Robert Frank: The Americans. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. Pantheon, New York, 1986. 179 pp. Small oblong quarto (8.75 x 9.5 in./ )22.2 x 24 cm.) First Pantheon edition.* SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
For a complete publication history of The Americans, see Editions and History: Robert Frank – Les Américains/The Americans, on the always excellent Photobook Club blog.
"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
See images from the Metropolitan Museum's landmark exhibition Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans.
About Near Fine in Fine- jacket; foxing to extremities, preliminary and end pages; only a few spots of foxing to jacket