The Americans. Robert Frank. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. An Aperture Book, Grossman Publishers, New York, 1969. Unpaginated. Oblong octavo. Second edition, revised and enlarged from the 1959 edition. Cloth in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 'Stonetone' lithographic reproductions by Rapoport.
"...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."--Parr and Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1
"It was Frank's The Americans that made the photographic book into an artform in its own right. Frank was following a lead set by Morris' book [The Inhabitants] and, especially, by Evans' American Photographs, both of which are designed to let pictures play off each other in a way that controls and reinforces their effect on the viewer. Even Klein's New York book displays this tendency. But Frank's goes much further, creating a denser, richer, deeper structure of images than any book before it."--Colin Westerbeck in Michel Frizot, et. al., The New History of Photography
Fine- in Very Good dust jacket; slight tilt to spine; backstrip rubbed; two small tears (less than 1/2") to jacket edges; general wear; some water damage to jacket at spine (5" x 2" in.), visible only faintly on recto.