San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed at the shop of Patrick Reagh], 2012. Reagh, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 350 copies, quarto size (oblong), 138 pp., with prospectus. Fine. Item #20010504
Photographer William Reagh (1911-1992) was fascinated by the city of Los Angeles, and his photographs of the city document the changes in the urban landscape as well as its many diverse inhabitants. This is the 233rd publication by The Book Club of California, printed at the shop of William Reagh's son, Patrick Reagh (b. 1948), and contains a plethora of photographs by Reagh, from the 1930s to 1991, showing the changes in Los Angelos as old neighborhoods were torn down, residents were displaced, and new, more modern buildings were put up. At once a record of the changing scenes of the city and a portrait of the people who made each neighborhood unique, Reagh's photographs create an honest narrative of the city and its inhabitants as they endure a critically changing landscape.
Included also is an introduction by Patrick Reagh, and an essay by renowned bookdealer Michael Dawson, owner of Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles, which specialises in fine art photography; Dawson's essay relates the history of documentary photographers in Los Angeles and their various styles in photographing the city, and is accompanied by reproductions of some of their photographs.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter orange cloth with natural linen cloth boards, black lettering on the spine, dark grey endpapers, frontispiece a tipped-in black-and-white photograph by Reagh, title page in red and black, a second tipped-in black-and-white photograph by Reagh opposite page 3, twelve black-and-white photographs by various photographers within Dawson's essay, 130 black-and-white photographs by Reagh throughout; Monotype Janson type, Somerset paper, oblong quarto size (10" by 12.75"), pagination: [i-iii] [1-2] 3-132 [133-135], one of 350 copies, unnumbered. Included is the prospectus with its original mailing envelope (not used), printed in red and black with a black-and-white photograph (identical to the frontispiece) tipped in, one sheet folded in half, also with the original order form/return envelope. In a slipcase covered with natural linen cloth.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean, with a modicum of wear at two of the corners. The prospectus is fine, clean, without wear; its envelope near fine with some creases to the flap, the order form and its envelope fine. Altogether a lovely example.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually heavy volume and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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