San Quentin Point. Photographs by Lewis Baltz. Essay by Mark Haworth-Booth. Aperture, Millerton, NY/Verlag Zwolftes Haus, 1986. Unpaged. First edition (1200 copies). Squarish quarto. Clothbound in illustrated dust jacket with printed acetate protector. 58 photo-lithographic reproductions.
Lewis Baltz's early books, The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California and Park City explored the urbanization of America's landscape. "The unbroken surfaces that Baltz [depicts] have--in the photograph anyway--a kind of purity of pattern, often quite beautiful. Yet also implicit is a social comment that is less soothing, for the imagery has a closed-off, claustrophobic quality, as if nature itself were being blotted out by man's presence in it"--Michel Frizot, A New History of Photography, p. 656 (By far and away, our favorite general history of photography).
About Fine, slight spine tilt; trace of wear to extremities; jacket Fine-/Near Fine+ with some wear to edges; tiny nick at one corner; acetate Near Fine, with typical yellowing and a small chip at crown of spine.