Beautiful copy of the scarce hardcover edition of this first academic examination of graffiti.
Near fine in like jacket.
GETTING UP grew out of Castleman's dissertation at Columbia, undertaken at the urging of Margaret Mead. And while there is something of an anthropological slant to the book — Castleman befriended and ran with many graffiti artist during the writing of the book — his approach owes at least as much to journalists like Studs Terkle. Indeed, GETTING UP is perhaps most valuable for its extended first-person quoting from the first generation of Wild Style NYC writers. The book also represents early appearances of Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant's graffiti photography, which would be published much more extensively two years later in SUBWAY ART. Originally issued in both paperback and hardcover, both have become scarce in recent years. But the hardcover, likely intended primarily for the library market, is particularly elusive, especially in this condition. An exceptional copy of a foundational graffiti book.
Cambridge, Massachusetts / London, England: The MIT Press, (1982). Original black cloth. In original unclipped ($15.00) color pictorial dust jacket. xii, 192 pages, with a four-page color photographic insert bound in, as issued. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white illustrations. Touches of rubbing at jacket extremities. Previous owner's name to front endpaper. Else remarkably bright, clean, and sharp.
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