Sweet Life. Photographs, text, and layout by Ed Van Der Elsken. Harry Abrams, New York, n.d. (1966). 179 pp. Large square quarto. First U.S. edition*. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Gravure reproductions by Tokyo Gravure Printing.
*Edition Note: Edition Note: Worldwide, there were a total of 7 different editions of Sweet Life published: In addition to American, Spanish and Dutch issued in 1966, there were two German editions (one was a book club exclusive) the same year. French and Japanese editions appeared two years later. All of these are identical internally, but with variant boards and dust jackets.
"Sweet Life is a sprawling, exuberant cornucopia, a preview of the pure stream-of-consciousness, machine-gun approach that would soon come with the Japanese Provoke photographers. And like the Provoke aesthetic, Van der Elsken's work has its dark and pessimistic undertones, although in Sweet Life bold, frantic energies predominate."--Parr & Badger.
Fine- in Fine- dust jacket; slight spine tilt; light foxing a bit of wear to jacket and extremities.