine virtue from the confines of its historical meaning, Denny's photographs of the women in her family have a watchful quality, as if she is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. Her subjects, and the domestic spaces they inhabit, together evoke a distinct and well-worn privilege. But Denny finds the places where seams pull apart, exposing the shifts occurring across generations of women. A search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist's reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity" (Publisher's blurb). The title is a nod to The Past, the modernized version of "Let Virtue Be A Guide To Thee" (1730), a series of books published during the Colonial Period, instruction manuals for women on needlepoint and other crafts. Winner of some of photography's most prestigious awards: The Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, LensCulture Emerging Talent, Photolucida, and First Prize at the International Photography Awards. Denny's photographs have been exhibited at Aperture, Foley Gallery, and The Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The work speaks for itself: Its luminous, understated palette draws you in, making you (somehow) feel at home. Even if you will always be an outsider to this self-contained world, Denny does not make you feel like an unwelcome tourist. An absolute "must-have" title for Frances F. Denny collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (before publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the photographer: "April 1, 2016 Chicago Frances F. Denny". It is also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on her Contribution by Lisa Locascio. It is signed directly on the pages themselves, not on a tipped-in page. This title will become a contemporary photography classic. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Exhibition Material of the event during which their signatures were obtained. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This is an Advance Signed Copy, obtained in person. The book will not be released to the public until end-May 2016. A rare signed copy thus. 36 color plates, 1 fold-out photographic insert. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. . ISBN 1942185006. $100.00

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