KLEIN (William).
NEW YORK 1954 55.

First printing of the French re-edition. Tall 4to., 256pp, numerous b&w plates in bright red glossy stiff card wraps. French text. Paris, Marval, 1996. 

Wrapper lightly scratched and dented and is partially detached from the book block at the front endpaper, otherwise clean and bright. 

The retitled, enlarged and expanded volume of Klein’s magnum opus, Life is Good & Good For You in New York, originally published by Chris Marker in Paris in 1956, and the first of Klein’s four city books. This edition includes 100 additional pages of photographs, many previously unpublished, to which Klein gives a page-by-page commentary. A unique body of work creating its own language in response to the excitement of the city, thriving on speed, surprise and accident. Klein describes it as ‘a tabloid gone berserk, gross, over-inked, brutal layout, bullhorn headlines. That was what New York deserved and would get.’ 

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