New York: Harry N. Abrams, . First Edition. A very nicely preserved copy and a nice association. Gorky and Shahn were close; they reputedly met at Raphael Soyer's studio in 1929 and, though they did not share artistic philosophies -- Gorky by that time had begun his transition to Abstract Expressionism, while Shahn was moving into his most representational phase -- they shared Slavic immigrant roots (Shahn a Lithuanian Jew, Gorky an Armenian Christian) and leftist political inclinations. During the Great Depression both artists worked simultaneously (but never collaborated) on a number of New Deal art projects. Oblong 4to (27cm x 29cm); dustjacket; 235pp; 208 illustrations, including 40 tipped on color plates. Includes bibliography. From the library of Ben & Bernarda Shahn, with estate bookplate inside front cover and with Bernarda Shahn's ownership signature on front endpaper. Mild signs of use, including faint thumb-soil to a few pages and occasional mild creasing to page corners; still a tight, Near Fine copy in the original clear plastic printed dustwrapper.