First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Brown cloth-covered boards, with title stamped in black on front cover and spine, with plates tipped in debossed front and back cover, with clear acetate dust jacket. Photographs and text by Richard Avedon. Essay by Laura Wilson. Designed by Marvin Israel and Elizabeth Avedon. Unpaginated (174 pp., including 1 two-page gatefold), with 103 duotone plates (several two-page spreads and one spanning three pages), beautifully printed on fine paper. 14-1/4 x 11-3/8 inches. Published on the occasion of the exhibition In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon (September 4--November 17, 1985), at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]
CONDITION: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (with light shelf wear to the acetate dust jacket, which is common to this title).
From the publisher: "Richard Avedon's In the American West is widely regarded as a landmark project in photographic history and a definitive expression of the power of photographic art. For In the American West, Avedon traveled throughout five years, meeting and photographing the plain people of the West: ranch workers, roustabouts, bar girls, drifters, and gamblers. The resulting book includes exquisitely printed black and white photographs, an essay by Avedon on his working methods and portrait philosophy and a journal of the project by Laura Wilson."