Lot 477FRANK, ROBERT
The Americans. Photographs by Robert Frank. New York: Grove Press, [1959, but January 1960]. First American edition (and the first with the Jack Kerouac introduction), signed by Robert Frank on the front free endpaper. Publisher's black cloth in dust jacket. 7 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (18.5 x 21 cm); , vi,  83 reproductions of Frank's black and white photographs with captions on versos,  pp. Cloth generally bright, the jacket with a small triangular loss on the front cover in the image as well as a small marginal loss, several other small chips, short tear without loss to the back panel, in all a very respectable copy indeed.
"The most renowned photobook of all ... none has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized ... it changed the face of photography in the documentary mode" (The Photobook). Signed copies are exceptionally uncommon and desirable; ABPC notes only one, an inscribed copy offered at auction in 2010. 101 Books, pp. 150-51; The Open Book, pp. 176-77; The Photobook, volume I, p. 247; Charters B10.
Sold for $5,313
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