Slightly Out of Focus. Robert Capa. Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1947. First edition. Large octavo. Cloth in dustjacket. 243 pp.
Capa was one of the important war photographers of the twentieth century and also a storyteller par excellence, and the combination of his photographs of World War II and his account of personal adventures make this a wartime book with much human appeal. There are halftone photographs throughout, some full-page and others smaller, taken in Europe and North Africa from the summer of 1942 until the end of the war.
Biographical synopsis from the dustjacket: "Robert Capa was born in Budapest in 1913. Due to a disagreement with a Mr. Horty (then dictator, now Admiral retired) he left Hungary at the age of 18 and became a photographer in Germany. In 1932, due to a disagreement with a Mr. Hitler (then dictator, now suspected retired) Capa left Germany and found his way to Spain. Due to a disagreement with a Mr. Franco (not retired) he left Spain in 1939 and came to America, going back [to Europe] to cover World War II with the U.S. Army....."
Included in Roth's, The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, pp. 126 - 127.
A fine copy in dustjacket with light edge-wear and one small triangular chip at bottom outer corner of back panel. (The entire back panel of the dustjacket reprints the opening text.) This book has become increasingly difficult to find with a dustjacket in collectible condition.