First state of this quintessentially Los Angeles book, and one of the great photobooks of all time, in exceptional condition.
"Not only the most physically ambitious of Ruscha's books, but the most flamboyant." <br />– Parr & Badger
Ruscha's fourth book, and arguably his finest, captures the Sunset Strip at a particular moment in time. A monumental and continuous accordion-fold scroll that opens to more than 25 feet, Ruscha documents — as the title suggests — the entirety of the Strip, with even numbered addresses running along the top the page and odd facing opposite along the bottom. "The effect is less like the fluid cinematic pan […] than a series of jolting jump cuts […] a ragged progression of gas stations, motels, apartment houses, parking lots, strip-malls, and honky-tonk signage" (Parr 182).<br /><br />A beautiful example of a notoriously fragile production.
Read More: Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, II; Roth, The Book of 101 Books; Ed Ruscha Editions: 1959-1999, B4.
(Los Angeles): [Edward Ruscha], (1966). 7" x 5.5". Accordion-fold printed recto only and mounted in printed wrappers, with short extra final flap. Housed in original silver Mylar foil-covered slipcase. Lacking the exceedingly rare belly band. From an unstated edition of 1000 copies. Spine lightly toned, with a faint crease. Some unobtrusive glue offsetting to cover folds from slipcase. Else bright, sharp, clean, and sound throughout. In an excellent example of the slipcase, with only the tiniest split to one end, but almost none of the endemic rubbing to the foil.
Near fine overall.
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