THE AMERICANS Robert Frank 1959 FIRST EDITION Grove Press JACK KEROUAC 1ST Printing
THE AMERICANS. Photographs by Robert Frank. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. Published by Grove Press, New York, 1959. First Grove Press Edition 1959, so stated (first American edition, first printing). Hardbound in original Publisher's black cloth with gilt printing on the spine, 8.5" x 7.5", unpaginated, in original pictorial dustjacket.
NEAR FINE condition book, very slight bow to the covers, a touch of wear to the page edges, inner pages slightly toned, overall tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a GOOD condition dustjacket that shows toning, shelfwear, some rubbing, small edgewear tears and chipping with associated creases, a 1" by .25" chip to the lower front panel with associated closed tear, and a .5" vertical closed tear at the bottom of the front fold that continues horizontally .25" into the spine, but remains solid and bright and retains it's $7.50 price at the top of the front flap.
In 1959 "The Americans" was a different kettle of fish. The consummate antithesis of America's public persona that was colorfully displayed in popular magazines like Life and Look. With this publication of his 83 black and white images, photographer Robert Frank (1924-2019) challenged America's self image and indelibly changed the nature of photography. "The Americans" remains one of the most influential photography books of the 20th century.