An American Exodus. A Record Erosion. Photographs by Dorothea Lange. Text by Paul S. Taylor. Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1939. 158 pp. First edition. Quarto. Clothbound with gilt embossing. Photo-illustrated dustjacket (1st issue dust jacket with rear panel showing list of books including 'Mein Kampf' rather than the 2nd issue dj with quotation from Voltaire). 112 black-and-white reproductions.
"Of all the photobooks stemming from the New Deal, and the FSA in particular, An American Exodus...is the most considered. Not only does it have the closest integration of text and image, but the whole book was compiled with scrupulous attention to the presentation of facts, without either hyperbole or undue rhetoric on the part of photographer or writer...Both she and Taylor seemed to have been acutely aware of piling on too much heart-wringing rhetoric. They have included just enough to make their sympathies clear, and to keep their audience engaged. This makes An American Exodus the most balanced of New Deal documentary books, and therefore a model for the genre."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. I Also included in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books and The Open Book
Fine-; slight corner bump; in Very Goo, 'price clipped' dust jacket (one corner of inside flap; edge wear with slight loss at crown of spine(1/4") and 'tips'; 1" closed tear upper edge; scattered areas of abrasion and light soiling rear panel.