Shay, Art (Photographer); Algren, Nelson (Author/Subject) & Mamet, David (Contributor). CHICAGO'S NELSON ALGREN. New York City, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2007. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 167 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of Art Shay's finest achievements. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Art Shay and Jon Gilbert: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Art Shay. Foreword by David Mamet. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Art Shay's "Chicago's Nelson Algren". The contrapuntal volume to "Nelson Algren's Chicago" (1988). Photographs that did NOT make it in the previous volume, all gathered here, and accompanied with riveting, anecdotal stories by Art Shay, for maximum effect. "Hundreds of photographs recently discovered and published here for the first time of Nelson Algren over the course of a decade. A deeply moving homage to the writer and his city. Read Algren and you'll see Shay's pictures. Look at Shay's photos and you'll hear Algren's words" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Art Shay and Nelson Algren collectors. This copy is very prominently, beautifully, and uniquely signed and inscribed in black pen on the half-title page by the photographer: "For my dear friend Paul, who had a great role in choosing & locating & shepherding into reality many of these pictures. With thanks to you and your wonderful compatriots Steve, Jess, Mike & Lucas, Art Shay". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, Paul Berlanga, is one of Chicago's finest artists and photography experts. His role in the book's realization is explicitly acknowledged by the photographer on Page 166. His "compatriots" are the people behind Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago, Art Shay's gallery. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American novelists of the 20th century, as seen by one of its finest photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ART SHAY AND LEE BALTERMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1583227644. $100.00

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