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Publisher: München (Munich): Schirmer/Mosel Verlag, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 102407
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 100 copies hand-numbered (this being #85/100) on a printed plate pasted-on front free endpaper, with an original Type-C print ("Gesolai 2000, #1497" in the book), signed, titled and numbered in pencil on verso by Berges (image size 6-5/8 x 9-3/8 inches, paper size 7-3/4 x 10-1/8 inches), mounted and matted in a separate fine gray cloth-covered portfolio for presentation (with numbered plate pasted on inside front cover). Both the book and photograph (in cloth portfolio) fit inside the larger fine gray cloth-covered slipcase. Hardcover. Fine khaki green cloth-covered boards, with title stamped in white on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Laurenz Berges. Introduction in German by Michael Lentz. Includes a list of plates. 108 pp., with 48 four-color plates beautifully printed in Germany by Passavia, Passau. 9-3/8 x 12 inches.
New (book, slipcase and print are all in flawless condition).
From the introduction by Michael Lentz: "[Berges'] interest focuses firmly on rooms and houses that have been abandoned by their erstwhile inhabitants or users...[in] the ghost villages between Cologne and Aachen -- dwellings and detached homes that were left empty as the excavators in the open-cast lignite mines closed in on them...He has dedicated [this] volume to one of those abandoned villages, Etzweiler. The barren relics attesting to a former human presence stand for past lives lived, speaking their own utterly minimalist language: the naked walls in rooms, faded flowery wallpaper, dusted built-in cupboards, grass that is starting to grow between the slabs of asbestos cement..."