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Soth, Alec (Photographer); Hampl, Patricia & Tucker, Anne Wilkes (Contributors). SLEEPING BY THE MISSISSIPPI: THE LIMITED SLIPCASED EDITION. London, England: MACK Publishers, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. As New.

New Edition of the photographer's masterpiece. One of the greatest art photography books of our time. Limited Slipcased Edition of 150 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition that was published simultaneously with it. Although there have been several editions of the book, this is its very first Limited Edition. A brilliant production by Alec Soth and MACK: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial cloth boards with titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Alec Soth. There are two images that appear for the very first time, and they "re-frame" the collection: The frontispiece, "Maiden Rock, Wisconsin", and "Green Island, Iowa", the final image. Essays by Patricia Hampl and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Original 10 X 8 inch color print of "Holt Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana" encased its own white folder and laid into the book. Commemorative 15 X 21 inch folded color poster. Archival slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published by MACK on the occasion of the landmark exhibition dedicated to the whole book at Beetles + Huxley Gallery London in 2017. Re-presents, in its ultimate collectible Limited Edition format, Alec Soth's "Sleeping By The Mississippi". Which, of course, refers to the recurrence of beds throughout the sequence. "Captures America's iconic yet oft-neglected 'third coast'. Soth's richly descriptive, large-format color photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors. Elicits a consistent mood of loneliness, longing, and reverie. Like Robert Frank's classic, 'The Americans', merges a documentary style with a poetic sensibility. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust. Thirteen years since the book was first published, the artist's lyrical view has undoubtedly acquired a nuanced significance, one in which hope, fear, desire, and regret coalesce in the evocative journey along this mythic river" (MACK). "With most photography, you look at it, sigh, and pass on, but Soth's work keeps pulling you back to look again because he composes with the skill of the greatest of photographic artists. He's unafraid of humor and irony, which are impossible to leave out of any authentic American vision. He uses color as an integral part of his composition. That is not to say he photographs in color, but that his colors are as important as the people and the things he captures" (John Wood). An absolute "must-have" title for Alec Soth collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such by the photographer on the accompanying print. It is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in pencil on the title page by Alec Soth. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a 10 X 8 inch original color print of "Holt Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana" that is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer. This title is a great art photography book. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 46 color plates, 1 frontispiece, 1 additional plate at the end. Selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEC SOTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1910164895. $2000.00

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