Rome. The City and Its People. Photographs by William Klein. Excerpted texts by numerous writers. A Studio Book/Viking Press, 1960. 189 pp. Quarto. First edition. Inscribed on title page, To _____/Rome Sweet Rome/William Klein. Clothbound in illustrated dust jacket. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Numerous gravure illustrations. Text in English.
While considerably less 'in-your-face' than New York, Klein's Rome nonetheless presents a picture of a city in constant motion, stopping only occasionally to strike a pose of one sort or another, which Klein, ever attentive to fashion and gesture, seems to almost choreograph at will. If in his New York book it seems as if 'all that is solid melts into air', in many of the Rome pictures the presence of ruins and centuries old buildings create surreal juxtapositions that suggest the persistence of the antique in the face of 'la dolce vita.'
Near Fine+ in Very Good- dust jacket; binding tight and square; extremities just slightly faded; rippling to front free-endpaper and half-title; wear to 'tips'; foot of spine abraded; jacket with slight loss at crown of spine; 1 in./2.5 cm repaired tear with adjacent creasing; chips and tears at corners and joints (some internally repaired--1/2-1 in./1-2 cm.)