Robert Frank, ‘Gli Americani (The Americans)’, 1959, Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller
  1. Frank, Robert. Gli Americani (The Americans). Milano: Il Saggiatore, (1959). First Italian edition (Prima edizione). Oblong octavo. 179,[2]pp. Original illustrated paper-covered boards protected by modern mylar housed in modern custom made black cloth slipcase. Front and back cover design by Saul Steinberg. Rare Italian language edition of the most notable and important work by Swiss born American photographer and filmmaker, Robert Frank. This edition preceded the first American Grove Press edition. "In this volume of 83 deeply moving and unconventional photographs, Robert Frank portrays the America of cowboys and politicians; of grocery shops, funeral parlors, and Fourth of July jamborees; of picnics, newsstands, crap tables, cocktail parties, jam sessions, and drive-in movies. Here is the face of America illuminated by an unusual talent." (From American edition). The Americans, was very influential in the post-war period, and earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his skeptical outsider's view of American society. Some staining and scuffing on boards. Corners on head and tail of spine strengthened with Japan tissue. Gutter at front and rear endpapers expertly repaired. Slight age toning to outer edges of interior pages. Tight copy with binding in good, interior in very good condition. Slipcase fine. g. Hardcover. (30044) $3,750

Publisher: Il Saggiatore

About Robert Frank

One of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century, Robert Frank is best known for his seminal book The Americans, featuring photographs taken by the artist in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. These photographs feature glimpses of highways, cars, parades, jukeboxes, and diners as iconic symbols of America while simultaneously suggesting an underlying sense of alienation and hardship. Frank’s loose, casual approach often generated blurred imagery and tilted horizons, causing his photographic style to be as controversial as his subject matter. In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking, creating classics of American subculture such as Pull My Daisy (1959).

American, b. 1924, Zurich, Switzerland