Tokyo: Yugensha, 1972. First Edition (Limited). Hardcover. Folio, original black cloth, in black slipcase with mounted cover photograph. Lacks original shipping carton. One of 1000 copies. 500 each were issued with one of two mounted photographs -- "New York City, 1948" or "Platte River, Tennessee", this copy having the latter. Graphic of Frank's signature, in white, to front board, with white lettering to spine. A few of the spine letters show little breaks, but overall, quite bright. Limited first edition of Frank's memorable autobiography in photographs. 119 pp. Presentation copy, intimate first-name-to-first-name (only) inscription by Robert Frank "To Yuichi, getting ready to travel East. Good Luck. Robert. NYC Dec. 5, 1996", with a line drawing of a fish below a surface line. Includes 30 pp.
Separate Japanese booklet cataloguing the 160 images which comprise the book. Stunningly published by Kazuhiko Motomura (Yugensha Press), designed by Kohei Sugiura and Syuhei Tsuji, with drawing by June Leaf.
Quite likely presented to photographer Yuichi Hibi, who in 2005 issued (Nazraeli Press,) a signed, limited "book of five reproductions and one original print" entitled A Weekend with Mr. Frank. A copy of this limited edition book (#240/500) is included with the shipment of this signed copy of The Lines of My Hand.
An extraordinarily beautiful book by one of the most important photographers of the Twentieth-century. Fine in Fine Slipcase. Item #76076
"...After The Americans, The Lines of My Hand is arguably Robert Frank’s most important book and without doubt the publication that established his autobiographical, sometimes confessional, approach to bookmaking. Published by Yugensha in Tokyo in 1972, ...is structured chronologically and presents selections from every stage of Frank’s work until 1972—from early photos in Switzerland in 1945–46, to images of his travels in Peru, Paris, Valencia, London and Wales, and... contact sheets from his 1955–56 journey through the US that resulted in The Americans and made him famous. Here too are intimate photos of Frank’s young family, later photo-collages and stills from films including Pull My Daisy (1959) and About Me: A Musical (1971). This structure itself mirrors the rhythm of Frank’s life but it is his short personal texts, like diary entries, that fully bring his voice into the book. In its original combination of text and image, its fearless self-reflection, and its insistence on photography and film as equal though different aspects of the artist’s visual language, The Lines of My Hand has become an inspiration for many photographers—not least Robert Frank himself, who continues and expands this approach in the visual diaries he makes today..." (Review, Steidl Verlag).