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Sunday, 09 November 2008


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Can't help having mixed feelings about a marketplace that turns photobooks into precious objects, to be preserved away from the light and opened briefly only with reverence and extreme care. I get some pleasure from seeing that the books that illustrate Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's volumes on the Photobook have been "ridden hard and put away wet". His example of the American edition of The Americans is the 1969 Grossman edition, and is turned to the page with "the sad-eyed lady of the lift." When is someone going to identify her?

And just to add a little Schadenfreude, has the market for first edition, first printing, never unwrapped photo books softened a bit in the last few months?


I am on travel, so I cannot check my recently arrived copy directly from Steidl. However, subsequent printings of the any edition are noted (generally) by removing a number from the sequence found just below the "first edition" (or subsequent editions). A first printing will have the numbers "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1." In the second printing, the "1" is removed, and the "2" is removed for the third, and so on for other printings.

Correct, but there are no such numerals in "Early Color."

Mike J.

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