THIS LOT CONSISTS OF FIVE BOOKS BY MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHERS: Werner Bischof, Japan; Rene Burri, The Gaucho; Bruce Davidson, The Bridge; Marc Riboud, Three Banners of China; Dan Weiner, South Africa in Transition.
Japan. Text by Robert Guillain. Photographs by Werner Bischof. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954. Large quarto. Original cloth. 26 pp. text + 109 photographs in black-and-white gravure and color + interspersed sections of captions to the images. Bischof captures the spirit of both traditional and contemporary Japan in masterful visual compositions. A very good copy (without dustjacket), with only light scuffs to cloth and slight fading to spine.
The Gaucho. Text by Jose Luis Lanuza. Foreword by Jorge Luis Borges. Photographs by Rene Burri. Crown Publishers, New York, 1968. First American edition (same year as Argentine edition). Quarto. Gilt-stamped linen. Unpaged. The gaucho, the Argentinian cowboy, has been romanticed much like the American cowboy, as his way of life disappears. The halftone images by Burri show his horsemanship skill, his clothing and weapons, etc. A fine copy (with front flap from dustjacket laid in); two stamps from a horseman bookshop inside back cover.
The Bridge. Text by Gay Talese. Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Drawings by Lili Rethi. Harper & Row, New York & Evanston & London, 1964. First edition.
Large octavo. Original cloth in illustrated dustjacket. (182 pp.) Davidson's halftone images document aspects of the building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the entrance to New York harbor. Very good copy, with some faint discoloration to cloth; a couple of small edge tears to dustjacket.
The Three Banners of China. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1966. First edition. Quarto. Original cloth. 216 pp. A record of Riboud's 12,500 mile trip through China in 1965, illustrated with more than one hundred pages of black-and-white gravures and more than fifty pages of color photographs. Riboud concentrates on the life of the people. A fine copy (without dustjacket).
South Africa in Transition. Text by Alan Paton, Photographs by Dan Weiner. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956. First edition. Quarto. Original two color cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Unpaged. Essay followed by eighty-two captioned halftone photographs that show Africa's transition into the industrial age. Weiner traveled in both populated and outlying regions. A very good copy with mild discoloration to outer edges of cover; some rubbed spots on top and outer edge of back panel of the dustjacket (colored layer of paper rubbed off).