Publisher: New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc., 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 108845
First edition thus, first printing. Originally published in 1985, this reissued limited edition includes three additional plates and two gelatin silver prints. Limited boxed set edition of 25 copies and 5 APs (this being #2/25), with a loose gelatin silver print (plate 3 from the book; paper size 10-7/8 x 11-5/8 inches; image size 7-1/2 x 9-3/8 inches), signed and numbered verso in pencil by Gossage, and a tipped-on gelatin silver print on the book's cover (image size 4-5/8 x 5-3/4 inches). The loose print and the book are contained in a custom cloth-covered clamshell box with tipped-on four-color plate on cover, together with a facsimile letter to Gossage from Carole Kismaric at Aperture in 1984, discussing the publication of The Pond. The letter is signed verso in pencil by Gossage. The book is signed and numbered in black ink on the half-title page by Gossage. Hardcover. Navy blue cloth-covered boards with tipped-on gelatin silver print on front cover and title stamped in red on spine; with printed dust jacket. Photographs by John Gossage. Introduction by Toby Jurovics. Essay by Gerry Badger. Unpaginated (108 pp.), with 52 duotone plates. Book measures 11-3/4 x 12-1/8 inches. Clamshell box measures 12-1/4 x 12-3/4 inches.
From the publisher: "John Gossage's The Pond was considered groundbreaking when first published in 1985, and remains one of the most important photobooks of the medium. Consisting of photographs taken around and away from a pond situated in an unkempt wooded area at the edge of a city, the volume presents a considered foil to Henry Thoreau's stay at Walden. The photographs in The Pond do not aspire to the 'beauty' of classical landscapes in the tradition of Ansel Adams. Instead, they reveal a subtle vision of reality on the border between humankind and nature. Gossage depicts nature in full splendor, yet at odds with both itself and humankind, but his tone is ambiguous and evocative rather than didactic. Robert Adams described the work as 'believable because it includes evidence of man's darkness of spirit, memorable because of the intense fondness [Gossage] shows for the remains of the natural world.' Aperture is pleased to reissue this exquisitely produced classic monograph, not surprisingly a highly sought-after collectable, with the addition of three images and two essays, and a new dust jacket inspired by the original design. This second, twenty-fifth anniversary edition offers new audiences the opportunity to celebrate this notable work by a master photographer and bookmaker."