'SONGS OF INNOCENCE'
(South Dennis, Massachusetts: 21st, The Journal of Contemporary Photography, 2003, an edition of 65 numbered and 5 lettered copies), a book illustrated with 10 platinum prints by Joel-Peter Witkin on hand-made paper, each initialed by him in pencil, with poems by William Blake and introduction by John Wood, the colophon signed by the photographer and Steven Albahari and editioned 'LVII' in pencil. Folio, gilt-ruled and dark green-lettered green morocco with spine label, in a dark green cloth-covered basswood clamshell box, 1982-96, printed in 2003; together with a platinum print of 'Still Life, Mexico,' signed in pencil in the margin, framed, 1992, printed in 2003 (2)
The plates to 14 by 11 in. (35.6 by 28 cm.)
The volume, plates, individual platinum print, and clamshell box are all in generally excellent condition and clean. The clamshell box has minor fading at the upper and lower edges. The binding of the volume remains tight. There are a few faint fingerprints on some text pages. The wrapper for the individual platinum print is creased at the lower left corner.
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