Crimes and Splendors. The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach. Photographs by Richard Misrach. Text by Anne Wilkes Tucker. Essay by Rebecca Solnit. Bulfinch Press, New York/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1996. 192 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 157 color and 4 black-and-white illustrations.
Violent Legacies: Three Cantos. Photographs by Richard Misrach. Text by Susan Sontag. Aperture, New York, 1992. 96 pp. Oblong quarto (11.25 x 12.25 in./28.5 x 31 cm) First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 76 color reproductions.
"The desert that Richard Misrach presents here is the other desert. Not the pure unsullied wilderness ‘where God is and Man is not,’ the desert of Christian purification and American longing, but the real desert that we mortals can actually visit – stained and trampled, franchised and fenced, burned, flooded, grazed, mined, exploited and laid waste. It is the desert that is truly ours, for we have made it so and must live with the consequences."--from Reyner Banham's introduction to the first volume of Misrach's Desert Cantos (University of New Mexico Press, 1987)