Hardcover. London, Reel Art Press, 1st, 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 176 pages, b&w and color photos by Glinn. One of the few books to capture the mayhem and idealism of the Cuban Revolution as it happened. All recorded in 10 days, it is photojournalism at it's best.
Hardcover. NY, Street & Smith, 1st, 1898, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover. Book is divided into 4 sections: Cuba, Porto Rico, The Philippines, & Hawaii. Each with a fold-out color map. 178, 171, 174, & 178 pages respectively. All maps present and in very good condition. Previous owner's inscription on front fly leaf. The pale green covers suffer from rubbing and abrasions causing discoloration, fading. Internally very good.
Softcover. US, Prestel, 1st, 2009, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 424 pages, color and b&w illustrations. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. No dust jacket, as issued. From the exhibition produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Museo Nacional de Belias Artes and the Fototeca de Cuba in Havana. A comprehensive history of Cuban art and design.
Hardcover. Austin TX, University of Texas Press, 1st, 1990, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY MEDINA on title page. A happy, middle-class childhood lived in the shadows of sweeping social change and oncoming revolution -- such was the experience of novelist Pablo Medina. In this memoir, Medina revisits his curious double world, recalling the pre-revolutionary Cuba of his first twelve years, 1948-1960. His recollections move easily from his childhood adventures to warm remembrances of family and friends to his growing awareness of the social conflicts that would ultimately send his family into exile in the United States. Medina also draws on the memories of his elders to extend his memoir back to the Cuban War of Independence and forward through the twentieth century to the fall of the Batista regime, the victory of the Revolution in 1959, and the family's growing disillusionment with the Castro regime. Clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, Prestel, 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 104 pages. Ever since Fidel Castro came to power as the leader of Cuba's communist regime in 1959, Havana has remained all but impenetrable to the outside world. The revolution cut Cuba off from the West, but at the same time preserved a century of built substance and style through the accident of fmancial stagnation. Without capital investment, time stood still, and five epochs of architectural style have survived to the present day. From the majesty of colonial city palaces to the half-hearted hope of heroic modernism, Engels' photographs show a city in silent transition, a microcosm of architecture through the ages. All of the structures picttired here were built in the twentieth century, but for the most part they have suffered from neglect in the form of peeling paint and stucco, &M grime, and abandonment. Yet there is utter beauty and dignity here-a sense of being trapped in time-that is no longer evident in America's everchanging cities. Like the structures he photographs, Engels uses a timeless approach to the artistic and technical aspect of his work. He uses a Sinar catnera with a 4 x 5 inch format, standing under a darkening cloth, just as photographers did a century ago. Using a Polaroid image to feel and see the light, Engels takes a single shot of each building. Most of these images were taken during die month of February, in 1997 and 1999 respectively. These photographs of apartment dwellings, office buildings, private residences, and places of worship tell a story on their own. Their haunting images seem to speak about more than just the men who made them or the materials they are made of. The buildings and streetscapes depicted in Havana speak to us of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Hardcover. US, Taschen, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Like new in publishers shrink-wrap. Hardcover, 239 pages, color illustrations. A pictorial journey through Havana with author Julio Perez Hernandez, a professor of Architecture in Havana, & lavish photographs by Gianni Basso.
Hardcover. Germany , Steidl, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 156 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear. Color photographs throughout. In the early 1970s, the workers at a steel smelting factory east of Havana wrote to Fidel Castro describing their housing needs. Out of this exchange a new city called Alamar was born, conceived by the same workers who would build it and live there. Today it is abandoned; Mauro D'Agati's photographs examine its eccentric spaces.
Hardcover. UK, Dewi Lewis, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 144 pages. Claudio Edinger's color photographs of Havana, Cuba. Clean. This is a photography book about Cuba unlike any you've seen before. Award-winning photojournalist Claudio Edinger gets inside the country, and shows us an unforgettable image of the people of Old Havana, living with harsh economic realities among the fading houses of the pre-Castro era. Yet the spirit of the people is one of steadfast hope, as South American writer Humberto Werneck, in his fascinating introduction, makes clear. The book also features text by exiled Cuban writer G. Cabrera Infante.
Hardcover. Boston, Ticknor & Fields , 1st, 1859, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, original textured brown cloth with publisher's embossed decoration. some light wear to spine extremities. 288 pgs, 16 pgs of ads in back. The author of "Two Year's Before the Mast", here gives vivid and interesting description of his travels in Cuba. 'Kept in the form of a journal, this is a graphic account of the author's vacation trip to Cuba in February and March 1859. He made acute observations of the land and the people'.
Hardcover. New York, William Morrow, 1st, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 295 pages. Hardcover. Dust jacket unclipped. Gilt title on spine. Deckled edges. Binding tight. In great shape, clean inside and out.
Hardcover. New York , Pantheon, 1st US, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 111 pages, illustrated throughout in b&w. Light edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Faint foxing to top edge, otherwise a clean, tight copy. In April 1933 an editor at Lippincott asked Evans to take photographs for a polemical book by Carlton Beals, a leftist writer who was very critical of the then Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado and anxious to show how American support of Machado had created an economic catastrophe in Cuba. Evans agreed after acceptance of his conditions that he have complete freedom to choose the photographs for publication and that they be collected at the end of the book so that they appeared to be an independent entity and not simply illustration of the text. Indeed, according to legend, Evans had not read Beals's text when he went to Havana in May 1933. He was in Cuba for three weeks. When his personal funds ran out, his way was paid for by Ernest Hemingway; the two had never met before, but Hemingway was eager for the company of someone equally qualified in literary conversation and in drinking. In the end, Evans contributed thirty-one photographs to the published "The Crime of Cuba". This book, WALKER EVANS: HAVANA 1933, contains seventy of the photographs Evans took in Cuba, including most of the photographs he selected for "The Crime of Cuba". The volume is introduced by an excellent essay by Gilles Mora that gives the historical background and discusses the place of Evans's Cuban photographs in his overall body of work. The photographs were selected by Mora and by John T. Hill, who also was responsible for the sequencing of their presentation. (One of Mora's points is that Evans attached a great deal of significance to the sequencing of his photographs, any collection of which he viewed as a composite artistic/documentary statement and, as such, more important than any single photograph.)