|HIRSCHFELD, Al. Harlem
as seen by Hirschfeld. Text by William Saroyan. New York: Hyperion,
1941. Folio, original pictorial cloth. $7000.
First edition, signed and inscribed
by Hirschfeld on half-title, with 24 beautiful mounted lithographs. Many
of the Hirschfeld's images in Harlem have become iconic representations of the
African-American experience in the 1930's and are often considered to be
the artist's best work. Inscribed, "To Berge Avadanian / Hirschfeld".
Berge Avadanian (1918-2005) was a noted American World War II hero who,
among other things, played a significant role in the D-Day invasion.
Boards bowed (as usual), soiling to binding, cloth fraying in a few
places on spine. Plates very clean and bright with only occasional spots
of foxing and some paste action. One of only 1000 copies printed. An
unusually well-preserved inscribed copy of a work that is extremely
difficult to find in collectible condition.
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