4to (282 x 242 mm), pp.. 80 black-and-white photographs, edited and designed by Doon Arbus and Marvin Israel. Original paper-covered boards, spine lettered in black, black-and-white photograph reproduced to upper side; page edges lightly toned. Original blackand- white photo-illustrated dust-jacket; short closed tear and a nick to lower panel, loss of laminate to head of spine, rear flap creased. Near-fine.\n\nFirst edition. Arbus had a liking for aphorisms; in a letter to Marvin Israel on 12 January 1961 she noted that ‘the world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories.’ This monograph was published to accompany a retrospective exhibition of Arbus’s work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in the year following her suicide. This first and some of the second printing includes the photograph ‘Two Girls in Identical Raincoats’ which was suppressed in all subsequent printings.\n\nRegards sur un siècle de photographie à travers le livre, (149) ; Roth, A., The Book of 101 Books, pp.214-5; Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History, Vol.I, p.258-9; Roth, A. et al. Open Book, pp.284-5; Auer, M. and M., 802 photo books, p.546.
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