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Joel Sternfeld: Hart Island: Discovery of an Unknown Territory

Publisher: Zürich (Zurich): Scalo Verlag, 1998
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 393114190X
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 113660



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Paper-covered boards with title stamped on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Text and multi-media by Melinda Hunt. Edited by Alexis Schwarzenbach. Includes statements by Riker's Island inmates. Designed by Hans Werner Holzwarth, Berlin. 120 pp., with 58 four-color plates, beautifully printed on heavy paper by Steidl, Germany, from color separations made by Gert Schwab, Göttingen, Germany. 9-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


Melinda Hunt and Joel Sternfeld attempt to reveal the history and nature of Hart Island. From the text: "Since its purchase in 1869, three quarters of a million people have been buried on Hart Island making it the most dense cemetery in America. This public burial ground is difficult to visit because it is administered by the prison authorities. Inmates serving short-term sentences are bused in from nearby Riker's Island to perform the daily burials."