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Erwitt, Elliott. TO THE DOGS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELLIOTT ERWITT. New York City, NY: Distributed Art Publishers/Scalo, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of portrait-photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Elliott Erwitt and Katy Homans: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with metallic-silver titles on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Elliott Erwitt. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Elliott Erwitt's "To The Dogs". The photographer's second collection of dog portraits, preceded by "Son of Bitch" (1974), followed by "Woof" (2005), and culled from a lifetime of taking such pictures. When viewed as a trilogy, the collections amount to one of the most exhaustive AND endearing collections on their beloved subject in the history of photography. "They are portraits in the full sense of the word: Whether posed or impromptu, each image reveals something true about a particular dog or about dogs in general. In all shapes and sizes, they are pensive and playful, reflective and active. They zestfully leap into a lake or lie belly up in a grassy field. Even if you're not a dedicated dog lover, this book will charm you" (Publishers Weekly). Another legendary photographer of dog portraits (exclusively Weimaraners in his case) offered the following compliment: "There are only two kinds of photography: Elliott Erwitt's and everyone else's" (William Wegman). "Elliott Erwitt's dogs make me yearn to take every single one of them home and hug them" (Audrey Hepburn). "A dog teaches a man fidelity" (Elliott Erwitt). An absolute "must-have" title for Elliott Erwitt collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, dated, and inscribed in black pen-marker on the half-title page by the photographer: "To Paul, with many thanks and best wishes, Elliott Erwitt Chicago, 11 Nov 2005". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is a Chicago-based photography expert and important artist/painter. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed 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: Most copies available online have serious flaws because they have been pored over again and again. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELLIOTT ERWITT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1881616010. $100.00

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