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Publisher's Advance Promotional Package for:] MINAMATA.
[New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, prior to January 1975]. - Folio. Loose and comb-bound sheets, photocopied typescript, etc. Some tears and tanning to typescript, a few filing labels and abrasions from same; a variety of items, as detailed below. Good to very good or better. A substantial pre-publication promotional, assembled for purposes of subsidiary rights consideration and highly privileged review, for the first US edition of Smith's extraordinary photo-essay on the devastation caused by industrial pollution at Minamata. Present here are the twelve individual folio (41 x 30 cm) plates that made up the illustrative component of the 1973 Japanese portfolio, MINAMATA: LIFE - SACRED AND PROFANE, published to coincide with the exhibition hosted by Seibu Department Store; ca. 34 leaves of photocopied typescript, legal format, denoted "Sample Text First Draft" and dated in type 12/9/74; two copies of an elaborate oblong large folio (30 x 48 cm) presentation, plastic comb- bound in printed boards, each consisting of eight proof printings in high quality gravure of photographs and captions; and finally, a rather ragged example of the printed dust jacket for the forthcoming book. The promotional caption to the comb-bound presentations does not overstep the bounds of truth in asserting: "In the Twentieth Century, certain statements have helped alter the course of civilization: D.W. Griffith's 'Birth of a Nation' [/] Edward R. Murrow's television condemnation of Joseph McCarthy [/] Bob Dylan's 'Blowin in the Wind' [/] Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' [/] now W. Eugene Smith's MINAMATA." The obvious expense of assembling such an elaborate promotional package virtually assures that only a few were prepared for submission to the top tier of reviewers or subsidiary rights editors, and it is unlikely that few have survived. MINAMATA is among the landmarks of the 20th century photo-essay, and stands as testament to the dedication and genius, often in the face of extraordinary odds and physical danger, of W. Eugene Smith. ROTH, p.232.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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