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William Klein: Rome: The City and Its People (First English Edition) [SIGNED]

Publisher: New York: The Viking Press, 1959
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near Fine / Very Good +
Item #: 106150



First edition (English), first printing. Signed in black marker on the half-title page by Klein. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in white on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text (in English) by William Klein. Includes notes on the plates. 192 pp., with numerous black and white photogravure plates richly printed in France. 11-1/8 x 8-7/8 inches. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).]


Near Fine (binding moderately loose, some wear to the extremities of the boards, pages 185-188 are punctured across the plates from a sewing error during binding), in Very Good+ dust jacket (intact, with several closed tears up to 1 inch along the top and bottom edges, 1-inch abrasion on the front, several small and medium chips, a 1-inch fragment missing on the heel of the spine).


Divided into five sections (Roman Citizens, The Street, the Eternal City, Youth, and the Catholic World), each demonstrative of Klein's keen eye for expression, gesture, juxtaposition, movement, mass, and time, Klein's Rome is a collective and definitive portrait of a living, yet ancient city. This is William Klein's second book, and one of his five signature 'city books,' which also include: New York (1956); Tokyo (1964); Moscow (1964) and Torino '90 (1990).