Frank, Robert
New York: Grove Press, 1959.  
Oblong octavo, vi pages of preface + unpaginated photogravure plates. With an illustration for the rear panel of the dust jacket by Alfred Leslie. First American edition, following the Paris publication of 1958 by Robert Delpire. For this American publication, Frank removed Jack Kerouac's text, retaining only the preface. I'll restrain my description, as by now we all know this book, and it's been much more adequately lauded in Kerouac's preface and elsewhere. David Levi Strauss, in his entry for the The Americans in the Roth 101 remarks, "The French edition is sociology, while the American edition is poetry."  Martin Parr calls it, "arguably the most renowned photobook of all." Some very light fading to edges of black cloth boards at top of spine, otherwise a very good, internally clean copy. In a good to very good dust jacket, with a light stain to edges of photo-illustrated dust jacket, and small chips and closed tears to the edges.  [Roth, Book of 101 Books; Parr, The Photobook: A History].  
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The Americans.