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Lange, Dorothea and Paul Schuster Taylor.

An American Exodus.


Lange, Dorothea, and Paul Schuster Taylor. An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1939).
4to.; illustrated throughout with black-and-white colotypes; printed endpapers; black cloth, stamped in gilt on cover and spine; minor edge wear; pictorial color dust jacket; some light shelf and edge wear, with minor chipping at head and tail of spine; spine lightly sunned. In a specially made slipcase.
First edition, with second printing "Voltaire" dust jacket, which replaced the infamous first version with the publisher's back cover listing of Mein Kampf.
"Of all the documentary photobooks stemming from the New Deal, and the FSA in particular, An American Exodus by Dorothea Lange and her American husband Paul Schuster Taylor is the most considered.  Not only does it have the closest integration of text and image, but the whole book was compiled with scrupulous attention to the presentations of facts, without either hyperbole or undue rhetoric on the part of photographer or writer" (The Photobook).  101 Books p.102-103; The Open Book, pp.132-33; The Photobook, vol. I, pp.142; Watts, Edward Weston: A Legacy, pp.43-44.

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