New York: Essential Books, (1945). Second printing. Hardcover. 8vo. Contemporary three-quarter leather over blue cloth, with the Ingersoll family's gilt insignia to front ("Fama Sed Virtus Non Moriatur" - Fame, but not virue, will die). Near fine. Original photographic endpapers preserved and laid down. Original dust jacket tipped in, reading "Second Large Printing" on front flap. Pages mildly toned throughout, but clean throughout and surprisingly fresh. Binding tight. 246pp. Near fine. Item #19798
A fascinating association copy of Weegee's masterpiece, ex-libris Ralph Ingersoll, founder of the leftist newspaper PM, where Weegee worked as a staff photographer. Ingersol's PM was famous for refusing advertising (a fact that unsurprisingly contributed to its demise), and in addition to Weegee helped support several other important photographers inlcuding Helen Levitt, Morris Engel, and Margaret Bourke-White. Many of the images included in this classic photobook of "death, disaster and sleaze" (Parr and Badger, 145) were taken by Weegee for PM. A handsome edition of this timeless documentary photobook, in a bespoke binding from the library of one of the people instrumental in its creation.