Gli Americani. Photographs by Robert Frank. Texts selected and edited by Alain Bosquet and Raffaele Crovi. Cover design by Saul Steinberg. Edition Il Saggiatore, Milano, 1959. 179 pp. Small quarto. First Italian edition. Illustrated boards. No dust jacket as issued. Numerous gravure reproductions. Text in Italian.
"...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 Franks's masterpiece."--Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1 Like the first French edition, Les Americains, with texts printed on facing pages, the incredibly rare Italian edition of Frank's acerbic documentary of post-war American life comes across more as a biting expos? of the ennui and provincialism lurking beneath the surface than as a "sad poem sucked out of America," in Kerouac's famous words. The design and format, including Saul Steinberg's cover illustration, are almost identical to the Robert Delpire's 1958 edition.
Slight spine tilt; otherwise Fine with clean bright boards.