London: To Hell With Publishing, 2007

Large 8vo, pp. 192. Original silk-screened boards, the book wrapped in original, sealed blue paper, with the number '38' pencilled to top left corner. Original cream cloth covered clamshell box, lettered in black to front panel and spine. An absolutely fine and unopened copy, in a fine, original clamshell box.

First edition, no. 38 of 226 copies SIGNED BY CUMMINS, 26 of which were lettered A-Z and included a gelatin-silver photograph of Ian Curtis.

'The book showcases many previously unseen images as well as Cummins' already famous pictures of the band. It also contains a foreword by Natalie Curtis, and specially commissioned personal essays by Ian Rankin, Cath Carroll, David Peace, Matthew Higgs, Nick Lezard, Alan Hempsall and Pat Nevin. JUVENES is a brooding investigation into the intangible quality that makes Joy Division one of the most loved and respected English bands still to this day.' (Publisher's statement, 2007.)

Kevin Cummins studied photography in Salford, his graduation happily coinciding with the emergence of Manchester's punk movement. Initially dividing his time between the North-West's theatre and music scenes, Cummins soon started building a formidable portfolio working both for City Life (Manchester's what's-on magazine), and for the music papers Sounds and NME(his working partnership with the latter lasted twenty-five years, ten of which were spent as the paper's chief photographer). His work lays strong claim to being the key visual text covering UK popular musical history from punk to Britpop.

Cummins' most famous photographs of Joy Division were the result of an NME commission in January 1979, and were taken in the disused warehouse where the band rehearsed, as well as a number of snowy, lugubrious exteriors. These images appear alongside many photographs of the band on stage. The collection was published in an edition of just 226 copies and sold out almost immediately.

This particular example, never having been unwrapped, is unexamined; because it's unwrapped, there is no reason to suppose its condition is anything other than mint.



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