New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., . Hardcover. 4to. Red cloth with white spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 360pp. Frontispiece, 240 illustrations, pictorial (with text) endpapers. Fine/fine. Item #45168
A tight and attractive first edition of this extraordinary pictorial record of rural life in northwest Illinois, a classic of Midwest photography. Inscribed and signed large and bold by the author/photographer: Just below the end of the printed dedication ("...and for gentle people and beautiful lands") he continues -- "and for / Ed Martzen -- / Therza thinks you / should have this -- / Merry Christmas / Archie Lieberman." ("Therza" being his nickname for wife Esther.).