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1 LEVITT, Helen, and AGEE, James. A Way of Seeing

LEVITT, HELEN, and AGEE, JAMES. A Way of Seeing, New York: Viking Press, 1965. Oblong octavo, first edition, pp. 78, full black cloth boards with white lettering on spine and upper board, gravures, text by Agee. Parr & Badger, V.1, pp. 252-53: "Levitt's street pictures of New York children in underprivileged areas ... exemplify the shift from New Deal social documentation to a more personal and elliptical way of looking at life. ... Levitt's photographs are beautiful -- major, underrated works." Roth, 101 Books, pp. 178-79: Agee's "photo-by-photo interpretations can be crushingly heavy-handed. Happily, Levitt's work easily escapes the text's abrasive grip, its buoyancy and grit intact." Also see Hasselblad, Open Book, pp. 214-15. Condition of this book: Near fine with jacket faintly worn at edges with tiny spots of foxing at rear flap; boards a bit sunned at edges. Leaves clean and tight, with toning at white edges, images fine. Preliminary leaf with publisher's note has half-inch-wide vertical blemish, apparently skid marks from a press roller or binding machinery. 
Price: 1600.00 USD
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2 LEVITT, Helen Mexico City
0393045498 / 9780393045499 
LEVITT, HELEN. Mexico City, New York: Doubletake and W.W. Norton, 1997. Quarto, copy No. 31 of a first edition of 200, pp. 141, green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, signed by Levitt on the limitation page, 67 duotone photos, with a 19-page introductory essay by James Oles that is reprinted in Spanish in the back of the book. Levitt, who made her name photographing the streets of New York City, traveled to Mexico City in 1941 and spent several months photographing the city and its people. However, most of the photos in this 1997 book were never publicly seen before it came out. This copy is fine in a fine dust jacket and near fine gray cloth slipcase. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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