Song of the Open Road. Walt Whitman, Aaron Siskind, Photographer.
Song of the Open Road
Song of the Open Road
Song of the Open Road
Song of the Open Road

Song of the Open Road

[New York]: The Limited Editions Club, (1990). Siskind, Aaron. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 550 copies, elephant folio size, [52] pp., signed by Aaron Siskind, with LEC Newsletter. Fine. Item #171031018

In 1855 the first issue of "Leaves of Grass" was published at the expense of the author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) in an edition of 795 copies. During the five years that followed, Whitman wrote constantly and prepared a second edition, published (again at his own expense) in 1856, with several new poems, including the present "Song of the Open Road". It celebrates that image of the vagabond poet that was so essential to Whitman's work, wherein the poet takes a symbolic journey, immersed in uncorrupted naturalness, disavowing one way of life and embracing experiences intuitively, free of custom.

Kindred spirit Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) was a subversive American photographer, and public member of the politically conscious Photographers League. The present illustrations "transform Whitman's symbolic journeyings into the language of modern urbanism" (LEC Newsletter Number 560, Series 50, Volume 4). The six photos are of tar poured into cracks in cement and asphalt, which form wandering lines across the compositions, magnified to create a textural, abstract expression synonymous with the poem.

___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black morocco spine and fore-edges with dark green linen boards, title in gilt on the spine, six photogravures; Scotch Roman type, off-white paper mould-made at the mill of Cartiere Enrico Magnani, elephant folio size (17.5" by 15"), 52 unnumbered pages, one of 550 copies, this number 351, signed by Aaron Siskind. Housed in a slipcase covered in black cloth, with the LEC Monthly Newsletter laid in.

___CONDITION: A fine copy, the binding is clean and unrubbed, a strong text block with solid hinges, internally bright and free of prior owner markings; a hint of sunning to the spine, otherwise a fine copy. The LEC Newsletter is fine, clean and without wear; the slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, with a hint of sunning to one side.

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