Rome. The City and Its People. Photographs by William Klein. Exerpted texts by numerous writers. Vista Books Edward Hulton, London, 1960. 189 pp. Quarto. First U.K. edtion. Clothbound in illustrated dust jacket. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Numerous gravure illustrations. Text in English.
The scarce UK edition (printed in France, with English text) of Klein's second city book!! Follows the classic >New York...Life is Good and Good for You in New York, Chance Witness Reveals. While considerably less 'in-your-face', it 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 Near Fine+ dust jacket; small personal library stamp with some dealer's pencil notations, front flyleaf; lower corners very slightly 'pushed'; some faint discoloration to boards; jacket edge worn with a few very small chips and edge tears.