Tice, George (Photographer); Brand, Millen (Contributor) & Danziger, James (Recipient/Gallerist). FIELDS OF PEACE: A PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN ALBUM. Boston, MA: David R. Godine, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 180 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. George Tice's single most celebrated book, presented in its definitive format. The First Revised Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition Thus is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by George Tice and Bill Glick: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by George Tice. Text by Millen Brand and Sue Bender. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper by Stinehour Press in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents, as a new book, George Tice's "Fields of Peace: A Pennyslvania German Album". An entirely new book, not just a minimal revision of the 1970 publication, and among the truly great documentary photography works of the 20th century. A substantial 39 new images were added, reproduced in a duotone format that adds warmth and intimacy to the evocative images. Together with the illuminating new texts by Millen Brand and Sue Bender, the edition must therefore be considered definitive, replacing the original. "The text, by the late Millen Brand, illuminates the history of the Pennsylvania German sects who were united in their rejection of infant baptism. He provides a sympathetic portrait of these fascinating people, who emigrated from Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, found a home in the sympathetic Commonwealth of William Penn, and settled in Lancaster County. Amish and Mennonites, these are quiet and modest people whose lives of determined simplicity and whose passion for the land are anomalous in modern America. The photographs by George Tice are some of the most compelling documentary imagery ever framed. They capture the substance and the spirit of these self-reliant people. They also reflect over thirty years of gentle but persistent efforts to document their lives and record their customs. This has been a life-work, and the breadth and generosity of his vision is manifest on every page" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for George Tice collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen by the photographer: "6/8/99 For James Danziger, With best wishes, George A. Tice". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, who is named, is the renowned founder and director of Danziger Projects. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Revised Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 98 duotone plates. One of the most important photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 1567920764. $100.00

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