Lee Friedlander: American Monument (+ Fourteen American Monuments)
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THIS LOT CONSISTS OF 2 BOOKS BY LEE FRIEDLANDER: The American Monument, 1976 (shown at right) and Fourteen American Monuments, 1977

The American Monument. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Eakins Press, New York, 1976. 77 pp. 2000 copies the entire edition. Oblong folio. Green cloth stamped in gilt and black. Three holes punched left margins where fastened. Three screws fastening plates to boards. 213 gravure plates.
Writing in The Book of 101 Books, Vince Aletti describes The American Monument as "almost maniacally inclusive, rounding up everything from Plymouth Rock to a plaque commemorating the Pony Express in Salt Lake City and treating them with the same nonchalance. The doggedness of Friedlander's quest is at once astounding and hilarious...History stalks the landscape at every turn." A brilliant book, conceptually ambitious in the manner of the New Topographic school of Adams and Baltz, but with a deadpan wit that is Friedlander's own.
A just about Very Fine copy; one small white blemish on front board; the slightest bit of rubbing to lettering.
Fourteen American Monuments 1977. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Eakins Press, New York, 1977. 13 pp. First edition. Oblong octavo. Saddle-stitched pamphlet with illustrated wrappers. A selection of 14 reproductions from Friedlander's The American Monument. "In an environment dominated by menacing speed, instability, advertising and television, the American monument plays a meditative role. A grace of intention shines through the oft times awkward alliance of efforts that produced them. They are redeemed by the confidence they express in the worth of the act memorialized. In this album the viewer and the viewed hold each other in balance. A world buried alive in our midst is unearthed to us. The photographer has brought it to us to see."--the publisher
A Fine copy with just a bit of rubbing.
Lee Friedlander: American Monument (+ Fourteen American Monuments) Lee Friedlander: American Monument (+ Fourteen American Monuments)
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