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Aletti, Vince; Fraenkel, Jeffrey; Levi-Strauss, David; Moriyama, Daido; Roth, Andrew & Others. THE BOOK OF 101 BOOKS: SEMINAL PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. New York City, NY: PPP Editions/Roth Horowitz, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 306 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark survey on subject. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents "The Book of 101 Books". The first serious - and unavoidably, controversial - attempt to create and establish the photography book canon. "The history of the photographic book goes back well more than a century. The medium of photography and the book format were understood very early on to relate to each other on both technical and aesthetic levels. The examples of truly great combinations of photographic image and text, great design and typography bound together as books are numerous, and make up an impressive artistic, social, and documentary statement of the 20th century. A study of environments we've built to house the objects that mark the mindscapes of our collective lives. The ultimate criteria for selection is that a book had to be a thoroughly considered production: All its elements blending to a natural fit, and constituting the intention 'to fix the floating chain of signifieds in such a way as to counter the terror of uncertain signs' ". Andrew Roth has selected 101 of the best photography books ever published, books that bring all of the elements of great book-making together to create, ultimately, a thing of beauty, a work of art. Made up of publications in which the photographs were meant to be seen in book form, as opposed to the book being merely a repository of images, the list includes many artists and titles that will be familiar to the collector, but also quite a few surprises. "Chronologically, the first book is Volume One of Edward Curtis 'The North American Indian', the last is David LaChapelle's 'LaChapelle Land', and in between are books by Walker Evans, Irving Penn, Roy de Carava, Berenice Abbott, Atget, Brassai, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Allen Ginsberg, and many other seminal photographers from all over the world. Six important new essays on a variety of related topics from respected scholars, critics, and artists are included as well: Richard Benson on the history of printing techniques; Shelley Rice on the social significance of photography books; May Castleberry on reprints, exhibitions, and keeping books alive for the public; Daido Moriyama on his personal memories of making his classic, 'Bye Bye Photography, Dear'; Neville Wakefield on the particular attributes of one of the most recent books in this group, Richard Prince's 1995 'Adult Comedy Action Drama'; and Jeffrey Fraenkel on the myriad perils of publishing photography books. The catalogue entries themselves are written by the well-known critics Vince Aletti and David Levi-Strauss" (Publisher's blurb). The depth and beauty of these essays and images make "The Book of 101 Books" an essential reference as well as an aesthetically compelling object in and of itself. An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This title is a contemporary photography book classic. This is one of very 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: Many copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. Some of the greatest photographers and photography books of all time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0967077443. $300.00

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