Greenwich Village: Today & Yesterday. Text by Henry Wysham Lanier. Photographs by Berenice Abbott. Harper & Brothers, New York, 1949. First edition. Octavo. Cloth in illustrated dustjacket. xi + 161 pp. with 64 dark brown photogravure images by Abbott.
Berenice Abbott, who had photographed artists in Paris when it was the heart of the international art world in the twenties, then photographed Greenwich Village when it was home to writers and artists in the forties. Among the photographs are portraits of Edward Hopper, Joan Sloan, Isamu Noguchi, and others in their Village studios or apartments, as well as street scenes with bookstores, antique shops, bakeries, and even a gun shop. Architecturally, Greenwich Village was then substantially the same as it is today, but the feeling of neighborhood which infuses the images appears stronger.
A fine copy; the dustjacket with only minor edgewear, including two very small tears at top hinges of spine, and faint handsoiling on back panel. In clear glassine.