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RUSCHA, Edward

Every Building On The Sunset Strip

Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1966

Small 8vo, one continuous page in concertina form. Title printed in silver on front panel and spine. Slight darkening to spine. Silver slipcase. Inscription to title page (see below). A near fine copy in a slipcase with no splits or wear, and with no chips to the silver wrapping.

First edition of 1000 copies, second issue, with the last page trimmed flush. With an inscription to title page: 'May 1, 1980. Dearest Dick -- I hope this night turns out to be the most glorious day in Hollywood & Night in the Ukraine you've ever had!!! Love, Kate'. The book was a gift from the actress Kate Draper to the playwright and screenwriter Dick Vosburgh, on the occasion of the opening night of Vosburgh's A Day In Hollywood, A Night In The Ukraine at the John Golden Theater, Broadway. Vosburgh wrote the show, in which Draper was appearing.

Google Earth, eat your heart out.

Ed Ruscha's landmark book of landmarks, Every Building On Sunset Strip is a complete photographic record of one of the world's most famous thoroughfares, captured just before it began to change from the old Las Vegas into the new. Ruscha strapped a motorised Nikon camera to the back of a pick-up truck, drove up and down the Strip, and photographed every building, one by one, on both sides of the road. House numbers were added to the images, and the whole was published in a single-page, accordian format which, when opened out fully, stretches to some twenty-five feet. Heart-gladdeningly inventive and evocative, a beautiful object, and a key book in photographic history, this copy is all but fine, with just a breath of darkening to the spine. It's also in a perfect slipcase. Sometimes I think I spoil you.

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