Robert Frank

The Americans

Grove Press, Inc


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First American edition copy of Frank's seminal document of mid-century American life.

  • Robert Frank (American).
  • Introduction by Jack Kerouac.
  • New York: Grove Press, Inc, 1959.
  • 83 black-and-white photographs printed in gravure.
  • [iv], vi, [170] pp.
  • Oblong 8vo.
  • Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, black-and-white photo-illustrated dust-jacket, color collage by Alfred Leslie on back panel.

"In The Americans, Frank has given us a vision of the United States that is as true or untrue as we care to make it. What is certain is that it changed the face of photography in the documentary mode…it paved the way for three decades of photographs exploring the personal poetics of lived experience. Many memorable photobooks have been derived from this mass of material. None has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized than Frank's masterpiece." (Parr/Badger)


Roth 101, pp. 150-1.

Parr/Badger I, p. 247.

The Open Book, pp. 176-7.

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Jacket lightly toned, rubbing to publisher's name at foot of spine, several nicks, short closed tear to front panel and spine folds Roth 101, pp. 150-1; Parr/Badger I, p. 247; The Open Book, pp. 176-7.

Dust Jacket, First Edition
Americana, Photographs, Travel, topography and voyages
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