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Antlitz Der Zeit: Sechzig Aufnahmen Deutscher Menschen Des 20. Jahrhunderts
Munich: Transmare Verlag/Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1929. The uncommon 1929 1st edition of this remarkable August Sander highspot in portrait photography. 60 crisp black-and-white studies, skillful and revealing and very, very moving. Such was the power of this unassuming collection that when the Third Reich came to power in 1933, they set their sites on this book, destroying the original plates and puttting a halt to its publication. This copy, while it's seen some wear to the panels, has maintained its basic soundness. The binding remains sturdy, the plates clean and unmarked. Internally, this is a superior copy, with very light soiling to the preliminaries and, most significantly, no markings or flaws of any kind to the plates. The front panel, on the other hand, shows significant wear --specifically, water damage (a light brown staining) covering almost half of the yellow cloth. The staining is undeniable and (I believe) irreversible but, oddly, blends in with the mustard-yellow cloth and doesn't detract too dramatically from the book's appearance. A perfectly serviceable copy, solidly (and conservatively) a G+. Quarto, 15 pg. preface by the formidable Alfred Doblin (of "Berlin Alexanderplatz") plus the 60 plates. . First Edition. Cloth. Good.
      [Bookseller: Appledore Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2015-03-19           Check availability:      Biblio    

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