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Faure, Nicolas (Photographer) & Hurlimann, Thomas (Contributor). SWITZERLAND ON THE ROCKS. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers/Museum Fur Gestalteng, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 168 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a one-time-only print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Nicolas Faure and Scalo: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Red cloth boards, as issued. Photographs by Nicolas Faure. Introductory Essay by Thomas Hurlimann. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Nicolas Faure's "Switzerland On the Rocks". An apt and witty title about one of the most unusual (and little-known) physical aspects of the neutral country ever photographed: Huge rocks found in the most cosmopolitan and picturesque Swiss locations. The rocks have been in place for a very long time and are immovable. Geologists surmise that they materialized during the so-called Great Age of Glaciers and are scientifically known as "errant rocks". Their surreal juxtaposition with modern-day Switzerland is delightfully jarring. "This country is extremely well-off. It has achieved the goals that other societies are just beginning to express: Its flowerbeds are well-groomed, its construction sites neat and tidy, its trail markers would never lead us astray: Cleanliness, order, system. Still, the rocks are there as ever-present reminders of Nature getting in the way of the Progress that the wealthiest country in the world has enviably achieved" (Thomas Hurlimann). Known to a relatively small group of admirers (notably, Martin Parr), Nicolas Faure has been described as a "new topographer" of the Swiss landscape. His book is one of the best photographic portraits of his native land ever made. These photographs rock! An absolute "must-have" title for Nicolas Faure collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few 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: Most copies available online have major flaws. Considering how beautifully conceived and realized it is, this book is grossly under-valued right now because Scalo, the publisher, went bankrupt. A scarce copy thus. 62 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 3905080176. $60.00

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