[Item #14282] Towboat River. Edwin and Louise ROSSKAM.

Towboat River

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1948. First Edition. Quarto (27cm). Brown cloth boards lettered in silver; 295pp; illus. Inscribed on front endpaper to Ben and Bernarda Shahn: "For Bernarda - because she comes from the river country; For Ben - because he might like some of the language; For both - because they understand what this book tried to do," signed "Ed Rosskam" and dated May 1953. A shaken copy, covers dusted and spine faded; Good or better, lacking dustwrapper.

Rosskam's photo-documentary of maritime culture on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The work is highly reminiscent of Rosskam's photographs for the FSA in the thirties, and the book is in fact dedicated to Rosskam and Shahn's old boss at the FSA, Roy Stryker. Not the prettiest copy around, but a wonderful long inscription and a terrific association.

Price: $250.00

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