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Gossage, John. THE THIRTY-TWO INCH RULER/THE MAP OF BABYLON. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of photographs of urban spaces, presented as a "two-books-in-one" volume. One of the most brilliant 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. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by John Gossage and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by John Gossage. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In two-sided, reversible pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents John Gossage's "The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler" and "The Map of Babylon". Deceptively and eerily quiet images of Washington DC, the American seat of power, as seen by a photographer-resident from the street and global levels. "Two companion volumes bound together, his first-ever books in color. Engaged in a dance, neither book comes first, and there is no hierarchy or sequence to the pair. Gossage is one of the most literary of photographic book authors, and in 'The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler', the narrative, while not autobiographical, is about a neighborhood in which he lives, one that is singular in the United States. At the same time provincial and international, it is a neighborhood populated by ambassadorial residences, embassies, and the lavish private homes of those who are in positions of power and influence. Gossage began this project with the arrival of a new neighbor, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and made more than a year's cycle of seasons. The streets, cars, homes, and yards of this neighborhood are photographed on perfect spring or autumn days, with sparklingly clear blue skies and flowers or foliage accenting the order. During that same year, Gossage made 'The Map of Babylon', photographing digitally from Washington, DC to Germany, China, and places in-between. This look-away, to places beyond the immediate and local, is a classic exploration of the particulars of the outside world" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for John Gossage collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed twice in black ink-pen (signed on each half-title page) by John Gossage. It is signed directly on the pages themselves, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few such double-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: Copies available online command more than $200. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of three Gossage books selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN GOSSAGE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865217109. $150.00

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