Song of the Open Road. Photographs by Aaron Siskind. Text by Walt Whitman. Designed by Kevin Begos Jr. and Dan Carr. Limited Editions Club, New York, 1990. 52 pp. Large folio [17 1/2 x 15 in./45 cm.] Limited edition of 550 copies, SIGNED and numbered by Siskind on colophon page. Bound in fine green linen cloth; Spine and fore edge bound in black goatskin. 6 hand-pulled photogravure plates.
"This edition consists of 550 copies. The book was set in English Monotype Scotch at Golgonooza Letter Foundry by Julia Ferrari and Dan Carr. The text was printed by Heritage Printers. Paul Taylor made the photogravure plates and printed them with Clary Nelson at Renaissance Press"--Colophon.
Siskind's final body of work consisted of painterly, abstract photographs of road tar patterns. In this lavish production, they are reproduced in rich, inky gravure and juxtaposed with Whitman's 1856 paean to carefree wanderlust, Song of the Open Road.
Near Fine; foxing upper 2 in. [5 cm] of boards with some discoloration rear panel; touch of abrasion fore-edge of rear cover; Near Fine+ case; slightly uneven fading; some wear to extremities.