New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1964. Folio. FIRST EDITION. With reproductions of 54 black and white photographs, some full-page, many with captions. Original white laminated boards, some wear to upper portion of spine, and preserved in the original publisher’s slipcase which is a bit soiled and cracked on the spine. With Avedon’s very large signature on the first blank, a presentation to Martha Sattler and dated October 12, 1985, Pasadena [CA]. Item #17358
First edition. Designed by Marvin Israel, this work of Avedon’s photographs, his second, reflects America in the mid-twentieth century, with images of many well-known personalities such as Eisenhower, George Wallace, Marilyn Monroe and Ted Kennedy. Interspersed throughout the book is a running commentary by James Baldwin on the contradictions of American life. Avedon always had this incredible ability to capture a moment, stark, revealing and permanent. He had a close association with Martha Sattler, a Los Angeles collector, writer and bibliographer who was a friend to many of the authors who published under the Black Sparrow imprint.