Ancient and Modern. Photographs by William Eggleston. Introduction by Mark Holborn. Random House, New York, 1992. 168 pp. Oblong quarto. First U.S. edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 134 color reproductions.
"[Eggleston's] travels across Europe proceed and the stories of the man proliferate, reinforcing the Southern legend. Once on a late night search for whiskey he drove his Cadillac through locked steel gates with Bach's Mass in B Minor playing at full volume. There is a trail of such collisions balanced by music of mathematical order. Amidst the splintered vision of his work, there exist meticulous patterns and discipline with which he can study flower petals or handguns, mansions or trash. His prodigious output has barely been seen, yet he is only in mid-stride. He continues to cut to the heart of the ordinary, probing at those things which constitute tangible dimensions, like some concrete explorer. Or, as a great exotic, he can be in the kitchen or in Zanzibar, staring at the dirt by his boot or looking up at the sky."--from Mark Holborn's introduction.
A bit of smudging to page edges; otherwise Fine/Fine.